Japan – Sapporo

Breakfast did not disappoint. A buffet feast from which I selected grilled salt salmon, fresh tuna, dim sum, cold egg ‘omelette’ and cherry blossom soba noodles with yoghurt juice and coffee.

With a maximum of ten degrees Centigrade predicted, we rugged up for today’s outing.

The tramway system in Sapporo runs a circuit around the city. With a flat fare it’s a good way to get your bearings.

First stop was Mt. Moiwa Ropeway where the ticket Station noted a “slightly good” view from the summit today. By the time we got to the first station up, the “slightly good” optimism had reverted to “poor”.  Still it was worth the visit for the landscape alone.

Next was a tram and subway ride to Maruyama Park, the location of the Hokkaido Shrine. We had a most enjoyable lunch at a little place just outside the park gate.

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imageThe Hokkaido Shrine was a very active space in Maruyama Park today. This weekend marks the start of Golden Week in Japan, where most everybody takes advantage of a few public holidays that coincide in the one week. Himself even got to take a photograph of some of the visitors to the Shrine.

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The Botanic Garden of Hokkaido University aka Sapporo Botanic Gardens was established in 1886. It is also only open from 29 April to mid-November, so our trek across town to visit came to nought.

The cherry blossoms are due any day now, although a few early starters were giving visitors to Maruyama Park and Odori Park some pleasure. I posted earlier today re cherry blossoms and their significance to the Japanese people.

We are off to Ramen Alley for dinner tonight. Tomorrow we pick up a rental car and drive!

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