Escapade 2014 - Sapporo II (Day 3 & Day 4)

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Our third day was also met with heavy rain. O well.. can't always have beautiful summer sky. Bracing another day of puddle dodging, we headed back out towards Susukino area for a late brunch. 
 

Hyousetsu-no-mon Sony 20mm f2.8

Hyousetsu-no-mon
Sony 20mm f2.8

We chose Hyousetsu no mon among many other great crab restaurant in the area. It seemed like one of the oldest in Susukino area and thought it would be a good introduction to crab dish in Hokkaido. (sorry for the wrist strap in the corner of the frame)
 

Hyousetsu-no-mon Sony 20mm f2.8

Hyousetsu-no-mon
Sony 20mm f2.8

I was little disappointed to find they only gave us two crab legs.. cant complain too much about being served Japanese portions in Japan. 
 

Crab Hotpot!! Sony 20mm f2.8

Crab Hotpot!!
Sony 20mm f2.8

Crab porridge Sony 20mm f2.8

Crab porridge
Sony 20mm f2.8

Overall, it was very satisfying meal and was pleasantly surprised by how good crab hotpot is. After a quick post-lunch coffee, we headed back towards Hokkaido Former Government Office to check out the Sapporo colonial architecture. Unfortunately, we had to walk under a downpour. 
 

A small garden in front of Hokkaido Former Government Office Sigma 60mm f2.8

A small garden in front of Hokkaido Former Government Office
Sigma 60mm f2.8

A small garden in front of Hokkaido Former Government Office igma 60mm f2.8

A small garden in front of Hokkaido Former Government Office
igma 60mm f2.8

Maybe because of the cooler climate, I was surprised to see Lily flowers blooming in late July. 
 

Hokkaido Former Government Office Sony 35mm f1.8  

Hokkaido Former Government Office
Sony 35mm f1.8

 

Hokkaido Former Government Office ony 35mm f1.8

Hokkaido Former Government Office
ony 35mm f1.8

I didn't find the government office particularly interesting. There was a Hokkaido photo gallery set up so I spent most of my time enjoying the gallery.
 

Goofing around  Sony 35mm f1.8

Goofing around 
Sony 35mm f1.8

After the rain quiet down a bit, we made our way up to Sapporo JR Tower.
 

Sapporo JR Tower Sony 35mm f1.8  

Sapporo JR Tower
Sony 35mm f1.8

 

Sapporo JR Tower Sony 20mm f2.8  

Sapporo JR Tower
Sony 20mm f2.8

 

I prefer the view from the JR Tower over the TV Tower. Maybe because of the rain, but the city had that very moody almost Gotham like feel.
I sat down on a chair overlooking the city skyscrapers with a glass of Sapporo beer. A perfect combination. 
 

My friend enchanted by the view.  Sony 35mm f1.8

My friend enchanted by the view. 
Sony 35mm f1.8

After enjoying the view, we went to Odori park to begin our third night of drunken adventure. We chose Kirin tent and ordered a tall beer tower.
 

A friend pouring glass of beer like a boss.  Kirin Tent (I prefer Kirin) Sony 35mm f1.8

A friend pouring glass of beer like a boss. 
Kirin Tent (I prefer Kirin)
Sony 35mm f1.8

Some shrine in Sapporo Sony 35mm f1.8

Some shrine in Sapporo
Sony 35mm f1.8

Some shrine in Sapporo Sony 35mm f1.8

Some shrine in Sapporo
Sony 35mm f1.8

Some shrine in Sapporo Sony 35mm f1.8

Some shrine in Sapporo
Sony 35mm f1.8

Our drunken adventure led us to a shrine in Sapporo. A perfect photo opportunity under the rain :)
 

H Bar Sony 35mm f1.8

H Bar
Sony 35mm f1.8

We stumbled back to our hostel. We even had to grab a cab back since it is pretty tiring to walk around anywhere in rain while under the influence of alcohol. After some laundry business, we headed out again for another round of drinks. We found this H Bar nearby the hostel and drank Sake to our heart's content.
 

Sony 35mm f1.8

Sony 35mm f1.8

Sony 35mm f1.8

Sony 35mm f1.8

Under the cover of umbrella Sony 35mm f1.8

Under the cover of umbrella
Sony 35mm f1.8

Sony 35mm f1.8

Sony 35mm f1.8

We found this Japanese fast food restaurant for some late night snacks. Maybe it was the liquor or the cheap prices, but I really enjoyed the meal at the 24 hour fast food restaurant. 
 

Sony 35mm f1.8

Sony 35mm f1.8

Sony 35mm f1.8

Sony 35mm f1.8

Above two shots are probably my favorite shots of the day.  
 

In front of Toyota rental place Sony 35mm f1.8

In front of Toyota rental place
Sony 35mm f1.8

In front of Toyota rental place Sony 35mm f1.8

In front of Toyota rental place
Sony 35mm f1.8

We woke up the next day feeling surprisingly fresh and sound. Maybe that late night fast food run did the trick. We said our goodbyes to the hostel owner and made our way to Toyota rental center to begin our road trip adventure through Hokkaido countryside.

To be continued...