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Sapporo is located in western Hokkaido and is the largest city on the island. In the heart of the city, Odori Avenue Park stretches from east to west and is filled with art objects, fountains, lilac and acacia plants and lots of flowerbeds. Trading companies, financial institutions and local government offices populate the northern area and a large underground shopping mall dominates the southern area. The city contains many essential sights including the Sapporo City Clock, which has been marking time for over a century and the old Hokkaido government building, a neo-baroque building known as "Red Brick" that is lit up after dark.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Odori Avenue Park is truly an oasis in the city center that extends 1.5 km from east to west. Originally laid out as a fire-break that divided the city center into a residential southern area and governmental northern area in 1871, Odori Park is now recognized as a site for major events in Sapporo such as the YOSAKOI Soran festival in early summer, the Beer Garden and the Summer Festival in summer, and the Snow Festival and the White Illumination in winter. Additionally, the park has as many as 4,700 trees of 92 species, several types of fountains and a beautiful collection of sculptures.
Sapporo is famous for hairy crab, an expensive treat available at any seafood restaurant, and miso ramen, a more affordable local variation of the ubiquitous noodle dish with miso paste added to the stock. The ramen in particular will warm you up nicely on a chilly winter day. Sapporo soup curry, liquid curry prepared with vegetables and chicken is also increasingly famous and found in plenty of local restaurants.
The yen is the official currency of Japan. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. There is no limit on the amount of any currency that may be brought into or taken out of Japan. However, if you transport (any currencies, checks, securities or other monies) exceeding 1,000,000 yen worth in Japanese currency into or out of the country, then you must complete a customs declaration.
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