Before I begin, let me stress that this was not our family’s first time to Sapporo. So if you are visiting Hokkaido for the first time, you may not exactly want to follow what we did here, because rather than going around to visit conventional tourist destinations, we kind of just hung around shopping, eating and chilling for the first 3 days of our trip. :p
On the first day, we arrived at New Chitose Airport in the morning and went to check in early to our hotel, Mercure Hotel Sapporo, to wash up and rest. We had booked an extra night starting from the day before we arrived, so we could check in early in the morning. We spent the rest of the day just shopping around Susukino area. One thing I learnt from our Australia trip was to not plan anything major on the first day after an overnight flight with kids, because everyone would be tired and cranky.
On the second day, we spent the whole morning at Dino’s, an entertainment complex very near the hotel. We first stopped by Nakau, a Japanese fast food outlet (by fast food in Japan, we mean beef rice, udon etc, NOT burger and fries) for breakfast.
Feeling full and energetic, we went for unlimited bowling at Dino’s. The bowling here was great for kids: They had kids ball so light that MY (who was not even 2 yo yet) had no problem carrying, kids bowling shoes that were so super tiny that I think any toddler who was able to walk would be able to find shoes of the right size here, ball slopes for easy peasy ‘bowling’ and bumper lanes to prevent the balls from falling into the drain.
Both kids had a lot of fun bowling using the ball slope.
The staff brought over bowling shoes for the kids, and also free snacks!
There were some silly hats you could wear to liven up the bowling experience.
We headed back to Susukino where we had dinner at a yakiniku restaurant, Kanechan. I was pretty disappointed with the meal – the servings were small and expensive. Hubby and I agreed that the yakiniku restaurant we visited in June was better (read about it in this post).
On the third day, we started the morning with a visit to Jyogai Ichiba (also known as Sapporo Central Wholesale Market / Curb Market). Since we weren’t driving, we took the FREE shuttle bus provided by Kita No Gourmet to get there. The travel desk at the hotel made the reservation for us and the bus picked us up from the hotel – very convenient!
We had our breakfast (and by breakfast we mean sashimi platter and chirashi don, NOT bacon and eggs) once we reached there.
After eating, we shopped around the rest of the market before taking Kita No Gourmet’s shuttle service back. We had a choice to drop off back at our hotel or at Sapporo station. We decided to go to Sapporo station where we shopped around for a bit, before catching a bus to Mitsui Outlet Park Kitahiroshima.
The easiest way to get to Mitsui Outlet Park from Sapporo / Susukino area was the take the direct bus. From Sapporo Station, look for the bus-stop outside Tokyu Department store.
The bus then made stops at every block South of Sapporo station until Minami 4 (which is where Mercure Hotel is), so you can board at a nearer bus stop if you are at Odori Park or Susukino. The map below shows where the bus stops are:
We spent the afternoon shopping at Mitsui Outlet Park. The kids spent quite a bit of time at the free play area inside the Lego shop:
And we had dinner at the food court which was a great place to dine with kids!
We missed the last direct bus back to Susukino (which was at 5pm on a weekday / 6pm on weekends) and had to use the long (and more expensive) way to get back: Taking the bus to Fukuzumi station, followed by subway to Hosui-Susukino station.
The next morning, we picked up our rental car in the morning, checked out of the hotel and started our drive to Asahikawa.
As I mentioned, this was not our first trip to Sapporo and hence we skipped the more common tourist destinations in Sapporo. But here are some other places in Sapporo that are worth visiting:
Shiroi Koibito Park
Sapporo Beer Factory
Click on the links below for other posts from this trip:
Summarized itinerary for 17-day trip
Part 1: Sapporo
Part 2: Asahikawa, Akan National Park
Part 3: Kushiro, Obihiro, Tomamu
Part 4: Niseko, Noboribetsu, Lake Toya, Rusutsu
Part 5: Otaru, New Chitose Airport
More posts of my 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 Summer (June 2014)
Part 1: Chitose, Lake Toya, Hakodate, Niseko, Otaru
Part 2: Sapporo
Part 3: Furano, Biei, Tomamu, Obihiro, New Chitose Airport
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