Sapporo New Chitose Airport – really a giant shopping and entertainment outlet
Random shots of the shopping mall
Hokkaido Ramen street
Seafood Miso Ramen – my lunch – Hokkaido scallops and surf clams
Royce’s Chocolate World – Royce is a famous Japanese chocolate brand
Hello Kitty Japan of course
There were still a few constructions going on here and there, so I think more shops are coming soon.
As a Star gold passenger, I had access to the ANA lounge in Sapporo airport, and not a huge lounge like Haneda, but nonetheless a nice place to stay for 30 minutes or so. Typical Japanese lounge setup with soda machines, iced vegetable juice, beer machines, some hard liquors, coffee machines, and snack packages. If you need substantial food, you need to eat in the mall before passing through security. No worry about security line too – very efficient here and everyone was polite and efficient. I felt just as safe as other airports in the world. TSA
should send a team over, and also the Canadians too. Being nice actually makes things go smoother, rather than barking orders.
Almost forget to mention – instead of having the agents typing and checking credentials… if you enter your Star alliance number correctly, you just scanned your boarding pass in the reception, and a green light went on and you were admitted in the lounge with a bow from the reception lady. No need to take that card out and have agents fumbling over unfamiliar Star Alliance partners. It was just a very efficient country with no fuss.
Pictures of the lounge