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The Trek to Sapporo

10 Feb

We woke up and realised it was the day we had to check out. Wow!  That came quickly!
We spent the morning packing.  I had a little bit of trouble fitting everything but managed to get it all in with tetris like packing skills.
We decided to head to the Ghibli museum first and see if we could get a ticket in. We organised tickets before we left Australia but the tour we were meant to go on was cancelled because of “heavy snow” in Tokyo… The most snow that I saw on the day we went to Ghibli was in the photograph below, can you spot it!?


Like most people we were told that the only way to get tickets to the Ghibli museum was to order them through a travel agency.  However this is not true. There is a Lawson shop across the road from the museum which sells tickets at 4pm daily.  If you were unable to get a ticket and wish to see the wonders of this museum I definitely recommend doing this.  They are only 1,000 yen for a ticket too.


A friendly face welcomes you as you enter the museum.  I didn’t get many photos as many areas taking photos were banned but I managed to get a few on the roof top.



After this we hiked back to the train station with our big backpacks on and organised our tickets to get to Sapporo. We went back to Tokyo station first then boarded the train to Shinaomori at 18.56. From Shinaomori we took a quick local train to Amori and then jumped on the train to Sapporo at 22.42. It was snowing at Amori and we weren’t even close to Sapporo. It was going to be freezing!


We arrived in Sapporo at 6.07 and then had to wait around at the station for a few hours before we headed to Hotel Clubby to see if we could drop our bags of before we went exploring.


We had some breakfast at 9.00 and ran into a Canadian ex army guy/fisherman who was also travelling.  We all went to a arcade across the road and played a few games before we haf some lunch and he left. I think people really miss having English speaking people around them when they are travelling by themselves.
At 13.00 we were able to check into our hotel and I had a much needed shower and fell asleep. Lock and I set out for separate adventures that night.  I went out for dinner where i chatted to a lovely Japanese couple who were also trying to avoid the blizzard.


Lock on the other hand went out and met a nice Japanese girl who followed him everywhere,  accidently stumbled across an anti nucleur war riot and then found a nice piano recital at the top of a 35 floor building! What an adventure!

After dinner I was still exhauted from getting no sleep on the train so I crashed.

Hannah x


Planning Part Two – Sapporo

17 Jan

Sapporo will be the second stop on my exploration of Japan. I am very much looking forward to the Sapporo Snow Festival. Honestly, I haven’t heard much about the top end of Japan, so I’m don’t have many ideas on where to go and what to do. I did however find out that it is a 19 hour train trip from Tokyo to here so I’m going to need to find a few places in the middle that will be good to check out as well.

Here is my list of things to do in Sapporo (it’s not quite as long as my Tokyo one):

  • Sapporo Snow Festival, Hokkaido. to check out the amazing snow sculptures
  • Akan Nation Park
  • Historical Village of Hokkaido

If anyone has any more ideas of what else would be great to see around here please let me know 🙂

Hannah xsapporo