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Hub of Hokkaido

Whether for a road trip during the summer or for a frozen winter adventure , many people who travel to Hokkaido are oblivious to the charm of Sapporo. This is a shame, but it’s also not surprising, given how great a percentage of Hokkaido attractions are outside the prefecture’s capital.

Indeed, many of the activities you’re likeliest to do during your trip are basically day trips from Sapporo . Walk along the icicle-lined canal of Otaru in the dead of December, or traipse amid Furano’s rolling fields of lavender in July.

Or stick to the city center, either during the winter winter when the annual Sapporo Snow Festival takes place, or in the Japanese summer when colorful flowers bloom in front of the Former Hokkaido Government Office. My Sapporo travel guide starts here.

Where to Stay in Sapporo

Regardless of which things to do in Sapporo appeal most to you, it’s important to find a convenient, comfortable (and, if possible, chic) place to base yourself in the city. Sapporo is much larger than you might imagine if you’ve never been there, which is a bit part of why centrally-located properties such as the Tokyo Stay Sapporo Odori and Hotel Relief are so appealing, especially if you plan to take a lot of day trips.

On the other hand, while these mid-range Sapporo hotels are perfectly functional, there are other options on both ends of the spectrum. More luxury oriented travelers will love the opulence of Sapporo Grand Hotel , while Iyasu Hotel caters to Hokkaido travelers on a stricter budget.

My Favorite Things to Do in Sapporo

Enjoy the view.

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Although Sapporo’s skyline doesn’t get a lot of love, taking in different views of it has actually been one of my preoccupations, in terms of what to do in Sapporo. The most famous Sapporo skyline picture to take is probably the one picture above, which is Odori Park (where winter’s Sapporo Snow Festival takes place) seen from the Sapporo TV Tower . Another option is to ride the ropeway up to Mt. Moiwa, where the extent of Sapporo’s really becomes clear. Sapporo might not have the famous shape of its southern neighbor Hakodate , but its cityscape is still impressive.

Trace Hokkaido’s (Brief) History

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Although Hokkaido has been inhabited (by Japanese people, anyway) for less than 200 years, you can find several Sapporo attractions of the historical sort. First among these is the Former Hokkaido Government Office , whose now-iconic red brick facade dates back to 1888. Other heritage buildings in Sapporo include Sapporo Clock Tower , which was also built in the late-19th century, and the open-air Historical Village of Hokkaido .

Say “Kanpai”—and Sing?

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Not surprisingly, many of the things to do in Sapporo have to do with the city’s eponymous beer—and not just if you visit during the Summer Festival I mentioned above (or during the Snow Festival, when beer and a variety of other libations also abound—it’s a great way to stay warm!). Indeed, whether you take a tour of the Sapporo Beer Museum , enjoy a sake as you watch sunset over Sapporo’s perfect grid from Sapporo JR Tower or hop around the many karaoke bars of Susukino to get your drink on, it’s fun to say “Kanpai” to Sapporo.

Travel With Your Tastebuds

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Sapporo is a delicious place to travel, and not just because of the famous Hokkaido “hairy” crab on offer, both in many a Sapporo restaurant as well as at the colorful Nijo Market . Sapporo is also famous for its unique miso ramen, and for various Hokkaido beef concoctions as well. Some of the day trip destinations, I’m about to mention have their own specialties, too, namely the lavender-flavored soft cream in Furano.

Get Out of Town

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Speaking of Furano , its lavender fields are perhaps the most popular destination for day trips from Sapporo in summer, especially when combined with the nearby Blue Pond in Biei . If you’re visiting in winter, on the other hand, you’ll either go to Otaru (to walk beside its historical canal and its giant icicles), to Niseko to ski, to Noboribetsu for a hot springs bath or to hike amid “Hell Valley” or to Asahikawa , which is especially nice in winter when the penguin parade comes through town.

When is the Best Time to Visit Sapporo?

In general, the best time to visit Hokkaido is whenever you have time to go. Although most travelers come between January-February to visit the Sapporo Snow Festival and/or ski, or during the month of July to experience the lavender fields of Furano, Sapporo’s spring and autumn seasons are lovely. This is especially true in late April and early May, when the sakura bloom , and in late September or early October when the hillsides around the city blaze in the colors of fall.

To put it another way, once you’ve decided what to do in Sapporo and which of these things are most important to you, you can schedule your visit. If you want to have a variety of seasonal experiences, however, accept that you’re going to need to take multiple trips. (I say that as if it’s a bad thing—every subsequent trip to Japan is like visiting a new galaxy for the first time!) Obviously, this is easier to do if you’re an expat traveling from Tokyo to Sapporo, than someone flying in from far overseas.

How Many Days Should You Spend in Sapporo?

How many days in Sapporo you spend likewise depends upon which of the city’s many activities you plan to enjoy, as well as the number of day trips you plan to take. Or not: You could visit some destinations (most likely Niseko, but also potentially Biei and Furano) as weekend excursions, and roll that time into your itinerary for Hokkaido outside of Sapporo. Not everywhere in relatively close proximity to Sapporo needs to be part of your plan for Sapporo travel!

For most travelers, I’d say that 3 days in Sapporo should suffice, though there are some assumptions I’m making with this number. First, that you’ll take at least one day trip—Sapporo’s city center, while very large and somewhat underrated, is not really worth more than two full days on any single visit. Second, as I stated above, this assumes that you will come back at some point, and get a different perspective on the city. The issue of how many days to spend in Sapporo shouldn’t really be limited to a single trip!

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Other FAQ About Things to Do in Sapporo

Is sapporo worth visiting.

Sapporo is definitely worth visiting, although in my experience it wasn’t love at first sight. I developed affection for Sapporo over the years, after having visited in multiple seasons (winter, summer and spring so far), and also after I’d used the hub for my various of journeys around Hokkaido. Sapporo isn’t my favorite Japanese city, as a destination, but coming back here after an expedition in wilder environs feels good.

What is Sapporo known for?

Sapporo is known for its namesake beer, for the nearby Niseko ski slopes and for being the largest city of Hokkaido island. Increasingly, it’s associated with summer travel in Hokkaido, namely the lavender fields of not-so-nearby Naka-Furano .

Is Sapporo cheaper than Tokyo?

Although people who live in Sapporo might find the cheaper rents and larger apartments beneficial, you are unlikely to notice a huge cost differential between the two cities as a tourism. As is the case in Tokyo, you should expect to pay a minimum of ¥10,000 per person, per night to stay in Sapporo, and will likely spend much more in the city. It can also be expensive to travel from Tokyo to Sapporo, depending on how you get there.

The Bottom Line

Whether you plan to use Hokkaido’s capital as a hub for day trips or focus on the things to do in Sapporo proper, I hope the work I’ve done to condense this Sapporo travel guide helps you plan your trip. I’ve grown fonder of Sapporo with every trip, so whether it’s your first time here or your fifth, and regardless of your decision about how long to spend in Sapporo, I hope you’ll commit to coming back and digging deep, be that by having a beer in Odori Park as Sapporo TV Tower gleams above, or frolicking through Furano’s lavender fields on a day trip. Consider commissioning a custom Japan itinerary if you still need help planning your trip.

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Sapporo Itinerary

2 Days Sapporo Itinerary: A Complete Travel Guide Blog

Last updated on May 10th, 2024

While making your trip to Hokkaido, there are many things to do in Sapporo. This Sapporo travel guide blog with introduce my 2-Days Sapporo itinerary and all the must-visit best sights in town.

Sapporo is located in the northern Prefectures of Japan. It is the fourth largest city in Japan by population and the largest city in Hokkaido. Sapporo offers so many things to do, places to visit, and food to eat here. It is best to give yourself at least 1 day to 2 days in Sapporo to explore this charming city. You will be delighted by its attraction, food, and drink, shopping as well as nightlife in this wonderful city.

If you are to visit Sapporo during winter, remember to include Sapporo Snow Festival. This Japan’s greatest winter festival is usually held in February at Sapporo. I can imagine it would be super cold though.

Sapporo is our last visited city before leaving Japan. It is the closest city to the international airport, New Chitose Airport. My visit is at the end of May. This is not a peak season for the flower blooming in Hokkaido. However, we enjoyed our trip to Hokkaido.

In this Sapporo travel guide blog , we will show you how to plan your Sapporo itinerary with top things to do, where to stay and food to eat, and transportation for getting around in Sapporo. And some of the money-saving tips and travel guides. Let’s check it out.

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Pre-Trip Essential: Transport

By Air : New Chitose Airport (CTS) is the largest and busiest airport in Hokkaido. However, this international airport is limited to direct flights from certain Asia countries including China, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, and Hongkong. Most journeys are flying domestic from Tokyo or Osaka which is served by Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA).

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By Rail : Sapporo is accessible by rail from other major cities in Hokkaido and even Tokyo. However, it is advisable to book a JR pass if you are planning to get to Sapporo from Tokyo. You may include Hakodate into your Hokkaido itinerary before visiting Sapporo.

JR Pass will save you a lot of money if you are traveling from Tokyo to Sapporo by rail. The JR Whole Japan Pas s and JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass are great options.

To save on transportation, Klook offers the cheapest JR pass with free delivery to your home.

From New Chitose Airport to Sapporo City

From New Chitose Airport, the JR train is the easiest way to get to the city center. Rapid Airport Express has connected to Sapporo from New Chitose Airport Station. The train station is located on the first floor of the domestic terminal building. Follow the well-marked sign that will get you to the train station. The fare is ¥1,070 for one way and an additional ¥520 for reserved seats. But you can just simply hop on to the train with unreserved seats. Travel time is approximately 37 minutes. 

Alternatively, you can use the Airport Buses to Sapporo downtown including Susukino, Odori Park, and Sapporo Station. Bus fare at ¥1,030 with 80 minutes.

Getting Around in Sapporo City

It is easy to explore the city center on foot. Else, the subway is a great option for long-distance. One way of a subway ride is about ¥200 depending on the distance. Get the one-day pass if there is more than three subway ride per day. The Subway 1-Day pass costs ¥830 and Donichika Ticket, only weekends costs ¥520 for unlimited use of Sapporo’s subway line within one day.

Alternatively, it is advisable to get the IC card to skip the ticket purchasing process. Kitaca Card is Hokkaido’s IC card, similar to Tokyo’s Pasmo or Suica and Osaka’s ICOCA. All the IC cards can be used within Japan for It can be used for both train and bus rides.

You can book your Kitaca card via Klook and pick it up at the airport or Sapporo TV tower. The card is preloaded with ¥1,500.

Planning on Sapporo itinerary

Things To Do in Sapporo: A Guide For Sapporo Itinerary

There are plenty of things to do in Sapporo and nearby for your Sapporo itinerary. It is always a great base to travel around within Hokkaido. Here are the suggested places for getting around in leisure within 1 or 2 days. Some of the attraction is not centrally located in the city area and required traveling time. So please allow on some buffer time when you planning on your itinerary.

Day 1 Sapporo Itinerary:

  • Seafood feast in Sapporo Central Wholesale Market or Nijo Market (1-2 Hours)
  • Visit Shiroi Koibito Park (2 Hours)
  • Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill (2 Hours)
  • Know the history and beer testing at Sapporo Beer Museum (2 Hours)
  • Dinner with Sapporo local specialties (2 Hours)

Day 2 Sapporo Itinerary :

  • Relaxing stroll at Odori Park, Sapporo TV Tower, Former Hokkaido Government Office, and Sapporo Clock Tower (1-2 Hours)
  • Pray in Hokkaido Shrine and Maruyama Park (2 Hours)
  • Sapporo Night Life: Susukino and Tanukikoji Shopping Street (2 Hours)

All the attractions are only a suggestion and can be visited all year long. You are free to squeeze and adjust into a day Sapporo itinerary. But taking account of the time to taste Sapporo’s best food, we make it into two days Sapporo itinerary for a leisure trip.

Day 1 Sapporo Itinerary

I’ve put together some of Sapporo’s must-visits on the first day but some of the attractions are not located in the central town. You can adjust your trip by choosing which sights you want to visit on the first day.

Day 1 in Sapporo : Sapporo Central Wholesale Market, Shiroi Koibito Park, Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill, Sapporo Beer Museum.

Sapporo Central Wholesale Market

It is so interesting to see the local daily life through a visit to the local market. We love to include a market visit when traveling to a new country.

Sapporo Central Wholesale Market (札幌市中央卸売市場)

Sapporo Central Wholesale Market (札幌市中央卸売市場 ) is the central market hub in Hokkaido. It has over 60 stores in 2 lines, selling fresh ingredients, live seafood, and fruits at a cheaper price. The best place to eat fresh seafood, sashimi, and local product here.

Walking Around in Sapporo Central Wholesale Market

It was interesting to walk around and enjoy the sights of customers negotiating prices with vendors at the stalls in Japanese.

We love to check on the different types of crab such as king crab, hairy crab, and snow crab. All are very famous and signature in Hokkaido. While the price is not cheap even in the wholesale market.

Yubari Melon

Don’t forget to try Hokkaido’s most famous fruit, the Yubari melon. The expensive Yubari Melon is sold here and it cost about ¥300 on a single slide. We have a great visit to the wholesale market.

Kaisendon in 海鮮食堂 北のグルメ亭

Next, we proceeded to Curb Market. The Curb Market, or called Jogai Ichiba (札幌場外市場) is the ideal place for yummy local breakfast. It is just located beside the wholesale market, served freshly cooked food.

Our breakfast is ended with a big bowl of seafood don (Kaisendon) in one of the famous restaurants (海鮮食堂 北のグルメ亭). It is the seafood market where you can get some fresh seafood to go. But you can opt to purchase and ask the kitchen to serve fresh or cook it for you. The fresh sashimi rice bowl is one of the best kaisendon in Sapporo. The taste was not too bad but we still preferred the one in Otaru. The Kaisendon costs about ¥3,200.

Nijo Market

If the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market is not convenient for you, consider visiting the Nijo Market. The Nijo Market (二条市場, Nijō Ichiba) is a public fish market in Central Sapporo. It is easy to access in Sapporo downtown and nearby the Tanukikoji shopping street. So, it is more commercial compared with Sapporo Central Wholesale Market. It is not too big with shops that occupy about one or two city blocks. Majority of shops sell both fresh and dry seafood, and local produce.

Nijo Market (二条市場, Nijō Ichiba)

The location is easily accessible and convenient located in the city center. So most of the time it is crowded with tourists from all around the world. But it is worth spending some time wandering around to check on any local products and souvenirs.

Seafood Feast at Nijo Market

It was not too bad during our visit. We got the fresh crab for snacks at a cheaper price in the late morning. If you are interested, Nijo Market is a great place to know more about the fish market in Sapporo. Crabs line up in front of the stores with a unique taste of the market.

There have many small stalls where you can choose your live crab cooked for you immediately. We bought a king crab from one of the seafood stalls and have a taste of it. Fresh!

Shiroi Koibito Park

Next, we proceeded to Shiroi Koibito Park (白い恋人パーク). Shiroi Koibito Park is a mini theme park, run by Ishiya Company with a beautifully decorated tin toy exhibition and flower garden.

Shiroi Koibito Park (白い恋人パーク)

The company’s flagship product is the famous Shiroi Koibito cookie, which consists of a layer of white chocolate sandwiched by two thin butter cookies. Many people are craving this sweet dessert and it is one of the famous souvenirs from Hokkaido.

Shiroi Koibito Cookie Factory Tour

The park entrance is free but you can join the factory tour which costs ¥600. The tour will show you how the Shiroi Koibito cookies are made from assembly into the packaging.

Make sure to reserve the cookie-making class in advance if you wish to make your own Shiroi Koibito cookies. We did not join the class and enjoyed taking photos in the park. (Click for booking here )

Soft serve ice cream in Shiroi Koibito Park

Do try their soft serve ice cream after walking and taking photos. A good cup of coffee or a blended white chocolate ice cream visits sweet memory. The selling price of the Shiroi Koibito cookie is the same at other places. So, no need to purchase here unless you are getting the exclusive cookies.

Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill

Our next stop is Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill (羊ヶ丘展望台) which is located 40 minutes away from the city center. We took the subway to Fukuzumi station (Toho Subway Line). Next, change to the bus (No. 84) that will take you to the hill. 

Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill ticket booth

Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill is the last stop of the bus ride.  The bus stops conveniently just outside the ticket booth.

Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill

Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill is an important historical place and was very important for agriculture. This place will make you feel like in the countryside with sheep in the gated fields.

Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill (羊ヶ丘展望台)

Check out the famous bronze statue of Dr. William S. Clark and his famous quote “Boys, Be Ambitious”. Overall, the view was nice but nothing special. It is good to have one hour of relaxing time here. We spend about 1 hour before heading to the next destination.

Book Your Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill from Klook to speed up the ticketing process.

Sapporo Beer Museum

Built on the grounds of a former brewery during the Meiji Period, the Sapporo Beer Museum has been registered as a Hokkaido Heritage Site since 2004.

Sapporo Beer Museum

Visit Sapporo Beer Museum to know more about the history of Sapporo Beer. Sapporo beer and Asahi are the two famous beer producers in Hokkaido.

Beer factory tour in Sapporo Beer Museum

We choose to visit Sapporo Beer Museum as it is the only beer museum in Japan. However, the tour is only offered in Japanese. So we did the self-guided tour through the displays for a free beer factory tour.

Waiting in line for beer tasting in Sapporo

Don’t forget to get the full experience with beer tasting at the end of the tour. Just purchase the tasting ticket at the vending machine and stand in line for the beer. You can have 3 different types of beer at ¥800. The Sapporo black label is my favorite!

Beer tasting at Sapporo Beer Museum

Additionally, you may also enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet with over 20 types of local specialty dishes, including king crab, snow crab, and Genghis Khan pot at Trommell Hall dinner. Additionally, you can pair your food with a free flow of Sapporo beer, and sake. It is one of the popular buffets in Sapporo. Reservation is highly recommended as it is always fully booked. ( Prebook your unlimited crab and Lamb BBQ dinner here )

Day 2 Sapporo itinerary

Our second day in Sapporo is more focusing on the city center. Some of the attractions are approximately close to each other within walking distance.

Day 2 in Sapporo : Odori Park, Sapporo TV Tower, Former Hokkaido Government Office, Sapporo Clock Tower, Hokkaido Shrine, Susukino, and Tanukikoji Shopping Street.

Odori Park And Sapporo TV Tower

The Odori Park (大通公園, Ōdōri Kōen) is lovely and well-kept in the heart of the city. It is a popular picnic and relaxation spot for locals and visitors. Enjoy the relaxing stroll and stop to admire the flowers or feel the wind in your hair.

The Sapporo TV Tower is located at one end of the Odori Park in central Sapporo. This iconic tower is hard to miss when you are getting into Odori Park. It was once the tallest building in Sapporo until replaced by Sapporo Station in 2003.

Odori Park And Sapporo TV Tower

Nowadays, Sapporo TV Tower is the prime viewing location above Odori Park. Added, you will get to see a 360-degree view of Sapporo City from above. The best viewing time is during the evening. So do expect a queue at the ticket booth. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets online to skip the queue.

Klook offers a discounted ticket for Sapporo TV Tower. Instant confirmation on Sapporo TV Tower and present the e-voucher at the Observation deck entrance. ( Sapporo TV Tower from Klook )

While Odori Park is the place for many Sapporo Festivals such as Sapporo Snow Festival during winter If you are coming in February, Odori Park is the biggest of the venues, hosting the Sapporo Snow Festival for a 7-days celebration. Snow and ice sculptures emerge at a handful of sites around Sapporo, creating a lovely winter wonderland scene. Don’t forget to include Odori Park in your Sapporo itinerary if you are coming during the festival season.

During Summer and Autumn, there is also a seasonal festival with massive food and drink stalls will be run inside the park. Locals enjoy their time to relax and unwind with family and friends.

Former Hokkaido Government Office

Sapporo Itinerary - Former Hokkaido Government Office

There is also the Former Hokkaido Government Office located nearby Odori Park. Nowadays, this historical building has been preserved as a museum and is open to the public for free. It holds and displays a lot of information and the history of Sapporo.

The Baroque style red brick house is one of the popular attractions for visitors. Get in your step to wander around in the beautiful garden and enjoy the unique red building. A lot of photo opportunities and worth to detour to take some nice photos here.

Sapporo Clock Tower

A few blocks away is another iconic Sapporo attraction. The Sapporo Clock Tower (時計台, Tokeidai) is one of the symbols of Sapporo. This wooden building was constructed in 1878 but still functions today.

Sapporo Clock Tower

It is now served as a museum with the first floor exhibited about Sapporo’s history. While the second floor hosts a music hall and an exhibition about the clock itself. The entrance fee is ¥200. We did not visit inside, instead, take a look at the building outside.

Hokkaido Shrine

Build-in 1869 after the Meiji Emperor, Hokkaido Shrine (北海道神宮, Hokkaidō Jingū) is the most important Shinto shrine in the city.

Walking to Hokkaido Shrine

Get down at Maruyama Koen station and take exit 3 to Maruyama Park. The 10 minutes walk through the Maruyama Park to Hokkaido Shrine was lovely and beautiful. The path grew with a tall cedar tree and lovely foliage.

Hokkaido Shrine (北海道神宮)

Hokkaido Shrine is located in the central park after walking through the tranquil cedar forest. It is a magnificent example of simplicity shrine yet impressive.

A good place to feel the peace and make the Japanese pray is a traditional temple in Hokkaido.

Sapporo Night Life: Susukino and Tanukikoji Shopping Street

Susukino

If you have more time and looking for some entertainment at night, Susukino is the one that you looking for. This entertainment district is packed with stores, bars, restaurants, karaoke shops, pachinko parlors, and “adult-friendly” places with bright light welcoming you. Just like the busy street in Tokyo, it is very safe walking around even with kids.

Added, there are also a lot of restaurants if you are hunting for food. The  Ramen Yokocho is hidden in the narrow lane in Susukino. It is lined with shops serving the famous miso ramen here.

Tanukikoji shopping street

Nearby the Susukino with less than 5 minutes walking distance, Tanukikoji shopping street is where you want to do shopping in your Sapporo itinerary. This covered shopping street is the best place for last-minute shopping as it sells almost everything. The 1km-long arcade with around 200 shops including eatery and retail shops. A wide range of products is gathered on this street including souvenirs, clothes, skincare, and cosmetics.

More Days in Sapporo?

Day Trip to Otaru from Sapporo

Sapporo is a great base when visiting Hokkaido. Some travelers even plan for 3 days to 5 days Sapporo itinerary and travel to attractions nearby for a day trip. Below are a few popular attractions that easily adjust to your Day 3 Sapporo itinerary.

Day trip from Sapporo :

  • Day trip to Otaru: A charming canal city for a relaxing stroll.
  • Jozankei Onsen: Hot Spring town with 1-hour driving journey from Sapporo
  • Mount Moiwa: Best place to enjoy the Sapporo city view.
  • Asahiyama Zoo: Popular family activities for animal encounters.

Day Trip to Otaru Located just 30 minutes away by train, Otaru is one of the charming canal cities that you hardly can miss. The picturesque town is perfect for a relaxing stroll along the historical canal and tasting the absolute fresh seafood and sushi. It is also home to famous Japanese desserts such as Letao, Kitakaro, Rokkatei, and more. Getting there : 30 minutes by JR train from Sapporo Station

Related Article : Otaru Itinerary: A Guide To Explore Otaru in 1-Day

Jozankei Onsen Hokkaido is famous for its hot spring bath. The Noboribetsu and Lake Toya are particularly popular among locals and tourists for an onsen bath. If you have limited time, consider getting to Jozankei Onsen which is located only a 1-hour driving journey from Sapporo city. Imaging soaks in the natural hot spring in majestic mountains view. It is also one of the best places to view colorful maple leaves for fall foliage during Autumn. Getting there : 1 hour by bus from Sapporo

Mount Moiwa For a glimpse of Sapporo from above, consider spending some at Mt. Moiwa. At an altitude of 531 meters, Mount Moiwa is the best place to enjoy the beautiful night view in Sapporo. Just recently, Sapporo has been selected as New Top Three Best Night Views in Japan. It is easily reached using a ropeway and mini cable car up to the observation deck. Ring the famous Bell of Happiness. It is said the couple will flourish together with ring the bell together.  Getting there : 30 minutes by subway from Sapporo Station

Asahiyama Zoo For animal encounters, consider visiting the Asahiyama Zoo. It offers a uniquely immersive experience compared to most zoos. It is especially popular during winter with adorable Penguin Walk and sees these flightless birds up close. Highly recommended for families with young children and spend some time at the zoo. Getting there : about 3 hours from Sapporo. For easy arrangement, consider taking the Asahiyama Zoo Day Tour from Klook . The bus departs from Sapporo Station and you can visit the Zoo freely.

Where To Stay in Sapporo?

Choosing where to stay in Sapporo is not too hard. There is a large selection of hotel, hostel or family stay available with a fairly decent price and quality. Depending on your Sapporo itinerary, we preferred to stay nearby Sapporo Station or Tanukikoji shopping street. It is a great base to get around and look for food and shop in Sapporo.

Here are a couple of the best hotels in Sapporo :

Hotel Mystays is a chain hotel company in Japan. And we are highly recommended to stay in Hotel MyStay. The rooms are clean and bigger compare with other business hotels in Sapporo. Few Mystays hotels are widely available at Sapporo Station, Susukino, Nakajima Park, and more. Choose the hotel based on location and price. We preferred Hotel MyStays Sapporo Station and Hotel Mystays Sapporo Aspen which excellent locations near the Sapporo Station.

For budget travelers, consider the Grids Sapporo Hotel&Hostel . The location is perfect and exactly located in the Tanukikoji shopping street. It provides a spacious dormitory room, single, double, triple, and family room to choose from. Newly build and clean with helpful staff willing to help.

Read on our full list of Where To Stay in Sapporo: The Best Accommodation Guide .

What To Eat in Sapporo?

The Soup Curry from Garaku Sapporo

Sapporo is one of the food paradises and the center food hub in Hokkaido. A wide variety of local delicacies are available. Don’t miss the top 5 must-eat food: fresh crab, kaisendon, miso ramen, soup curry, and Genghis khan. We love to spend time food hunting in Sapporo.

  • #1: Crabs : King Crabs, Hairy Crabs, and Snow Crabs 
  • #2: Soup curry: Garaku, Samurai, Suage+, PICANTE, and more
  • #3: Miso Ramen: Sapporo is famous for miso broth. Have a hot bowl of miso ramen at Ramen Kyowakoku, Ramen Mokuren, Yugeya. 
  • #4: Genghis Khan  (grilled lamb with vegetables)
  • #5: Kaisen Don, literally “seafood bowl” with a wide range of seafood on rice.

Sapporo Food Guide: Where and What To Eat in Sapporo

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  • Kani Honke Sapporo: Best Crab Restaurant
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  • The Best Soup Curry Garaku Food Review

Overall: My 2-Days Sapporo itinerary

Famous bronze statue of Dr. William S. Clark

My 2-Days Sapporo itinerary is very relaxed. We utilized the 1-Day transportation pass and visited most of the attractions which required transportation during the first day. The next day is more concentrated in the city area. And we choose to get around on foot.

You can complete your visit to Sapporo city within 1 fulfilling day. But we choose to separate it into 2 days so that we can explore the charming city at a more relaxed pace. We tasted the yummy local delicacies including fresh seafood at the local market, miso ramen, soup curry, and more. Besides, we allocate more days to explore the attractions nearby Sapporo.

Winter is the most popular season to visit Sapporo but it’s a great city to visit all year. The snow festivals in the winter and Sapporo Beer Festival in the Summer are the peak season for visiting Sapporo.

Similar to Japan’s city, the thing to do is quite similar to Tokyo or Osaka. If you only have limited time, just visit the attraction that you would like to see. And we love to spend more time on food, especially fresh seafood.

The most convenient way to get around in Sapporo is by subway with about ¥200 per ride depending on the distance. Alternatively, it is easy to explore the Sapporo city center on foot.

Definitely worth it! Sapporo is a city full of cultural diversity, natural beauty, and most importantly mouthwatering food. There are many wonderful attractions to visit regardless of the season.

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Lastly, thanks for stopping by my Sapporo travel blog. Sapporo is one of the main highlights of a visit to the island of Hokkaido. This amazing place is a must-visit for many tourists to Hokkaido and worth adding to your itinerary. We had a great time during our trip to Sapporo and would love to come back again!

If you need more help planning your Hokkaido trip, check out our travel blog below:

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Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido and is the largest city in Japan north of Tokyo.  While it is perhaps most well-known internationally for the beer and the Snow Festival, there is so much more to explore in the vibrant and picturesque Northern Capital.

The history of the city is slightly different from the rest of country, as it was only developed as part of the Japan in the Meiji Period (the mid-late 19th century).  From predominately agricultural beginnings, Sapporo has transformed into a major metropolis of around two million people and is one of the most popular domestic travel destinations for Japanese tourists. It is also home to the indigenous Ainu people who have their own distinct culture, language and traditions. In fact, the name Sapporo originally comes from Ainu language, meaning “Big, Dry River”.

Despite having a large urban centre, Sapporo is blessed with abundant nature – the city centre is surrounded by towering mountains and over 60 percent of the area is covered in lush green forest. It is also famously one of the snowiest cities in the world, with over 5 metres of annual snowfall, and is home to several major ski resorts.

While there are endless things to do and see in Sapporo, we have compiled together the top ten things that we think every visitor coming to the city has to experience.

1. Drink a limited-edition brew at the Sapporo Beer Museum

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When many people think of Sapporo, the first thing that comes to mind is the famous beer!

Built in 1876, The Sapporo Beer Brewery was the first brewery in Japan - it was chosen as the cooler climate was good for beer production. In the museum, you can learn about the history and unique culture of beer production in Japan, as well the influence that German breweries had on development of the industry. After the tour, you can sit down in the Beer Garden and enjoy the following flight of beers: The Sapporo Classic, only available in Hokkaido, the standard Black Label, as well as Kaitakushi-Beer, a beer brewed to imitate the flavours of the original. If you are looking for a bite to eat, head next door to Beer Hall to indulge in Genghis Khan, Sapporo’s famous grilled lamb dish. It goes perfectly with a pint of lager too!

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2. Be blown away by the awe-inspiring Hill of the Buddha

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Standing at a staggering 13.5 meters in height, and surrounded by a womb-like stone encasing, the Hill of the Buddha is a stunning site that will take your breath away with its ethereal beauty. 

In keeping with the architect Takao Ando’s creative philosophy of “what remains hidden from view sparks the creativity”, only the top of the statue is visible from the outside. To enter the statue’s inner sanctum, you first pass over a water garden, representing the sacred boundary between the ordinary and extraordinary, and go through a long tunnel before coming face to face with the majestic Buddha statue.

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While it is worth a visit throughout the year, the best time to see this artwork is July when 150,000 lavender flowers bloom on the surrounding casing, enveloping the statue in a carpet of magnificent purple. 

It is located in Makomanai Takino Cemetery, about one hour outside of central Sapporo by public transport.

3. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the Mt Moiwa  Observation Deck

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Sapporo is surrounded by mountains, which means you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city from many of these peaks. We recommend catching a cable car to the top of Mt Moiwa where you can see the city lay out below you from a height of 531 meters. If you are looking for a romantic evening meal, there is a restaurant serving locally sourced French cuisine at the summit. It hasn’t been rated one of Japan`s best Three New Night Views for nothing!

4. Take a bike ride around Moerenuma Park

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Moerenuma Park was designed by world renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi, with the vision to create a park that works as one cohesive sculpture. Built on top of a landfill site, and taking over 20 years to complete, it was finally opened in 2005. Including a massive glass pyramid, fountains, man-made hills as well as artistic play equipment, it is safe to say that Noguchi’s original vision came into fruition. To get the most out of the 188-hectare park, it is best to hire a bike to explore all of the different sections of the expansive landscape. With over 1600 cherry blossom trees coming into bloom in late April/early May, the park is the perfect place to take part in the hanami season. In the winter months, Moerenuma transforms into a snow wonderland where you can enjoy snow shoeing, sledging, as well cross-country skiing.

5. Indulge in a fresh seafood bowl at one of Sapporo’s fish markets

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Hokkaido is famous in Japan for its large variety of delicious seafood. Whether you are looking for fatty tuna, massive crabs or creamy scallops and mouthwatering sea urchin, the island is truly seafood lover’s dream.  

As the capital of the Hokkaido, Sapporo is home to two major seafood markets: Nijo Fish Market and Sapporo Central Wholesale Market.

With a history of over 125 years and located close to the city center, Nijo Fish Market is a popular spot for visitors to grab a fresh seafood breakfast bowl and get lost among the stalls of locally caught seafood.

