At the viewing deck, a Bell of Love is place in a middle. For couples the tradition is to step inside and ring it together. If ringing the bell together is not enough to profess how much you love each other, then you can purchase a padlock engraved with your names.
After a few minutes, I decided to head back down. It was just too cold to stay longer.
From Ropeway Iriguchi stop(closest to Mt. Moiwa), I boarded the same streetcar line and went straight to the center of Sapporo Nightlife- Susukino.
I can walk endless hours without getting tired and sometimes because of this ability, either I discover something new or I always ended up at the wrong side of town. The Susukino entertainment district is not scary to explore, if you been to Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district then it’s more tame by comparison.
The usual advertisements of girly bars, promoters giving a way free tissue paper and the guys with spike, blond hair and pointed shoes are seen everywhere. Unlike in other countries, walking at Japan’s red light district is still safe and no one will bother you unless you seem to be calling for attention, if you know what I mean.
Another way to see the city at night is by heading to JR Tower at JR Sapporo Station. Consider as one of the highest skyscraper in the city, an entrance fee of 700 yen give you access to the T38 Observation deck. It may not be high as the Sky Tree but the elevation is enough to admire the city lights.
If you ask me, a drink in the bar is not the best way to spend a cold Sapporo night, rather slurping a hot bowl of ramen is the way to go. Hokkaido is considered as one of the top three ramen mecca in Japan and Sapporo has two ramen haven to do just that.
Another option is to head to the ramen theme park called “Sapporo Ramen Republic”, located at the 10th floor of Esta Shopping center at JR Sapporo Station.
What is distinctive about the Sapporo ramen is how it mixed up flavors, a combination of tonkatsu + miso soup for example. On one of the ramen dinner I had,I was given a grated cheese to mix with the soup, I find it quite strange but it turns out to be tasty anyways. I love Sapporo kind of ramen, though my heart belongs to Hakata’s Ippudon.
Forgive me for the lack of decent night shots, I’m a creature of daytime photography maybe because of my relationship with analogue film.
First day, first night, I’m already overwhelmed on how interesting Sapporo is.