The capital of Japan’s northern island the fifth largest city, Sapporo’s spacious boulevards and open park space stand in stark contrast to the more hemmed in, even cramped districts of other cities a person could mention. The cosmopolitan feel and a cafe culture here are perhaps more reminiscent of Paris or Milan than ultramodern Japan. The city is renowned for its parks and the richness of nature surrounding. Sapporo’s Odori-koen Park bisecting the city make for a pleasant stroll indeed, and another popular tourist destination is the Sapporo Beer Garden & Museum, site of the first Sapporo Brewery. This is a great city and will be a wonderful place to explore, even if only for a short time. When eating in Sapporo, do be sure to make the most of Hokkaido’s fresh vegetables and fine seafood, and to get a little feel for how folks stay cozy here through the long snowy winter. We recommend donburi rice bowls topped with all range of goodness, or a spicy soup curry, or pretty much anything with crab!