I would like to introduce Maruyama Zoo, which opened as the first zoo in Hokkaido.
Since its opening in 1951, it has become a very popular tourist attraction in Sapporo.
There are many animals, including polar bears!
In addition to observing more than 160 kinds of animals, there are also many sakura trees, so you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing in spring and autumn leaves. It is a popular sightseeing spot because the scenery changes from season to season.
There are also various events in the park, which both adults and children can enjoy.
Admission fee: 800 yen for adults, 400 yen for high school students, free for junior high school students and younger, 2000 yen for annual passport.
Opening time: 09:30 to 16:30 (winter season: 16:00)
*Please check the official website for information on admission fees, opening hours, closing days, and events.
The closest train station to the zoo is Maruyama Park Station on the Tozai Line (15min walk).
Hakkougakuen Agricultural Products Shop
Hakkougakuen Agricultural Products Shop
Warm days are plentiful this time of year; summer is just around the corner!
This time, we will introduce you to a recommended sightseeing spot where you can enjoy nature and purchase vegetables and livestock products grown in the Ishikari area, including Sapporo. The shop is called Hakkougakuen Agricultural Products Shop.
They also sell milk and soft ice cream made from home-grown cow milk. It tastes like rich milk; we highly recommend giving it a try.
Famous Sapporo sightseeing spots Sapporo Dome and Amigaoka Observatory are also close to Fukuzumi Station on the Toho Line subway station, so you should visit there as well!
This is T Mark City Hotel Sapporo Front Desk Abe.
It seems that the number of warm days in Sapporo is increasing little by little, just like spring. How are you all doing?
This time, it's easier to go outside, so I'll go a little further and tell you about the Otaru Tenguyama Ropeway!
Mt. Tengu of Otaru Tenguyama Ropeway is known for its symbolic mountain of Otaru at an elevation of 532.4 meters.
From the top of Mt. Tengu, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the streets of Otaru and Sea of Japan.
Other than the observation deck at the top of the mountain, there is a legend that "Nose nade Tengu-san" is magical, and that if you touch its long nose, you can get rid of evil spirits and wishes, and it is said that all wishes such as traffic safety, family safety, business prosperity, and academic achievement will come true.
Inside the top of the mountain, there is also a Tengu museum where items related to Tengu are collected from all over the country (free admission).
And above all, the night view is beautiful, so it's a very enjoyable place.
Why don't you all visit the Otaru Tenguyama Ropeway?
Today we would like to introduce you to the vending machines installed in the lobby on the first floor of our hotel.
There are a total of five different vending machines. Two of them are stocked with cans and plastic bottles, and one serves drinks in a paper cup.
We also have an ice cream vending machine that’s very popular in the summer!
Our best recommendation is the vending machine for cup noodles.
It’s great for times when you’re a little hungry, but it's troublesome to go out to eat or go to a convenience store.
Please get chopsticks at the front desk.
We also have sweets such as "Pritz" and "Alfort."
We even have an umbrella vending machine!
It's very convenient, so please use it.
2022 Cherry Blossoms
The snow melts in Hokkaido and the cherry blossom season in Honshu is waiting. How are you doing?
The topic of cherry blossoms in Hokkaido seems to be still a long way off.
But for those of us who are eagerly waiting for spring, we are looking forward to the cherry blossom forecast.
March 9, 2022 10:51 Weather News
·Predicted March 18th in Tokyo and Fukuoka
·Flowers bloom earlier than usual in northern and eastern Japan
·The warmth of spring accelerates the growth of buds
Toward the upcoming cherry blossom season, Weather News has announced its fifth cherry blossom forecast for 2022.
Based on more than 2 million cherry blossom reports received from participants in the Sakura Project over the past 18 years, independent coverage of famous places, and weather forecasts such as temperature, we predict the flowering date. I wonder when the nearby cherry blossoms will bloom and be in full bloom.
Cherry blossoms are expected to bloom in western Japan in 2022 as usual, and in eastern and northern Japan, they are expected to bloom earlier than usual and more than a week earlier.
This year's first cherry blossoms will be in Tokyo and Fukuoka on March 18th, followed by Yokohama and Hiroshima on March 20th.
It blooms in many places in western and eastern Japan in March, and blooms in various parts of Tohoku in early to mid-April. The cherry blossom wave is expected to land in Hokkaido in late April and bloom in Sapporo on April 23rd.
According to the "National Bomi Survey", which examined the condition of 5,152 cherry blossom buds, more than 30% of the buds in Kanto and Kyushu changed their colors.
In northern Japan, most cherry blossoms are still small and hard buds. However, in the southern Tohoku region, buds that have changed "yellow at the end" have already begun to appear.
The warmth of spring will continue to accelerate growth.
Temperatures are expected to be higher than usual in mid-March, with some days expected to reach 20 degrees Celsius in western and eastern Japan.
It is expected that the growth speed will continue to increase nationwide toward flowering.
Considering the results of this "National Bomi Survey" and the latest temperature forecast, we have advanced the forecast date of flowering in western and eastern Japan by one to four days from the previous announcement (March 2).
As soon as cherry blossoms begin to bloom in Hokkaido, plum blossoms also begin to bloom.
The flower season is almost here!
Tmark City Hotel Kanazawa
Marriage and childbirth are pivotal turning points in one’s life, you welcome new family members and create cherished bonds that last a life times. On March 1st 2022, we also welcomed a new family member.
Its name is Tmark City Hotel Kanazawa.
The 5th sister hotel of the T Mark City Hotel group has officially opened in Kanazawa, the ancient capital city.
It is located in a tasteful corner of Katamachi shopping district. Popular sightseeing spots such as Kenrokuen are also within walking distance.
If you take a step inside the building, you will find a chic Japanese modern space with the atmosphere of Kanazawa.
The guest rooms are equipped with the finest beds made by Sealy. You'll be able to enjoy high-quality relaxation in a sophisticated room.
Enjoy your stay in Kanazawa!
[Address] No. 21-7 Katamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, 920-0981
[HP address] https://tmarkcity.com/kanazawa/
JR Tower Observation Deck
When you think of tourism in Sapporo, winter sports and other outdoor activities come to mind. However, Sapporo is also famous for its night viewing spots! This time, we would like to introduce the JR Tower Observation Deck Tower 38 (located in Sapporo station).
