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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.
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)
I was little disappointed to find they only gave us two crab legs.. cant complain too much about being served Japanese portions in Japan.
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.
Maybe because of the cooler climate, I was surprised to see Lily flowers blooming in late July.
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.
After the rain quiet down a bit, we made our way up to Sapporo JR Tower.
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.
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.
Our drunken adventure led us to a shrine in Sapporo. A perfect photo opportunity under the rain :)
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.
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.
Above two shots are probably my favorite shots of the day.
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...