Sapporo Central Wholesale Market, on the other hand, is the city’s biggest market that sells seafood, fruit and vegetables to most of the supermarkets and restaurants in Sapporo. If you wake up early, you can even go and see the fish auctions live and learn about how food distribution works in the city. There are many seafood restaurants in the area, where you can go and start your morning with a feast of the day’s freshest catches.

6. Explore a festival in Odori Park

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Odori Park is in many ways the centerpiece of Sapporo. It runs for 1.5km through the middle of the city and has beautiful gardens filled with flower displays and sculptures.  At the top of the park, stands the majestic Sapporo TV Tower , which you can climb up to get a panoramic view right from the heart of the city.

The park also hosts Sapporo’s famous festivals. The Sapporo Snow Festival , one of the world’s largest snow sculpture festivals, transforms the park into a sea of awe-inspiring snow creations – some of the largest run over 15 metres tall! Also, in celebration of the city’s beer roots, there is a massive Sapporo Beer Garden in the summer months, as well as the Autumn Fest, a festival of Hokkaido food, in September. The start of winter brings the Munich Christmas Market, as well as the White Illumination, lighting up the evenings in an explosion of colour and light. There are also other festivals running throughout the year, so it is good to check to see what’s on before you come. Or just come to Odori Park, and you might stumble across something amazing!

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7. Climb Mt Maruyama  and pay a visit to Hokkaido Shrine

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Maruyama is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Sapporo, and it is no surprise considering the area has both Maruyama Park and Hokkaido Shrine. 

As the name suggests, Maruyama Park (yama means mountain in Japanese) is home to a mountain called Mt Maruyama. At 225 meters tall, it is accessible to even the most casual hikers, and a walk through a world of unspoilt forest to the peak will take no more than 30-40min. Sitting in close proximity to the city centre, the stunning view from the summit makes all the exercise worth it, as you can sit back and see the sprawling urban metropolis lie out below you.

Hokkaido Shrine was built in 1869, making it the oldest and largest shrine in Hokkaido. It was first constructed by an order of the Emperor Meiji, to enshrine Shinto deities, in order to protect the development of Hokkaido. Today, the shrine attracts thousands of visitors from around Japan and overseas every year to pay their respects, and to marvel at its staggering beauty. It is especially popular in the springtime, where 1100 cherry blossom trees bloom in the surrounding area, creating beautiful ethereal pink hue.

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8. See where the night takes you in the famous nightlife district of Susukino

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Packed with hundreds of bars, restaurants and clubs, Susukino is the 3rd biggest nightlife destination in Japan. Small hideaway bars fill tall ten-story buildings, neon lights of restaurant signs light up the night sky, and the delicious aroma of late-night eateries fills the air.

The area is also home to Sapporo Ramen Alley, the birthplace of Miso Ramen , a narrow laneway filled with 17 different shops, all with their carefully crafted take on the famous noodle dish.

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After a big night out in Japan, it is custom to have hot ramen, however, Sapporo has developed a unique late night food culture of ice cream parfaits . Using high-quality Hokkaido dairy, each café’s elaborate ice-cream creations are decorated with everything from fresh fruit to chocolate sculptures and liquor. There are some café’s that are open all the way until 4am – making the perfect spot for anyone looking for a midnight sweet treat!

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9. Relax in a hot spring at Jozankei onsen town

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Jozankei is Sapporo’s hot spring town, only an hour by bus from the city centre. There are over 20 different onsen hotels to choose from, so whether you are looking for budget or luxury, modern or traditional – there is something for every travel style. Many hotel onsens are available for day access too - so you can easily do a day trip from the city center. Located right in the heart of Shikotsuko-Toya National Park, there are lots of exciting nature activities to do as well. In the balmy summers, you can enjoy activities  like SUP and rafting on the Toyohira River or climb one of the many mountains in the area. The winter brings lots of beautiful powder snow, so you can try snow shoeing and Snow viewing rafting, or even go skiing at Kokusai Ski Resort, located only 30 minutes away!

10. Have the ultimate Japow experience at a Sapporo Ski Resort

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Blessed with abundant deep powder snow, Sapporo is home to six different ski resorts all within 1 hour from the centre of the city. From the advanced adrenaline-chasing athletes to those trying it out for the very first time, there is something for every level of skier and snowboarder. Many of the ski resorts also offer other snow activities like tubing, snow shoeing, sledging and snow mobiling, so everyone can enjoy a fun snow day-out!

To get the most out Sapporo as a Snow Resort City, we recommend staying in the centre or the hot spring town of Jozankei and checking out a different ski resort each day. After spending a long day enjoying the snow, head back to the city for the perfect Apres-Ski experience in one of the hundreds of bars and restaurants!

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SAPPORO ON A BUDGET: Travel Guide & Itinerary

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The Japanese have a word for it – kogarashi . It means ‘leaf-wilting wind’, referring to the gust that blows the last leaves off the trees, announcing the arrival of winter. While locals who have to deal with the extreme cold dread the frost as much as the Starks do, tourists chase it. Of all the key Japanese cities, Sapporo has the longest winter, starting as early as October. And as someone who spent most of my life in the tropics, I find joy in saying, “Winter is coming.”

Many of us whose roots are planted near the equator once imagined ourselves in that snowglobe we shook dreamily when we were kids. Snow is a reward, something that we could only see if we work hard enough to afford it, after we had been burdened by life’s many responsibilities. While I’m aware that too much of it has a dark side, for the young, naive me, snow is not ice powder but fairy dust, the stuff that magical places are made of. So yes, Sapporo, and Hokkaido in general, is one of my most-loved destinations in Japan.

Our team has been here four times now, in an effort to keep this travel guide updated. It’s my second time. Just last year, I was in town to experience Sapporo Snow Festival. And boy, what difference a year makes! In between my visits, Kita Kita , a Filipino film set in Sapporo, became a blockbuster hit and introduced the city to more travelers. And then, Philippine Airlines launched direct flights, allowing them to reach Sapporo more easily. Last year, I did not meet a single Filipino traveler outside the airport. This year, I kept hearing Tagalog words everywhere: at the TV tower, at restaurants, inside cable cars. Even the guys from the Tourism Board told us they were happy that their tourism has grown tremendously over the past year.

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UNDERSTANDING SAPPORO CITY

The northernmost prefectural capital in Japan, Sapporo requires a bit more effort to reach. Yet, it is the country’s fifth biggest city by population, which has significantly grown only in the past decades. Sapporo is one of the youngest urban areas Japan.

According to tourism officials we talked to during our stay, before development began to take over in 1857, there were only 7 people living here. And because it was built not too long ago, the design of the city didn’t come about organically. It was measured and developed according to plan. The city’s blueprint is an almost perfect grid, with the Ekimae Avenue (north to south) and Odori Park (east to west) as the main axes. Much of the public infrastructures, like the subway system, were built in preparation for 1972 Winter Olympics.

Here are a few more facts you need to know:

  • Language : Japanese (Nihongo). English isn’t widely spoken, but it’s not difficult to get around. Menus, signs, and machines have English translations.
  • Currency : Japanese Yen (JPY, ¥). JPY 1000 is roughly USD 9, EUR 7.85, SGD 12.5, PHP 476 (as of December 2018).
  • Modes of payment : Cash is preferred. Some bigger establishments accept credit cards, but cash is still king in Sapporo (and Japan in general).
  • Electricity Info : 100V. Type A sockets. Plugs have two flat pins. Type B is sometimes used but not that common.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT SAPPORO

Winter , of course. Although the weather isn’t always comfortable, much of what Sapporo has to offer is best enjoyed in the cold months. It gets 6m of snow a year, and the first of the season usually falls in October. By December, the entire city is already a winter wonderland, and temperatures continue to drop as the season progresses. Here are more reasons to consider visiting when it’s covered in white blanket. (Warning, though: It can get really cold, with average nighttime temperatures reaching as low as -8C.)

  • Sapporo Snow Festival , an annual week-long event held in early February, showcases giant ice and snow sculptures in many parts of the city, with the one in Odori Park getting the most attention. Last year alone, it attracted almost 2 million visitors.
  • Sapporo International Ski Marathon , a cross-country skiing marathon, starts here.
  • Sapporo White Illumination runs from mid-November to December.
  • Sapporo is a popular choice for skiing and other winter sports.

April is when it gets warmer and snow begins to melt. Have you been dreaming of cherry blossoms but you’re always unable to travel in March or April? Sapporo to the rescue. The first bloom of sakura happens much later in Sapporo than in other major cities, usually in early May.

Autumn is good, too, if you wish to see its landscapes get painted bright red and orange. The Sapporo Autumn Festival happens in September, but make sure to bring a cardigan. If you plan to visit in October, you will need a jacket.

HOW TO GET TO SAPPORO

Sapporo is served by two airports, the new Chitose Airport and the Okadama Airport . If you’re flying to Sapporo from overseas, there’s a big chance you’ll be using Chitose. However, international flights are limited to China, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, Honolulu, Guam, Australia, and most recently the Philippines. Most journeys make a connection in Tokyo or another major city.

MANILA TO SAPPORO

Starting December 7, 2018, Philippine Airlines has started flying nonstop from Manila to Sapporo! Their introductory price for a round-trip ticket is USD 399, inclusive of baggage allowance, meals, and other surcharges. This is great for those who also value their time. Flying directly will cut short the total travel time and skip the layover at another airport, which will give you more time to actually enjoy the destination.

Philippine Airlines also uses a brand new Airbus A321neo for their Sapporo flights. I’ve tried this aircraft many times now. Expect wider legroom, quieter journey, and a big screen with a great selection of movies!

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The fare is also not far from the fares of flights with stops. Given that every PAL booking also comes with meals, seat selection, and 50-lb baggage allowance (something you might need in winter), PAL offers the best value for money.

TOKYO TO SAPPORO by Plane

The flight from Tokyo to Sapporo usually takes 1 hour and 40 minutes. JetStar offers round-trip flights for less than USD 100 (PHP 5000).

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TOKYO TO SAPPORO by Train

Taking the train to Sapporo from other major cities outside Hokkaido is both time-consuming and expensive, which is why I don’t recommend it unless you’re on a multi-city tour around Japan.

  • Take the Shinkansen Hayabusa to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station . Travel time: 4.5 hours. Reserved seat fee: ¥11,130 ($100, P5000).
  • Switch to Limited Express Hokuto Line and alight at Sapporo Station. Travel time: 3 hours, 40 minutes. Reserved seat fee: ¥1550 ($14, P700); Unreserved seat ¥1290 ($11.5, P580).

The whole journey takes over 8 hours, not counting the layover time. The total fare for 2 legs is ¥14,140. That’s on top of the seat fees. So the whole journey would cost you around ¥26,820 ($240, P12,000). That’s just one way!

OSAKA TO SAPPORO by Plane

Flights from Osaka takes around 2 hours but usually costs just a tad higher.

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OSAKA TO SAPPORO by Train

To get to Sapporo from Osaka, you will need to make a transfer in Tokyo.

  • From Shin-Osaka Station (not to be confused with Osaka Station), take the Shinkansen Nozomi to Tokyo Station . Travel time: 2 hours, 33 minutes. Reserved seat fee: ¥5700 ($51, P2550); Unreserved seat fee: ¥4870 ($44, P2180).
  • Switch to Limited Express Hokuto Line and alight at Sapporo Station . Travel time: 3 hours, 40 minutes. Reserved seat fee: ¥1550 ($14, P700); Unreserved seat ¥1290 ($11.5, P580).

Total travel time is 10.5 hours , excluding the layovers. The total fare from Osaka to Sapporo is ¥18,140. Add the seat fees and you’ll have to shell out around ¥36,520 ($326, P16,400).

See now why we advise against it? Flying is faster and much, much cheaper.

But if you’re visiting multiple cities, then you will get great savings if you just book a JR Pass. This makes sense if you want to explore not just one or two cities. For example, if your itinerary includes Osaka, Tokyo, and Sapporo in 7 days.

Also, riding the bullet train across the Japanese countryside is quite an experience too.

NEW CHITOSE AIRPORT TO SAPPORO CITY CENTER

  • From the New Chitose Airport, travel on foot to the New Chitose Airport Station.
  • Take the JR Rapid Airport Line headed for Otaru or Sapporo.
  • Get off at Sapporo Station.

Fare is ¥1070 ($9.6, P480). You may reserve a seat for ¥520 if you want, but you can simply hop on to the cars with unreserved seats (FREE).

Travel time: 37 minutes.

HOW TO GET AROUND SAPPORO

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Thanks to grid design, it is easy to explore the city center of Sapporo even on foot. You can simply divide the map into four quadrants with the Ekimae Avenue (north to south) and Odori Park (east to west) as the main axes. Each block in the city measures 100 meters so it’s not difficult to keep track how far you are from where you came from. I thoroughly enjoyed walking around even in the cold, cold evenings. And if you’re walking along Odori, it’s literally a walk in the park!

For not-so-short distances, there’s always the subway. To make it even easier, go to Hyperdia.com on your web browser. Enter your origin and the station where you’re going. It will then display possible route options including how much the ride costs and transfers needed to get there. At the train station, you can double check the price. Just look at the route map, usually above the ticket machines. The map displays the price based on distance. Sometimes, the map is in Japanese characters only, which is why Hyperdia is useful. If you’re not familiar with Hyperdia, here’s our guide: How to Use Hyperdia .

JR Hokkaido Kitaca Card

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The Kitaca Card is Hokkaido’s IC card. You can use this to skip purchasing tickets every time you use the the train or bus. It’s much like Tokyo’s PASMO or SUICA and Osaka’s ICOCA. You can also use it anywhere that accepts IC cards even outside Hokkaido.

You can buy a Kitaca card via Klook. It’s preloaded with ¥1500. You can pick it up at the airport or at Sapporo TV Tower, whichever is more convenient.

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If you’re visiting multiple cities in Japan and you’re staying for at least 7 days, you can save A LOT OF MONEY by getting a Train Pass. Klook offers the cheapest JR Passes available. If you live in the Philippines, the pass will be delivered to you in 7 days.

Again, JR Pass is only ideal for those traveling from one city to another. If your itinerary involved only Sapporo or Otaru, you don’t need this. But if you’re also visiting other cities within or outside Hokkaido, this can mean great savings.

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Pocket Wifi Rental in Sapporo

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Local 4G SIM in Hokkaido

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PLACES TO VISIT IN SAPPORO

Sapporo beer museum and beer garden.

Explore the Sapporo Beer Museum and learn barrels about the Japanese beer culture! There is no entrance fee, but a guided tour costs ¥500. Afterwards, you may sample the beers or have what locals call the Genghis Khan , a dish composed of grilled lamb meat and vegetables. Housed in the Kaitakushi-kan building, a Hokkaido heritage site, it fosters a fantastic atmosphere too!

Tip: Make this your last stop of the day. Otherwise, prepare a change of clothes because the smell of smoke will stick with you for the rest of the day.

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Here are the rates for Genghis Khan (lamb and fresh vegetables):

All-You-Can-Eat Adults (13+ yo): ¥2900 (¥3132 with tax) Students(7-12 yo): ¥1450 (¥1566 with tax)

All-You-Can-Eat + All-You-Can-Drink Adults (13+ yo): ¥3900 (¥4212 with tax) Students (7-12 yo): ¥1950 (¥2106 with tax)

If you’ve worked up an appetite after a day of sightseeing, you might want to avail of their Premium À-La-Carte Buffet. Not only will you get to try the Genghis Khan, you also get to dig into snow crabs, red king crabs, and other dishes that Hokkaido is famous for. For beer lovers, you get access to 6 types of beer too!

Mt. Moiwa Ropeway

Mt. Moiwa (Moiwayama) provides one of the most spectacular city lights views in Japan. It’s accessible via cable car.

Mt. Moiwa

If you’ve seen the movie Kita Kita, it’s that site on top of a mountain and the two characters are ringing a bell while they’re drunk.

Entrance Fee: ¥1700

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Sapporo TV Tower

Sapporo TV Tower

An icon of the city, the Sapporo TV Tower was built in 1957. It stands adjacent Odori Park, enabling a fantastic 360-degree vista not just of the park but of the whole city. From its observation deck perched 90 meters above the ground, you also get to see Ishikari Heigen and the Sea of Japan.

