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Sapporo and Hokkaido Travel Companion

An October 2005 trip to Hokkaido by tcguide

Sapporo Hipsters Photo, Hokkaido, Japan More Photos
Quote: We spent 5 days exploring Hokkaido and staying in Sapporo and Sounkyo, a hot springs resort area in Daisetsuzan National Park.

Sapporo and Hokkaido Travel Companion

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Overview

Sapporo Hipsters Photo, Hokkaido, Japan
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Hokkaido is the northernmost island in Japan, and also the least developed. It was the last frontier of Japan during its settlement in the 1800s. It's like the Colorado of Japan, with mountains, wilderness, ski resorts, indigenous people (the Ainu), and an off-the-beaten-path, but very modern, feel. It's simply not very crowded in Hokkaido, and that is such a surprise for people like me, who have only experienced Tokyo. We enjoyed almost everything that Hokkaido is famous for: Sapporo beer, Daisetsuzan National Park, hot spring baths, scenic drives, and most of all, the fall colors. We stayed a few nights in the scenic resort village of Sounkyo, which is located in Daisetuzan National Park, ...Read More

Toyoko Inn Sapporo Hokudai

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Hotel | "Toyoko Inn (Sapporo Hokudai Mae)"

Toyoko Inn Sapporo Hokudai Photo, Hokkaido, Japan
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We stayed in the Toyoko Inn near the Sapporo train station. It was an excellent deal at $65 per night, including a simple dinner and breakfast and a free Internet terminal and wireless access in the lobby. You must stay here in Sapporo if you are on a budget or just want clean, comfortable accommodations and don't care for fanciness. Toyoko Inn is a chain of about 40 hotels throughout Japan. This is one of the three Toyoko Inns in Sapporo, and I thought that this one had the quietest and nicest location away from the main business district. This hotel is across the campus of Hokkaido University and an easy walk to the train station and livelier areas of Sapporo. We stayed in this Toyoko Inn for one ni...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2005

Toyoko Inn Sapporo Hokudai
4-22-7, Kita 8-jo Nishi Kita-ku
Hokkaido, Japan
011-717-1045

The Sapporo Beer Museum

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Attraction | "Sapporo Brewery"

The Sapporo Beer Museum Photo, Hokkaido, Japan
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I am generally very interested in business history and Sapporo is one of my favorite beers, so I was happy to visit the site of the original Sapporo Brewery. It was a rainy day on October 8, 2005. It is no longer an operating brewery and only serves a museum for the Sapporo Beer Company. The museum is located in the original brewery building, and although all the exhibits and descriptions are written only in Japanese, I was able to get the main idea. The Sapporo beer brewery first started making beer in 1876. This was the first Bavarian-style brewery in Japan, and it used equipment and technology imported from Germany. Sapporo was chosen because it had the reputation of having the cleanest, freshes...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2005

The Sapporo Beer Museum
Kita 7-Jo Higashi 9-chome
Hokkaido, Japan
+81-11-731-4368

Sounkyo-Kurodake Ropeway

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Sounkyo-Kurodake Ropeway Photo, Hokkaido, Japan
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The Sounkyo-Kurodake Ropeway is a magnificent gondola ride that takes passengers from the Sounkyo Village to the fifth stage of Mt. Kurodake. For the price of about $18 per adult ($10 for students and children), you can take a leisurely 10- to 15-minute ride that reveals the gorgeous scenery and undeveloped wilderness in the Daisetsuzan National Park and surrounding areas. Make sure you have your camcorder or digital camera! This is definitely the top tourist attraction in the area. We were in Sounkyo from October 5th to the 7th, 2005, and the fall colors were just a few days before the peak, as you can see from the photos. The top of the ropeway is the fifth stage of Mt. Kurodake. You can take ano...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

Sounkyo-Kurodake Ropeway
Sounkyo Village
Hokkaido, Japan