The JR Tower Observation Deck is an extension of Sapporo station and is 160m high. It offers 360 panoramic views of the city below, as well as the lush mountain scenery in the far distance. We recommend visiting at night, but you can also enjoy different scenery that changes with the seasons; you can experience splendid views all year round. There is also a café, gift shop and even a toilet where you can do your business while enjoying the view out the window.
Please check it out when you come to Sapporo!
The snow is especially heavy in Sapporo this winter; we are patiently waiting for spring to come. Because of the snow, many of our guests are opting to spend more time in their rooms and with that in mind, we created a new reservation package: Fitness Mirror Plan.
What is a fitness mirror?
By watching the training videos in a full-body mirror, you can train in the right posture and experience content and services that take advantage of these characteristics.
Easy to operate ♪
From Yoga, Pilates, Beautiful Body Lessons, Golf Lessons, etc.
Experience more than 400 on-demand content at T Mark City Hotel Sapporo!
In addition, in the live broadcast, trainers can see themselves while taking lessons online.
*You can check the live schedule on the official website of Fitness Mirror.
Please make a reservation through our official website, Jalan, and Rakuten Travel.
We look forward to your visit!
Lake Shinotsu Ice Fishing
Today we would like to introduce you to ice fishing for ‘wakasagi’, Japanese pond smelt.
It’s the perfect leisure activity you can enjoy in the winter. Drilling a hole through the surface of a frozen pond and fishing is a lot of fun!
If you visit Lake Shinotsu they have a fishing area with a large roof so you can enjoy fishing regardless of the weather. They have a rental service for fishing rods and buckets. We recommend making tempura (deep fried) with your fresh caught fish. You can enjoy with family and friends. The entrance price also includes a bath ticket so you can warm up your cold body after fishing. The lake can be reached from Sapporo by car in around 50 minutes. You should definitely give ice fishing a try if you have time!
■Price: [Fishing hut] Adults ¥2,600 Elementary school students ¥1,500 Infants ¥800 ※Free for children under 3 years of age
【Outside fishing】Adults 2,000 yen Elementary school students 1,000 yen Infants 500 yen ※Free for children under 3 years of age
■URL: http://www.tappunoyu.com/fishing/ ※The hours of use vary depending on the fishing spot.
* Reservations are required for Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (the deadline is until 2 p.m. the day before)
Sapporo soft stone
This time, I would like to introduce Sapporo soft stone, which is registered as Hokkaido heritage.
Sapporo soft stone is a rock (melted tuff) that hardened 40,000 years ago when a pyroclastic flow caused by a large-scale eruption of Mount Shikotsu cooled around Sapporo. Because it is easy to process and has excellent fire resistance and fire resistance, it has been widely used in buildings in Sapporo and Hokkaido since the early Meiji period, and a unique landscape has been formed. The old stone storehouse has been reused as a cafe, and the quarry site is loved not only by citizens as a park and green space, but also as a finishing material for buildings in recent years. In addition, Sapporo's soft stone culture is still continuing, with soft stone miscellaneous goods being commercialized.
It is a stone building that you can sometimes see when you walk around Sapporo. It's heavy, but it's kind of warm. There used to be many stone buildings and warehouses. It has completely decreased recently. However, I was fascinated by this gentle atmosphere and once again attracted attention to stone buildings.
Rusutsu Ski Resort
Hey everyone. This time, I would like to introduce "Rusutsu Ski Resort" in Rusutsu Village, next to the world-famous ski resort of Niseko.
Rusutsu's snow quality is excellent, and you can enjoy light and fine powdery snow with only about 5% moisture content.
This ski resort is made up of three mountains: West Mt., East Mt., and Mt. Isola, especially East Mt. and Mt. Isola, which are wide and diverse, so you won't get tired of skiing all day long.
Why don't you experience Hokkaido's snow, which is praised by foreign media as the "ultimate powder snow"?
[Directions by car or shuttle bus]
Sapporo City → National Route 230 / Ishiyama-dori → Rusutsu Resort approximately 90 minutes Rusutsu approximately 120 minutes
(Departure from Sapporo, advance reservation system, free ride fee)
Rusutsu Desk Tel.011-232-5000 (9:00-17:00)
13th Street, Rusutsu Village, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, 048-1711
Tel.0136-46-3331 (Representative) Fax.0136-46-3229 Tel.0136-46-3111 (General Reservation Center)
Sapporo International Ski Resort
This time, I will introduce you to skiing that you can only do at this time of year.
Let me introduce you to Sapporo International Ski Resort!
After all, the only outdoor activities you can do at this time of year are skiing and snowboarding, but this time, I would like to give you some information for those who have never skied before.
First of all, as for how to get to Sapporo International Ski Resort, you can get there by bus for 90 minutes from JR Sapporo Station or 120 minutes from Shin-Chitose Airport by bus!
We recommend skiing to those who want to ski or snowboard to their heart's content while avoiding contact with people because of covid.
Sapporo International Ski Resort:
Business hours: Weekdays 9:00-17:00 / Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 8:30-17:00
Daily fee: ¥4,600 for general use
Middle and high school students ¥2,300 * Student ID presentation
Elementary school student ¥1,000
If you don't have ski equipment, you can rent it!
For more information, please check the website of Sapporo International Ski Resort.
Please understand that the business period may change without notice depending on the snow conditions, COVID-19 infection conditions, and various other reasons.
Hokkaido Day Trip
In this blog post, I would like to introduce you to a day trip bus tour. This post is aimed at those who want to come to Sapporo but don't want o visit the typical tourist spots, or even for those who just don't know where to go when they come to stay in Sapporo. While everyone can take this bus tour, it is recommended for Sapporo citizens.
First of all, make a reservation at Tmark City Hotel!
You can take the bus on a Saturday morning (early morning departures are popular). We recommend taking the 'Tarako, Shitake Tour'. The bus leaves Sapporo Station and heads towards Shiraoi Town, a town famous for its shitake mushrooms and cod roe. You can enjoy the famous lake while having a delicious lunch, before returning to Sapporo Station in the evening.
On a side note, they also have tours to the Okhotsk Sea which is a bit further away but absolutely worth the trip!
