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Sapporo
Travel Guide

Sapporo TV Tower showing a city, a sunset 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

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 ¥5,281 per night from May 5 to May 6
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tanukikoji Shopping Street, Nakajima Park, and Nijo Market. Sapporo Clock Tower and Sapporo TV Tower ...
4.2/5Excellent! (968 reviews)
"Very clean hotel and friendly staff"

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2021

Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel
Quintessa Hotel Sapporo Susukino
Quintessa Hotel Sapporo Susukino
3 out of 5
4-1-2 Minami 6 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is ¥2,996 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ramen Yokocho, Tanukikoji Shopping Street, and Nakajima Park. Nijo Market and Sapporo Clock Tower ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (72 reviews)
"Only thing I can say I didn't like was the pillow."

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Quintessa Hotel Sapporo Susukino
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 ¥4,364 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
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! (415 reviews)
"Had a memorable stay! Will surely come again if I visit Hokkaido!!!! Thanks!"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

TOKYU STAY SAPPORO ODORI
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.
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 Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Odori Park and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Hokkaido University and Former Hokkaido ...
Villa Koshido Odori
UCHI Living Stay Otaru Suitengu
UCHI Living Stay Otaru Suitengu
3 out of 5
Aioicho 4-40, \N, Otaru, Hokkaido
The price is ¥3,682 per night from May 13 to May 14
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! (48 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
Sapporo Stay Nakajima Park
Sapporo Stay Nakajima Park
3 out of 5
1-4-1 11 Jounishi, Minami, Chuoku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hokkaido Museum of Literature, Nakajima Park, and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Nijo Market ...
4.4/5Excellent! (88 reviews)
Ruby World Cup experience
"Space is what this property has in abundance. We could have had two families share this unit. It was great, loved having a washing machine and detergent available. The instructions to find the apartment were great. An easy trip by subway 2-3 stops into Odori Park and Sapporo central. The only draw ..."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

Sapporo 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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