All good things must come to an end. It was time to say good bye to our short, fun working visit to Sapporo and head back to reality.
Nana san and I had separate late morning flights back to Tokyo so we headed to Sapporo station bright and early to catch the train to the airport.
Quick! A selfie before entering the station!
It was rush hour so the train to New Chitose Airport was full of commuters -- we had to wait for the next one before we could get on board.
New Chitose Airport is chock-full of shops and eating places. It's even more interesting than
Narita Airport. The restaurants are one floor above the departure level so after checking in our bags, we checked out where we could have a quick but delicious meal.
Pork in the road immediately zoomed in on this corner place that featured piggy decor and furnishings. Buta or pig for breakfast would be the perfect last meal in Sapporo!
This is Drive In Ito, a Sapporo restaurant specialising in pork. Apparently, the original restaurant is a drive-in place, hence the name. Perhaps here at New Chitose Airport, this branch should be called Fly In Ito!
The cute mascot at the entrance holds up the restaurant's famous dish, butadon or pork and rice bowl.
Even at this hour of the morning, there were some die hard pork aficionados who were tucking into their savoury breakfasts. My kind of people! This was definitely not the skinny latte crowd.
Slices of tender, utterly divine pork marinated and grilled with a piquant, lip smacking sauce covered this bowl of hot, sticky Japanese rice.
Toku betsu. So special.
Shita ga tokeru -- it melted in my mouth.
Drive In Ito's butadon was one of the best pork dishes I have ever had!
Our happy faces certainly attested to the delightful eating we enjoyed at Drive In Ito. Oh yes, that and our near-empty bowls.
So farewell for now, Sapporo and New Chitose Airport. If I ever make my way back here,
I certainly know what my first meal will be ... butadon at Drive In Ito on the 3rd floor!