We hope you enjoy an adventurous day trip!
Hokkaido's Great Answer
Today, I'm going to introduce a special edition of lifestyle magazine BRUTUS.
Its name in Englsih roughly translates to "Hokkaido's Great Answer."
The magazine BRUTUS introduces the charm of Hokkaido from its own perspective, but it is difficult to introduce it all at once because it is dotted with attractive towns such as Hakodate, Kushiro of seafood, Obihiro of dairy farming, Asahikawa, Hokkaido's second largest city. Therefore, the main point of the approach is to dig deeper into the highlights starting from seven airports in Hokkaido. It introduces superb views and activities such as gourmet food, culture and hot springs that can be accessed from each airport. Hokkaido is full of spots that even local Hokkaido residents have never visited .It is also full of fresh information for local people.
And at the end of the book, many famous local restaurants have also been introduced, and their sense and ability to cover news are overwhelming. It's completely different from other ordinary tourist guide books. This book is not only for tourists, but also for local Hokkaido residents.
If you have a chance, we highly recommend reading it!
Hokkaido is the first prefectures in Japan to welcome autumn.
This time, I would like to introduce Nakajima Park, a scenic autumn leaves viewing spot located 10 minutes walk from our hotel. The trees in Nakajima Park begin to turn red every year from mid-October.
The park, which has a history of more than 100 years, includes Shobuike Pond, Hachimouan, which is designated as an important cultural property of the country, and Japanese gardens.
In particular, the area around Shobuike Pond is the most popular place, and the autumn leaves reflected on the surface of the pond are the most impressive.
It is a place where you can enjoy the scenery from various angles with a walkway surrounding the pond.
Why don't you pay Nakajima Park a visit?
A new accommodation package
Covid-19 has unfortunately still not subsided, and many people are likely to be feeling down by the currently enforced ‘state of emergency’ in Japan. We would like to introduce you to our recommended plan here at Tmark City Hotel Sapporo.
Our hotel is now offering a type of reservation that allows guests to stay in a twin room for the same price as a single room! You can book this reservation on our homepage.
It's also good to take out delicious food from around Susukino and eat it while watching your favorite videos!
Of course, we also have free Wi-Fi environment so don't worry.
How about having a relaxing bath and relax your body and mind by soaking in hot water without worrying about the time in your favorite scent?
At the front desk, we can also arrange a massage for you in your room (reception time: 15:00-24:30, charged).
Massage after taking a bath is a great way to unwind!
The number of rooms is limited, so if you are interested, make a reservation first! Reservations are here↓
If you're worried about making a reservation online, we can handle it by phone.
Please have a great time at T-Mark City Hotel Sapporo!
The season to view the beautiful autumn leaves has finally come.
The autumn leaves of Mt. Daisetsu in Hokkaido always start around September. It gradually moves south across Japan from there.
My hobby is traveling, so I’ve been to many places to see the autumn leaves, but I haven't been able to see the autumn leaves in Daisetsuzan yet. I would love to go there this year.
Have you ever seen the autumn leaves in Hokkaido? When the day comes when you can enjoy your trip with peace of mind after the pandemic, be sure to experience the earliest autumn leaves in Japan.
Address: 078-1701 Sounkyo, Kamikawa-gun, Sounkyo, Daisetsuzan Sounkyo, Kurooka Ropeway
Forest Tourism Sounkyo Co., Ltd.
Fax number 0165-85-3019
access from Sapporo
Transfer from Doo Expressway to Asahikawa Monbetsu Road by Hifu JCT and get to Kamikawa Sounkyo IC for about 2 hours and 30 minutes.From there, take National Highway 39 in the direction of Kitami and Abashiri for about 30 minutes.
From Kamikawa Station on the JR Sekihoku Main Line
About 30 minutes on the Sounkyo-Kamigawa Line of the Dohoku Bus
Get off at the last stop, Sounkyo, 5 minutes walk.
Hokkaido Development Village
This time, I will introduce you to a pioneering village that I used to go to once a week.
Hokkaido Development Village is an outdoor museum that reconstructs and reproduces buildings from all over Hokkaido built from the Meiji era to the early Showa era. The village was established in April 1983 to help visitors understand the life of the pioneering period and to preserve structures that show the flow of culture for a long time to posterity. From the exhibition, you can see the wisdom and efforts of the people who pioneered Hokkaido, and each building will guide you to that time.
The village plans to resume business on September 13th, so I will go there again.
Official website http://www.kaitaku.or.jp/
Business hours: April 1st to April 30th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Entrance to the village is 4:00 p.m.)
Closed every Monday (closed the next day if it is a national holiday or a transfer holiday)
May 1st to September 30th 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Entrance to the village is 4:30 p.m.)
October 1st - March 31st 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Entrance to the village is 4:00 p.m.)
Closed every Monday (closed the next day if it is a national holiday or a transfer holiday)
Year-end and New Year's holidays (December 29 to January 3)
Fee: 800 yen for individuals, 700 yen for groups
College and high school students General 600 yen College and high school students' group 500 yen
Development Village Annual Passport ¥1500
T-Mark City Hotel Sapporo → Susukino Station on Subway Namboku Line → Odori Station → Shin-Sapporo Station on Subway Tozai Line
Subway Shin-Sapporo → Shin-Sapporo Bus Terminal North Lane No. 10 Platform "New 22 Development Village" → Development Village
*Please check the details on the official website.
This is Abe from the front desk at T-Mark City Hotel Sapporo.
This blog also introduces the food that I’ve been preparing recently that’s perfect for the summer.
Aren't you getting summer fatigue?
Let's not push ourselves too hard and do our best while taking a break!
This time, I would like to introduce you to chilled Chinese food that Japanese people love eating in the summer.
Here are the ingredients:
·A bowl of ramen
·4-6 slices of ham
·1 teaspoon of sugar
·A little salt
·Favorite cold Chinese sauce
·If you add tomatoes it will be even more delicious!
How to make:
①Break the egg into a bowl, add sugar and salt, and mix well.
②After oiling the frying pan, put only half of the eggs in the frying pan.
Please prepare a total of two sunny side up eggs.
③ Slice the eggs, cucumbers and ham thinly.
