Continued from: Hokkaido Self-drive with Kids (June 2014) Part 1
Sapporo Underground Shopping Arcade / Tanukikoji
We arrived in Sapporo from Otaru in the afternoon. It was raining pretty heavily, so we checked into our hotel in the Susukino district and rested while trying to decide what to do next. Our original plan was to spend the rest of the day walking around the Susukino district, but the heavy rain deterred us from doing so. In the end, we decided to drive out and park at the underground parking at Odori Park which was connected to Sapporo’s underground shopping arcade. The parking was expensive, but with kids around, there was no way to be out and about walking in the rain.
We explored the underground shopping arcade and various department stores connected to it. We went to Tanukikoji to have dinner at my favourite ramen shop, Barikiya.
After dinner, we explored the rest of Tanukikoji. At Tanukikoji 3 chome,we spent some time shopping at the large duty free shop called donki ho-te (ドン・キホーテ) which sells all sorts of things (snacks, toiletries, toys, luggage cases etc.) and is open 24 hours! It is basically Sapporo’s version of our Mustafa Centre.
After shopping at Donki Ho-te, we decided to call it a day and went back to our hotel to rest.
We started bright and early with a visit to Odori Park. In my previous visit, we went to the Eastern end of Odori Park near the TV Tower, so this time, we went to the Western end where the Sapporo City Archive Museum was located.
Jyogai Ichiba (Sapporo Central Wholesale Market)
After a short walk in the park, we drove to Jyogai Ichiba (Sapporo Central Wholesale Market).
We had breakfast at Kita No Gourmet. The kaisen don here was THE most generous chirashi don I have ever eaten. There were like 10 types (okay, I didn’t count exactly how many there were) of sashimi overflowing from the giant bowl! They also serve yummy grilled fish which the kids enjoyed.
After our breakfast, we walked around the market to check out the various stalls selling all kinds of seafood and fruits.
Nakajima Koen (Sapporo Festival)
Our next destination was Nakajima Koen where the Sapporo Festival was being held. (See this post for more on the Sapporo Festival.)
Takino Suzuran Hillside Park
After exploring the festival, we drove on to Mitsui Outlet Park. The rain had cleared and it was bright and sunny for the first time in our trip! We decided it was a waste of such good weather to be stuck indoors, so I dropped my friend and his mum off at the outlet park and drove to Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park to let the kids have some fun.
And boy, did they have fun!! There was so much for the kids to play there! First we went to the dome with a giant net structure very similar to the one at Hakone Open Air Museum which we visited last November.
Just outside the dome was a giant ‘egg’ which was a basically a bouncy structure where kids could bounce around and slide down.
There was a hill next to it where we helped ourselves to one of the giant balls available and rolled them up and down the hill.
The ball was so much bigger than MY!
MF went up and down, up and down… He has unlimited energy!! Hubby and I took turns to go up and down with him, it was quite tiring!
As we walked further into the park, there were more play areas:
There were also some pretty cool slide areas:
We could easily have spent the whole day there, but we only had a few hours because we had to go back to the outlet park to pick up our friend. The kids were super happy, I’m so glad we made the trip there!
Snaffles Cafe Kiyota
We went back to the outlet park to pick up our friend and his mum, and drove to the nearby Snaffles Cafe at Kiyota for tea.
We tried some of their cakes and tarts, but I still like their signature catch cheesecake best. We were quite sad that they didn’t sell the strawberry shortcake we had at the Hakodate store here.
We were trying to decide where to go next, choosing between Hitsujigaoka Observation Park and Mount Moiwa, when suddenly it started raining heavily. So both options were out and we decided to just go back to Susukino for dinner and went back to our hotel to rest after that.
Odori Park / Sapporo Clock Tower / Hokkaido Government Building
We started the day with a visit to Odori Park again. Since it was hubby and friend’s first visit to Sapporo, we went for the standard walking route from Sapporo TV Tower, to Sapporo Clock Tower, to Hokkaido Government Building and back to Odori Park.
A surprise find was a flea market being set up at the open air carpak beside Sapporo Clock Tower. There were lots of second hand clothes and toys being sold for dirt cheap prices! (We bought some toy cars for the kids for 10 yen each!)
Nijo Market / Sapporo Ramen Alley
After our walk, we decided to find a place to eat. Hubby and his friend wanted to visit Nijo Market, but hubby’s friend’s mother did not eat raw food and had enough of visiting markets (and watching the bunch of us eat our sushi and sashimi), so we decided to split. I dropped hubby and his friend off at Nijo Market where they went to have sushi.
I brought the mum to the famous Ramen Alley in Susukino for some ramen. We ordered a touristy Sapporo ramen recommended by the shop owner that comes with Sapporo’s famed miso soup base, Hokkaido butter and corn.
Sapporo Beer Factory
After filling our tummies, we went to Sapporo Beer Factory.
After a quick tour of the free museum, there is the mandatory stop to have some freshly brewed Sapporo beer!
Next, we went shopping at the adjacent shopping centre, ARIO. It was a great place to bring the kids: they had cute character shopping carts which you could use for free (if you could get your hands on one)!
There was also a free play area for young kids located outside Toys R Us.
There was a train that went around the shopping centre which the kids (and adults) could hop on for a fee. There was also an indoor playground / arcade (chargeable) but we skipped it because MF was sleeping. So if you are looking for a child-friendly shopping centre to visit in Sapporo, do visit ARIO next to Sapporo Beer Factory!
From ARIO, we drove on to Sapporo Station area where we did more shopping and eating.
After all that snacking, we went for dinner at my favourite Tonkatsu restaurant, Tadumura (たづむら) at Daimaru 8th floor. (Forgot to take pics this time round, here’s a pic of the restaurant from my previous visit.)
Hokkaido Shrine (Sapporo Festival)
On our last day in Sapporo, we went to Hokkaido Shrine in the morning for the Sapporo Festival. (See this post for more on the Sapporo Festival).
After that, we left Sapporo and drove on to our next destination, Furano.
To be continued: Hokkaido Self-drive with Kids (June 2014) Part 3
Other posts for this trip
Posts of my other trips to Hokkaido with the kids:
Hokkaido in Autumn (October 2013)
Part 1: Flight, Hotel Mercure Sapporo, Toyota Rent-A-Car Sapporo
Part 2: Itinerary (with telephone numbers and GPS Map Codes)
Hokkaido in Winter (December 2014)
Complete summarized itinerary
Part 1: Sapporo
Part 2: Asahikawa, Lake Akan, Lake Mashu, Iozan, Lake Kussharo
Part 3: Kushiro, Obihiro, Tomamu
Part 4: Chitose, Lake Shikotsu, Niseko, Noboribetsu, Lake Toya, Rusutsu
Part 5: Sapporo, Otaru, New Chitose Airport
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