11:30 p.m in Jozenkai, Sapporo. Zac's asleep, we just finished watching John Carptener's The Thing, I'm in my underwear and scared. On with the blog! Sapporo is fantastic. It's just like Portland! We're staying in Jozenkai hot springs a little more than 12 kilometers outside downtown Sapporo (like how I'm using the metric system now? I'll actually stop doing that now). Our condo is kind of small, but we have a full functioning stove and rice cooker. The only thing is our routine right now is eating rice almost every meal and using the 7th floor men's onsen (hot spring) two times a day.
Jozenkai is filled with nearby mountains and hiking trails (just like Portland) and downtown Sapporo doesn't contain a lot of flashy lights like Tokyo (just like Portland) -- ooo! -- and also has a lot of places to get locally made beer (JUST LIKE PORTLAND)!
Zac and I decided to explore the local hiking trails that the nearby Mt. Yuhidake had to offer. The hike took about two hours and was about 580 meters (I lied about the metric thing) to the top.
Nearing the top of the mountain we reached a gorgeous vista. I actually said "wow" it was so wow-inducing.
After about another 20 minutes of hiking Zac and I finally reached the summit of Mt. Yuhidake. Water was drank and Kind Bars were ate.
We ended the day with a trip upstairs to the onsen and a viewing of John Wick. Keenu Reeves is an underrated actor with a sad and unfortunate past. He's great.
The second day in Sapporo we took the bus into town and essentially just wandered around for a bit. Nothing special, except Sapporo, I suppose. It feels so much like Portland. It kind of rained, then stopped, then kind of rained again, then stopped, then got sunny towards the end of our day, then got cloudy again. No wonder we're sister cities.
The rest of this blog is just gonna be a photo dumb. I mean, that's why you came here, right?
We're going back to Tokyo in a couple days! I'll update the blogamatron then! l8tr m8s