If you haven’t read about our first two days in Hokkaido, you can do that here and here. On Tuesday, we took the subway from Sapporo Station to another area of the Snow Festival, the Tsudome site. It was an adventure just using the subway system. Growing up in Texas, neither John nor I were that savvy with subways to begin with. But we thankfully managed to figure it out without any English words to help us along!
The Tsudome Site was full of sledding, tubing, bike skiing, snow ball fights and snow men building. It was all free, too!
We did a few of the activities outside and then ventured inside the dome to warm up for a bit. It was a really cold day, with a pretty good windchill. This was pretty much the only time Violet showed any interest in getting out of her stroller or ergo the entire week.
There were tons of inflatable rides and activities for kids inside the dome.
We took an hour or so to let the kids play and then had lunch (another bowl of steaming ramen for me, please. Thank you very much). They loved this humongous inflated slide, and I cracked up laughing when I realized they were going down it backwards! They are so funny!
The kids had been begging for ice cream, so we decided to let them try it. All the ice cream here is made with fresh Hokkaido milk, and it is delicious. The Japanese eat ice cream anytime, but especially when it’s cold out, for some reason. I could barely get mine down, it was so cold outside, but it was nice not to have to worry about it melting!
After lunch Violet passed out in the stroller, so we took the time to do some snow slides with the kids. We all tried the small tubing slide, and then the ice slides.
The kids did the bike skiing again. They probably enjoyed that the most.
Before we left we had to do the huge monster tube slide! The catch with this one is there was only one person allowed per tube, so the kids had to go down by themselves. I was so proud of them for doing it! I was even scared going down! Snow may look soft, but it can be pretty hard when it’s all compacted in there.
Just before we left it started snowing pretty hard.
We took the bus back to the subway station and then walked back to our hotel through Odori Park for another look at the sculptures.
The kids recognized this guy and it led to an interesting conversation where John and I came to the realization that our children may know pop culture better than we do.
It’s okay, we googled it. Pen Pineapple Apple Pen or PPAP for those of you who are really hip. And we finally understand what they’ve been singing at home (they’d been singing it with a distinct Japanese flair to the words, so I hadn’t even caught on that what they were saying was in English!)
That night we decided to go out to the mall for some dinner. It was cool walking around a local fancy mall, but the restaurant we wanted to eat at ended up having an hour and a half wait. So we settled for an Udon restaurant.
It was pretty good, but not quite what we were hoping for. Traveling sure requires a lot of flexibility. Especially when you’re traveling with little ones. A long wait for a great dinner isn’t worth it if everyone is miserable.
When we left the mall the snow was really coming down – so instead of walking back to the subway we took a taxi.
We played in the snow a bit when we got to the hotel, until we were all miserably cold. Olivia and John even made a little snow man. Traveling with little ones is never easy, but it can be pretty fun at times too 😉