October 9, 2015

Travelogue: Hokkaido, Japan (Part III)

Here's my last post for my Hokkaido travelogue series *cryyyy* I figured it's best I share with you what I did the last day before heading back home. 

-DAY 4-

Our day started off early cause we wanted to get the most of the time we had left. Visited the Hokkaido Shrine cause along this trip we've been tourist spots, sightseeing places, shops and etc. So to balance it all out, we witnessed how the temples there were like and from what I learnt, this is a Shinto temple. A religious culture closely associated with the Japanese.

Fortune teller box. Throw in 100yen (about RM4) and then pick a paper from the box to read your fortune
If you like what your fortune says, keep the paper. But if you don't, you may tie them in a knot here.
I tried it for fun's sake cause I obviously don't believe in fortunate-telling. But it was a fun experience and I enjoyed my time there surrounded by tranquility and calmness. Next stop we made our way to Shiroi Koibito Park or easily known as the chocolate factory. As soon as I stepped out of our shuttle bus, I could smell chocolates all the way even though I was outside the building. The place reminded me of Disneyland too.

So it's the best place to bring your whole family while learning how chocolates were made from the early days. 

Looks so damn good!!
Clear view of how the chocolate cookies manufacturing process that took place.
I snapchatted a lot while I was there cause I wanted to show you guys so bad of how the place was. And I managed to bag some cookies to bring back home for family and friends.

There's this one thing that I'm sure bothers all of you Muslim readers of mine about visiting Japan, which is, what do I eat while I was there, right? Well, for starters let me just say visiting Japan was quite tricky when it comes to food. But fortunately they eat a lot of seafoods so you won't be left with no choice at all.

But of course, you still have to be careful for sometimes they use sake/alcohol to make those seafood dishes. So what I did was I made sure I asked my tour guide so that she could confirm if for me, and also double check with these symbols I always see at restaurants...

I find that these helped me a lot when getting food, cause they don't write in English that much, so the best way for me to make sure was with these symbols. Some restaurants also have pork/alcohol symbols so that you'll know what is in the dish. IT HELPED A LOT I tell you.

But if you are planning to go and still want to equip yourselves with some info about anything halal and Muslim, you could check this website {Halal Media Japan} first to look into it more.

So, to end my travelogue series, I whipped up a montage video for ya'll to see! :D I remember listening to this song on repeat while on the road and also found a music box with this tune as well! So it was natural that I take this song as my Sapporo-themed song haha..

P/s: I travelled with AirasiaX, and with the help of my tour guide, Akemi Ito. Hope you're reading this, Akemi! :D
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wanyyg said...

ommggg i miss my japan exchange days now!
to my surprise, Sapporo looks more western than traditional japanese.
the buildings looks alot like england.
would love to visit Sapporo one day!

everything magical

ana fatihah said...

Tak pernah sampai lagi Japan. Sobsob.

Nisa Kay said...

Bestnyaaa Sapporo !