④When the ramen is boiled, cool it under running water, drain it well, and arrange it on a plate.
⑤The rest is finished by arranging the ingredients as you like.
By the way, in Hokkaido, chilled Chinese is also called chilled ramen!
Today I'm going to introduce you to a book called Plan+Sapporo.
It’s edited by Young-Joon Eun, who moved to Sapporo about 10 years ago (at the time of publication), and introduces many beautiful photos highlighting the distinctive charm of Sapporo.
Plan Plus comes from the idea that Sapporo sightseeing will be more fun if you carry this book around the city in addition to an existing tourist guidebook.
What is noteworthy about its content is that it is so unique. For example, "Iso-chan ramen" is featured in the introduction of gourmet spots.
*What is Iso-chan Ramen? It’s a ramen restaurant for local people who come by to eat after a night of heavy drinking and partying.
It's has a lot of content that’s different from your typical tourist guidebook. All the photos posted are slightly underexposed and slightly loose-focus, and the modern Sapporo streets look nostalgic.
I enjoyed this book as if I were flipping through my graduation album from my school days.
Among the photos are the beer garden in Odori Park, the Susukino Festival, and the school festival in Kita University which are always crowded with many smiling people.
These events are now in a situation where you have to refrain from doing so, but one day you will surely be able to enjoy sightseeing with peace of mind. I hope you can visit Sapporo after the pandemic ends. Be sure to take Plan+Sapporo with you on your trip. The beautiful streets and bright and friendly people Sapporo are waiting for you.
Issue: Plan Plus Co., Ltd. / Release: March 31, 2016 / 138P / Softcover
*It is available at limited large bookstores in Sapporo. I recommend you buy it online.
This time I would like to introduce you to a great lasagna recipe I found online.
This is a summer recipe where you can fully enjoy the deliciousness of seasonal tomatoes.
【For 2 people】
150g minced meat
2 tomatoes (300g)
a quarter of an onion
1/3 of each sugar and curry powder
50g grated cheese
how to make
Cut tomatoes into large bite-sized pieces. Chop an onion into small pieces
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a frying pan and stir-fry minced meat and onions.
When the meat is cooked, add ketchup, sugar, curry powder and tomatoes and stir-fry for another minute. Put in a heat-resistant dish and sprinkle cheese on it and bake it on a toaster until it turns brown.
Here are some extra tips:
·It is recommended to use hard tomatoes (not too soft)♩
·If you bake too long, it will produce too much water, so please bake at a high temperature
Be sure to try it. It's very delicious!
This time, I would like to introduce a hot plate that is useful at home. I highly recommend buying a hot plate because it expands the range of dishes you can cook!
「 BRUNO BOE 021 」
·Fashionable and easy-to-use size
·Temperature adjustment that can handle everything from stewed food to high temperature baking
·Optional items to make it more convenient
·Perfect for living alone
·It feels relatively expensive for its size
·Not compatible with metal spatula
·It's electric, so if you use it too much, the electricity bill will be charged.
I also use this hot plate at home, and the price starts at 8,200 yen on Amazon, and the price varies depending on the accessories. It is easy to adjust the temperature, and I think it is good to take pictures of the food, but it may be difficult to use depending on the home environment because it can only be made for 2-3 servings per cooking.
「 Iwatani cassette gas hot plate griller CB-GHP-A 」
·Cassette gas type
·It can also be used for pot cooking
·Time flies before it's cooked
·It can be used in the event of an earthquake
·Temperature control is difficult
·The degree of baking varies depending on the place of baking.
I also use this hot plate at home. The price starts at 9400 yen on Amazon. There are electrical, IH and cassette gas types, but I feel that some kind of cassette gas type is the best.
I think it's relatively expensive at first, but once you buy it, you can use it for a long time, so I highly recommend it!
If you look up hot plates on the mail order site, you'll find a lot of them, so please look for your favorite!
Fried Cabbage Recipe
T-Mark City Hotel Sapporo Front Desk, Abe here.
This blog also introduces food that has caught my taste buds recently.
Let's enjoy home time even more!!
This time, I would like to introduce grilled cabbage.
I will write down what I will prepare below!!
·1 teaspoon Japanese-style dashi
how to make
① Slice the cabbage into small pieces and mix it well with water in a bowl to make the dough.
②Put the salad oil in a frying pan, add half the dough, spread out half the cabbage, put the egg in the middle, cover it, and steam it over low heat for about 6 minutes.
③When the cabbage softens, fold it in half and place it in a bowl.
*If you use the above ingredients, you can make a total of 3 ingredients (3 servings)!!
It’s May and Hokkaido has become completely warm. It's a pleasant season, isn't it?
I recently picked up a torch burner from my local hardware store in the camping equipment section. I got excited when I saw it, brought it, and took it home to test it out. It’s useful for burning charcoal when having a barbeque. The temperature of the flame reaches up to 1,300℃, so I can easily roast many different ingredients in a skillet.
Arrange the fillets for sashimi on the skillet and roast them carefully so that they don't burn too much. Since it was a bit greasy, I squeezed some lemon lightly over the top and sprinkled with salt. It was delicious, perfect with a cold beer.
Turn it with tongs and slowly bake the whole surface. When I put my knife in it, the contrast between the roasted surface and the red in the center is appetizing. I ate it with soy sauce and some small diced green onions.
Heat the demi-glace sauce with a skillet and put on the meatloaf. Put a slice of cheese on it and bake it until it browns. It tastes incredible.
If you've been using torch burners to make charcoal, please try roasting. Grilling and roasting are completely different. I would like to roast various ingredients in the future. Please be careful not to burn yourself!
■ Manufacturer: SOTO
■ Model Number: ST-450
■ Dimensions: Length 132mm × Height 66mm × Width 34mm (excluding cylinder)
■ Weight: 153 g (body only)
■ Flame temperature: High - 1,300℃ Low - 900℃
Recently, we’ve been recommending our readers to enjoy cooking at home during Covid lockdown. Today we want to introduce Japanese-style curry udon that can be easily made in the microwave.
Here are the ingredients for one person
Minced pork 90g
200ml of water
Chicken soup stock
Potato starch 1tbs
Curry powder 1tbs
1. Slice the onion diagonally.
2. Mix together water, chicken stock, potato starch, mentsuyu, sugar, curry powder, and minced pork.
3. Put the frozen udon noodles in a heat-resistant container, place the chopped onion on top, put the lid on it, and heat it in the microwave for 3 minutes.
