Hello, I'm flying into Sapporo for business but am getting there early so I can do some sight-seeing. I have the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of October for sight-seeing but may have to attend a reception on the evening of the 4th.
I would like to do some walking/gentle hiking as I've heard things about the nearby lakes and lavender fields. Can anyone advise if it is possible to manage this on my own or do I need the help of a local tour agency? I read chinese not japanese and don't plan to drive. Is there a particularly good place to view the autumn colours?
Best foods to try in Sapporo besides beer? Is the seafood very expensive?
Any local products worth buying as souvenirs? I'm going to Tokyo next, so don't really want anything that isn't specific to Hokkaido.
Thanks in advance