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Sapporo Beer Museum

Visit this museum dedicated to one of Japan’s most popular beer brands, housed in a preserved factory from the Meiji-period.

The Sapporo Beer Museum presents an overview of the history of beer in Japan, with a focus on the famous Sapporo brand. In addition to ranking among Japan’s four major breweries, Sapporo beer is produced, brewed and distributed in dozens of countries around the world. Don’t miss the tastings offered at the end of the brewery tour, as well as the Beer Garden restaurant in the attached 19th-century red-brick building. 

The Sapporo Beer Company, one of Japan’s first breweries, was established in the late 19th century. The company purchased an old sugar refinery in 1903 and made it a malt house. In 1987, this Meiji-era factory was renovated to create the Sapporo Beer Museum and the adjacent red-brick building became the Sapporo Beer Garden. 

Learn about the beer industry and brewing process by following the modern exhibits inside the museum. See the equipment used in beer production and find out how the design of the Sapporo beer bottles changed over the decades. Admire the retro Sapporo beer posters, as well as old wooden Sapporo signs from beer halls across Japan. 

At the end of the guided tour, participate in the beer tasting session, which lasts about 30-minutes. If this primes your palate for a full bottle, head to the two huge restaurants of the adjacent Sapporo Beer Garden. The popular Genghis Khan Hall is designed to resemble a rustic German beer hall. On the second floor, in the Kessel Hall, see a towering cauldron from the Taisho period (1912-26). The Beer Garden offers a popular “all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink in 100 minutes” menu, as well as à la carte dishes. Try the barbecue mutton, a popular local meal.

The Sapporo Beer Museum is closed on Mondays and also has some irregular closing days, so check the opening hours before you go. The museum and the guided tours are free, but you have to pay for the tasting session. Bookings for the restaurant are recommended. The complex is located a short walk away from Higashi-kuyakusho-mae train station and has its own stops on various bus lines.


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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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    KEIO PRELIA HOTEL SAPPORO ¥11,556
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    4 Chyome 11-1, Kita 8 Jonishi, Sapporo, Hokkaido
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Sapporo City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Soseigawa Park and Sapporo JR Tower. Former Hokkaido Government Office Building and Clock Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km). Sapporo Station is only a 3-minute walk and Kita-juni-jo Station is 6 minutes.

      UNIZO INN Sapporo ¥6,902
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        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo ¥21,128
        JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo

        JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo

        Nishi 2, Kita 5, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Sapporo City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Soseigawa Park and Clock Tower. Sapporo TV Tower and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building are also within 15 minutes. Sapporo Metro Station is 9 minutes by foot and Sapporo Station is 7 minutes.

          ibis Styles Sapporo ¥9,333
          ibis Styles Sapporo

          ibis Styles Sapporo

          Nishi 3chome 10 10, Minami 8jo Chuo Ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Sapporo City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Soseigawa Park and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Nakajima Park and Nijo Market are also within 15 minutes. Nakajima-koen Station is only a 2-minute walk and Susukino Station is 8 minutes.

            Mercure Hotel Sapporo ¥10,630
            Mercure Hotel Sapporo

            Mercure Hotel Sapporo

            2-4 Minami 4-jo, Nishi 2-chome Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Sapporo City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Soseigawa Park and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Sapporo TV Tower and Clock Tower are also within 10 minutes. Susukino Station is only a 3-minute walk and Odori Station is 9 minutes.

              Hotel Monterey Sapporo ¥9,259
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              Hotel Monterey Sapporo

              Higashi 1-3 Kita 4 Jyo Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Sapporo, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Soseigawa Park, Sapporo JR Tower, and Clock Tower. Sapporo TV Tower and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building are also within 15 minutes. Sapporo Metro Station is 8 minutes by foot and Odori Station is 14 minutes.

                Royton Sapporo ¥6,818
                Royton Sapporo

                Royton Sapporo

                11 - 1 Nishi, Kita 1-jo, Chuo-Ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Sapporo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nitori Culture Hall, Odori Park, and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building are also within 15 minutes. Nishi-juitchome Station is only a 4-minute walk and Nishi-juhatchome Station is 13 minutes.