4. Take it out, mix it well, put the lid on again and heat it for a further 3 minutes.
Season with sesame seeds and black pepper to taste
It’s delicious so please give it a try!
Chery Blossom Viewing Spots
Hello everyone, long time no see!
The long winter is over, and spring has finally come to Sapporo!
Spring is the season for cherry blossoms. This time, I will introduce you to a spot with a superb view of cherry blossoms in Sapporo.
Due to the new coronavirus, it is difficult to go out, but let's enjoy cherry blossoms in full bloom after taking proper measures against infectious diseases such as wearing masks and thorough social distancing.
Spot Name: Maruyama Park, Moerenuma Park
Address: 1-1 Moerenuma Park, Higashi Ward, Sapporo City, Miyagaoka 3rd, Chuo Ward, Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Access [Train] Approximately 5 minutes walk from Maruyama Park Station on the Tozai Line of Subway
[Car] About 20 minutes from Sapporo West IC on Tagtaru Road
[Train] Approximately 25 minutes by bus from East Subway Ring Street Station, get off at Moerenuma Park East Entrance Station, 20-minute walk
[Car] Head east on National Highway 12 from Sapporo City.About 30 minutes via loop and triangular point.
Maruyama Park Management Office 9:00-17:00
Free parking x 〇1500
※ Public transportation is recommended because cherry blossom viewing is very crowded during Golden Week.
·The best time to see cherry blossoms in Maruyama Park is from late April to early May.
Hokkaido Food Heritage
This time, we would like to share with you what the food and drinks community in Hokkaido are doing to preserve Hokkaido food heritage for the future.
[Hokkaido Food Heritage]
Last year, many restaurants were forced to refrain from operating because of the coronavirus. This project was launched to offer people restaurant quality goods that you can prepare at home. The products on sale all feature distinctive tastes of Hokkaido cuisine.
Currently, three stores in Sapporo are participating in the project; the products are being sold at some stores in Sapporo, such as Sapporo Drug Store. You can also buy them online at https://www.kurashistore-hokkaido.jp/ (Japanese only).
·Japanese style hamburger mix
Just mix and bake to make a juicy Hokkaido-style hamburger!
·Clock beef curry
A tasty curry from the long-established famous curry restaurant ‘Clock’. The restaurant's taste is excellently reproduced in this product!
·Stir-fried rice Zangi curry
"This product was developed under the guidance of the founder to easily reproduce the hidden popular menu ‘Zangi curry fried rice’ from the popular Chinese restaurant ‘Fukuro’. Try using it in other dishes than stir-fried rice!
Currently, there are only three products listed above, but in the future, we are certain they will introduce more food products that represent that great Hokkaido taste!
How are you all doing staying at home?
I’ve been trying to stay healthy and improve my lifestyle. Specifically, muscle training, core training, and diet improvement. I’ve also been trying to get up early in the mornings!
This time, I will introduce you to the soup I’ve been eating in the morning.
It's very easy to make and it's large, so it's perfect for soup in the morning, noon and evening.
1 can of tomatoes
1 stick of celery
1 tablespoon Consommé powder
a pinch of salt
How to make:
① Finely chop onions, carrots, and celery. Cut the cabbage into bite-size pieces.
②After cutting all the vegetables, add the canned tomatoes, seasonings, and water to the pot and boil.
③ Bring to the boil, close the lid and simmer for more than 20 minutes.
④ When the vegetables soften, season with salt.
⑤Turn off the heat after a successful taste test.
This soup improves bowel movements and improves metabolism. It's also low in calories, so it's perfect for dieting. Please feel free to give it a try!
This is T-Mark City Hotel Sapporo Front Abe.
This blog will introduce you to the food that I’ve been enjoying recently.
I think you're still refraining from going out because of the coronavirus, but if you stay at home for a long time, you'll gradually run out of things to do...
So I'm trying my best to cook little by little to make cooking my hobby!
This time, I would like to introduce tomato tsukemen.
I will write down the recipe below!
·A bowl of curly noodles
·Tomato juice 150ml
·2 tablespoons sesame sauce
·1 tablespoon soy sauce
·A bottle of cucumber
·Tube garlic can be added as you like.
·2 pieces of ham
It's convenient to buy one boiled egg at a convenience store.
how to make:
①When making sauce, put the tomato juice, sesame sauce, soy sauce, and garlic tube in a bowl, stir well, and cool in the refrigerator.
②Cut the cucumbers and ham into small pieces.
③Cut the boiled eggs into slices or halves as you like.
③Boil the pork and cool it down with cold water when cooked.
④Boil the noodles in boiling water and cool them with cold water.
※Please skim the pork fat when boiling.
⑤Now you just have to put noodles and ingredients in the refrigerator and eat them with dipping sauce!!
I think it's good for your health because it includes tomato juice. Please try it!!
Taro miso mayo cheese pouch
This time, we will show you how to make a delicious taro miso mayo cheese pouch that we found online. We don't use many ingredients, but its filling.
Ingredients for 2 people
Fried tofu 2-pieces Taro 2-pieces (200 g)
1 tbsp mayonnaise half (can also be regular mayonnaise)
Mixed miso 1/2 teaspoon Japanese-style stock 1/4 teaspoon
Pizza Cheese 20g
The right amount of oyster stock soy sauce (if you like)
Preliminary preparation: Cut the deep-fried tofu in half and make it into a bag.
1: Cut the taro into bite-sized pieces, put it in a heat-resistant bowl covered with kitchen paper, pour 2 tablespoons of water over it, wrap it gently, and heat in a 600W range for 6-7 minutes (until softened).
2: Chop the leaves into small pieces.
3: mayonnaise half, 1 tbsp combined miso 1/2 teaspoon, Japanese-style stock 1/4 teaspoon, 3 large leaves, cheese for pizza Mix 20g in a bowl.
4: Mashed taro, 1 tbsp mayonnaise half, combined miso 1/2 teaspoon, Japanese-style stock 1/4 teaspoon, 3 large leaves, cheese for pizza Add to a bowl containing 20g and mix well.
