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Sapporo

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.

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P2,508 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 Sapporo TV Tower ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,243 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
La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori Hokkaido
La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori Hokkaido
3.5 out of 5
The price is P3,114 per night

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! (949 reviews)
Good central hotel

"Good central hotel. Plenty of shops and restaurants nearby. Onsen was really good."…"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori Hokkaido
Tmark City Hotel Sapporo Odori
Tmark City Hotel Sapporo Odori
3 out of 5
The price is P3,574 per night

Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is steps away from Sankichi Shrine and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Odori Park and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (41 reviews)

"The location was brilliant and the service just fabulous. Breakfast wonderful and I had the best time. I loved the room designs being mixed western/ japanese.. and the view was great. SUPER happy and I'm planning another trip during beer festival or maybe Odori Matsuri season."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Tmark City Hotel Sapporo Odori

Top things to do in Sapporo

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

P1,833
Per adult
Private Full-Day Customizable Tour of Sapporo
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Private Full-Day Customizable Tour of Sapporo

P32,044
Per adult
Explore Lake Shikotsu, Toya & Mount Usu
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Explore Lake Shikotsu, Toya & Mount Usu

P5,145
Per adult
Kickstart Your Trip to Sapporo
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Kickstart Your Trip to Sapporo

P4,439
Per adult
Summer Exclusive: Hokkaido Otaru & Shakotan Tour
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Summer Exclusive: Hokkaido Otaru & Shakotan Tour

P5,422
Per adult
Private Departure Transfer : Sapporo City to New Chitose Airport
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Private Departure Transfer : Sapporo City to New Chitose Airport

P2,370
Per adult

Reviews of Sapporo

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

25 Feb 2020

Sapporo is always refreshing to while time while enjoying the people and their foods and so being respectful and courteous. I would love to come back if giver the opportunities.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

6 Jan 2020

The people, the food, shopping malls...everything is great in sapporo

5/5 - Excellent

Marizon

28 Dec 2019

Sapporo is a place to rest and relax. I like the people, convenience of transportation and view/sceneries. Most of all it has fulfilled my dream to see and play with snow.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

22 Dec 2019

The place is so cool. Unlike other cities in Japan, you will experience the quietness of sapporo.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

29 Jul 2019

Love the fresh seafood and soup currying Sapporo. Try to visit Nijo Market and taste their fresh shrimp, sea urchin and melons.

4/5 - Good

ArnelAranas

27 Jul 2019

Sapporo was surprisingly a very nice place. A balance of nature and modern shops. So many things to do if you will go on different season. Given the chance, I would love to go back again to Sapporo to explore other attractions.

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