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It would be hard to loose yourself in modern Sapporo; an American style grid system operates, streets named and numbered according to the points of the compass. Odori Park –Sapporo’s “ Central Park”, runs through the centre of the city dividing north from south. You will find that art is heavily integrated with this comparatively modern city. The north houses the university and its student “hang-outs”, as well as several traditional ryokan inns. To the south lies the shopping district with department stores and restaurants. “Susukino” is also in the south – this is wall to wall entertainment, locals and visitors alike congregate here to enjoy the variety of bars, restaurants and clubs. One of the last areas of Japan to be colonised, it previously had been the domain of the “Ainu“– an indigenous tribe with a distinct culture and history – one of which is now displayed in one of the city’s museums.
One of the last areas of Japan to be colonised, it previously had been the domain of the “Ainu“– an indigenous tribe with a distinct culture and history – one of which is now displayed in one of the city’s museums. Nowadays, as well as it’s parks and forests, complete with wildlife, it is a colourful, progressive and energetic city that attracts the adventurous traveller. The legacy of Sapporo's vivid past is perceivable as there are various historical buildings. Historic landmarks include the former Hokkaidō government office building, the Sapporo Clock Tower, the Hokkaidō Shrine and the Sapporo TV Tower. Having hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics and as venue for the Sapporo Snow Festival, the city is also famous for winter sports. However, food and arts lovers will enjoy themselves here as well. Sapporo Brewery and Shiroi Koibito Park or the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and Sapporo Artpark are popular sights.
Sapporo’s proximity to the sea and its open plains provide the city with an abundance of fresh seafood, vegetables and dairy products. “Susikino”, brimming over with restaurants, is alive with flavour, here you’ll find fine examples of local delicacies including Ramen, Sushi, Crab, Uni ( Sea Urchin) and Genghis Khan (lamb barbecue).
For bars you’d best head for Susukino, it is a safe and certainly well lit, neon saturated area. Being the famous beer capital of Japan you will never be short of a pint but be sure to visit a traditional pub –“Izakaya”. South of Odori Park is Susukino the hub of the entertainment centre. This is a heavily concentrated area with bars, hostess bars and nightclubs. Check the local entertainment magazine - “Xene” to see what’s on.
Sapporo provides a great number of stores, offering everything from fashion boutiques with Western well-known brands to traditional cotton or silk kimonos. Not only the city offers a number of large underground malls such as the popular Tanuki Koji Shopping Arcade but also department stores including Parco with ten floors of shopping and don´t forget the small local shops selling souvenirs. Other popular product in Hokkaido besides kimonos are wood carvings, produced often by the Ainuas and are available in the boutiques of Sapporo as well as in museum and hotel gift shops.
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