5: Fill the deep-fried tofu with ingredients made in process 1 evenly and stop it with a toothpick.
Place aluminum foil on the toaster tray and arrange the drawstring bags.
6: After baking in a toaster at 240℃ for 5 minutes, turn it over and bake for 2-3 more minutes.
It tastes even better if you dip a little bit of oyster stock soy sauce (if not soy sauce).
We recommend that you dip it in soy sauce. The rich flavor of oysters adds an exquisite accent to the taste that will appeal to the taste. It's also perfect as a snack with alcohol.
Recommended sweet shops
I thought there would be little snow this winter, but since the beginning of the New Year, the city has turned white like Sapporo's winter scenery! This time, I would like to introduce you to two sweet shops in downtown Sapporo. Both shops are a little far from our hotel, but there are sightseeing spots nearby, so why don't you visit them for sightseeing?
■ Bon Vivant
This restaurant was selected as one of the 100 best restaurants on the food log for the second consecutive year! It is easy to access from Nakajima Park Station, so we recommend that you stop by on your way back from a walk in the park!
「Cake au chocola」
A pound cake made from Peruvian cacao beans and made with special chocolate.
macarons sandwiched with chocolate cream. There are eight flavors: chocolate, grappa, bergamot, orange cafe, passion basil, strawberry tea, cassis, and citron cumin.
Address: 5-23 Minami 11jo Nishi 1-chome, Chuo Ward
Access from the hotel: 12 minutes on foot [4-minute walk from Nakajima Park Station on the Namboku Line]
■ Sapporo Sweets Garden PALOM
I would like to recommend this shop to those who are looking for products other than the standard Hokkaido souvenirs. There is a restaurant located about a 3-minute walk from Nijo Market, and there is an eat-in space, so I think it's good for a walk break!
A new staple of Hokkaido souvenirs! A new type of confectionery made by baking cream puff skin with plenty of Hokkaido butter.
「Mega Mysterious Sweets Parinel」
The crispy pie crust that overturns the concept of pie crust and tonka bean cream go together.
Address: 1st floor of Rafine Tower Sapporo Minami 3-chome 11 Minami 3-chome, Chuo Ward, Hokkaido
Access from the hotel: about 20 minutes on foot [4-minute walk from Bus Center Station on the Tozai Subway Line]
Each store has an online shop, so at this time of year when it's hard to get to the store, you can try out the best sweets at home cafe! When you come to Sapporo, be sure to eat the sweets you just came from the store!
Japanese Style Pasta: Napolitan
It's already mid-January! It seems only yesterday we were celebrating the New Year! How are you all doing?
It has been snowing heavily in Sapporo and I have been keeping busy clearing the snow in front of my house when I come home from work. This time, I will introduce you to a past dish called Napolitan, which we often make at home. I recommend this dish for those who live alone and/or don’t have much time to cook!
Ingredients (for one person)
·1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
·A pinch of salt
- Half an onion
·One green pepper
·1/4 a carrot
·One sausage wiener
How to make:
Boil the pasta (make sure to leave 5 tbsp of water in the pan).
- Stir-fry the chopped onion, green peppers, and carrots in olive or vegetable oil.
-When the onion becomes translucent, add the sausage.
-Once cooked, place the fried ingredients against the edge of the frying pan, and add your ketchup.
-Add Worcester sauce, salt, and butter.
-When the butter melts, mix the ingredients and fry lightly. Turn off the heat and add the pasta, mixing lightly until cooked.
You can make this recipe in around 15 minutes and it tastes delicious so please give it a try!
This is Abe from the front desk here at Tmark City Hotel Sapporo!!
The days have gotten very cold recently and snow has been falling all around the country.
If you’re heading out, please be sure to wrap up warm and don’t catch a cold!
I'm sure there are a lot of people who bought too many mochi rice cakes for New Year celebrations and have many left over (I'm one of them...). Today I'd like to introduce some dishes that use rice cakes as an ingredient so hopefully you can use any leftovers!
We would like to share a recipe for rice cake pizza! It’s cheaper than delivery pizza so hopefully you can save some money. It also tastes surprisingly delicious!
Ingredients (makes one pizza):
·Two rice cakes
·Tomato sauce (you can also use premade pizza sauce)
How to make:
- Cut the mochi rice cakes in half if they are large.
- Cut the sausages into small pieces.
- Heat some olive oil in a frying pan and heat the rice cakes side by side.
- When the rice cakes become soft, press them with a spatula to flatten and steam them with the sausages and cheese.
The rice cakes should be crispy and delicious and taste perfect with the soft melted cheese. Enjoy your homemade pizza!
Let's all take care of ourselves and do our best with the ongoing pandemic!!
Happy New Years Sunrise
2021 New Year's greetings
Happy New Year, ladies and gentlemen!
On New Year’s Day, I went to Kamitein Shrine in Nishi Ward, Sapporo to catch a glimpse of the first sunrise! It has long been said that seeing the first sunrise of the year is lucky.
"This originated from the belief that Toshigami-sama appeared with the first sunrise of the year. Toshigami-sama is a god who visits houses every New Year to bring happiness for the year. In the first place, New Year's is an event to welcome this god.
Apparently, ornaments such as kadomatsu and shimenawa, which are still used on New Year's Day, are originally used to welcome Toshigami.
On January 1, 2021, I got up at 6 o'clock to watch first sunrise! The forecast said the temperature was -9 degrees, but the temperature around 6 o'clock on was actually -12 degrees!! My glasses were frozen!
Finally, the sun started to rise and I was shooting a video clip, but it was so cold that I couldn't stand holding the camera for a long time and couldn't film it until the sunrise was completely up. But I took a picture of you, so please take a look.
By the way, there are the following recommended spots in Sapporo where you can enjoy the first sunrise, but unfortunately, JR Tower observation deck and Mount Moiwa were canceled this year due to corona.
·JR Tower Observatory http://www.jr-tower.com/t38
·Moroksan Mountain https://mt-moiwa.jp/
·Asahiyama Memorial Park https://www.sapporo-park.or.jp/asahiyama/
·Sapporo Tineski resort https://sapporo-teine.com/snow/
How about seeing the first sunrise when you come to Sapporo during the New Year's holidays from next year onwards?
