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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

Top Hotels 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 ¥4,545 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

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! (1,244 reviews)

"Great location with excellent staff and amenities. Very thorough attention to COVID restrictions for example buffet changed to set breakfast and temperature checks"…"

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2020

Mercure 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 ¥6,182 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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

4.2/5Very Good! (991 reviews)
Nice for a short stay!

"Very convenient place to stay!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel
KOKO HOTEL Sapporo Ekimae
KOKO HOTEL Sapporo Ekimae
3-3-10, Kita 1 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥2,046 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Clock Tower, Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street, and Odori Park. Former Hokkaido Government Office ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
宿泊感想

"空調(暖房)の調整が良くなかった。暑かったかな。"…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2020

KOKO HOTEL Sapporo Ekimae
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.

Vacation Rentals in Sapporo

UCHI Living Stay Otaru Suitengu
UCHI Living Stay Otaru Suitengu
3 out of 5
Aioicho 4-40, Otaru, Hokkaido
The price is ¥1,230 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (45 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
RYO-AN
RYO-AN
3.5 out of 5
1-8-6, Inaho, Otaru, Hokkaido
The price is ¥13,111 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

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! (37 reviews)

"It was a spacious apartment with everything you need. Everything was in excellent conditions. Very impressed."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2019

RYO-AN
Taketo Stay S6W12
Taketo Stay S6W12
3.5 out of 5
1Minami 6jo Nishi, 2-763-28, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥27,465 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Odori Bisse, Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street, and Nakajima Park. Odori Park and Nijo ...

Taketo Stay S6W12
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

4.6

Top Destination

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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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