A comprehensive list of fun things to do In the summertime in Sapporo

“What’s a good recommendation for sightseeing in Sapporo in the summertime?” Here you can find information to that question and more with tips about fun things to do in and around Sapporo City in the summertime. With activities like beach swimming, visiting beer gardens, coastal hiking, as well as on parks where you can enjoy the great Sapporo weekend pastime of barbecuing, swimming areas safe for young children, and traditional Japanese cultural events, there’s certainly plenty to do. And of course, who could forget the ice cream!? Which would you like to try first?

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Nijo Fish Market

Nijo Fish Market is said to have developed in the early Meiji Period (1868 – 1912), when fishermen from Ishikari Bay started selling fresh fish there. The market originally spanned the Sosei River, running from Nishi 1-chome to Higashi 2-chome. Over time, the number of bars and greengrocers in the area began to increase, laying the foundations for today’s Nijo Fish Market. The market continues to serve local residents’ culinary needs to this day, and is also popular with visitors to the city thanks in part to its central location.

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The Gem of the North  ~Sapporo Media Library

Tidbits on how best to enjoy delicious Genghis Khan (Mongolian barbecue) in Sapporo

Genghis Khan (Mongolian barbecue) is a Hokkaido local dish that consists of grilling mutton and vegetables on a special grill that has a raised mound in the center. Not only do Sapporoites enjoy drinking beer and eating Genghis Khan in restaurants, but they also enjoy barbecuing it outdoors while camping or viewing the cherry blossoms. Also, many households own a dedicated grill just for making their own Mongolian barbecue at home. It is regarded as the most-loved soul food of the city by residents, as you can even find disposable grills for Mongolian barbecue in Sapporo’s hardware stores, while some restaurants serve the cuisine on a grill shaped like the prefecture of Hokkaido.
The types of meat used include lamb, which is soft and doesn’t have a gamey taste, and mutton, which is the meat from an older sheep with a unique and gamey taste. Choose from seasoned meat marinated in sauce, or unseasoned meat that you dip into a sauce after cooking. The flavor of the sauce and the way the meat is cut varies by restaurant and supplier. A Mongolian barbecue can be capped off by cooking udon or ramen noodles in the leftover juices, or adding tea to the sauce and drinking it. Each restaurant has their own unique way of presenting the meal, making every outing fun and interesting. Meat is typically imported from New Zealand or Australia, but some restaurants serve rare Suffolk sheep raised locally in Hokkaido. Explore the many restaurants to find your favorite seasoning and way of eating Genghis Khan.

The Gem of the North  ~Sapporo Media Library

Recommended summer cuisine in Sapporo, made from ingredients gathered from every region in Hokkaido

Surrounded by three oceans—the Sea of Japan, the Pacific Ocean, and the Sea of Okhotsk, each with a different current—Hokkaido is a treasure trove of seafood ingredients. There are also expansive inland plains, making this a region rich in dairy and farming resources. With a food self-sufficiency rate of 200% (based on calories), Hokkaido serves as the homeland for food ingredients in Japan. As the weather climate changes across the seasons, so does the freshness of the ingredients—as such, there are certain seafood types that are only available during limited times. Don’t miss out on the seasonal food ingredients that are only available now.Surrounded by three oceans—the Sea of Japan, the Pacific Ocean, and the Sea of Okhotsk, each with a different current—Hokkaido is a treasure trove of seafood ingredients. There are also expansive inland plains, making this a region rich in dairy and farming resources. With a food self-sufficiency rate of 200% (based on calories), Hokkaido serves as the homeland for food ingredients in Japan. As the weather climate changes across the seasons, so does the freshness of the ingredients—as such, there are certain seafood types that are only available during limited times. Don’t miss out on the seasonal food ingredients that are only available now.

The Gem of the North  ~Sapporo Media Library

DIY-style dining

Dining is one of the pleasures of traveling in Sapporo. In addition to regional specialties such as Genghis Khan mutton, ramen, and soup curry, there are several restaurants where you can enjoy cuisine made from Hokkaido ingredients. That said, eating out at a restaurant day in and day out may become tiring. When the weather is fine, there may be many people who think, “If only I could eat outside…” This time, we will introduce convenient spots for occasions where you long to enjoy dining under the open Sapporo sky. Casual takeout meals, parks where both dining and recreation can be enjoyed to the fullest, and department store basements that offer delicacies from all over Japan―all are options available to Sapporo citizens. You too can enjoy dining in Sapporo as you please, in a casual DIY-style that fits your mood that day.

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