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Aloha Sapporo!

We’re heading to northern Japan on Hawaiian Air’s inaugural flight to Sapporo

Posted October 30, 2012 by Melissa Chang

As you read this, I’ll be on my way to Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, as Hawaiian Airlines (@HawaiianAir) launches its direct flights to Sapporo. As with previous inaugural flights, they’re taking travel industry executives, employees, musicians, and media, and I’ll be tagging along with my Twitter friend, Laurie Oue (@Konaish).

Hawaiian is the only American airline with a direct flight from the U.S. to Sapporo, which is kind of cool. In researching, it was hard to get advice on what to do in this area; many people were vague or general in their recommendations, or couldn’t provide up-to-date advice because they had not been there in years. Hopefully, this new direct flight will change all that.

I’ll be blogging for the next week and I pledge to be as specific as possible so you won’t have to work as hard when you research for your trip there. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @Melissa808, and follow Laurie on the same channels @Konaish. You can see all tweets and instagrams with the hashtag #AlohaSapporo. It’s too early to see snow, but we’ll be checking out the food they’re known for, like curry soup, lamb, miso butter ramen, hairy crab, and uni (pictured at right, topped with ikura). I know they’re known for beer, and we’ll check that out, but thanks to The Sake Shop (@Sakeshop), we’ll be taking a tour of the Otokoyama sake brewery later in the week.

Ja, mata ne!


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  1. M
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Hello Melissa!
    Have fun! I’m soooo Jealous!

  2. bettydalycity
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Is that where okonomiyaki came from?  Hope you find what kind of food famous in Hokaido.

  3. Amy1
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Melissa, not if Hokkaido is known for Miso Ramen like Butter Ramen and Corn Ramen.

  4. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Delicate Blossom:  Waiting for pictures of snow…I rather see pictures than be in it!  It probably is too early but you never know.  Fuud Pix as well.

About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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