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SapporoJapan

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 JR Tower featuring a city and night scenes

Sapporo City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(314 area reviews)

Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street and Odori Park are top sights in Sapporo City Centre, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Nishi-Yon-Chome Stop or Odori Station to see more sights in the area.

Sapporo City Centre
Sapporo featuring a statue or sculpture and interior views

Chuo-ku

4.5/5Wonderful!(64 area reviews)

Chuo-ku is a destination travelers like for its skiing, and you might hop aboard the metro at Maruyama-koen Station or Nishi-Nijuhatchome Station to explore sights like Nakajima Park.

Chuo-ku
Susukino

Susukino

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Susukino. If sightseeing is on the list, Ramen Yokocho is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Susukino Station or Higashi-Honganji-Mae Stop to see more of the area.

Susukino
Hokkaido University

Kita Ward

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 area reviews)

Noted for its shopping and restaurants, there's plenty to explore in Kita Ward. Top attractions like Yurigahara Park and Hokkaido University Museum are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Asabu Station or Kita-sanjuyo-jo Station to see more of the city.

Kita Ward
Odori

Odori

Shopping, hot springs, and coffeehouses highlight some notable features of Odori. Make a stop by Odori Park or Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Nishi-Hatchome Stop or Nishi-Yon-Chome Stop to get around town.

Odori
Nakajimakoen featuring heritage elements

Nakajimakoen

4.5/5Wonderful!(18 area reviews)

Nakajimakoen is a destination travelers like for its restaurants, and you might hop aboard the metro at Nakajima-Koen-Dori Stop or Horohira-bashi Station to explore sights like Nakajima Park.

Nakajimakoen

Top Hotels in Sapporo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 ¥5,182 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Chuo-ku, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Soseigawa Park and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Nijo Market and Sapporo TV Tower ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,234 reviews)

"I had good time with my partner, the bed was comfortable and the room was convenient with everything arranged. Receptionists was nice with hospitable attitude."…"

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2020

Mercure Hotel Sapporo
Best Western Plus Hotel Fino Chitose
Best Western Plus Hotel Fino Chitose
3.5 out of 5
13-3, Chiyoda, Chitose, Hokkaido
The price is ¥6,792 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Situated in Chitose, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Chitose Salmon Aquarium and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Chitose Outlet Mall Rera. Aoba Park and Chitose Inter ...

4.4/5Excellent! (240 reviews)
2 day stay

"Enjoyed our stay! Great breakfast buffet. Tiny rooms but comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Best Western Plus Hotel Fino Chitose
La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori Hokkaido
La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori Hokkaido
3.5 out of 5
5-26-5 Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥5,502 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street, Odori Park, and Nijo Market. Sapporo TV Tower and Clock Tower ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)

"Surprisingly generous and thoughtful staffs, nice location where you can walk from Susukino sta. Or Sapporo too! Clean and totally enough space even in the smallest room in the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori Hokkaido

Vacation Rentals in Sapporo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
UCHI Living Stay Otaru Suitengu
UCHI Living Stay Otaru Suitengu
3 out of 5
Aioicho 4-40, Otaru, Hokkaido
The price is ¥1,150 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (38 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
Herber Light KAIHOUROU
Herber Light KAIHOUROU
3 out of 5
1-19, Shinonome, Otaru, Hokkaido

Located in the heart of Otaru, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sakaimachi Street and Otaru Canal. Suitengu and Otaru City Art Museum are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
歩くと坂道がかなりキツい

"受付が外国人なのか日本語が聞き取りづらかった。 又、経営は同じなのだろうが、古い建物と新しい建物とが繋がってることは旅行者にはわからないので、そこを詳しく説明があるべき。 宿自体は清潔で良いが、ソファーとかベッドが安物で腰が痛くなる。枕も少し寝グサイ臭いがした。しかしながらそれを上回る安さがあるので、又小樽に来るなら利用するだろう。"…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2020

Herber Light KAIHOUROU
Villa Koshido Kotoni
Villa Koshido Kotoni
2.5 out of 5
5-chome-2-10 Kotoni 2 Jo, Nishi, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥8,182 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Kotoni, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Sapporo Crab Market and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hokkaido University and Hokkaido Shrine. Former ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)

"部屋にはキッチン、冷蔵庫、洗濯機が常備しています。 洗剤や食器などもあるので、長期滞在には最高だと思います。 近隣にはコンビニや居酒屋などもあるので、そこそこ便利です。 そして、部屋は綺麗に清掃されていて気持ちが良いです。 フロントの方の接客も大変素晴らしいです! 私は琴似へ行く事が多いので、何度もリピートさせて頂いています。 価格も安くて最高です⭐︎"…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Villa Koshido Kotoni

Popular places to visit in Sapporo

Odori Park
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Odori Park

4.5/5(156 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Odori Park, a popular green space in Sapporo. Discover the area's lively festivals and shops.

Sapporo Dome
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Sapporo Dome

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Catch an event at Sapporo Dome during your trip to Sapporo. Discover the top-notch restaurants and lively festivals in this walkable area.

Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street
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Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street

4.5/5(133 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street, a popular shopping spot in Sapporo. Wander around the gardens or experience the area's festivals.

Nakajima Park
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Nakajima Park

4.5/5(33 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Nakajima Park, a popular green space in Sapporo. Discover the area's lively festivals and shops.

Sapporo JR Tower
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Sapporo JR Tower

4.5/5(121 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Sapporo during your trip to a top site like Sapporo JR Tower. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Otaru Canal
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Otaru Canal

4.5/5(118 reviews)

Find out about the history of Otaru Canal, one of the top monuments in Otaru. Visit the shops in this walkable area, or simply enjoy its restaurants.

Top things to do in Sapporo

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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

¥3,918
Per adult
Sapporo City Bus Tour
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Sapporo City Bus Tour

¥2,500
Per adult
Summer Exclusive: Hokkaido Otaru & Shakotan Tour
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Summer Exclusive: Hokkaido Otaru & Shakotan Tour

¥11,538
Per adult
Hokkaido Noboribetsu, Toya & Shikotsu Lake Day Tour
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Hokkaido Noboribetsu, Toya & Shikotsu Lake Day Tour

¥9,936
Per adult
Hokkaido Enjoy Pass:Sapporo, Lake Toya, and Hakodate Areas
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Hokkaido Enjoy Pass:Sapporo, Lake Toya, and Hakodate Areas

¥5,000
Per adult
Shared Departure Transfer : Sapporo City to Shin Chitose Airport
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Shared Departure Transfer : Sapporo City to Shin Chitose Airport

¥12,832
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Sapporo

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
212
5 - Excellent 62.35294117647059%
4 - Good
115
4 - Good 33.8235294117647%
3 - Okay
9
3 - Okay 2.6470588235294117%
2 - Disappointing
3
2 - Disappointing 0.8823529411764706%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.29411764705882354%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

Feb 14, 2020

Excellent experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 9, 2020

Good seafood cuisine nearby.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 8, 2020

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

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