Aloha All! Happy April!
This edition of JapanMania features highlights from our Doko Ga TV: JapanMania trek to the Sapporo Yuki Matsuri (Snow Festival). Truly an adventure in white-the snow, chills and ice are countered by Sapporo's WONDERFUL people, beautiful sites and incredible food.
After landing in Chitose Airport, we were on our way to a truly winter wonderland-Sapporo. The annual Snow Festival is truly a sight to behold. Giant ice formations, a ski jump in the middle of Odori Park (the main heart of the Snow Festival), intricate ice sculptures, food, games, activities for kids of all ages and then some.
Sapporo's incredible foods...
I'd always heard how good the food is in Sapporo. The sashimi, seafood and crab was amazing! Speaking of crab, the 'taraba' (King Red Crab) and 'kegani' (hairy crab) is the best, hands down. Both grilled and sashimi style.. the king crab and hairy crab were so sweet!
I also decided to try Sapporo sushi (duh). From sushi bar style to kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi. Both were equally SO fresh, buttery and just melts in your mouth. Kaiten we went to was Sakana Isshin.. the price was
between $1.50 and $3.50 per order-but it tasted exactly like super high priced sushi!!! Amazing!
More Food goodness..
Ghengis Khan (name for a style of BBQ cooking that's VERY popular in Sapporo) was also beyond
description.. and of course, Hokkaido Ramen. Definitely the best ramen I've had yet... butter corn
ramen. The char siu just melts in your mouth! For fans of sweet milky goodness, the Shiroi Koibito Park
is a must-visit while in Sapporo. The amazing cookies, candies and Hokkaido soft cream ice cream
is the absolute BEST. The park houses a very interesting museum as well and is a really fun and great
experience for children and parents.
Special thanks to Sapporo natives Makiko and Yui for being the Sapporo experts taking our Doko Ga TV crew around (and Yui as my special Sapporo correspondent!). HUGE mahalo to Hokkaido Broadcasting Company's Mitsuri Kodama for the shoot coordination and Hokkaido Travel Bureau for welcoming us!