Discovering the Magical City of Sapporo With Less Hassle, More Dazzle
by Jace Amodo, January 08, 2019 2:03pm
Sapporo was unknown to most Filipinos until the rom-com film Kita Kita by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo became a phenomenon. What used to be Japan's hidden gem has become one of the top choices in the "winter destinations" category. Want to know what led many Filipinos to inscribe this magical city to their travel bucket list?
Sapporo Snow Festival
Imagine experiencing winter in a city that loves the season so much, it created a festival around it. Bask in chilly amazement at over 400 ice sculptures and thrilling ice slides, navigate your way through ice mazes, catch top musical acts on-stage, even cheer for your favorites at the Queen of Ice beauty pageant! Explore Sapporo’s snowy mountains and witness a winter wonderland that’s nothing short of enchanting.
Nestled in the northern island of Hokkaido are the sprawling storybook hills that make up the fifth largest—not to mention one of the most livable—cities in the country. Sapporo is a majestic mix of nature and urban living, as one would expect, so it is no stranger to visitors falling deeply in love with its cityscapes.
Drop by Japan’s only Beer Museum, where the country’s world-famous beer brand got its name. For chocolate-lovers, make sure to stop by Royce’s Chocolate World and see chocolate artisans work their magic. Trade train rides for a picturesque view aboard a street car with old-world charm. Slurp down a bowl of Hokkaido’s specialty dish and miso butter corn ramen (and don’t be shy about asking for seconds!). Relive the scenes from the sensational film Kita Kita, and maybe even make a friend or two as you explore the city.
Snow doesn't fall year-round, but that won't stop anyone from touring. Sapporo has enough attractions for guests: there's the cherry blossoms in the spring; lavender fields, music festivals, and beach events in the summer; and the grand gastronomic feast at the Sapporo Autumn Festival in, well, autumn.
Beer, skiing, ramen—all these and many more led Filipinos to fly to Sapporo. If it has become long overdue, however, then lucky you. Visitors can discover firsthand the magic of this city with ease, thanks to the 4-star airline, Philippine Airlines.
PAL can take you there aboard the new Airbus A321 Neo, non-stop from Manila to Sapporo’s new Chitose Airport. Begin and end your storybook vacation with comfortable seats, in-flight meals, and that signature heartfelt service you can get only with PAL. Moreover, get to take home even more wonderful souvenirs with free baggage allowance.
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