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Hokkaido Tea Ceremony

Tea Ceremony in Hokkaido

Nothing feels better in a cold day than a good cup of hot tea. In Sapporo, you can get a better understanding of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony by experiencing it yourself. There will be an English-speaking guide who will teach you authentic Japanese ways while you’re dressed in a kimono. The session lasts 1.5 hours.

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Other Sapporo Tourist Spots

Here are more attractions in Sapporo. We’ll be creating a more detailed article about these places in a separate post, so stay tuned. To see what they look like, check out this video:

  • Historical Village of Hokkaido (aka Kaitaku no Mura), an open-air museum that showcases 60 Meiji- and Taisho-era buildings that were moved from different parts of the prefecture. Admission: ¥830.
  • Hokkaido Shrine , built in 1869 in honor of the three pioneering gods of Hokkaido. Admission: FREE.
  • Odori Park , at the heart of the city, offers a natural respite from the sprawling metropolis. It also hosts the Snow Festival in February. At the end of it stands the Sapporo Clock Tower.
  • Moerenuma Park , a great destination for snow activities like sledding and snowboarding in winter. It’s a beautifully manicured park for the rest of the year. Admission: FREE.
  • Shiroi Koibito Park , a recreational area that will remind you of your childhood dreams. The park is inspired by delicious sweets and confectionery. In winter, it’s best visited in the early evening when the illuminations are up. Just around the corner is Ishiya Chocolate Factory, where a guided tour will let you see how they make the famous Hokkaido white chocolate.
  • Jozankei , which is an hour drive from the city center. Famous for its hot springs (onsen) and shrine.
  • Sapporo Dome , where the biggest baseball and soccer (football) games are held. There’s also a small exhibit inside.
  • Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium , which was the site of the 90m jump competition at the 1972 Olympics. A double lift system takes passengers to a viewing deck atop, for a wonderful vista. Fee: ¥500
  • Mt. Teine (Teineyawa). Another 1972 Winter Olympics venue with slopes perfect for skiing for beginners and professionals alike. 7-hr lift access + Bus fares: ¥6700. Ski set rental: ¥4900

SAPPORO DAY TOURS

Aside from the city tours, we also listed down below some tours around Hokkaido. The links below will take you to Klook, where you will find information about the tour.

Sapporo City Tour

Sapporo Morning Bus Tour

We often advocate traveling DIY-style, but if for whatever reason you can’t do it on your own, you can also join a group or private tour of Sapporo. Joining a bus tour is convenient especially for those traveling with kids or more senior members of the family.

Klook offers two city tours: one in the morning and another in the afternoon. They have different stops and itineraries, although most make a stop at the Clock Tower and Government Building. The itinerary also varies depending on the date so always double check before making a booking.

Each booking already covers the bus fee and multilingual audio guides.

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Otaru City Tour

Otaru Bay Story Tour

Otaru is one of the cities in Hokkaido that are easily accessible from Sapporo. It’s easy to reach Otaru on your own. At JR Sapporo Station, just hop into a train bound for Otaru and you’ll be there in less than 40 minutes. Fare: ¥640.

Otaru is most famous for its postcard-worthy canal. Most tourists go on a scenic boat cruise, riding down Otaru Canal and see the Western-style buildings that flank it. The city looks like it’s straight out of a steampunk anime. I was getting a lot of Fullmetal Alchemist feels while I walked around.

The city is also famous for its glass craftsmanship and music box industry! Hence, a visit to a glassware or musicbox store or museum is almost always part of the itinerary.

If you can’t do it DIY-style, Klook offers a day tour of Otaru from Sapporo Station Bus Terminal. The tour guide speaks Japanese, but there are multilingual audio guides available for English-speakers.

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INTERESTING EVENTS IN SAPPORO

Here are some of the biggest happenings in Sapporo that can help you decide when to visit.

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  • Sapporo Snow Festival, February
  • Sapporo International Ski Marathon
  • Jozankei Yukitouro (Snow Lanterns), a few days in winter (dates change)
  • Sapporo White Illumination, mid-November to December
  • Cherry Blossoms, late April to early May
  • Sapporo Autumn Festival, September.

WHERE TO STAY IN SAPPORO

Top budget hotels under $60.

Below are the highest-rated budget hotels in Agoda as of writing.

GRIDS SAPPORO HOTEL & HOSTEL

  • GRIDS SAPPORO HOTEL & HOSTEL Minami 3 Jonishi, 5 Chome-32, Sapporo Check Rates & Availability
  • Iyasu Hostel Sapporo 3 Chome-1-17 Minami 9 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo Check Rates & Availability
  • Spa Hotel SOLE Susukino Chuo-ku Minami 4-jo Nishi 6-chome 4, Sapporo Check Rates & Availability
  • Hotel Relief Sapporo Susukino Chuo-ku Minami 8-jo Nishi 3-1-4, Sapporo Check Rates & Availability

Top Sapporo Hostels

Iyasu Hostel Sapporo

  • Guest House Yuyu Chuo Ward, Minami 3 Johigashi, 4 Chome−3-1 3, Sapporo Check Rates & Availability
  • OCHO Guest House 1-2, South 13, West 8, Chuo-ku, Sapporo Check Rates & Availability

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What to eat in sapporo.

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  • Crabs ! Hokkaido is famous for its crabs including King Crabs, Hairy Crabs, and Snow Crabs.
  • Kaisen Don (assorted sashimi on rice). Although widely popular all over Japan, Hokkaido’s specialty is seafood!
  • Miso Ramen . Every city in Japan has its own signature ramen. For Sapporo, that’s the miso variety.
  • Genghis Khan (grilled lamb with vegetables)
  • Soup curry is also wildly popular in Hokkaido!
  • Seafood hot pot

We’ll be creating a separate post about the best cheap food places in Sapporo soon!

SAMPLE SAPPORO ITINERARY

Here’s a sample 5-day 4-night Sapporo and Otaru itinerary. This assumes you’re flying in and out via Philippine Airlines and that you’re staying close to JR Sapporo Station.

As always, make the necessary adjustments to match your preferences.

Day 1: ODORI PARK & MT. MOIWA

  • Arrival in Sapporo
  • Board train to Sapporo City Center, ¥1070
  • Walk to hotel, check in
  • Lunch, ¥1000
  • Take train + streetcar to Ropeway Iriguchi Station, ¥320
  • Take shuttle bus to ropeway station
  • Travel back to Sapporo Station, ¥320
  • Dinner at Ramen Shingen, ¥950

Day 2: SAPPORO CITY TOUR

  • Take train to Soen or Nijuyonken Station, ¥250
  • Check out Sapporo Central Wholesale Market
  • Kaisendon Early Lunch, ¥2000
  • Train back to Sapporo Station, ¥250
  • Walk to Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  • Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium lift fare and museum fee, ¥1000
  • Drop off at Sapporo Station
  • Dinner, ¥1000

Day 3: SNOW FUN DAY

  • Take Toho Subway Line to Kanjodorihigashi Station, ¥250
  • Bus 69 or 79 to Moerenuma Park, ¥210
  • Explore the Glass Pyramid
  • Sledding at Moerenuma Park
  • Bus back to Sapporo, ¥210
  • Soup Curry lunch, ¥900
  • Shopping near Sapporo Station
  • Miso Ramen Dinner at Shirakaba Sansou (inside Ramen Kyowakoku), ¥980
  • Walk to hotel

If visiting outside winter, you can still enjoy the park. You can bike around. Rates start at ¥200.

Day 4: OTARU DAY TOUR

  • Train to Otaru Station, ¥640
  • Walk to Otaru Canal
  • Otaru Canal Cruise, ¥1500
  • Lunch at Otaru Tatsumi Sushi, ¥1500
  • Walk around Otaru, see music box and glass stores
  • Train to Higashi-kuyakusho-mae Station, ¥840
  • Sapporo Beer Museum, FREE
  • Dinner at Sapporo Beer Garden, ¥4212
  • Walk back to hotel

Day 5: DEPARTURE

  • Early check out
  • Train to New Chitose Airport Station, ¥1070

If you follow the above itinerary, prepare to shell out ¥28,000 (USD 252, SGD 345, EUR 220, PHP 13,400) , excluding airfare, accommodations and shopping budget. But we added a ¥2000+ allowance to cover miscellaneous expenses and anything that we might have missed.

If you’re able to book a dorm bed for only ¥2400 per night, the total cost of this itinerary falls at around ¥37,600 (USD 338, SGD 464, EUR 295, PHP 17,950) , excluding airfare.

Here are more ways to further reduce the cost:

  • Instead of joining a guided tour of the city, do it DIY-style. This will save you at most ¥2700.
  • Skip the Sapporo Beer Garden dinner. The biggest chunk of the food budget is spent on an all-you-can-eat dinner here (which costs ¥4200+). You can just visit the museum and eat elsewhere.
  • Food budget is around ¥1000 per meal. I have indicated some of my recommended food places in the itinerary. If you want to cut food expenses, you can opt to eat at cheaper restaurants or buy food from the supermarket. Onigiri (rice balls) sold at convenience stores can be quite filling too. But I still highly encourage you to eat out and try to experience local cuisine.

MORE TIPS FOR THE POOR TRAVELER

  • Snow can be dangerously slippery . A good sign that the snow is good to be stepped on is if it’s white and powdery. If it’s gray or blackish and looks compact because a lot of people have stepped on it, there’s a big chance they’re slippery. So be careful. You can also buy those anti-slip… uhm… things (I don’t know what they’re called, haha) that you can attach to your shoes, just not the metal ones. (The metal ones have to be removed when you go inside an establishment.)
  • Make time allowance for the traffic . Sapporo’s best attractions are so far apart, and while the subway is there, some can only be reached by bus or by car. If that’s the case, consider the time you’re gonna spend in traffic.
  • Japanese chocolates and biscuits are a bit cheaper at the New Chitose Airport than in Haneda or Narita . For example, Royce’s Nama Chocolate costs ¥720 per box in Chitose and ¥780 in Haneda. I know that’s not much, but savings are savings.
  • If you have low cold tolerance, purchase a heat pack from a convenience store and keep it near your body (inside your jacket). This will make your trip more comfortable.
  • Tipping is not common in Sapporo . To settle your bill, you are expected to approach the cashier on your way out. The cashier is usually stationed by the entrance/exit.
  • Many vending machines serve both cold and hot drinks . Most people are surprised to learn about the hot options. Really helpful when you’re out in the cold.
  • Japanese bills look alike (same color). What varies is the size of the bill. The ¥1000 and ¥10,000 can be confusing so be careful. However, the Japanese are highly UNLIKELY to take advantage. They will even be the first to tell you.
  • When using the escalator , keep left if you’re not moving.
  • Learn a few Japanese phrases. The most useful would be Sumimasen (Excuse me, sorry) and Arigatoo gozaimasu (Thank you).

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Nice topic I liked it. Thanks author for this great post. Knew many things about japan

Rochelle

Awesome job! You covered the information quite well–practical and useful for travelers. Keep up the great work!

Vins Carlos

Thank you, Rochelle! I hope our blog inspire more people to travel.

Ed Lijauco

Very nice and comprehensive guide. Gracias.

Yosh Dimen

Hi! is the train included in JR unli pass or it’s a different train?

The trains from Tokyo to Sapporo? Yep, covered.

Grace Sabado

Hi. Very useful guide, thanks for compiling info from your travels. Would you recommend the same itinerary for May or June travel? Our group plans to go around that time. Also, are there travel guides whom we can hire to help us around? Thank you!

Hi Grace, yes, except maybe the ski jump and Mt. Teine. Also try to visit a flower farm since you’ll be there in spring/summer. We didn’t get to see any coz they were covered in snow haha

jeffrey

hi! this is a very nice and detailed blog about hokkaido.. im trying to check for flights on china airlines, but cant seem to make it work, when i type manila as my origin city, sapporo won’t come out as a destination city. thanks!

Benes

Hi! Nice post very helpful since we’re also planning to visit Japan next year! We’re planning on doing Winter/Spring itinerary by going to Sapporo first then Tokyo. What would be the best dates to that? We initially plan on Feb 26 up until March 4. Hoping to get the best of both the winter wonderland in Sapporo and the cherry blossoms in Tokyo.

Hi Benes, okay sana if maexperience nyo ung snow festival in Sapporo, but it’s usually Feb Week 1, which is too far from Tokyo cherry blossoms na usually late March/early April.

So depende ano mas gusto nyo maexperience. For me though, mas maganda yung cherry blossoms than snow festival, so I would suggest na late March kayo mag-start,

Jaime

Hi! I’m planning a trip to Sapporo via plane only. I just wanted to know if I need to indicate both flights (Manila-Tokyo and Tokyo-Sapporo) in my Japan Visa application form? Or do I only put the international flight (Manila-Tokyo)? Thanks!

Hi Jaime, ako I just put the Manila-Tokyo flight number when I applied. Not sure if that’s the right thing to do, but that’s what I did. haha. Naapprove naman.

Thanks! Should I already be prepared for snow around late November? What are the chances of snowfall during my trip?

I dunno how long your stay is gonna be, but there is a good chance. Sapporo is said to have at least 10 snow days in November.

jeni

Hi! Thank you so much for this article. I think it’s the most helpful & complete i found so far. I’m planning to visit last week of November for just about 4-5 days so you. Think it’s best to go via plane?

Yep! Best by plane :)

Arnel A.

Hi! Thanks for another informative post. I have not seen you recommend going to Sapporo in July. How’s the weather there pag ganung time? We plan to hike Mt. Fuji kasi kaya July-Sep ang target dates namin.

Hi Arnel, I haven’t been to Sapporo in July because I dislike traveling in summer in general. haha. But according to climate websites, summer in Sapporo is mild and it doesn’t get too hot, so it should be fine.

Mharj

Hi:) i enjoyed reading your blog. Very informative. I just wanna ask if is it okay to travel DIY in sapporo? No travel agencies or anyone. Just wanna explore the city and some tourist spots you had in your blog. Just by train or bus. Thank you and God bless. Going there on february next year.

Hi Mharj! Yep, it’s possible to explore Sapporo DIY-style. :)

Thank you so much for the reply.

No problem!

crizel

what month did you go to sapporo?

late January – early February

darling

Hi, Can i still use my PASMO IC card in Sapporo?

Within Sapporo or Hokkaido, yes.

Philip Yam

Hello ..can you help me ? my wife and i are planning to go to japan for 11 days in february 2021 .. we are planning to visit sapporo for 4 days and spend overnight in shirakwa-go and the rest in tokyo …..we already have a RT to narita . is it cheaper to buy a 7 days JR pass and local plane ticket ( narita-sapporo-narita ) or should we buy a 14 day JR pass ? Thank you in advance.

Your itinerary would be like this, right?

Day 1 – Arrival in Narita/Tokyo > Sapporo Day 2 – Sapporo Day 3 – Sapporo Day 4 – Sapporo Day 5 – Sapporo > Shirakawago Day 6 – Shirakawago > Tokyo Day 7 – Tokyo Day 8 – Tokyo Day 9 – Tokyo Day 10 – Tokyo Day 11 – Departure

If so, you DON’T need the 14-DAY JR PASS at all.

Note that the closest major airports to Shirakawago are Nagoya and Komatsu, NOT Tokyo/Narita/Haneda.

If you’re OK with the travel time, you can use a 7-DAY JR PASS to cover Narita > Sapporo > Toyama/Takayama/Nagoya (jumpoff points to Shirakawa). No need for plane tickets.

If the long travel time is an issue, then no need for a JR Pass. Just book flights to cover Narita > Sapporo > Nagoya/Komatsu. Then, instead of a JR Pass, book city or regional passes instead.

Either way, the 14-Day JR Pass is out of the picture.

philip

Thank you Yoshke. your advice certainly sounds very logical ..ill also follow your sample itinerary in sapporo ..Thanks again

Oliver

Hi, thank you for your comprehensive travel guide, it help us a lot & enjoyed an exciting tour, live like a local in a foreign country and not a conventional tour packages.

We are planning to visit Osaka & Sapporo this coming January 02 – January 08, 2023 because its my kids(12y/o is the youngest) vacation, we are 8 in our group, what itinerary do you suggest coming from Manila.

Since its winter, can you please recommend a hostel wherein we can stay near the train station which is less expensive and comfortable with heater.

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Japan’s Northern Soul: 2- and 3-Day Itineraries for Sapporo

Sapporo is Japan’s newest city. Up until a little over 150 years ago, the northernmost island of the archipelago was not inhabited by the Japanese. It was still home to the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido. In fact, a mere seven people held up the Edo outpost called “Sapporo” back in those days.

