Sapporo

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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
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino-Ekimae
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino-Ekimae
2.5 out of 5
P1,532
per night
Mar 5 - Mar 6

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

3.9/5Good! (1,699 reviews)

"Room door hasn't sealed and easy hear sound from the hallway. It's slightly noisy."…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 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
P3,873
per night
Mar 29 - Mar 30

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,925 reviews)

"good location. room is quite spacious. they gave us complimentary drinks coupon, however due to a private event we had to bring our drinks somewhere else to drink. nonetheless, will stay again."…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Mercure Hotel Sapporo
ibis Styles Sapporo
ibis Styles Sapporo
3.5 out of 5
Nishi 3chome 10 10, Minami 8jo Chuo Ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
P2,593
per night
Mar 29 - Mar 30

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,259 reviews)

"Located place is very easy to access other places just like oodori.susukino by foot also.Room is very clean and staff are polite ."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

ibis Styles Sapporo

Popular things to do in Sapporo

Sapporo Beer Museum
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Sapporo Beer Museum

Visit this museum dedicated to one of Japan’s most popular beer brands, housed in a preserved factory from the Meiji-period.

Top activities in Sapporo

Unlimited Japan WiFi P/U New Chitose Airport +Mobile battery
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Unlimited Japan WiFi P/U New Chitose Airport +Mobile battery

80% of travellers recommend
P203
Per adult
Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

P1,822
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Kimono for your lovely kids in Hokkaido
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Kimono for your lovely kids in Hokkaido

100% of travellers recommend
P1,634
Per adult
8 Hour Private Day Hire
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8 Hour Private Day Hire

P3,256
Per adult
Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Platform Admission Ticket
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Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Platform Admission Ticket

P247
Per adult
Furano and Biei Private Day Tour
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Furano and Biei Private Day Tour

100% of travellers recommend
P3,851
Per adult

Reviews of Sapporo

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 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

Jan 6, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Marizon

Dec 28, 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

Dec 22, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 29, 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

Jul 27, 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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