Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Japan Pt 4 - Sapporo with Muhsin :D

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Japan Part 1
Japan Part 2
Japan Part 3

After arriving at Sapporo New Chitose Airport we took the train out to Sapporo where we planned to meet Muhsin. The station was huge but thankfully Muhsin was there at the gates to meet us. It's been three months almost, since we last saw him! Peluk tanak lepas >.< We dropped off our bags at Muhsin's hostel, a 10 minute walk away, and after a quick onigiri lunch, we headed back to Sapporo station to go to Otaru. We bought the Sapporo-Otaru welcome pass, which was Y1500 and came with a one day subway pass and return tickets to Otaru, which is quite a deal.

nyums
traditional way of showing train destinations in Sapporo station, by hanging plates on wires along the platforms.
yayyyy! 

Otaru and Odori Park


Otaru is a seaside port town half an hour outside of Sapporo. It was the site of the first laid railway tracks to connect the canning and fishing town to Sapporo. The old canal and buildings around the town are quite different, we kind of felt like we were in Europe. It was actually quite interesting to see how a functioning industrial are/port could still be a tourist attraction. Spent the afternoon strolling along the canal, eating ice-cream, and catching up. I really missed Muhsin!


lompat separa-jadi

tour bus that we didn't get on. Walking is the way to go for us

Yayyyy again :D

one of the entrances to the canal

old cannery along the canal

students on a school trip. they were all drawing

trying to recreate the statue back there

yuppies off to board their yacht la konon

Otaru masjid

Someone' magical backyard. Thats the old railway track, the first in Hokkaido

yayers

one of the port tycoon's manors


manor and canal park

squished on to a swing :D

Girl with the red shoes and her parents. literally thats the title of the statue

swimming in the canal


Muhsin belanja softu cream
walking through a dog park
pose and jump!

love otaru



by the docks
snap!

sights and activity around the docks

old architecture
some of the preserved buildings which were mostly canning warehouses, and the main crossing in Otaru, Victoria crossing




felt like europe


strolling along the preserved district



these cost a million yen, not kidding :|
Some shop details around Otaru. Gigantic Takoyaki but we didnt buy it because we didnt know if it was halal or not, probably not. Recycled metal sculptures, Random cat statues, and beautiful stained glass.

resting our feet outside the stained glass shop.


Beautiful sunset scenery on the train back
We considered going to Sapporo Dome to indulge in Japan's favorite sport, baseball, afterwards, but it was a bit late to get tickets so we decided to just go and have dinner and walk around Sapporo city's Odori Park instead.

Muhsin brought us to a japanese place where we ate unadon and forgot to take pics beforehand because we were so hungry and it was mm mm goooooodd. Also managed to watch some of the baseball game we didn't get to go to.
best unagi sushi I've had ever ever.
odori park and street performers. that ball of light is a fire dancer

light painting in odori park
In Sapporo we stayed at Muhsin's friend's apartment, the lovely Sue Yee. Such a lifesaver for graciously hosting both me and my sister The next day we didn't really have anything planned. Actually for this whole leg of the trip I planned on taking it easy and going with the flow. So we followed Sue to the Hokkaido University that morning to meet up with Muhsin, who had some stuff to take care of. in the meantime, we walked around the beautiful campus.

Hokkaido University

Hokkaido University started out as an agricultural college before growing into what it is today, so they have large expanses of farming land for research, and even preserved a portion of the university's original buildings into an outdoor museum which we checked out in the morning.

Some of the old barns and original buildings in Hokkaido University
farmgirls



There was a University Museum which was free so we checked that out. It was really quite interesting. there was a special exhibition going on, Giant Crocodiles vs Dinosaurs. Very cool. The museum building itself was really nice too, kinda felt like we were in Hogwarts.


The gorgeous University Museum building. We arrived the same time as a group of deaf Japanese schoolchildren coming on a school trip.


'Boys, be Ambitious' is the University's motto.  Some of the exhibits: Sustainable models, The university's nobel prize in chemistry, and some bugs.

Some awesome skeletons

More chemistry stuff. People used to have such nice penmanship!

Kuma, giant croc, more bugs, and a sweet deer

origami dinosaurs, looking at geology through a micriscope, and a cool exhibition about compressing numbers
University blueprints. All hand drawn and so precise and detailed hamek kau sectional detail

hogwarts hogwarts hoggy warty hogwarts (with dinosaurs)
Muhsin had shown us pictures of a sunflower field in the university so we set off looking for it, passing through a beautiful garden and into the Poplar avenue, but we couldn't find it anywhere so we headed back to Mushin's faculty for lunch and prayers at the International Students office, where we met some of Mushin's friends who decided to show us where the field was. As it turns out though, they had uprooted the entire field just a few days before. :/ but looking at the cows was fun too :)


flowering shrubs garden

beautiful polar avenue

me and mun shared a bowl of yummy soba

didnt find the sunflowers but i got excited about the cows in the background

Shiroi Koibito and goodbyes


We decided to go to Shiroi Koibito Park outside the chocolate factory afterwards, and even though it wasn't in peak bloom, it was still really beautiful and fun. And the chocolates we bought were deeeelicious! There was a free old toy museum so we checked that out too.
short side trip to 'ol blighty

quaint english rose garden

the roses smelt wonderful, and thats a real apple!
mmmmmmm


come in, come in!


lotsa cute little playhouses around the park
hope dysentery keeps away

flowerbed, literally kinda



yay!

bubbles! bubbles! bubbles!

giant

snaps


making candy

apparently every tourist place in japan has these commemorative stamp thingies. baru tauuu

yummylicious chocolate drink. so smoooth
hangin out with Mozart, Mona Lisa, and 'ol Pinocchio himself

astro boy blueprints
astro boys

cool old toys

Stopped by a second hand bookshop on the way back from Shiroi Koibito, they have tons of them everywhere in Japan. Munira got a few books for her boss, and we went on our way to Maruyama Park (the Sapporo version, they re-use names a lot here) Our plan was to catch the sunset from the top of the hill, but it was raining, and by the time we got to the park it was already past dusk, so we just walked around. Went to the Sapporo Masjid for prayers afterwards, and then we joined some of the Malaysian International Students Association for a farewell dinner for the interns, including my brother. Dinner was delicious (the cheese naan was to dieeee for!!! the cheese was soooooo gooooood!!) but the company was just as enjoyable :)
Some members of MISA. Arigatou Gozaimashita guys for taking good care of my little brother :) pic from Alfarina

Spent our last night in Sapporo at Sue's place and got up super early to catch the bus to the airport for our flight to Tokyo. There was a bit of a panic phase where we woke up late and had to really rush for the bus, and then reaching the airport and forgetting one of my bags on the bus after it had left the airport, but it was all good, Alhamdulillah :)

Goodbye Sapporo, Tokyo, here we come!

Expenses in Sapporo: ~¥6000
CTS to Sapporo:¥1040
Lunch day 1:¥250
Sapporo-Otaru Welcome Pass:¥1500
Dinner day 1:¥700
Lunch Day 2:¥300
Dinner day 2:¥500
Chocolate stuff at Shiroi Koibito:¥650
Bus to CTS: ¥1000


Japan Part 1

Japan Part 2

Japan Part 3


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