Some friends and I went on a 6 day trip to Hokkaido to see the Sapporo Snow Festival.
I rode into Hokkaido in style. Was lucky enough to get the Pikachu plane. It was cute :)
I went to the Shiroi Koibito Factory. It is a famous chocolate company in Japan. It was interesting to see how they make the chocolates and see what the inside of the factory worked like. The dessert was absolutely delicious!
The whole point of going to Sapporo was to check out the snow festival. There were hundreds of cools now sculptures... one of my favorites being the Star Wars one.
I also really liked the church from the Philippines.
There were also a lot of ice sculptures which were funded by various companies.
We made sure to stop by the Ramen Alley (ラーメン横丁). Apparently ramen is a famous food in Hokkaido.
We also learned some of the native dialect...
The tower looked quite beautiful with the ice sculpture lit up in front of it.
Sapporo Beer Museum
Next we headed to the Sapporo Beer Museum where we learned about the history of the company. The old advertisements/posters were pretty cool and 500￥ to try 3 of the beers wasn't a bad price either. We tried the Black Label and Classic which are hard to find outside of this area.
You can't say that you went to Hokkaido and didn't eat fish, so... off to a sushi bar we went. All of it was freshly made and there was a 30 minute or so wait to get 2 seats. It was completely worth it though.
We went for a day trip to a small town called "Otaru" on the water. The difference in temperature was crazy. It was a little chillier that day, but the wind made a huge difference. So many tourists here though... Otherwise, it was a beautiful little city.