Sapporo - City of Shopping Malls
Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
21Trip End Sep 02, 2010
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Where I stayed
Best Western Hotel Fino
I was really lazy this am but, in my defense, I was obsessed with finding my post card stamps so I could mail out the post cards I had written. I essentially had to go through everything before I found them in a logical place: the envelope that held my important papers. So in the process I organized my room for the next 2 days (as of this morning).
I had planned to go to the Sapporo Beer Museum today because it is Monday and lots of other things are closed, like the Botanical Garden. Since the Museum has some beer tasting, I decided to delay it until mid-afternoon and thought I might as well do some shopping in the meantime. I could walk around above ground...maybe see some sights....and check out some of Frommers recommendations for shopping. I headed for the Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade first. I managed to find the right street fairly well considering I don't know how to identify streets by any signs even though Frommer says they are in English too
The Sapporo Beer Museum's high points for me were its old red brick building and its advertising posters created over time
After the Sapporo Beer Museum tour, I headed back by bus to the Factory Mall. I thought I would check out the stores and then have dinner at the Bier Keller. There were some craft shops in the old brewery building and lots of other regular stores in the attached mall with a huge atrium in its center. I think I checked out everything very thoroughly but didn't even buy one thing. I was tempted by a few things but dismissed them because of weight or fragility. Then I headed to the Bier Keller and ordered a seafood shabu dinner with another Yebisu beer
From the Factory Mall, I thought I could walk back to the hotel without much problem. I started out and then asked someone where the station was and she pointed in the opposite direction. So I turned around, got back to the Factory Mall, and asked again. This woman pointed in the direction from which I had just come. She and her mother (I think) conferred a bit. She thought I should get a taxi. Then they conferred with 2 other women and now they pointed in the opposite direction. I started off and then had misgivings and decided a taxi might not be such a bad idea after all. I got back to the hotel at 8 pm....a late night out for me here....and here I am. Now to try to upload more photos....some for the last 2 days and a few for today maybe.