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aloha, good question. Our crab focus while in Sapporo was mostly on the hairy crab & LIVE Red King crab, so I don't have much info to help you specifically with snow crab. WE experienced two crab opportunities. Within... More
aloha, good question. Our crab focus while in Sapporo was mostly on the hairy crab & LIVE Red King crab, so I don't have much info to help you specifically with snow crab. WE experienced two crab opportunities. Within reasonable walking distance on the east end of the Tanukikoji shopping street is the Nijo Market. During the winter season, you would have a 2 block walk in the open to get to the market. This market would offer you an informal , perhaps outdoor opportunity to eat different kinds of crab including your snow crab. Some of the vendors mentioned the restaurant across the street from the market would cook the crab that you purchased from them. We did not do that. If my memory is accurate, the snow crab we saw were in clusters (no body) & displayed on ice, previously frozen. Through the concierge at our mid-priced hotel, we booked a free bus shuttle to the Jogai Market/Sapporo Central Market. We were dropped off at the main drop off/pick location for the shuttle bus where there is a seafood market & restaurant that we shopped at and ate a lunch of hairy carb, King crab & live scallops. If you decide to eat there, go UPSTAIRS rather than eat at their downstairs location. We experienced better service, a smaller crowd & a more relaxing atmosphere to enjoy our leisurely lunch. Some in our group took home the scallop shells to cook the scallops the same way as the restaurant back home. Sorry, I don''t remember the name of the establishment but I do remember in the front display was the largest live King Crab I have ever seen. It would have been just right for our group but my concern was how sweet the meat would be having lived in it's own water for a long time. In summary. besides the 2 locations we experienced, there are lots of restaurants within a 3 city block radius of the Tanukikochi Street. For most of the better rated restaurants, a reservation is recommended. Our hotel concierge was a big help. I personally favor the night shift managers & staff. They tend to be less busy therefore more patient and willing to offer advise & commentary. They're very familiar with the night life too. enjoy!