That all changed with the modernization of Japan at the turn of the last century—and voila! Now we have a city of almost 2 million people. It’s neatly laid out on a grid, much like North American cities, which makes getting around really easy. So let’s take a look at where exploring Hokkaido’s capital can take you with this Sapporo sightseeing itinerary.

sapporo clock tower

Arrive in the morning after a 90-minute flight from Tokyo . The airport to the city is not exactly close, so see our guide on how to travel from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo . Once, you’ve arrived, drop off your luggage at your accommodation (see below for hotel recommendations).

Next, rent a bicycle to explore the city. There are rental stations conveniently located around most of the popular tourist spots, so pick one close to your hotel or get your bike at your first stop: the famous clock tower of Sapporo, which is within walking distance of Sapporo Station. Get this must-see photo op in the bag right away so you can feel like an accomplished traveler early on in your exploration.

  • Sapporo Clock Tower (Tokeidai)

summer at nakajima park in sapporo

From here, head north for a few hundred meters until you reach Nakajima Park. This surprisingly vast expanse of greenery in the middle of the city is famed in spring for its cherry blossoms and in autumn for koyo , the changing of leaves.

Top tip : Pick up a bento on the way here, and turn this exploration into a picnic lunch in the warmer months.

  • Nakajima Park

For those with boundless energy, make your way over to Mt. Moiwa. It’s one of the most celebrated night views in Japan, and getting here before dusk lets you soak up first the natural scenery, then, after nightfall, the glittering lights of Sapporo stretching all the way to the Sea of Japan.

Mount moiwa sapporo nightview

A ropeway will take care of most of the ascent for you. From there you can switch to a small cable car that covers the last stretch. The automated climb sets you back ¥ 1,700 for the round trip.

  • Mount Moiwa Ropeway

For those who want to save the cost of the ropeway or just enjoy a hike, there’s a not-so-well-advertised hiking path. Mt. Moiwa is 531 meters high and the trail is 2.9 kilometers long, so most people make it up in an hour max. But take your time and smell the flowers! The trail leads you through a beautiful forest, and small Buddhist statues called ogizo-san line the path (the numbers on them tell you how much farther you have to go).

Top tip : The second half of the path gets steeper and a bit rocky/potentially slippery after rain, so bring sturdy footwear, preferably proper hiking boots.

To find the trailhead, take a streetcar to South 14 West 15, which means getting off two stops before the ropeway station. From here, it’s a 20-minute walk to find the start of the path which is located behind a temple, but is clearly marked with a trail map at the start. The easiest way to find it is to punch in these GPS coordinates: 43.036617, 141.322055.

Time to go where the action is—Susukino is the Kabukicho -slash- Shibuya of Sapporo, all rolled into one. The area’s rather questionable establishments add to the overall buzzing atmosphere of blinking neon signs advertising an endless array of bars, clubs and restaurants.

miso ramen, sapporo itinerary

Don’t get distracted. Head straight for Ramen Alley and sample one of Sapporo’s signature dishes. The street is called Ganso Sapporo Ramen Yokocho in Japanese, and pretty much guarantees you a tasty and reasonably priced fix. The original Sapporo-style miso ramen was conceived here. A bowl will cost you under a ¥ 1,000 , depending on how elaborate you like your toppings to be. There are 17 shops to choose from.

  • Ganso Ramen Yokocho (Ramen Alley)

For those looking for some serious craft beer to rival that of Sapporo’s sister city Portland, Oregon, stop by Beer Bar North Island after dinner, also located in the Susukino district. Here, you can savor some unusual and excellent brews, including their coriander black beer. Prices start at ¥ 600 for a small glass.

  • Beer Bar North Island

Nijo Fish Market snow crabs

Rise and shine for the Nijo fish market that’s said to rival Tsukiji ! Though much smaller, Hokkaido is famous for its exceptionally tasty and high-quality seafood, owing to its cold waters that produce fatty, delicious fish. Sample some here or just enjoy checking out what is on display. (Check out our guide to eating sustainable seafood in Japan .)

seafood donburi

Added bonus : The seafood is not only described as the best quality throughout Japan, but it’s also cheaper on average than in Tokyo. A donburi (rice bowl dish with various toppings) with sea urchin and salmon roe would be the classic choice for a seafood breakfast. Winning on all fronts, and it’s only 9 am. Free admission.

  • Nijo Fish Market

Sapporo Art Park is basically a theme park for art lovers. It houses ateliers, studios, exhibitions, a museum and an outdoor sculpture park. It was conceived to celebrate the artistic expressions of Northern Japanese artists.

The admission to the park is free, but the sculpture park has a ¥ 700 entrance fee. The museum’s admission fee varies depending on the exhibition. Please note that during the winter months some of the facilities are closed, so check ahead.

  • Sapporo Art Park

If history is more your thing, don’t miss out on Pirka Kotan Ainu Cultural Promotion Center. It’s about an hour bus ride from the city center, but well worth the effort. The Ainu people are Hokkaido’s (and parts of Northern Honshu’s) indigenous inhabitants. The park is a great display of their culture and traditions, which were greatly diminished due to colonization. The center showcases a small Ainu village outside and exhibitions inside. Admission is ¥ 200 for adults.

On some days, there are also events, workshops and performances, so check their website before going.

The bus that takes you there continues further on to Jozankei Onsen, so make a day trip out of it and soak in the spa after. Take bus #7 or #8 for Jozankei Onsen from Odori Nishi 1-chome in the center. Get off at Koganeyu Onsen and walk for 5 minutes. Buses run about twice an hour.

  • Sapporo Pirka Kotan (Ainu Cultural Promotion Center)

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It’s (probably) Saturday night, and even if not—you’re on vacation and Susukino never sleeps. Experiencing the Hokkaido equivalent of the Tokyo’s Kabukicho red light district and Shibuya clubs and bars all rolled into one is a must on your trip here. It’s up to you how much of the dirty underbelly you want to explore, but may we suggest you start your night with some Genghis Khan?

jingisukan

Yep, that’s right. Spelled jingisukan in Japanese, it’s one of Hokkaido’s most famed dishes and in essence a mutton version of yakiniku . Try Menyotei Gojo, located in the heart of Susukino. As it’s quite spacious, they usually have a table available. Dinner is around ¥ 2,500 per person.

  • Menyōtei Gojo Store

Appetite satisfied? Explore the bars and clubs of Susukino at your leisure.

Depending on the state and size of your hangover, decide to sleep in or head over to Saturdays Chocolate Factory Café. This modern and stylish space opened in 2015 and houses a Scandinavian-style café. Enjoy a sweet breakfast of chocolate drinks, whoopie pies, and other delicious creations or take a tour of the in-house bean-to-bar factory.

The shop sells well-designed and stylish chocolate bars that make great souvenirs. The café shouldn’t set you back more than ¥ 1,000 . It has just 16 seats so it can get a bit crowded on weekends.

  • Saturdays Chocolate Factory Café

Otaru day trip

You can finish your Sapporo adventures here or add a day trip to Otaru.

This port town on the Sea of Japan is famous for its beautiful canal that especially shines during the winter months—quite literally so during the Snow Light Path Festival when the canal is decorated with snow lanterns and small illuminated snow sculptures. Conveniently, it’s held each year at the same time as the Sapporo Snow Festival .

The former warehouses lining the canal were repurposed and now house shops, galleries and restaurants and are worth checking out at any time of the year.

The picturesque town is a 45-minute train ride from Hokkaido Station with a JR express train leaving every 20 minutes or so.

Otaru day trip sapporo itinerary

Budget around 4–6 hours to get there, enjoy the scenery, have lunch and get back.

After your return, wrap up your Sapporo trip with either an evening flight back to Tokyo—90 minutes will get you into Haneda in a breeze—or head to your next Hokkaido destination (may we suggest Hakodate , the prefecture’s third largest city, or Niseko for some skiing ?

Accommodation options in Sapporo

Below are some Sapporo hotels to suit every budget.

The capsule hotel

Spa Safro has separate floors for men and women and is located right in the center. The onsen facilities are beautifully designed in a minimalist modern Japanese style that mixes wood with unfinished concrete. The spa is open 24 hours and there is free wifi in the property. Nights start from around ¥ 3,600 , making this a perfect option for solo travelers.

The budget option

A good option for couples or small groups of friends is Hotel Mystays Sapporo Susukino . A modern, clean business hotel in the center with single, double and triple rooms. Guests get a special deal on a nearby spa too. Nights start from ¥ 4,300 .

The northern and cozy option

Hotel Unwind is a unique hotel located just a bit out of the center. Its theme is that of an urban lodge—with sleek but warm wooden elements, atmospheric lighting and sheepskins casually thrown onto the sofas in the lounge.

The 10th floor bar offers free wine for guests every day during happy hour from 5 pm to 7 pm. In summer, enjoy the rooftop terrace.

Prices start from a little under ¥ 10,000 per person in a double room.

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2023 SAPPORO TRAVEL GUIDE (Itinerary + Budget)

by thepinay solobackpacker | Sep 12, 2023 | HOKKAIDO , Itinerary , Japan , Sapporo , Travel Guide | 2 comments

This is a detailed SAPPORO TRAVEL GUIDE blog with sample SAPPORO ITINERARY and budget, top things to do, budget hotels, Sapporo travel tips, etc.

Sapporo is an urbanite’s dream. Its finger is on the pulse, constantly embracing new developments, but somehow, it doesn’t feel confusing or intimidating unlike other megalopolis.  When Sapporo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972, it finally caught the attention of the world that it surely deserves. Now Sapporo, is a fast-rising tourist destination in Japan, a good introduction and base when exploring Hokkaido. This sprawling city is best known for its snow festival, the largest of its kind in the country. It’s one of the most accessible and nearest winter destinations to the Philippines and Southeast Asia where you can actually experience a real snow fall.

Here’s a comprehensive Sapporo Itinerary and Travel Guide to help you plan your trip.  I will be writing a separate blog about Hokkaido.

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ABOUT SAPPORO

Sapporo is Hokkaido prefecture’s capital. It is massive, but doesn’t feel confusing.  Thanks to its grid system with wide avenues and parks, which makes exploring the city quite easy. Odo-ri Koen divides Sapporo in half : north – south, while Sosei-gawa splits the east from west.  East-west streets are known as jo , while those on the north and south are chome .

The heartening simplicity of Sapporo city’s layout was a result of a visit to the President of the United States in 1870 by the then Hokkaido’s Governor, who sought help from the Americans to design the capital on the site of an Ainu village. Fast forward to 1972, when Sapporo hosted the Winter Olympics, it introduced itself as a global metropolis, exuding a pretty much cosmopolitan vibe, by building a subway system and modern structures.  It’s far from the cultural city you expect to find in Japan, lacking pre-Meiji historic sites like those found in Kyoto or Nara .  Sapporo has its own distinct attractions  to flaunt, from parks to festivals, to man-made attractions.

For tourists, Sapporo is best known for the Sapporo Snow Festival held every February, the grandest of its kind in Japan. It was founded in 1950, with only 6 snow-carved figures made by high school students to entertain the residents who were lonely and depressed after the war and long winter nights. Today, Sapporo Snow Festival has grown into a commercial and major winter event in Hokkaido, attracting over 2 million tourists with its hundreds of gigantic snow and ice sculptures created by the locals that are sprinkled around Odori Park, Susukino, and Tsudome.

But perhaps what introduced Sapporo to more Filipinos is the movie Kita Kita , which could mean “I Saw You”, or “I Saw You in the North” (since kita in Japanese means North and Sapporo is located in Northern Japan).  Thankfully, more and more airlines now fly from Manila, Philippines to Sapporo, but the most affordable is Jetstar. Recently, I flew to Sapporo via Jetstar, and I got to finally experience, how it feels like to be in this city. Here’s a comprehensive Sapporo travel guide and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

  SAPPORO PRE-TRAVEL GUIDE

  best time to visit sapporo.

Sapporo Winter

Winter (December to February) – As Sapporo and Hokkaido in general is famed for its snow and winter activities, best to visit during winter.  It is one of the nearest destinations to Southeast Asia  to experience winter with actual snowfall! Yes, Sapporo is a real winter wonderland! Also, not to miss are the snow festivals happening around Hokkaido during February.  The Sapporo Snow Festival is usually held during mid-February, same with the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival and Otaru Snow Light Path Festival.  Ice villages and igloos in some resorts in Hokkaido are also popular during the winter season.

  Spring (late March to May) – Spring in Sapporo is also busy, as the city is flocked by tourists. Climate is pleasant as it is moderately cold during these months but precipitation can be high, check the weather updates when planning your spring itinerary. Sakura blossoms (cherry blossoms) bloom late in Sapporo, typically around early May.

Summer (June to August) –  This is an off-peak season in Sapporo, but a good month to pay a visit if you want to save on accommodation and visit the gorgeous flower fields in Furano. Some parks in Sapporo like Odori Park are also peppered with colorful flowers during this season.

  Autumn (September to November) – Also an off-peak season for Sapporo as it can get pretty chilly and windy, but me thinks it’s also a good month to visit to see the colors of Hokkaido national parks.  The Hokkaido Historical Village, just a few minutes away from downtown Sapporo, also looks stunning during this season, so if you’re visiting during fall, don’t miss it!

JAPAN VISA: If you are a Philippine Passport holder, you need a Japan tourist visa to enter Japan for tourism.  

READ HERE: JAPAN VISA APPLICATION FOR FILIPINOS

SAPPORO WI-FI: I used a pocket Wi-Fi from Klook during my entire stay.  It is good for up to 5 devices at once. It was pretty reliable, I picked it up at the New Chitose Airport International Arrival Lobby. So, if you are arriving in Sapporo by Jetstar, you need to make your way first to the International Arrival Lobby of New Chitose Airport to claim it.

RESERVE WI-FI HERE

SAPPORO MONEY: Most establishments in Sapporo accepts cash or credit card.  But cash is widely accepted especially by small establishments. You can withdraw from internationals ATMs available usually found at major train stations like Sapporo Station, at convenience stores like Lawson and 7Eleven and at New Chitose Airport. If your card doesn’t work at first try, give it another try and usually it works on the 2 nd try.  Money exchange centers are plenty at New Chitose Airport, but you may have a hard time looking for one at downtown Sapporo. Before leaving the Philippines, you can also exchange your PHP to JPY at money changers. I like Sanry’s rate, just Google the branch nearest to you.

SAPPORO ELECTRICITY: Sapporo uses 2 electric plugs, Type A and Type B. If you’re from the Philippines, we use the same type of power plug, so I didn’t need to use my travel adapter. For other nationalities, best to bring  a travel adapter. Japan standard voltage is 100 V and 50 HZ for Eastern Japan including Hokkaido.

WHERE TO STAY IN SAPPORO

  I recommend staying near the subway especially near Sapporo Station or Odori Station. I stayed in 3 hotels during my stay, they were near Odori Station, Sapporo Station, Kita Junijo Station and Nakijama Koen Station.

Kita Junijo Station is also a good area as it is near Sapporo Station, while Nakijama Koen Station is near Susukini Station – the nightlife and shopping area. Here are the hotels I used while in Sapporo, I visited Sapporo twice just this year during winter.

sapporo hotel

SAPPORO BUDGET HOTELS

Business Inn Norte 2

I like this hotel as it is pretty convenient, a mere 2-minute walk from Kita Junijo Station and about 10-minutes on foot from Sapporo Station. The hotel is also near Hokkaido University. My room was clean though a bit old, but it’s comfortable and equipped with refrigerator and TV.

CHECK RATES HERE

Hotel Vista Nakima Koen

My favorite budget hotel in Sapporo because it is pretty clean and comfy. The room is simple yet elegant-looking. There’s a table where I can work or blog when I want too. It is equipped with TV and refrigerator, there’s a sort of heater where you can heat water, noodles or drinks.  A 7Eleven store is just across the road.  The hotel is a mere 5-minute walk away from Nakajima Koen Station and Nakajima Park. Downside is, there’s not a lot of restaurants or café nearby despite being surrounded by bigger luxury hotels.

Hotel MyStays Sapporo Station

Never stayed here but I often passed by here on my way to Sapporo Station. It has a pretty convenient location, really close to Sapporo Station.

Hotel My Stays Susukino

One of the cheapest hotels in Sapporo, cheaper than their other branches in Sapporo. It is conveniently located near Susukino area.

