Japan on a budget - week 6: Sapporo

Sapporo finally feels like summer! This week we went to an amazing park, tried out a Japanese melon (I don't see the big deal), and did some flower- and geisha-spotting. All for under $50 per day! Oh, and this may be our last week of doctors visits for a while... fingers crossed! 

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Our goal: $50 per day total, including transportation, accommodation, visas, and bills back home. For two people.

In every budget update I will add a prorated estimate of our bills back home (loans, phone plan, etc. which may vary slightly by month), to include in our $50/day travel budget. I am not including travel insurance -- this would add about $5.75 per day to our total.
  • Days: 7
  • Location: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Weekly spending: $310.93
  • Avg. spending per day: $44.42
  • Avg. spending per day incl. bills back home: $47.62
  • Avg. spending per day overall in Asia: $49.41  
Rainbow through a Moerenuma Park fountain.
So what are our living expenses in Sapporo, Japan this week? 
  • Conversion rate: 107 Japanese Yen (jpy)=$1.00 USD
  • Accommodation: $165.47
    • Same place, same story. Still loving the small bathtub, the fact that we can drink the tap water, and we are getting the hang of Japanese trash... it's SO CONFUSING. 
Badass caterpillar
  • Food and drinks: $145.47
    • Another standard week of rice, fish, and coffee. We kept it under control! 
  • Transportation: $0
    • Warren has walked the town HARD but I mostly had a week of feeling sorry for myself. I got out of my funk a bit, but still, we didn't do too much in the way of social outings.
but OH the flowers!

There are irises all over Sapporo!
  • Entertainment/miscellaneous: $0
    • The free annual Hokkaido Shrine Festival was still going on for a day, so there were some fun shrines parading around town.
No need to shut down traffic, just stay in your lane please!
 
 Police politely keeping everyone safe.

Geisha spotting! She spotted me back and smiled, probably my most famous moment in Japan.
 
Parading a shrine through a covered shopping street
    •  Moerenuma Park is amazing and I'm doing a whole write-up on it. For now, you get pictures.
Follow the green carpet road.
 
Pyramid view from atop a huge hill.
 
I dramatically conquered the pyramid.

Even the bathrooms are cool.

 Don't forget abundant plants and flowers -- it IS a park!

 Oh, and cool sculptures -- it WAS designed by a sculptor!


Even cooler up close 

The weather cleared up this week and it finally feels like summer in northern Japan. Sun+free time=park visits! Hopefully it holds out and we can keep exploring this well-designed and VERY Japanese city, before our two weeks in Tokyo in July.

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