|Fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult||$49.10|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$23.57|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$5.65|
|Internet (6 Mbps, unlimited data)||$39.28|
|Water bottle (1.5 liter)||$1.47|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||$1.41|
|One-way ticket (local transport)||$1.96|
Sapporo is considerably a young city although it is the fifth largest in Japan. Being young means it is lacking traditional architecture. It also means not having much ambience of Japanese-ness that is quite very intricate in other cities. Although it is something new, Sapporo is considered one great city to explore because it has countless sights and activities available for travel enthusiasts.
There are two seasons that are considered best times to see Sapporo.
During Summer, the tree-line boulevards would give you a scenic sight. It’s also a great time to visit the more important attractions such as the Hokkaido Shrine, the Clock Tower, the Ishiya Chocolate Factory, the Odori park, the Sapporo Beer Museum, the Hokkaido Pioneer Village, and the Moerenuma Park among others.
During Winter, you cannot miss the Snow Festival. Snow is considered greatest in Sapporo, especially since the city is complete with facilities that will help you cope with the cold weather. It is during the Snow Festival that the world famous ice sculpture competition is held. The largest and most elaborate pieces of art made from ice and snow are displayed during the event. Aside from visiting for the Snow Festival, you may also want to experience skiing in Mt. Teine, which is within easy drive from anywhere around the city. It has a mix of slopes that fit newbies and seasoned skiing enthusiasts perfectly.
There are two products that are widely popular in Sapporo. There’s ramen and beer.
There are various ramen junctions that you can find all over. The noodle soups they serve come from the most expensive to the most affordable. Take a trip to Ramen Yakocho and find an alley lined up with ramen shops serving all kinds of varieties possible. You can taste crab ramen, scallop ramen, and butter corn ramen among others.
If you want a more affordable take at eating ramen, going for the miso ramen is a good choice. It’s the most affordable version of the famed noodle dish wherein miso paste is added into the soup stock.
In case of beer, Sapporo houses not just a Beer Museum but also a Beer Garden. It is a restaurant that offers a unique 100-minute eat and drink all you can package.