It's a tough time in Corona, but let's keep smiling in 2021.
Sapporo Inari Shrine
「They have this famous Kyoto shrine in Sapporo too! Fushimi Inari Shrine」
Hokkaido has been ranked No. 1 for 12 consecutive years in the prefecture's attractiveness ranking (*Research by Brand Research Institute). The people of Hokkaido, have strong love for the local community, but in fact, there are other prefectures that the people of Hokkaido love.
Yes, that's right, Kyoto. Hokkaido is a new land that began to be cultivated in earnest in the beginning of the Meiji era, so the people of Hokkaido have a strong yearning for the eternal history and elegant streets of Kyoto, which have flourished as a capital since the beginning of the Inishie era. For example, the streets of Sapporo are made in the shape of a grid, imitating the streets of Kyoto. The history of Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine dates back to 1884. It started when the people of Hokkaido asked Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto to replicate the shrine in Sapporo, and they enshrined Bunkami.
Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto is famous worldwide for its Senbon Torii (Japanese style gate), which has an indescribable atmosphere with its closely-lined torii. It is said that there are actually more than 3000. There are many torii gates lined up at Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine, but there are only 26 gates, which is a little conservative. However, in winter, the dark red colour of the torii can be seen on the thick snow white, which is beautiful. Please come to this spot, which I strongly recommend you to visit for the first time of the year, and also don’t forget to take proper measures against Corona when you visit.
Address: 2-68 Fushimi 2-chome, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
【 TEL 】 011 - 562 - 1753
【Access】Get off at Maruyama Park subway station → Exit 1 to the ground and go to bus terminal → Take a bus named Circulation Circle 10 or Circulation Circle 11 on the ropeway line → Get off at Jikei-mae stop and walk for approximately 3 minutes
Hotel Senren Kyoto Higashiyama Kiyomizu, our sister hotel, is opening in Kyoto on March 1, 2021. Please look forward to it!
It has recently started snowing in Sapporo, and finally we are about to enter the midst of winter. At this time of year, we would like to introduce you to ‘pot herb seaweed and deep fried tofu miso soup’ that can be cooked easily in the microwave.
Ingredients (for one person)
Pot Herb 20g
Dried wakame seaweed 1/2 tbsp
Deep dried tofu (10g)
Water 3/4 cups
Miso paste 2 tbsp
Hondashi 1/3 tsp
How to make
1. Cut the pot herbs and deep-fried tofu into 3cm and 2cm long pieces respectively.
2. Put the pot herbs and tofu into a microwaveable bowl or mug with the rest of your ingredients. Set the microwave to 600W and cook for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
3. Remove and mix lightly.
*Please be careful not to burn yourself when you take it out of the microwave.
Thanks for reading! We hope you can make this soup to warm you up on a cold winter’s day!
Tokyo Soup Stock
Winter has come early this year, and the first snowfall in Sapporo is starting to fall.
Because of the situation this year, I'm a little worried about next year's snow festival...
Throughout winter in Hokkaido, people love to eat a hot pot dish or hot soup. The restaurant I'd like to introduce this time is a soup restaurant.
It seems that the soup in this restaurant is served with local communities from the production area to the products, and that they are working with the intention of delivering the word "delicious" to the whole country.
The other day, I ordered the standard ‘Omar shrimp bisque’ soup at the restaurant; I love shrimp, and the flavor and the depth of the shrimp were very strong and delicious. The more you drink, the warmer your body and spirit becomes!
According to the official website, there is a story of ingredients in various soups on the menu, for example, the birthplace of Omar shrimp bisque is the story of a certain Canadian town and artisan. Why don't you read the story of the soup on the website while you drink it?
How to get there from the hotel:
Walk to Susukino Station (10 minutes) and take the Namboku Line train bound for Asabu Station and get off at Odori Station. Transfer to the Tozai Line train bound for Miyanosawa and get off at Maruyama Park Station and exit through exit 6.
Tokyo Soup Stock
Opening hours: 10:00-20:00
Address: Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo-ku, Minami 1jo Nishi 27chome 1-1
It's getting colder in the mornings here in Sapporo. How are you all doing?
Lately it’s been getting colder and colder and sometimes I can’t bring myself to get out of my warm bed in the morning!
This time we would like to introduce you to a great recipe for cold days. What kind of dishes do you think of when thinking about Hokkaido's local cuisine?
There’s Genghis Khan and Sanpei Soup, but when it gets cold at home, there is a dish that we often make called Chanchan-yaki. We would like to introduce it to you because it’s easy to make and warms up your body on a cold day.
Here are the ingredients:
- Cabbage, carrots, onions, mushrooms, salmon
- Miso paste, mirin (sweet cooking rice wine), sake, sugar
1. Combine the miso, mirin, sake, and sugar.
2, Put the cabbage, carrots, onions, mushrooms, and salmon on a hot plate and steam.
3. When the ingredients are cooked to some extent, put the soup stock made prior, and steam it again.
4. When the ingredients are cooked, crush the salmon and mix with the vegetables.
That's how we make it at home.
The seasoning is also different from household to household, so please try many seasonings and find your favorite!
Long time no see everyone!!
My name is Abe, and I work on the front desk at T Mark City Hotel Sapporo.
Our hotel is doing well while taking measures against coronavirus infections!!
How are you spending your time lately?
As for me, I think there are many times where I get stressed because I still feel uncomfortable going out...
I'm searching every day to see if there's anything I can do to relieve my stress, but in the end I just watch TV at home.
While it’s a bit off subject, I think apples, pears, and chestnuts are delicious this season.
Fruit hunting is also recommended for those who are a little reluctant to do so, as it is possible to take social distance measures and go out!
I recently learned that there is a farm in Minami-ku, Sapporo, and I am thinking about going there.
I'm not good at cooking myself, but I like apples, pears, and chestnuts, so I'm looking for food that I can make sweets using them.
If you know a lot about sweets, I would be very happy if you could let me know when you stay with us!
Everyone, please keep wearing a mask and social distance when you go out and enjoy every day!!
Shinohara Orchard (Minami Ward, Sapporo City, Hokkaido)
Address: 44 Toyotaki, Minami Ward, Sapporo
Business hours 9:00-16:00
Every time it rains, it feels more like autumn, and you can feel the cold autumn breeze on your cheeks.
