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Sapporo (Hokkaido)

Sapporo is the gateway to the island of Hokkaido, and as it was one of the last areas of Japan that was developed, you can see much influence by the West. From Sapporo, you can easily take days trips to Otaru and also Hakodate City. Famous for fresh seafood particularly Crab and Sea orchin. Also well known for it's Ramen noodles. Sapporo is also easy access to the Ski fields of Niseko which offers some of the best possible snow you can get.

Japan's fifth-largest city, and the prefectural capital of Hokkaido, Sapporo is a surprisingly dynamic and cosmopolitan urban centre that pulses with energy. Designed by European and American architects in the late 19th century, Sapporo is shaped by its wide grid of tree-lined streets and ample public parks, which contribute to the city's surprising level of liveability. After a day of exploring the city you can get your energy back over a hot meal, a great proposition given Sapporo's wholly deserved gastronomic reputation.
As the island's main access point and transport hub, Sapporo serves as an excellent base for striking out into the wilds. But make sure you leave enough time to see Sapporo itself. Sapporo is a major tourist destination in itself, especially for those partial to the delicious liquid gold that is Sapporo beer. If you're planning long periods of time hiking in isolation, you might want to first indulge in a bit of the raucous nightlife of the Susukino district. And, of course, if you come in February, don't miss out on the Sapporo Snow Festival (Yuki Matsuri), a winter carnival highlighted by frozen sculptures of everything from brown bears and tanuki (racoon dogs) to Godzilla and Doraemon.

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Thanks Scott. All is good and the trip was fantastic. I would be happy to be a reference to recommend you if you need it. We have arrived home safely with no ishaps. Please thank Ruby for us for the precise information on the train in getting to Narita. It was thorough and we had no problems finding the trains! She is a real jewel and takes her job very seriously. Every thing went very well with only a couple of exceptions. I felt like the Mt. Fuji (Consolidated Trip from the Optional Tour Company) should have been cancelled because of the typhoon. There were road problems in Hakone which effected our schedule as they could not access it as planned. I know the weather was not something that could be controlled but since there were also problems that day with bad weather the whole thing should have been cancelled the night before. Cancellation was offered that morning but seeing as we had a reservation for our hotel in Hakone we could not cancel. So we ended up spending about 10 hours just riding on a bus with only a short boat ride, a souvenir stop and lunch. We got to the hotel too late to enjoy the hot springs so just had dinner and went to bed. Like I said, I know you cannot control the weather, but we wish we had the offer to cancel the night before and we would have stayed in Tokyo. Concerning the bar hop (Consolidated Optional Tour), which was a lot of fun and we would recommend it, we had to pay at the completion. I was under the impression it was included. It was about $50.00. If we were suppose to pay on the spot that is fine, just did not realize it. The itinerary was excellent, every where was a stimulating cultural experience. I was reminded again about the friendliness and sincerity of the Japanese people. We had a wonderful time and I would recommend your services to anyone. Sincerely, Connie... READ MORE

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