The Sapporo Shiryokan, also known as the Former Court of Appeals, sits at the western-most end of Odori Park. Amidst explorations of the Sapporo Snow Festival, I took a moment to stop and admire this regal building and its neat gardens.
From what I gather from this website, it’s now used as an art gallery and museum of sorts. (Side note: it’s so weird seeing a photo of the gardens (on the website) with so much colour, and none of that snow it was buried under when I was there!)
Unfortunately I didn’t have time to spare to go inside (kind of a long story, but basically I wanted to spend more time at the actual Snow Festival; my friend KF was already resting back at the hotel at this point). To be honest, I was also a little bit put off by the fact that you had to take your shoes off to enter (snow boots are not easy to take off / put on! (or I’m just lazy…))
Nevertheless, I was perfectly content with admiring it from the outside. I particularly like how the snow just sits so neatly on everything…
And I probably spent as much time admiring these icicles hanging from the eaves as I did admiring the building itself. Can you tell that I really like winter?
Looking at this photo now, I wonder if I really should’ve gone in – there were probably some beautiful doors inside too. Oh well, I found plenty more interesting doors in Sapporo, and all over Hokkaido anyway. So many more posts to do..!
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