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Sunday Territorian 5 May 2019



Sunday Territorian 5 May 2019


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38 FRONTIER SUNDAY MAY 5 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 J UMP on the Wallabies bandwagon for the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year and pack a few great side trips into your travel bag. The Aussies are playing in Sapporo in Hokkaido Prefecture in Japans north, Oita in Oita Prefecture to the far south, Shizuoka in Shizuoka Prefecture, three hours south of Tokyo, and Tokyo in the pool games, with finals held in Oita, Tokyo and nearby Yokohama and thats a wonderful way to see some of the best parts of Japan. SAPPORO Pack an open mind to eat some of the most unusual yet tasty local delicacies imaginable (but wherever youre eating, never rub your wooden chopsticks it says you think the restaurant is cheap). Sapporo is the main town in Hokkaido and home to the space-age, slug-like Sapporo Dome stadium. Its hosting a festival showing off the best local food and craft beer during the tournament and its Odori Park will house a 1.5km beer garden during the Cup, right near the underground rail heading to the stadium. The city was developed after the samurai and Shogun era and built up during the period of isolationist policy at the end of the 19th century. The famed samurai had to lose their top knots, lay down their swords and wear western dress. Around the same time, the Sapporo brewery was started to show the west that Japan had modernised. It was a commonsense political move that provides beer lovers with Sapporo Classic, the local brew that washes down every dish served in Hokkaido. THE SUPERBOWL The queue at Soup Curry Garaku restaurant is long at 11.25am and the joint opens at noon. Downstairs is a madhouse of funky music, deer antlers hanging from the ceiling, Americana on the walls and Disney dolls all offset by wood panelling. The curry soups are rated and a midstrength No. 5 is a safe bet not to blow your head off. There are share tables and the large paper aprons are to protect yourself and neighbours from soup sloppage. CATCH THE HAUL Back on street level, take a turn around Nijo seafood market. Stacked with Shinto perfection is an ocean of fish varieties, crabs as big as triffids, deep red whale bacon, dried scallops, monster oysters, sea urchins, you name it. The stand-up sushi shop is fast, fresh and fantastic. FRONT ROE From the park, head to dinner at the wild Hachikyo seafood pub. Fermented fish guts with local, super-tasty spuds; deep-fried chicken with plum sauce; cold, dry sake; raw barracuda; and a waiter shouting at the top of his lungs as he ladles out salmon roe. The fish eggs are delicate and burst in the mouth. All this is accompanied by the omnipresent Sapporo Classic beer. WALK IN THE PARK Hokkaido has a cultural masterpiece thats worth dedicating time to, away from the hubbub. After a traditional Japanese breakfast at Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo small pieces of mackerel, porridge with seaweed twirl, raw egg with sauce, raw fish, pickles, green tea head to Moerenuma Park. Architect Isamu Noguchi found a 188ha parcel of hinterland and persuaded Sapporo public to fund his enormous art piece. The centrepieces are a glass pyramid with a nod to the Louvre, waterways, gigantic modernist metal installations, cherry and larch groves, and raised hills. Spend half a day here. SHIZUOKA Shizuoka lives in the shadow of Fuji and is otherwise known for its for tea and tangerines. At Hotel Century, a corner room with wrap ping windows provides a full view of the city. Ask for a room with a Fuji view, but equally good are views from an external glass elevator or the window beside the convenient beer dispenser machine on each floor. Shizuoka should also be noted for its highend Nakotei teppanyaki restaurant, which delivers fine food dished in a choreography of cooking showmanship in front of guests. SMOKE AND MIRRORS Afterwards, walk 15 minutes to Bar Le Ref uge. The sign is hard to find and the ground Japan in the World Cup Rugby fans will descend on Japan in September. Heres how to make yourtrip about more than mauls, according to MATTHEW KITCHIN