It would be hard to loose yourself in modern Sapporo; an American style grid system operates, streets named and numbered according to the points of the compass. Odori Park –Sapporo’s “ Central Park”, runs through the centre of the city dividing north from south. You will find that art is heavily integrated with this comparatively modern city. The north houses the university and its student “hang-outs”, as well as several traditional ryokan inns. To the south lies the shopping district with department stores and restaurants. “Susukino” is also in the south – this is wall to wall entertainment, locals and visitors alike congregate here to enjoy the variety of bars, restaurants and clubs. One of the last areas of Japan to be colonised, it previously had been the domain of the “Ainu“– an indigenous tribe with a distinct culture and history – one of which is now displayed in one of the city’s museums.