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Sapporo

Travel Guide
Sapporo TV Tower which includes night scenes, a city 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

Mercure Hotel Sapporo
Mercure Hotel Sapporo
4 out of 5
2-4 Minami 4-jo, Nishi 2-chome Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥5,091 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in Chuo-ku, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Soseigawa Park and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Nijo Market and Sapporo TV Tower are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,058 reviews)
"Due to critical circumstances of COVID-19, the hotel was very quiet but comfortable. The smile of the receptionist made me feeling happy."

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

Mercure Hotel Sapporo
TOKYU STAY SAPPORO ODORI
TOKYU STAY SAPPORO ODORI
3 out of 5
5 Chome-26-2 Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥5,364 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tanukikoji Shopping Street, Nijo Market, and Sapporo Clock Tower. Nakajima Park and Sapporo TV Tower ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (506 reviews)
"The upgrade was wonderful! My room was spacious and easy to use, especially with the washer-dryer, microwave and cooking facilities. The bath was big enough for me! The bed was very comfortable. Although the coffee was good, I would not go for the breakfasts as they are not worth it."

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

TOKYU STAY SAPPORO ODORI
Sapporo Grand Hotel
Sapporo Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
Nishi 4-chome 1-jo Kita Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥6,253 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Located in Chuo-ku, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Odori Park, Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and Sapporo Clock Tower. Tanukikoji ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,271 reviews)
Classic hotel in the center of the city
"The hotel is lovely. They're fastidious about Covid-19 prevention measures (masks, temperature checks, disinfecting spray). The bed was very comfortable and the room itself was quiet, and had a view of small courtyard garden. The bar makes an enormous list of cocktails and has live jazz. The location ..."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

Sapporo Grand Hotel
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.
UCHI Living Stay Otaru Suitengu
UCHI Living Stay Otaru Suitengu
3 out of 5
Aioicho 4-40, \N, Otaru, Hokkaido
The price is ¥3,498 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Situated in Otaru, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Sakaimachi Street and Otaru Canal. Suitengu and Otaru Music Box Museum are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (50 reviews)
"the property is great, only access with the car in snowy weather is very difficult I had to leave the car in paid parking for reasons of not being able to go up the street!"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

UCHI Living Stay Otaru Suitengu
Adamas Chitose A
Adamas Chitose A
3 out of 5
2-1-1 Kashiwadaiminami, Chitose, Hokkaido
The price is ¥4,545 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Situated in Chitose, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Chitose Outlet Mall Rera and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chitose Salmon Aquarium and Aoba Park. ...
Adamas Chitose A
RYO-AN
RYO-AN
3.5 out of 5
1-8-6, Inaho, Otaru, Hokkaido
The price is ¥7,668 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
Situated in Otaru, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Sakaimachi Street and Otaru Canal. Otaru City Art Museum and Tomioka Catholic Church ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (38 reviews)
"It was a spacious apartment with everything you need. Everything was in excellent conditions. Very impressed."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2019

RYO-AN
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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