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Sapporo
Travel Guide

Sapporo TV Tower showing a city, a sunset and landscape views

With ski slopes, parks, beer gardens and festivals, this sprawling city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido has something to offer year-round.

The vibrant city of Sapporo is one of Japan’s largest cities and most popular tourist destinations. With snow on the ground for about four months of the year, Sapporo is famous for its wintersports and hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics. The city is also a big draw in the summer with its parks, bars and beer gardens.

Relax in Odori Park, a large, grassy expanse with fountains, benches and gardens. It encompasses 12 blocks through central Sapporo. At the eastern end is the Sapporo TV Tower. Travel up to its viewing platform, 295 feet (90 meters) above street level. During February, the park is the setting for the Sapporo Snow Festival, a week-long event with ice sculptures, snow rides and concerts.

During the winter, make your way to the ski resorts in the mountains around Sapporo. Go cross-country skiing at Nakajima Park and try night skiing at Sapporo Bankei Ski Area. Take the children sledding and snow tubing at Mount Moiwa Ski Resort, which has a gentle family slope for beginners. If you’re a non-skier, try computer-simulated ski challenges at the Winter Sports Museum at the foot of the Okurayama Ski jump.

The city is also known for its beer. Learn about the history of the beverage in Japan at the Sapporo Beer Museum. During summer, many beer gardens open up in parks and on the rooftops of buildings across the city.

Try the alcohol with delicious local food. Visit Susukino, the large entertainment district, which is packed with bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Try fresh sushi in the Sushi-ya restaurants or explore Ramen Yokocho, a narrow lane lined with restaurants serving ramen, a popular noodle soup.

Reach Sapporo by flying into New Chitose Airport, which is 30 miles (48.3 kilometers) southeast of the city. Get around Sapporo by public transportation, or by renting a car or bicycle. Visit Sapporo to take advantage of its fantastic skiing, enjoy local cuisine and explore its beautiful outdoor areas.

Where to stay in Sapporo

Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel
Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel
3.5 out of 5
5-1, Nishi, Minami 4 Jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥5,281 per night from May 14 to May 14
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tanukikoji Shopping Street, Nakajima Park, and Nijo Market. Sapporo Clock Tower and Sapporo TV Tower ...
4.2/5Excellent! (963 reviews)
"Very clean hotel and friendly staff"

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2021

Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel
ibis Styles Sapporo
ibis Styles Sapporo
3.5 out of 5
Nishi 3chome 10 10, Minami 8jo Chuo Ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥4,636 per night from May 13 to May 13
Located in Chuo-ku, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nakajima Park and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Nijo Market and Sapporo Clock Tower are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (994 reviews)
Dated and a little worn but very comfortable
"Nice staff, good location, rooms are really comfortable and well laid out."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

ibis Styles Sapporo
Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
3.5 out of 5
4-1-2 Minami 9 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥3,541 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nakajima Park, Sapporo TV Tower, and Sapporo Clock Tower. Hokkaido University and Sapporo JR Tower are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (670 reviews)
Breakfast is beyond expectations
"No word to the Breakfast, it's only excellent. Sea food is the best, fresh and tasty. Our room was premium room that was spacious and comfortable. Exit 2 of Subway is the the closest exit to the Hotel Vessel Inn but there is a elevation in Exit 1 for thise carrying luggages."

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Villa Koshido Odori
Villa Koshido Odori
3 out of 5
14-3-18 Odorinishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥5,455 per night from May 13 to May 13
Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Odori Park and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Hokkaido University and Former Hokkaido ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"部屋が広くて、金額も安く充実しました ただ駐車場料金が気になります。"

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Villa Koshido Odori
Sapporo Stay Nakajima Park
Sapporo Stay Nakajima Park
3 out of 5
1-4-1 11 Jounishi, Minami, Chuoku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hokkaido Museum of Literature, Nakajima Park, and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Nijo Market ...
4.4/5Excellent! (88 reviews)
Ruby World Cup experience
"Space is what this property has in abundance. We could have had two families share this unit. It was great, loved having a washing machine and detergent available. The instructions to find the apartment were great. An easy trip by subway 2-3 stops into Odori Park and Sapporo central. The only draw ..."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

Sapporo Stay Nakajima Park
Up to 8 pax The Best Location for Otaru Explore / Otaru Hokkaido
Up to 8 pax The Best Location for Otaru Explore / Otaru Hokkaido
Otaru, Hokkaido
The price is ¥8,960 per night from May 13 to May 13
Situated in Otaru, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Otaru Music Box Museum and Otaru Canal. Sakaimachi Street and Suitengu are also within 10 ...
Up to 8 pax The Best Location for Otaru Explore / Otaru Hokkaido
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Sapporo

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4/5 - Good

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Feb 18, 2020

Walking in the snow was difficult, especially for a Hawaii boy with some back issues...If I had booked a hotel a bit closer to the action, perhaps it would not have been so bad. But the price here was reasonable so...I wish I had tried the cable car

5/5 - Excellent

Les

Feb 18, 2020

Love Sapporo. Big enough city but not as hustle and bustle as Tokyo.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 14, 2020

Excellent experience

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 11, 2020

February in Sapporo meant temperatures down in the single digits. Certainly something to keep in mind.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 9, 2020

Good seafood cuisine nearby.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 8, 2020

One of my favorite cities in Japan - lots to do, lots to see!

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