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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
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino-Ekimae
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino-Ekimae
2.5 out of 5
Nishi 2-2, Minami 4 Chuou-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥2,893 per night

Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is steps from Soseigawa Park and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Odori Park and Nijo Market are also within 15 minutes. Hosui-Susukino ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,804 reviews)

"Great Location, subway station right at the hotel door!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino-Ekimae
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 ¥5,455 per night

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,975 reviews)

"I liked the Cleaness and Hospitality of the staff. If there were some CAFE in the hotel not restaurant, I enjoyed little bit more."…"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2020

Mercure Hotel Sapporo
Hotel Okura Sapporo
Hotel Okura Sapporo
4 out of 5
9-1 Nishi 5 Chome Minami 1-Jo Chuo-Ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥7,438 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (707 reviews)

"Room decor n lighting are excellent compared to Sapporo downtown hotels. Location is a bit off from Central Station but without big luggage, it’s not at all difficult to walk to from Station."…"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Hotel Okura Sapporo

Popular places to visit in Sapporo

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Top things to do in Sapporo

Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

¥3,918
Per adult
Furano and Biei Private Day Tour
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Furano and Biei Private Day Tour

100% of travellers recommend
¥60,000
Per adult
Private Full-Day Customizable Tour of Sapporo
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Private Full-Day Customizable Tour of Sapporo

¥68,506
Per adult
Children Kimono in Hokkaido
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Children Kimono in Hokkaido

100% of travellers recommend
¥3,500
Per adult
8 Hour Private Day Hire
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8 Hour Private Day Hire

¥50,000
Per adult
10 Hour Private Day Hire
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10 Hour Private Day Hire

¥60,000
Per adult

Reviews of Sapporo

4.6

Top Destination

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