SAPPORO MID-RANGE HOTELS

Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori

Hands down to this hotel as it is equipped with washing machine, refrigerator, microwave and TV in the room! It is conveniently located near Odori Station and Sapporo TV Tower. It is pretty spacious too!

  CHECK ROOM RATES

Hotel My Stays Premier Sapporo Park

We stayed at this hotel during our Sapporo fam trip. It’s a comfy hotel but I find the room a bit cramped, I couldn’t even open my luggage. They have buffet style restaurant, Japanese restaurant, and the pretty stylish serving Western dishes at the 1st floor.

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

HOW TO GET TO SAPPORO

Manila to sapporo.

Jetstar to Sapporo

You can book your flight here: JETSTAR.COM

TOKYO TO SAPPORO

  by plane:.

Jetstar offers cheap flights between Tokyo and Sapporo. Travel time is about 1 hour and 30 minutes. It’s quite cheap, so if you are already in Tokyo, you can take this route.

1.From Tokyo, take the Jr Tohoku/Hokkaido Shinkansen to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station. Travel time is about 4 hours.

2.From Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station, transfer to Hokuto KImited Express to Sapporo. Travel time is about 3.5 hours.

Total travel time: 7.5 hours

Fare:¥ 27,000/ PHP 12,689 – one way

Quite expensive if you ask me, better use your JR Pass.

SAPPORO AIRPORT TO SAPPORO CITY CENTER

By train (recommended).

Fare: ¥1,590/$14 (₱748) (Covered by JR Hokkaido Pass)

Travel time: approximately 37 minutes (by express train)

  • At New Chitose Airport make your way to New Chitose Airport Station located at the basement. Just follow the sign.
  • Buy your JR ticket from the vending machine. You can pay extra for reserved seat if you want. If you have a JR Pass or JR Hokkaido Pass, you can use it here. Or just go for non-reserve seat (FREE).
  • Board the JR Train bound for Otaru or Sapporo Station. (Take note that Shin-Sapporo Station is different from Sapporo Station). Go for the limited express train, avoid the local train as it will stop at every station and will eat your time.
  • Get off at JR Sapporo Station.

Tip: Be at the designated track as early as possible to secure a seat if you didn’t book a reserved seat. Many tourists and locals are traveling by train to downtown Sapporo so the non-reserved car is usually full.

By Airport Bus

  Fare: ¥ 1,030/$9 (₱484)

You can also take the Airport Bus to downtown Sapporo, but travel time is longer and may be delayed depending on traffic condition. No reservations required, so you can take the next bus if the bus you’re  trying to board is already full. You can pay on the bus or purchase a bus ticket at Hokuto Kotsu bus counter ANA arrival lobby using credit card, cash, or IC card (except Sapica or PiTaPa).  Large baggage will be put inside the trunk. Never tried this though, so I can’t really tell you much. I always use the train.

By Car rental:

If you are traveling in group and you have the money to spend, you can rent a car for a convenient transfer from New Chitose Airport to your hotel in downtown Sapporo.

CAR RENTAL HERE

GETTING AROUND SAPPORO

Here are several ways to explore Hokkaido. I only used 3: By train, by bus, and by walking.

Some attractions in Sapporo are concentrated near each other. So, it’s easy to explore them by walking, especially because the city has a grid design, which makes finding your destination easier. Check out the top tourist attractions I listed below per the nearest subway station.  You can also walk along the Pole Town mall.

  What I like about Sapporo is, it’s pretty easy to get around the city by subway because the subway system only consists of 3 lines: Namboku (Green Line), Tozai (Orange Line), and Toho (Blue Line).  I found myself using  the Namboku Line often as my hotels (I stayed in 3 hotels during my stay) were near Odori Station, Sapporo Station, Kita Junijo Station and Nakijama Koen Station.

  Fare: Fare starts at ¥200/$2 (₱94)

Here are the train/subway cards and passes that can save you a few bucks to your  travels around Sapporo or beyond. Which one to use? Depends on your itinerary.

1. Kitaca Card

To skip buying tickets every time I ride the train, I used the Kitaca Card. It’s rechargeable IC card of Hokkaido, pretty much like Osaka’s ICOCA Card. You can use it to ride the train in Sapporo and in many places in Hokkaido. You can also use it on JR buses. You can purchase a Kitaca card via Klook through the link below. It’s pre-loaded with ¥1,500/$14 (₱705) and pick it up at New Chitose Airport or Sapporo TV tower, whichever is convenient for you.

When to use: If you’re only traveling around Sapporo and Otaru.

RESERVE CARD HERE

2. One-Day Passes

You can also get a One-Day Card for Subway only. Price is ¥830/$7 (₱391) for adults and ¥420/$4 (₱197) for children.

When to purchase: If you will be riding the subway 5 times or more within 1 day on a weekday (Monday to Friday).

Donichika Ticket: Unlimited 1-day subway ride, available only on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays. Price is ¥520/$5 (₱244) for adults, and ¥260/$2 (₱122)for children.

  When to purchase: If you will be riding the subway 3 times or more within 1 day on a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) or national holiday.

3. JR Hokkaido Pass

If you plan to travel beyond Sapporo, perhaps you want to explore other destinations in Hokkaido for 3 – 7 days, you can get a JR Hokkaido Pass. It offers unlimited travel within designated areas via JR Hokkaido trains (Limited Express/Express and local trains) and JR buses.

I find it very helpful during my stay in Hokkaido because this prefecture is really huge, my travel destinations are quite far from each other, and train transport is quite expensive. You can check the train fares using Hyperdia on the dates of your trip, then add up the fares. Then, compare the total costs of train fares to the JR Hokkaido Pass rate to see it you really need one.

ALSO READ: HOW TO USE HYPERDIA TO CHECK TRAIN SCHEDULES AND FARES

As for me, using JR Hokkaido Pass really served me well because I didn’t have a fixed itinerary since I was traveling to uncharted areas without much information on getting there, bus schedules, etc. So, having a JR Hokkaido Pass was such a relief, I can change my route whenever need to. I will write a separate itinerary blog on Hokkaido where you can use a JR Hokkaido Pass.

You can purchase a JR Hokkaido Pass via Klook, your exchange order will be mailed to your home address as it is only available outside Japan, then you need to claim your pass in Japan. Because this is only available for foreign tourists, so you need to bring your passport when claiming your JR Hokkaido Rail Pass. Also, you don’t have to use it right away, plan when you will use it as you need to use it consecutive days.

IMPORTANT: JR Hokkaido Pass and JR train tickets can’t be used on subways, streetcars, or buses (except for JR fixed-route buses in the city). Use your Kitaca card for subway rides.

  • 3 DAY JR HOKKAIDO PASS: RESERVE HERE
  • 4 DAY JR HOKKAIDO PASS: RESERVE HERE
  • 5 DAY JR HOKKAIDO PASS: RESERVE HERE
  • 7 DAY JR HOKKAIDO PASS: RESERVE HERE

By Loop Buses

There are 2 loop buses in Sapporo called the “Sapporo Walk” bus (Chou Bus 88).  You can check the bus schedules, route maps, and transfers using the Eki-Bus navi. You can find the “Sapporo Walk” bus (Chou Bus 88) near Sapporo Station, in front of the South Exit of the Tokyu Department Store.

Fare: ¥210/$2 (₱98) for adults , ¥110/$1 (₱52) for children.

One-Day Bus Pass: ¥750/$7 (₱352) for adults, ¥380/$3 (₱178) for children (for JR Hokkaido Bus only)

  When to use: For Sapporo Beer Garden and Sapporo Factory. If you’re only going to use the loop bus twice, for example going to and from Sapporo Beer Garden only, pay the regular fare, no need for the 1-day pass.

By Streetcars

  Yes, there are streetcars in Sapporo, and you can use it for getting to Mt.Moiwa Ropeway.

Dosanka Pass: You can avail of this pass to get unlimited rides on streetcars for 1 day (Saturday, Sunday, and national holidays only). Price is ¥360/$3 (₱169).

By Tour Package

  You can also avail of the group tours offered via Klook.  This will save you time especially if you want to visit farther areas like Mt. Moiwa and Okura Stadium.

  • Mt.Okura + Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill Tour: RESERVE HERE
  • Okura Stadium + Mt.Moiwa Ropeway Tour: RESERVE HERE
  • Mt. Moiwa + Mt. Okura Sapporo Night View Dinner Tour: RESERVE HERE
  • Otaru Tour: RESERVE HERE
  • Mt.Horse Park Noboribetsu Trip: RESERVE HERE

SAPPORO TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

  You’ll never run out of things to do in Sapporo, the bustling city is packed with interesting man-made attractions, restaurants and department store, making it a pretty convenient base in Hokkaido. Here’s a list of some of Sapporo’s top tourist attractions.

Tourist Spots Near Odori Station

sapporo itinerary: Odori Park

Sapporo TV Tower

Proudly standing on the heart of the city, the Sapporo TV Tower is one of the most recognisable landmarks of Sapporo. It was designed by Tachu Naito, the same architect who built Tokyo Tower in Tokyo.  The tower can be accessed by the public, including its observation deck that offers a scenic view of Odori Park and Sapporo city. For me, the best time to go here on winter is during daylight, when the mountains surrounding Sapporo and the streets are covered with snow.

  Entrance Fee: ¥720/$6 (₱338) for adults, ¥500/$5 (₱235) for high school students, ¥300/$3(₱131) for children

Open Hours: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Access: Odori Subway Station, Exit 27

RESERVE DISCOUNTED TICKET HERE

Odori Park, which means large street divides Sapporo into North and South.  It’s quite a long stretch, but makes for a pleasant walk during summer or spring.  It is the popular main location of Sapporo Snow Festival, held every February.

Entrance Fee: FREE

Access: Odori Subway Station, Exit 5 or 6

Sapporo Clock Tower

  Constructed during the early development of Sapporo as a drill hall of the Sapporo Agricultural College. Today, the Clock Tower houses an exhibit about the history of the building itself and a spacious ceremony hall. It’s walking distance to the Sapporo TV Tower and the Former Hokkaido Government Building.

  Entrance Fee: ¥200/$2 (₱94)for adults, FREE for children

Open Hours: 8:45 AM – 5:10 PM

Access: Odori Subway Station, Exit 6, 16, and across from Exit 31

Tanukikojo Shopping Street

Sapporo is a shopping paradise. The city is peppered with department stores, shopping malls, and shopping streets! But arguably, the most famous to tourists is Tanukikoji Shopping Street, a roofed-arcade that was built about 150 years ago! A tanuki is a racoon dog, known for its cunning and lustful nature in Japanese mythology.  Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade got its name because it used to be frequented by prostitutes. Today, this place reminds me of Shinsaibashi-suji, Osaka’s shopping street. This 1-kilometre arcade is fringed by shops, restaurants, game centers, grocery stores, drugstores, and karaoke shops. Filipinos will certainly love this place as it houses a massive Don Quijote ! A few meters away, you’ll also find the massive Daiso !

  Access: Odori Subway Station, Exit 10

Open Hours: Many stores are already closed around 8:00 PM

Nijo Fish Market

  If you plan on having seafood for breakfast, make time for an early morning visit to Nijo Market.  Yes, it’s not just a market, you can also enjoy a delectable seafood donburi at one of the many restaurants in its narrow corridor – Noren Yokochi.

  Entrance Fee: FREE

Open hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Access: Odori Subway Station, Exit 34

  Tourist Spots Near Sapporo Subway Station

Former hokkaido government office building.

This picturesque red American Neo- Baroque building built in 1888 is now a famous tourist spot in Sapporo.  Visitors can enter the building for free where an exhibit about Hokkaido’s history can be found.  A street spectacularly  fringed by Gingko trees leads to the Former Government Hall, an Instagram-worthy spot.

Access: JR Sapporo Station, South Exit

JR Tower Observation

  Sapporo, along with Nagasaki and Kobe, was chosen as one of Japan’s  new top 3 cities for night views, and one of the perfect places to experience that is on the 38 th Floor of the JR Tower Observation.

  Entrance Fee: ¥720/$6(₱338) for adults, ¥500/$5 (₱235) for high school students, ¥300/$3 (₱141)for elementary students and kids, FREE for children 3 years old and below,

Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Access: Directly connected to JR Sapporo Station, Sapporo Subway Station

Sapporo Ramen Republic

  If you like ramen, this place is for you. You will find 8 of the top Hokkaido Ramen restaurants here such as Sapporo Ramen (miso),  Hakodate ramen (shio) and my personal favorite – the Asahikawa Ramen (shoyu).

Access: Sapporo Subway Station. It is located on the 10 th floor of ESTA Complex.

Hokkaido University (Botanical Garden)

  Home to about 4,000 variety of plants, the Botanical Garden of Hokkaido University is open to the public for a minimal fee.

  Entrance Fee: ¥420/$4 (₱198)for adults, ¥300/$3 (₱141) for children

Open Hours:

  April 29 – September 30: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

October 1- November 3: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Access: 10-minute walk Sapporo Subway Station, Exit 11 or 6-minute walk from Nishi Juitchome Subway Station, Exit 4

Hokkaido University

  This sprawling university is a great place for a leisurely stroll as the its ground is dappled with note-worthy buildings and museums.

Access: Sapporo Subway Station, or JR Sapporo Station North Exit, to the Main Entrance

Hokkaido Ainu Center

Just in front of Hokkaido Botanical Garden, you’ll find an interesting exhibit of the Ainu robes and tools. You probably haven’t heard of the Ainu’s, as Japan has long been known for its homogeneity. But the Ainu people are the indigenous people of Japan, originally living in Hokkaido and Russia (the Kuril Islands and Sakhalin). They have long suffered discrimination since the government’s assimilation policy during the Meiji Period. Thankfully, last February, Japan government finally enacted a bill recognizing the Ainu as indigenous people of Japan. You can find several Ainu Museum in Hokkaido, but the Hokkaido Ainu Center is the most accessible in Sapporo and makes for a great introduction on the history and culture of the Ainu people.

  Entrance: FREE

Open Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Access: Sapporo Subway Station

  • Sapporo Beer Garden and Museum

Open Hours: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM (Sapporo Beer Garden), 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM (Sapporo Beer Museum)

Access: From Sapporo Station, take the Sapporo Walk (Chuo Bus 88) in front of the South Exit of the Tokyu Department Store.

Alternatively, it’s about a 10-minute walk from Higashikuyakusho Mae Station, Exit 4.

Tourist Attractions Near Susukino Subway Station

sapporo tourist spot: ramen street

Access: Susukino Subway Station

Ramen Alley/Street

Entrance: FREE

Tourist Spots Near Nakajima Koen Station

Nakajima park.

  This beautiful, nature-rich park is also home to some historical buildings such as the Hoheiken (Hokkaido Guesthouse), Hokkaido Museum of Literature, and the Watanabe Junichi Museum of Literature.

Access: Nakajima Koen Station Exit 3.

Tourist Spots Near Maruyama Koen Subway Station (Orange Line)

  • Hokkaido Shrine

This Shinto Shrine was built in 1869 after the Meijo Emperor decreed that the 3 major gods be enshrined here to uplift their spirits. This shrine is shrouded by beautiful cherry and plum trees.  This is the setting of the oldest festival in Hokkaido held every June 14 – 16.

Access: 5-minute walk from Maruyama koen Subway Station, Exit  1 or 3.

Mt.Moiwa Ropeway

  Entrance Fee: Ropeway + Morris Car (roundtrip) ¥1,700/$15(₱799) for adults, ¥850/$7(₱399) for children

Open Hours: (Summer) 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM

(Winter) 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Access: Not necessarily near Maruyama Koen Subway Station, but from this station, take JR Bus 10 or 11  and alight at the “Moiwa sanroku ropeway iriguchi” stop.

Alternatively, you can take the streetcar from the “Nishi yon chrome” stop and alight at the “Ropeway iriguchi” stop. Transit time is about 20 minutes.

Mt. Okura Observatory/Sapporo Olympic Museum

  This ski jump stadium rose to fame when it was used during the Winter Olympics in 1972, it’s still working to date.  But when there’s no ski jump events, visitors can access the observation deck via a chair lift to get spectacular view of Sapporo city. Below it is the Sapporo Olympic Museum showcasing exhibits of the 1972 Winter Olympics.

  Entrance Fee (Mt. Okura Observation Deck Lifts): ¥500/$5 (₱235) for adults and high school students, ¥300/$3 (₱141) for children

Entrance Fee (Sapporo Olympic Museum): ¥600/$5(₱282) for adults, FREE for high school students and children, ¥450/$4 (₱211)for Seniors

Open Hours: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM (Mt. Okura Observation Deck Lifts)

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Sapporo Olympic Museum)

  Access: From Maruyama Koen Subway Station, take JR Bus 14. Get off at the “Okurayama kyogijo iriguchi” bus stop. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the bus stop.

