Aloha Sapporo! Day 1

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It’s been quite a long day, with 10 hours of flying, a long bus ride in, then a two-hour party followed by ramen. But we made it to Sapporo, located on Japan’s northernmost island, to see what Hawaiian Airlines’ newest destination has in store.

Sapporo is Japan’s fifth largest city, and despite having many of the same business and industrial structures of large metropolitan areas, the place has a vibe that (so far) is similar to more laid-back destinations like San Francisco or even Paris. We’re going to catch a train out to Otaru tomorrow and see what else we can discover. But for now, here’s how our first day on the go went:

Aloha Sapporo! Day 1

The hula dancers that performed at Gate 34, making the atmosphere festive (at 8 a.m. no less!).

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Those were just the highlights. If you’d like to see the rest of my photos from this day, click here!

I know people are still left wondering what Japanese hotel rooms look like, even after seeing their photos online. Here’s a video to walk you through my room at the Sapporo Grand Hotel to give you better perspective of the size. Not bad. We are also across from Lawsons, so we’ve already filled our in-room refrigerators with Japanese coffees and vitamin drinks!

22 comments
kelike
kelike

Sapporo is known to have many restaurants that serve curries soups.  People in Sapporo love curries so very much.

bettydalycity
bettydalycity

Melissa, I heard of Damaru Buffet in Sappora and it funny how the chef would ring a bell when a new dish come of the kitchen to inform customers get it while it hot.

Erica
Erica

Does that hotel have lounge ?

hungrygirl
hungrygirl

You have the best job in the world. Are you hiring!?

M
M

Hello Melissa!

Wow!!! I wish I was there too!

That will be my next trip!

Cat
Cat

WISH I WERE THERE!

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

Delicate Blossom:  Wow!  2 hangers!  I guess you are not staying long.  Question of the Day - where did noodles originate from?  LOL

konaish
konaish

I can already see where this trip is going. I hope I can fit in my pants when we return next week. It's just Day 1 and we're already discovering the delicious food Hokkaido has to offer. Later this morning we'll get our first look at the sights.

DaniaNKatz
DaniaNKatz

Have a great trip. I look forward to each blog post...and just thinking about what Konish is doing while she is waiting for your to finish. LOL.

turkfontaine
turkfontaine

i've always loved Japanese food, even though i don't know what half of it is. when i lived there, in the stone age, my Japanese friends would shake their heads and say; 'never seen a gaijin eat that before.' i never made it up to Hokkaido, have a great jun....er trip.  

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @Erica I think so, but we haven't explored it....

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @M I hope this will be  a trip that you can also enjoy!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @Cat I wish you were here!!! But you know, you're always cold, so you'd have to bundle up more!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @Annoddah_Dave LOL just staying 2 days in each destination so no chance to unpack anyway. And CHINA!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @DaniaNKatz LOL thank you! Right now we have separate rooms, but oh boy...

konaish
konaish

 @DaniaNKatz I was sound asleep (we have our own rooms for the first 2 nights). @melissa808 is hard core! I was so full after the ramen and the long day, this blog post would have waited until later. ZZzzz...

hungrygirl
hungrygirl

 @Melissa808  @hungrygirl If that's what it will take to get my foot in the nonstop door, I will! A big thank you for the daily write-ups and sumptuous pictures. I work for the airline and am about THIS close to booking a flight out to Sapporo!