Now, let me introduce you to our double rooms!
We offer five types of rooms: single, double, twin, deluxe, and family twin. The semi-double that I would like to introduce is a room with one 140cm-wide bed in a 16m² room.
A typical semi-double bed size is 120cm, but our hotel has 140cm wide beds, so even two people can relax. Also, the rooms are all facing south, so it is sunny and very bright. We also have large desks that can be used at your desk, so you can use them comfortably when you work on business trips.
We highly recommend trying out our semi-double rooms
If you have any plans to stay, please take this opportunity to consider it!
At last, Sapporo is free of the summer heat and is welcoming the refreshing cooler autumn air. How are you all doing?
This time, I’d like to introduce you to the tramline which is very popular among the citizens of Sapporo. In Hokkaido, trams run only in Sapporo and Hakodate. Japanese call them ‘streetcars’. In Sapporo, they operate from the city center all the way over to the west side of the city. The slow-running streetcar windows provide a glimpse into the daily lives of Sapporo citizens.
Here are some tips on how to ride and enjoy the streetcars to go sightseeing or enjoy daily life in Sapporo. The tram stop is divided into two parts. The inner line and the outer line. Most of the stops are in the middle of the road. Please be careful of the tram when it arrives at your stop.
The fare of the streetcar is 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for children. You can pay by cash or IC card (SAPICA, Kitaca, Suica, etc.). The fare is paid when you leave the tram. If you don’t have the exact amount you can use the money exchangers located by the fare box at the front of the tram.
On Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and year-end and New Year's holidays (December 29 - January 3), the Dosanko Pass, a one-day pass exclusively for streetcars, is a good deal. One adult and one child (up to elementary school students) can ride as much as they want for 370 yen each.
★ 3 views recommended by the driver from the window
1. Uchimawari: West 4-chome to West 15-chome
In this direction, you can see the Okurayama Jump Stadium, where the World Cup ski jumping is held every year.
2. Higashi-Tonden-dori Street - Chuo Library-mae
The foot of Mt. Moiwa spreads in the direction of travel. Enjoy the scenery from season to season. Just get off at the "Ropeway Iriguchi" station and go to the top of Mt. Moiwa, an amazing sightseeing spot!
3. West 4-chome - Susukino
During the "Sapporo White Illumination" that starts in late November, you can enjoy the illumination on the street in front of the station from the inside. This year, the 40th Sapporo White Illumination will be held after taking measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection!
★You should ride the latest models as well as special vintage models you want to ride if you see them. Vintage model car number M101 is currently the only one vintage car running, and the retro coloring of 1961 is very popular.
Car No. 241, Polaris, was introduced in 2013, and Sirius, was introduced in October 2018. They are popular for their ease of getting on and off and for their large windows with great views of the city. They are named after the stars.
Snow Miku model. This car runs from late November to late March and is fully wrapped with illustrations of snow miku (Hatsune miku) supporting Hokkaido in winter. Posters in the car and in-house broadcasting are also used for special purposes, and many fans come to ride the car.
Everyone, when you come to Sapporo, please make a sightseeing plan by train when you have time. The nearest station to the hotel is Higashi Honganji-mae. It's about a two-minute walk!
Because of this year’s situation, I’ve been staying at home a lot and cooking for myself recently. I have recently fell in love with my new pressure cooker. You can cook a variety of dishes in a short amount of time by steaming your ingredients. The meals I’ve prepared so far have all tasted absolutely delicious.
For today’s recipe I prepared a simple tomato-based curry using some simple ingredients: tomato, onion, carrots, and some minced beef. I finely diced all the vegetables and put them into the pressure cooker with the minced meat. After just 10 minutes the buzzer went off and I released the pressure. I then added some curry roux and gave it a mix. The result was a rich tomato curry.
Because you don’t need to add water when steaming vegetables they retain so much flavour and taste deliciously sweet. I think I’m going to try cooking some pork belly or hamburger patties next time! For those interested I’ll leave model information of my pressure cooker below!
■Maker: Koizumi Seiki
■Name: Microcomputer electric pressure pot
■Dimensions: Height approximately 250mm, width approximately 260mm, depth Approximately 280mm
■Weight: Approximately 3.8 kg
■Capacity: Approximately 1.6L (cooking capacity)
■Power consumption: 600W power consumption
■ Accessories: Accessories power cord, measuring cup, ladle, rice paddle, original recipe book
Niku no Kai
In today’s post I would like to introduce to you a great place to eat grilled meat in Susukino. The restaurant is called (Niku no Kai) which roughly translates to ‘meeting of meat’.
This place specializes in raclette cheese and barbequed meats. The barbeque plate is in the shape of a UFO and a plethora of fried chicken is arranged around the edge, with the molten cheese in the middle. For this reason it makes for some fantastic SNS pics, and many can be found on Instagram etc.
If you want to try something new in Japan then we definitely recommend checking this place out! The UFO cheese fondue has been brought over to Japan from its neighboring country, Korea and has gained a lot of popularity among Japanese people, especially the younger crowd.
Niku no Kai is roughly a one minute walk from Susukino station. For those that like to drink with their meal, we recommend choosing the ‘all you can drink’ option. We highly recommend you pay them a visit!
Japanese sea urchin
Hokkaido is finally entering the summer solstice. The maximum temperature in August was 29 degrees and the minimum temperature was 20 degrees. Although some days were cool, there was no wind so I felt intense heat all throughout the month!
In today’s post we would like to introduce to you Japanese sea urchin, or as the Japanese call it, ‘uni’. Hokkaido has the best catch of sea urchin in Japan! Sea urchin is in season from June to September, I ate it at Nijo Market last month. It was very sweet and creamy.
Why don't you try it too?
Also, when you visit our hotel, we recommend that you make sure to drink enough water to prevent dehydration in the summer!!
Please be careful not to get heatstroke and remember to social distance!
We look forward to seeing you all from the hotel staff.
Sapporo Nijo Market:
(*Depending on the store) From around 7:00 a.m. to around 18:00 p.
Minami Sanjo Higashi 1-chome, Chuo Ward, Hokkaido (20 minute walk from hotel)
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