A museum houses fascinating beer label designs and advertising posters from 1987 to the present day.
Numerous customers at the restaurant on the building's first floor said they smelled gas at the time of the explosion.
Flames and dark smoke billow into the night sky and people scramble to safety beside a street strewn with debris and shattered glass.
From chocolates to ice-cream to leaning towers of 'biscuits', this English-themed park in Sapporo is a joy to visit for the young at heart.
From cable car rides to beautiful shrines and clock towers, Sapporo also has a zoo that is home to meerkats, reptiles, wolves and polar bears.
Sapporo is considering delaying its bid to host the Winter Olympics because of transports issues.
Japan's trade minister Hiroshige Seko calls on the island's businesses and 5.3 million residents to use about 20% less energy to prevent further blackouts.
Aerial views showed dozens of houses destroyed at the bottom of a hill, with a rescue helicopter winching a resident to safety.