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

Bespoke Hotel Sapporo
Bespoke Hotel Sapporo
3 out of 5
Minami Nijonishi 1-7-9, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥3,455 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is steps from Soseigawa Park and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Sapporo TV Tower and Nakajima Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Odori ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (195 reviews)
"It such as a good hotel to stay"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Bespoke Hotel 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 ¥4,694 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tanukikoji Shopping Street, Nakajima Park, and Sapporo TV Tower. Odori Park and Nijo Market are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (979 reviews)
"Very clean hotel and friendly staff"

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2021

Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel
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 ¥6,182 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in Chuo-ku, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Soseigawa Park and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Sapporo TV Tower and Nakajima Park are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (982 reviews)
"Very good location. Helpful staff."

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2021

Mercure Hotel Sapporo
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 ¥3,130 per night from Feb 23 to Feb 24
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (54 reviews)
No Air Conditioner in Summer
"We stay for 2 nights in the August. There is no air conditioner in the room, however they provied two fans. It is still very hot and we are sweating inside the room. I would recommend the landlord to upgrade the building electrical system, upgrade electrical panels to install A/C and install more ..."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2021

UCHI Living Stay Otaru Suitengu
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 Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Odori Park and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Sapporo TV Tower and Hokkaido University ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"家族4人で利用しました。子供が20歳、15歳と大きいので、通常だとツイン2部屋なのですが、家族で会話したいので一部屋に宿泊できるタイプの部屋を探していました。 とても良かったです。天井が高く、家具もおしゃれで、心地よく、ベッドの広さも十分でした。寝具も、部屋着も心地よかったです。 また、スタッフの方の対応も親切で快適に過ごせました。 ゲーミングpcとレーシングゲーム機も申し分なく、旅行のいい思い出になりました。 今回は1泊でしたか、もっと長期滞在したいと思う宿でした。"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Villa Koshido Odori
UCHI Living stay NAKAJIMA park
UCHI Living stay NAKAJIMA park
2.5 out of 5
8 Chome 1-1, Minami 11 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥4,868 per night from Feb 23 to Feb 24
Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nakajima Park, Tanukikoji Shopping Street, and Odori Park. Nijo Market and Sapporo Clock ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (15 reviews)
"The room so spaces, nice, clean and safe. The park near by so pretty and peaceful. A little far from the station, this is how Japanese life style right , a-lot of walking:) I never walking that much in my life and i love it"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

UCHI Living stay 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.

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