Other Attractions in Sapporo:

 snowmobile land.

Spend a day in Snowmobile Land enjoying winter activities such as driving the snowmobile, snow rafting, snow banana boat, snow tubing, and ice cream making.  They offer package tour that includes pick up and drop off at hotels in Sapporo, gear rentals – ski suit, gloves, snow boots, etc.

RESERVE HERE

Ninja Experience

Another fun activity in Sapporo is learning how to be a Ninja. We practiced the arts of ninjutsu and enhance our combat skills with the help of Japanese masters.  Their location is sort of a secret, so if you book the Nina Experience, it includes a pick up and drop off in Sapporo.

Sapporo Smelt Fishing

Enjoy smelt fishing in Sapporo, we tried it at Barato River and it was fun, a different experience for me.

Shiroi Koibito Park

  Known for its Shiroi Kobito cookies, the Shiroi Koibito Park is an Instagram-worthy theme park by Ishiya.  During winter season, the park glitters with Christmas lights and Christmas decors.  It’s a beautiful place to hang out and have some snacks, and of course, buy souvenir chocolates – a popular Sapporo souvenir. It’s tax free for purchases over ¥5,400.  Make sure you bring your passport.

  Entrance Fee: FREE around the area with a shop, café and restaurant. Paid area for area with exhibits. ¥600/$5(₱282) for adults, ¥200/$2(₱180) (high school and children), FREE for 3-year-old and  below.

*It is currently free, not sure why, probably because the assembly line tours are closed until October 2019.

Open Hours: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Access: 7-minute walk from Miyanosawa Subway Station. (If coming from Sapporo Station, take a subway to Odori Station. Transfer to Tozai Subway Line for Miyanosawa Subway Stayion. Fare is ¥290/$3 (₱136). It’s a 7-minute walk to Shiroi Kobito Park, use Google Maps.)

  Historical Village of Hokkaido

  An open-air self-guided museum, a short train and bus ride from Sapporo city, peppered with traditional buildings, houses, shops, etc. from around Hokkaido.  Over 60 structures that were transferred here dates back to Meiji and Taisho Period. It’s lovely during winter when the entire village is clad in snow. Not to mention that there’s no crowd. I enjoyed taking pictures and selfies here. LOL

  How to get to Historical Village of Hokkaido

  Option 1: From JR Sapporo Station, take the train to JR Shinrinkoen Station.  Fare is ¥260/$2 (₱122) (Covered by JR Hokkaido/JR Pass) and transit time is about 10 minutes.  After exiting the track, the staff will check your train ticket. Look for the bus stop where buses to Hokkaido Historical Village stops. You should turn right (next to the toilet) and follow where it leads. The bus stop is on your right once you exit the train station. Take the bus to Hokkaido Historical Village, it’s the last stop. The 2 nd stop is the Hokkaido Museum. Bus fare is ¥210/$2(₱98) and transit time is about 10 minutes.

Option 2: From JR Sapporo Station, take the train to JR Shin Sapporo Station. Fare is ¥260/$2 (₱122) (Covered by JR Hokkaido/JR Pass). Alight at the last stop – ‘Kaitaku-no-mura” station.  Walk downstairs to bus terminal, go to Gate 10. Ride the JR Bus 22. Fare is ¥210/$2 (₱98) and travel time is about 10 minutes, the Hokkaido Historical Village is the last stop.

  • Hokkaido Museum

Before or after you explore the Hokkaido Historical Village, you can pay a visit to the nearby Hokkaido Museum, oozing with exhibitions about the culture, nature and history of Hokkaido.

  Entrance Fee:

Open Hours: Closed on Mondays.

Access: See directions above for Hokkaido Historical Village but you need to get off at the 2 nd bus stop for Hokkaido Museum.

SAPPORO DAY TRIPS

SAPPPORO COLLAGE 5

  A pretty popular day trip from Sapporo is Otaru, known to Filipinos as the movie setting of the hit film “Kita Kita”.  The movie could mean “I Saw You”, but since “Kita” also means North, it could also be interpreted as “Saw you in the North”, since Hokkaido is located in northern Japan.  The charming port town of Otaru is peppered with age-old warehouses, Western style buildings, and canals. Otaru was also an erstwhile financial center, once dubbed as the Wall Street of the North. But when its economy plummeted due to fishing decline, Otaru turned the glass-making industry for squid fishing to creating art and fashion objects. You will stumble on many boutiques selling jewelries and art objects made from glass. Don’t miss the Otaru Music Box that houses over 25,000 music boxes!

Otaru is actually an erstwhile trading and fish port.  The famous Otaru Canal is fringed by age-old warehouses and old government buildings. But don’t miss the Otaru Music Box that houses over 25,000 music boxes!

You can also take a canal cruise in Otaru, here’s the rate:

Otaru Canal Day Cruise: (Adults) ¥1,500/$14 (₱705), (Children) ¥500/$5 (₱235)

Otaru Canal Night Cruise: (Adults) ¥1,800/$16 (₱847), (Children) ¥500/$5 (₱235)

Access: From JR Sapporo Station, take a train bound for Otaru Station. Travel time is about 1 hour. Fare is ¥610/$5 (₱287).  From Otaru Station, the Otaru Canal is about a 12-minute walk. Otaru Music Box is 5-minute walk from Minami-Otaru Station.  This is covered by JR Hokkaido Pass or JR Pass.

Otaru Day Tour. If you want a cheap, hassle-free day tour of Otaru, you can avail of the tour package offered by Klook, which includes an in depth-tour of Otaru, a visit to Yoichi Distillery – Nikka’s Whisky Factory, and a side trip to the lovely Shirio Kobito Park.

Otaru Tour + Shiroi Kobito Park: RESERVE TOUR HERE

SHIKOTSU-TOYA NATIONAL PARK

This national park is a beautiful side trip when in Sapporo. It is oozing with mountains, forests, hot spring resorts and volcanoes. This place is known for the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival held every February. Don’t miss it as entrance fee is only ¥350/$3 (₱154).

Access: From JR Sapporo Station, ride a train to New Chitose Airport. Fare is about ¥1,590/$14 (₱748) (covered by JR Hokkaido Pass). At the airport, you can take the bus to Lake Shikotsu for ¥1,030/$9 (₱485). Alight at Shikotsu Bus Stop. Travel time is about 1 hour.  The lake and the ice festival is about a 3-minute walk from the bus stop.

Lake Shikotsu and Lake Toya Tour from Sapporo: RESERVE HERE

Since there is no direct access between Lake Shikotsu and Lake Toya, it’s practical to avail of the Lake Shikotsu and Lake Toya Winter Tour from Sapporo.  This is seasonal though, usually offered during the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival.

  Mt.Usuzan Ropeway

  A popular day trip from Sapporo is the Usuzan Ropeway to enjoy a panoramic view from the ropeway and visit an active volcano at the UNESCO Global Geopark.

Access: From JR Toya Station, go to Showa Shinzan by Donnan Bus (about 45 minutes). Change bus at Toyako Onsen Bus Terminal. Take note though that there is no bus during winter (November to April).

  RESERVE DISCOUNTED TICKET HERE

Jozankei Resort and Spa

  Located in the lush, jungle forest of Hokkaido, Jozankei Resort and Spa is a popular onsen that can be done as a day tour from Sapporo.  If you want to rejuvenate your body and mind in a Japanese onsen (hot spring), this is a perfect place to do just that.

A convenient way to access it is by booking a day tour from Sapporo that includes bus, buffet, and onsen package.

RESERVE TOUR HERE

  For those traveling with kids, this is a popular side trip.  Asahiyama is known for its penguin walk and other winter animals such as polar bears, fox and seals. Though I am not really a fan of zoos, Japanese zoos are generally well-kept. You can do a DIY trip from Sapporo, but a practical way is to avail of a tour package from Sapporo via Klook since it includes other costly and hard-to-reach attractions such as the gorgeous Shirogane Blue Pond, the frozen Shirahige Falls and a stroll along the Ninguru Terrace.

  Access: From Sapporo Station, take a train bound for Asahikawa Station, this is covered by JR Hokkaido Pass. Fare starts at ¥5,010/$45 (₱237), one way. At Asahikawa Station, take a bus bound for Asahiyama Zoo at Bus Stop 6, fare is ¥440/$4 (₱207) and travel time is about 30 minutes.  Entrance fee is ¥820/$7 (₱386) for adults and FREE for children aged 15 years old and under. Don’t forget to grab a brochure with a map.

Tip: If you don’t have a JR Pass/JR Hokkaido Pass, best to do this via tour package so you can save a few bucks and still visit other attractions.

SHOPPING IN SAPPORO

  If you are looking for budget places to shop in Sapporo, here are my recommendations. I’ve tried them all! Hahaha

Sapporo Underground Shopping Mall

Access: Directly connected to Odori Subway Station

Tanukikojo Shopping Arcade

  Another personal favorite because you can find many affordable shops here, like the really huge Don Quijote.

Access: Odori Subway Station, Exit 10

One of my favorite shopping malls in Sapporo, as many shops sell reasonably-priced and good quality apparels. Bought 2 stylish, affordable coats here.

Uniqlo at New Chitose Airport

If you are traveling during winter and you need Uniqlo heattech for your layers, it’s cheaper to buy in Sapporo.  Once you arrive in New Chitose Airport, look for the Uniqlo store.  The price is almost half compared to Philippines. There are other branches in Sapporo of course, but I only bought from their airport branch.

  This sprawling store not only sells electronics, but it also sells, toys, home appliances, and other goods.  There’s one near JR Sapporo Station. If you plan on buying something there, make sure to avail of the discount coupon below. It’s FREE.

GET DISCOUNT COUPON HERE

  Yodaibashi

Another camera shop, but I bought my large suitcase here. There’s one near JR Sapporo Station.

WHAT TO EAT IN SAPPORO

  miso ramen.

Sapporo is known for its miso ramen.

Where to eat: Rammen Alley, Ramen Republic, Ramen Shingen

Sapporo is also the birthplace of soup curry. I only tried it as Crazy Spice Kita Juurokujou, but it’s more like an Indian curry. I was told the Sapporo soup curry is different.

Jingisukan (lamb barbecue)

  A pretty popular dish in Sapporo that is composed of lamb or mutton grilled on a convex iron plate along with some vegatables.

  Where to eat: Sapporo Beer Garden, Sapporo Snowmobile Land

Sapporo Crab

  Sapporo and Japan in general is known for its fresh seafood and crab tops the list in Sapporo, with many varieties like the hairy crab and snow crab.  There are some restaurants in Sapporo offering unlimited crab, grilled or hotpot.

  Where to eat: Nijo Market, Curb Market

You can also enjoy a deluxe Suzukake Queen Crab Hot Pot Course in Sapporo, only 2 minutes away from Susukino Station.

Sapporo has some of the finest sushi in Japan, if not the world.  And you can enjoy them best at conveyor-belt-style sushi restaurants.  Otaru is also a good place to try the sushi.

SAPPORO ITINERARY + BUDGET

  The sample Sapporo itineraries below only cover Sapporo and nearby destinations. I will write another blogpost for Hokkaido itinerary.

  *Sample budget doesn’t include hotel, airfare, terminal tax, and shopping expenses.

Sapporo Itinerary:Lake Shikotsu Winter Festival

  Sample Sapporo Budget Itinerary # 1 – (3 Day 2 nights Sapporo Itinerary + Otaru)

This sample Sapporo Itinerary is perfect for those on a tight budget as I included mostly FREE tourist attractions in Sapporo.

What to Use: Kitaca Card ( RESERVE HERE )

Trip Budget: ¥13,390 (₱5,477 ) – $120, RM493, SGD 164, AUD 171

Tourist Attractions:

  • Nijo Market
  • Sapporo Walking Tour (Odori Park, Sapporo TV Tower, Clock Tower, Former Government Building)
  • Shiroi Kobito Park

Sample Sapporo Itinerary # 2 – (4 Days/3 nights Sapporo + Otaru Itinerary)

This sample Sapporo Itinerary is perfect for those on a tight budget as I included mostly FREE tourist attractions in Sapporo. But I also made sure to insert the Sapporo tourist attractions from the movie Kita Kita.

Trip Budget: ¥21,151 (₱9,313) – $190, RM778, SGD 259, AUD 270

  • Fushimi Inari
  • Sapporo City Walking Tour (Odori TV Tower, Odori Park, Clock Tower, Former Hokkaido Gov’t Building)
  • Hokkaido Historical Village

Sapporo Itinerary: Historical Village

Sample Sapporo Itinerary #3  –  (4 Days/3 Nights Sapporo  + Otaru)

Trip Budget: ¥24,287 (₱11,420) – $219, RM 894, SGD 297, AUD 311

  • Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium
  • Hitsujigaoko Observation Hill
  • Ramen Alley
  • Sapporo Beer Garden and Sapporo Beer Museum

Sample Sapporo Itinerary #4 –  (6 Days/ 5 Nights Sapporo Winter Itinerary + Otaru)

Here’s a sample Sapporo itinerary for 6 days and 5 nights.  This will only cover Sapporo Area + Otaru. This itinerary is recommended if you will be traveling in Sapporo during winter as I included here mostly winter activities.

Trip Budget: ¥ 52,268 (₱23,265) – $470, RM 1923, SGD 639, AUD 668

Tourist Attractions Covered:

  • Sapporo City Walking Tour (Nijo Market + Odori Park + Sapporo TV Tower + Clock Tower + Former Hokkaido Gov’t Building)
  • Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
  • Snowmobile Land (Snowmobile + snow rafting + snow banana boat)
  • Smelt Fishing
  • Shiroi Kobito

SAPPORO TRAVEL TIPS AND REMINDERS

Sapporo Itinerary

  • When planning my itinerary, I use Hyperdia, but when I’m on the road already, since it isn’t mobile friendly, I use Google. It’s really helpful as it will provide you the platform #, train schedule and fares. So, make sure you are connected online when traveling around Sapporo.
  • If you’re only traveling in Sapporo and Otaru, no need to buy JR Hokkaido Pass. Use Kitaca Card instead.
  • Tipping is not common in Japan. If you wish to tip or give something, never give money. Buy pasalubong/gift for your Japanese friend instead.
  • Avoid being too loud inside the train or subway. Avoid taking phone calls inside the train and subway.
  • Do not eat on subways, but it’s okay to eat and drink on long-distance trains.
  • When using the elevator, keep LEFT if you’re not moving.
  • Smoking in public is prohibited in Sapporo. Use the designated smoking areas.
  • Big backpacks are frowned upon on subways especially during rush hour. Be aware of people at your back, make sure you’re not hitting anyone in case you are carrying a big bag.
  • Vending machines serve cold and hot drinks. Those in Blue light means cold, while Red light means the drink is hot.
  • Be careful when walking on ice or snow.  It can be pretty slippery. I slipped once and almost broke my arm. You can buy anti-skid (anti-slip) for your shoes.
  • Heatpacks are really helpful during winter. You can buy them at drugstores and convenience store.
  • Heattech and other Uniqlo layers are way cheaper in Sapporo! You can buy some at New Chitose Airport upon your arrival.
  • Winter jackets, coats, and boots are also cheaper in Sapporo especially if you’re traveling mid-February or late February to March when items are on sale already.  I suggest you buy your winter outfits in Sapporo, just bring one jacket and then allot half day for shopping when you arrive.  See my recommended shopping areas above.

Disclosure: Our trip to Sapporo was made possible by Jetstar and Hokkaido Tourism. But I also extended my stay in Sapporo using my personal fund and revisited Sapporo on my own.

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EPIC SAPPORO Itinerary! (2024)

Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido, Japan’s gorgeous wild northern island! It’s the fifth-largest city in Japan and contains a vibrant urban center. Let’s get into your exciting Sapporo itinerary!

It’s filled with spectacular scenery, unique western architecture, incredible food, and very friendly locals. Additionally, it has mild summer weather and long, snowy winters which offers Sapporo tourists plenty of varying attractions and activities year-round!

With this Sapporo travel guide, you’ll discover the city’s top attractions as well as a few hidden gems! We’ve also made sure to include plenty of insider tips, food recommendations, and exciting day trips to nearby areas.

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Here is a quick look at the seasons so you can decide when to visit Sapporo!

