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Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Winter Snow Festival is held annually in early February. We timed our Niseko & Sapporo visit to capture this popular event. More than 2.5 million visitors flock here to admire the amazing ice and snow scultptures. The sculptures are constructed by Japan’s Naval army troops.

The city also known for their great beer and ramen. Also with the cold temperature, mutton/lamb dishes are local’s favourite as known to keep body warm.

The ramen in Japan are different in every region. Sapporo’s miso ramen with thick egg noodles is one of our favourite  style. Especially topped with corn & butter. Their Ramen Street is a must visit and we tried many of the stalls, it’s all very good.

It’s a very walkable city in the winter despite the below zero celsius temperature as they have heated major sidewalks plus an underground pedestrian shopping/restaurants area that stretches a few kilometers.

 

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Crew prepares for ice sculptures

 

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Main roads of Sapporo. Also a large tunnel underground for warmer stroll.

 

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Carved from ice blocks

 

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Fine craftmanship at below 0 Celsius

 

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Stylish smoking lounge buit for festival

 

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Air BnB Igloo – promoting Air BnB for Japan.

 

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Just add water :)

 

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Freeze Jedi!

 

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The Darkside

 

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View from Saporro tower. A good view of the sheer size of the snow sculptures.

 

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Our favourite – fatty tuna nigiri

 

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Paulo’s favourite – Sea urchin

 

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Hokkaido crab miso soup

 

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Famous Ramen Street – stalls sell own version of ramen. We tried many of them and all very good in own way.

 

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Hearty bowl of miso ramen with minced & bbq pork

 

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Ramen shop owner

 

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Looks like Anthony Bourdain was here

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Manila Cathedral – Built by Japanese troops to feature the Pope’s visit to Manila / Asia for 2015

 

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One of many delicious food stalls – This one selling okonmiyaki – Japanese pancake

 

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Heavy duty snow plow

 

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History of advertaisements used for Sapporo beer

 

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Beer sampler from Sapporo beer museum

 

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Famous beer & Genghis Khan (Jingisukan) style BBQ – mutton & lamb

 

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Sapporo Beer Museum

 

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