Icy reception in Japan for the Sapporo Ice Festival

I arose in what seemed to be some sort of capsule. From the exterior this and the adjoining

capsules were all lined up looking similar to a bank of washing machines at a coin laundry. However, this particular capsule was just a 3000 Yen piece of real estate that I had rented for a night that was no bigger than a horizontal toilet cubical, it was my bedroom for the night.

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Which was fine with me as I was in no state to move anywhere fast. I had just a plain white sheet draped over my naked body and worn on my right wrist was a blue bracelet with a key dangling from it. I presumed this was for the Onsen locker. To top it off my head felt as though it had been run through a saw mill.

I guess that’s what you get for having a big night out in Sapporo, Japan with a few hostel mates who you have known for a few weeks but never partied with. We had all only decided to make this trip the previous day, from Niseko after of course we had shredded the backcountries fresh powder as we had been doing for the past 2 months.

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Sapporo at this time (early February) of year was far from tropical with -15 degree weather which actually helped my ever increasing heart rate (killer hangover prevails) as we trudged the streets in search for ginormous ice sculptures that stood 3-4 stories high, between stops for delicious Japanese food. Again something my hung over and non-existent appetite wouldn’t allow me to keep down. Despite the state I was in, Sapporo is a very fun place to go.

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There are a lot of restaurants, bars and places to try out. If you are thinking of heading there during winter, be sure to check it out during the “Ice Festival”. For there are a few streets lined with beautifully carved snow and ice sculptures and I found it stunning to see a city covered in snow.

The Ice festival is kind of a big deal too; as over 2 million people come to Sapporo for the one week in February that it is on to see this winter wonderland. You can check it out here for more info.

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If you plan to stay in town be sure to book in advance for there will be a lot of people visiting at this time and you want to secure a bed. For cheaper accommodation click here where you will find the best budget deals without booking fees.

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