Sapporo is in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island and prefecture of Japan. Hokkaido is famous for it's fresh produce, it's like the Tasmania of Japan. Unlike much of Japan there's plenty of room for cows which means lots of dairy, which means lots of desserts.
The cheesecake (or 'cheesecakey' in Japanese) certainly lived up to expectations. It turned out there were a few varieties of it. Our favourite cheesecake by far was like a cheesecakey souffle, it was so light yet so rich and cheesy.
The easiest places to find great desserts are in the department store food halls (called depachika), which are kind of like Australia's David Jones Food Halls, only a million times better. These are a cinch to find in the basement of the main train station. We got loads of free samples at the depachikas in Sapporo, way more than we got in Tokyo.
Lowly convenience stores also stocked some mean desserts, there seemed to smaller specialty suppliers catering to 7 Elevens and the like. A simple banana'n'creme crepe from the 7 Eleven shouldn't taste this good, it was amazing.
Melon bun and puddings from a local specialty shop. The puddings came in glass jars that were too good to throw away, they were cleaned and came home with us. The puddings were a burnt sesame flavour and a chocolate, creamy and smooth.
Japanese soft serve icecream is pretty good and was available in many places, like next to a soup curry restaurant. The best stuff tastes like cream, really pure cream.
We thought this convenience store cheesecake was amazing, until we tried real serious cheesecake from the department store food halls.
Another 7 Eleven cheesecake sweetie.
Custard ice cream with a dollop of red bean jam from a store in Susukino.
The cakes are perfectly presented in the depachika and often sold by the slice as well as whole. A really, really, really seriously good piece of cake can be had for $5-7 bucks. At home in Sydney we like a piece of cake on a Saturday afternoon and it's a struggle to find anything good.
Boutique condensed milk, would have love to have tried that.
Lots of fresh fruit and cream.
Sweetie making machine. We stood for ages watching this contraption pump out small waffles, it was an engineering marvel.
This was Alison's most favourite cake of all, just so unbelievably pretty.
Shawn loved Fruitscake Factory. There's a number of them around Sapporo.
Cake from Daimaru food hall presented in a lovely bag, the lady come out from behind the counter and bowed as she gave it to us. And it was a four dollar piece of cheesecake.
It was served in a box with a collar to ensure it wasn't squashed in transit, with two little icepacks to keep it cool. Again, this is for a $4 piece of cake!
Seriously good cheesecake.
Chiffon cakes were everywhere.
Gooey rice balls covered in a sweet sesame paste from the convenince store.
The lady told us this was souffle - it's actually like cheesecake souffle, the lightest cheesecake we've ever had. Incredible.
Chocolate flavoured chips. "That's a bit over the top" we thought...
Rare cheese cake. Gimme.
We bought a whole (small) cheesecake and hooked straight in, while standing in an upmarket busy underground pedestrian mall. Who cares? Bringing your own spoon on holidays sometimes pays off bigtime (well, it's a spoon and a fork in one actually, extremely handy!)
We weren't total pigs, we didn't eat it all...
More rustic style sweeties in a bakery out in the burbs.
Rilakkuma and Doraemon sweet buns.
Sapporo Airport is a sweetie fest as well. There's working bakery making these huge sponge cakes.
Sapporo Airport even has a chocolate factory (Royce Chocolate), it's a buzz to watch.
These beauties were made mostly be machine then hand-finished by staff.
Royce chocolate covered popcorn...
There were lots of free food samples at the airport, there's basically a food hall there. This frozen fruity cheesecakey thing was amazing.
We relented, how could we not try chocolate covered chips? They were like chock bickkies but slightly salty, we were surprised at how well it worked.
We were overwhelmed by the quality and richness of the desserts, cakes and sweets in Sapporo. All that local milk, butter and cream is certainly used to create sweet creations unlike anywhere else in Japan. We ate cheesecake every day for six days and still craved it when we left.
We love Japan.