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Old 02-12-2010, 04:01 AM
 
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Has anyone here been to Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan before? I was just there last weekend for the snow festival, and I must say that it is a beautiful place!



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Old 02-24-2010, 09:31 PM
 
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I've been there twice and absolutely loved it. I went to Yuki Matsuri a few years ago and it was REALLY cool. And, of course, I love skiing at Niseko. I wanted to do some hiking in the summertime up there but never got a chance to take advantage of that before returning to the States. BTW, the first photo is quite nostalgic.
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:21 AM
 
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ive only been there in the summer time but would love to go there for the snow festival!!!

and its a nice big city away from the "BIG" city lol but its different... there not like tokyo people, more like kansai people
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Old 01-12-2011, 04:23 AM
 
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Has anyone here been to Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan before? I was just there last weekend for the snow festival, and I must say that it is a beautiful place!
Thanks for your great photos!
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:10 PM
 
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I envy you. I would love to go there someday. I learned Japanese for 3 years but then gave up on it but I'm still fascinated with the country. What are you doing there?
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:08 AM
 
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The wife and I were considering going there the last time we went in November. We decided to go to Hiroshima and Kyoto instead. Judging by your pictures, we should definitely hit up Sapporo next time!
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:21 AM
 
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I've been told that Hokkaido is the only Japanese island not to be overpopulated and with a definitely colder climate than the other islands, closer to the Siberian climate, is it true ?
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:34 AM
 
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I've been told that Hokkaido is the only Japanese island not to be overpopulated and with a definitely colder climate than the other islands, closer to the Siberian climate, is it true ?
Definitely the most northern large city.

Plenty of islands are not overpopulated in Japan though. Actually pretty much everything between Tokyo and Sapporo is very rural, with just a few exceptions like Sendai. And Tokyo is on the main island of Japan, and only about half way up it. But, generally, Hokkaido is a very popular with tourists kind of place, well known for being very rural outside of Sapporo...and very cold.

I've never met anyone who didn't like Sapporo. Apparently the city is very laid-out in a grid pattern, making it easy to find your way around.
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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I hear people in Hokkaido are even more racist than the rest of Japan, though. Is that true? I heard it is not uncommon to be refused entry to Onsen, if you are a foreigner.
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:53 AM
 
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I hear people in Hokkaido are even more racist than the rest of Japan, though. Is that true? I heard it is not uncommon to be refused entry to Onsen, if you are a foreigner.
I feel the allegation that Japanese are racist is way way blown out of proportion. I've actually never experienced a 'racist' experience in my three years of being in Japan so far. (I'm not saying that others don't, I'm just saying that I haven't).

But, that being said, if foreigners in Hokkaido are refused entry, it is probably because the person is a Russian (they visit Hokkaido often and easily, especially sailors), and they might assume they don't know how to use it and can't communicate with him in English or Japanese, or that the foreigner is too drunk to be in there, or that they have too many tattoos or something.
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