The best time for Sapporo sightseeing is in summer (June – August). This is when the temperature is mild and pleasant, making for a refreshing climate for sightseeing!

Fall (September – November) is one of the best times to travel to Sapporo city. The rich autumn colors burst through the city and the temperatures remain comfortable from September to October, with the colder fall temperatures usually not arriving until mid/late November.

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Although the winter months (December – February) are cold and chilly, Sapporo tourism really picks up during the annual Sapporo Snow Festival in February. If you’re a fan of winter sports, Sapporo has many world-class ski resorts, as well as picturesque winter scenery!

Spring (March-May) is another great time to visit Sapporo, Japan. The winter chill starts to wear off and warm temperatures begin to breath new life into the island!

Choosing the right accommodation that fits with your itinerary for Sapporo will only enhance your trip. There are lots of options in varying styles and budgets around Sapporo. Deciding where to stay depends on the vacation vibe you’re going for!

Susukino is the best place to stay in Sapporo to be close to all the action! This area is one of the largest entertainment districts in Japan. It’s Sapporo’s lively hub and offers a slew of hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, and many popular Sapporo attractions.

where to stay in Sapporo

For ramen lovers, Susukino is home to Ramen Yokocho, a narrow street that contains numerous ramen restaurants! This area is especially ideal for first-time visitors and tourists spending a quick weekend in Sapporo.

The Nakajima Koen district is a great option for travelers seeking a more relaxing vacation in Sapporo. This area offers a calm and peaceful setting and contains Nakajima Park, one of the most popular parks in the city.

Since this area isn’t as high in demand as Susukino, you’ll find more budget accommodation options. The Nakajima Koen district is well connected by public transportation, so traveling in and out of the city center will be a breeze!

If you’re eager for an unparalleled experience unlike any other, consider exploring the innovative world of capsule hotels in Sapporo .

Cute japanese studio | Best Airbnb in Sapporo

Cute japanese studio

When visiting Japan, it’s always handy to live close to a public transport option. This Airbnb is just moments away from the tram and subway station. The apartment is bright, with a mixture between the western and Japanese style. The kitchen is fully equipped and ready for use. You can walk to Susukino or Odori park without a problem.

Tmark City Hotel Sapporo | Best Budget Hotel in Sapporo

Tmark City Hotel Sapporo

The Tmark City Hotel Sapporo is a great value-for-money! All rooms include a flat-screen TV and a fridge. The en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub, a hairdryer, and free toiletries. A buffet breakfast is included in most hotel rates or can be purchased for an extra fee.

Sapporo Grand Hotel | Best Luxury Hotel in Sapporo

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The Sapporo Grand Hotel is located in the heart of the city and is perfect for the luxurious traveler planning a trip to Sapporo! Guests will enjoy an on-site restaurant, spa center, fitness center, and more! All rooms feature a flat-screen TV, coffee machine, refrigerator, and a bidet!

Time Piece Apartment | Best Hostel in Sapporo

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The Time Piece Apartment hostel is a small guest house in a central location. Public transportation is within walking distance and the hostel is just a quick 10-minute walk from downtown. Hostel perks include free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, security lockers, and luggage storage.

If you prefer to stay in hostels, check out more options in our Sapporo hostel guide.

Whether you’re spending two days in Sapporo or two weeks, you’re going to need to figure out how to get around. Luckily, the city is very compact and public transportation options make reaching all of your Sapporo points of interest easy and convenient!

For traveling within the city, the subway system is your easiest option and will take you wherever you need to go. Sapporo has three subway lines that travel throughout the city. Tickets can be purchased at vending machines outside the subway stations.

Sapporo Itinerary

Sapporo was designed on a grid, which makes driving extremely easy for tourists to navigate! There are many car rental services throughout Japan and many companies also have English websites that allow you to reserve a car in advance.

Keep in mind that if you plan to drive in Japan, you must be at least 18 years old and have an international driver’s license. You’ll need to arrange for your international license before coming to Japan, as they don’t issue the international driver’s license to foreigners inside the country.

If you’re planning a Sapporo/Hokkaido itinerary, the train system in Sapporo is part of an extended network that spans all of Hokkaido.

Odori Park | Sapporo TV Tower | Sapporo Clock Tower | Tanukikoji Shopping Street | Sapporo Beer Museum

The first day of your itinerary for Sapporo will see you exploring the city’s historic sites before continuing on to a couple of unique cultural attractions!

Day 1 / Stop 1 – Odori Park

  • Why it’s awesome: A calming park in the center of Sapporo that hosts many events throughout the year.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Nijo Market is a historic fish market that sells fresh seafood as well as ready to eat snacks and drinks. It’s a great place to pick up some picnic provisions to take with you to the park.

Located in the heart of Sapporo, Odori Park is an oasis in the big city. The park was created in 1869 and spans nearly 1 mile, covering roughly 19 acres. There are many lush and colorful flower gardens that coat the park floor. It’s one of the city’s top tourist attractions and a great place to start your Sapporo itinerary!

There are many events held throughout the year that give guests a wide-ranging taste of Japanese culture and Hokkaido’s culture in particular. The most well-known events are the Sapporo Lilac Festival and the Sapporo Snow Festival.

Odori Park

The Sapporo Lilac Festival is held every spring for 10 days (usually in May). The park is home to about 400 lilac trees that are in full bloom during the festival and permeate the air with their sweet scent. It’s an exciting festival that marks the end of Winter and the start of the warmer months ahead. During the festival there are events and activities, as well as food and drink stalls.

The Sapporo Snow Festival is held every February for 7 days. During this time, the park is filled with hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures. Since snowfall in Sapporo during winter is common there’s always the chance of snow during the festival.

If you’re touring Sapporo when these events are being held, we definitely recommend checking them out! 

The park is easily accessible and frequented by locals and travelers alike. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The park is clean and orderly and there are multiple food and drink stalls. There is also a beer garden set up during summer months where all the major Japanese breweries compete with each other for the best beer!

Insider Tip: Inside Odori Park, there’s a tourist information center, public toilets, and free park Wi-Fi!

Day 1 / Stop 2 – Sapporo TV Tower

  • Why it’s awesome: Famous TV Tower where guests can enjoy unobstructed panoramic views of Sapporo.
  • Cost: USD $7.00
  • Food nearby: Otaru New Sanko is located inside the Sapporo TV Tower. This restaurant serves western dishes in a cozy setting with spectacular views!

The Sapporo TV Tower is located inside of Odori Park making it the perfect next stop on your Sapporo itinerary! The tower was built in 1957 and is a 482-feet high TV tower with an observation deck.

The tower is open to tourists who can enjoy the gorgeous views of Odori Park and the surrounding area of Sapporo.

It takes 60 seconds by elevator to reach the observatory deck, which is 297-feet up. There is a souvenir shop in the observation deck where you can pick up all your Sapporo souvenirs! You’ll also find telescopes and volunteer guides to provide visitors with facts and insight on the tower.

Sapporo Tv Tower

In the evening, the tower lights up with an illumination of dazzling lights that contrasts beautifully against the night sky. Many visitors prefer to visit the tower just before evening hours; the glare from the sun will be gone and the crowds tend to thin out.

The TV Tower is one of the most popular Sapporo landmarks and is open every day.

Day 1 / Stop 3 – Sapporo Clock Tower

  • Why it’s awesome: The Sapporo Clock Tower is a symbol of Sapporo and a major landmark in the city center.
  • Cost: USD $2.00
  • Food nearby: Soup Curry Garaku is a Japanese curry restaurant with a casual atmosphere, phenomenal food, and cold beer.

The Sapporo Clock Tower was built in 1878 and is the oldest clock tower in Japan. The clock continues to run and keep time, and the chimes can be heard every hour. The small building is full of education and history and a great quick stop on your Sapporo itinerary.

Inside the clock tower, you’ll find a museum spread out over two floors. There are displays of the building’s history and the development of Sapporo. There are also English-speaking volunteers in the building to provide anecdotes beyond the exhibits themselves. They aid guests by answering any questions they may have and give further information on the displays.

Sapporo Clock Tower

Sapporo was developed with assistance from the American government and the Sapporo Clock Tower building is of American design. The Sapporo clock tower museum is quite small in size and you’ll probably only need to set aside approximately 30 minutes for this stop on your Sapporo itinerary.

Insider Tip: October 16th is the clock tower’s founding day. On the 16th of every month volunteer tours of the clock tower are given to the general public twice a day!

Day 1 / Stop 4 – Tanukikoji Shopping Street

  • Why it’s awesome: Tanukikoji shopping street is an iconic Japanese-style shopping arcade with a variety of shops and eateries.
  • Food nearby: Ramen Shingen is your classic cozy ramen restaurant that’s popular with both locals and tourists!

The famous Tanukikoji shopping arcade was established roughly 150 years ago! It’s located between Minami Nijo and Minami Sanjo and is one of the oldest and finest shopping areas in Sapporo, Hokkaido! The street stretches a little more than half a mile and is completely sheltered, meaning the area can be enjoyed regardless of the weather.

It contains around 200 shops, including restaurants, clothing stores, souvenir shops, and all kinds of other specialties and local shops! The street is sectioned off into seven different sections. You could spend hours walking through the different sections of the street and taking your own self-guided Sapporo walking tour! Stop for a bite to eat, browse for souvenirs, wander and window shop, or have a seat and people watch!

Tanukikoji Shopping Street

Don Quijote is a large 24-hour supermarket that sells almost anything you could think of! The supermarket is 5 stories high and offers everything from Japanese candies and snacks to cosmetics to costumes! It’s a great store to walk around and see Sapporo’s eclectic offering of souvenirs and products; this is definitely one of the coolest places to visit in Sapporo! This is a great stop if you’re backpacking Japan , and you need to revamp the items in your backpack.

Tanukikoji shopping street stays lively every day and is a hub of entertainment in Sapporo. Tall ceilings with bright lights and hanging decorations make this street totally Instagram worthy! This stop is fun for all ages and interests and is a must-see attraction on your Sapporo itinerary!

Day 1 / Stop 5 – Sapporo Beer Museum

  • Why it’s awesome: The Sapporo Beer Museum provides historical information and insight into the history of beer production in Japan. 
  • Cost: Free to enter (paid tours available).
  • Food nearby: The Sapporo Beer Garden contains several restaurants that offer all-you-can-eat specials as well as single menu items.

The Sapporo Beer Museum is the only beer museum in Japan. The building that the museum sits in was erected originally as a factory of the Sapporo Sugar Company in 1890 and only opened as the Sapporo Beer Museum in 1987.

The history of the Sapporo Beer dates back to the Meiji period (1868 – 1912) and the museum is registered as a Hokkaido Heritage site (on the list of historic sites of Japan).

Sapporo Beer Museum

The museum has three floors and is free to enter! There are exhibitions throughout the museum where guests can learn more about the history of beer and its production in Japan.

There are also guided tours, called “premium tours” offered. However, these tours are only given in Japanese. Guests who don’t speak Japanese can read the translated (English) version of the descriptions on printed panels and exhibits found along the tour.

A beer tasting opportunity is also included in the guided tour where guests can sample beer not available for purchase and only offered through this tour option. Tours cost USD $5.00 and last approximately 50-minutes.

There is also a museum bar where visitors can purchase Sapporo Beer. Beer tastings are also available. The museum gift shop offers a variety of items, including key holders, the popular museum pilsner glass, classic beer jelly chocolate, and more!

The building also houses the Sapporo Beer Garden in the south wing, adjacent to the museum. It offers visitors the chance to enjoy all-you-can-drink Sapporo beer direct from the brewery as well as all-you-can-eat mutton BBQ.

The Sapporo Beer Museum is closed on Mondays, make sure to add this to your Sapporo itinerary Tuesday – Sunday only!

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Your two-day itinerary in Sapporo will see you discovering more of the local culture and history! We’ve also included a few fun attractions that are totally unique to Sapporo! 

Day 2 / Stop 1 – Historical Village of Hokkaido

  • Why it’s awesome: This outdoor museum features historical buildings that show Hokkaido as it was during the Meiji and Taisho eras.
  • Food nearby: There is a restaurant located inside the Historical Village of Hokkaido that serves typical Japanese cuisine in a relaxed setting.

The Historical Village of Hokkaido is an open-air museum located on the outskirts of Sapporo. The village exhibits around 52 period-buildings from different areas of Hokkaido, dating from the Meiji to the Taisho eras periods (1868 to 1926). The village is spread out over an area of 133 acres and is recreated to reflect what pioneer life in Hokkaido would have been like.

There are four different sections: a town, fishing village, farm village, and a mountain village. All of the buildings in the village are set up to look exactly as they would have when they were in use, providing guests with a unique and historical experience.

The attention to detail is exceptional. The rooms are fully furnished with tools, books, pieces of equipment, and articles of clothing from the different time periods being showcased. English descriptions are presented throughout the village providing visitors with a chance to learn even more about the history and culture of the people living during the pioneering days of Hokkaido.

Historical Village of Hokkaido

There are volunteers spread throughout the village that provide commentary and demonstration activities. During the summer months, visitors can also take a horse-drawn rail ride and tour the village with a leisurely carriage ride!

If you’re planning a Sapporo itinerary during winter, a horse-drawn sled is operated in the snow-covered village. Visitors will be able to wear old winter clothes, enjoy sledding, bamboo skiing, and other winter activities from the olden days!

Insider Tip: Before you visit the village, download the pocket curator app of the Historical Village of Hokkaido. This multilingual commentary app will guide you through the buildings and provide you with even more insight! The app is available in multiple languages, including English, Korean, and Chinese.

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill

  • Why it’s awesome: This famous observation hill offers a commanding view of the city down below.
  • Cost: USD $5.00.
  • Food nearby: Sushiro Toyohira Nishioka Shop is a conveyor belt sushi and ramen restaurant with affordable prices and a lively atmosphere.

The Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill offers panoramic views of Sapporo and lovely pastoral views of grazing sheep during the summer months.

It also offers great views of the Sapporo Dome, which is the city’s baseball and soccer stadium. It’s a beautiful place with calming scenery and a great area to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

The focal point of Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill is the statue of Dr. William Smith Clark, the father of pioneers in Hokkaido. He is famous for the phrase, “Boys, be ambitious!” His right arm is raised as he points “toward the eternal truth which lies far in the distance.” The statue is one of Sapporo’s most photographed statues.

Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill

Various events are also held throughout the year, including events showcasing the seasonal tastes of Sapporo, lavender picking , and sheep shearing!

The Sapporo Snow Festival Museum is also located inside observation hill and introduces the history of the Snow Festival. It details the process of making snow sculptures, shows videos of the past snow festivals, as well as posters, photos, and model sized replica of the ice sculptures. 

The museum is free to enter (after you pay to enter the Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill).

Insider Tip: During winter, the observation hill turns into a snowy winter wonderland! The observation hill snow park offers plenty of winter attractions, including free sled rentals and adult-sized igloos!

Day 2 / Stop 3 – Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

  • Why it’s awesome: The collections of art in the museum primarily focus on the works of art by Hokkaido-associated painters and sculptors.
  • Cost: USD $5.00
  • Food nearby: Toriton Sushi Maruyama is a popular place for sushi in Sapporo. Their menu offers a wide range of sushi and seafood options, many dishes are offered to guests on a sushi conveyor belt.

The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art opened in 1977 in Sapporo, Japan. It showcases artwork spanning multiple generations of Japanese culture, including a permanent exhibition and seasonally changing temporary exhibitions.

There are approximately 4,800 pieces of art in the museum, including paintings, glasswork, and special exhibitions from local and international artists. The well-manicured lawns that surround the museum also contain a number of modern art sculptures.

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It includes both the indigenous art of Hokkaido and worldwide artworks. The museum is a cultural center in Hokkaido and offers visitors to Sapporo a chance to learn about the region’s cultural development in a creative manner.

The temporary exhibit rooms are changed three to four times a year.  Many exhibits showcase the unique Japanese art form of Ukiyo-e , which translates to “pictures of the floating world.” This style flourished in Japan from the 17th – 19th centuries.

Day 2 / Stop 4 – Sapporo City Maruyama Zoo

  • Why it’s awesome: The Sapporo City Maruyama Zoo is a small, nature-oriented zoo that offers visitors a chance to see animals up close.
  • Cost: Adult admission is USD $6.00, children 15 years old and younger visit for free.
  • Food nearby: Rokkatei Jingu Chaya is a dessert restaurant offering unique Japanese pastries and tea.

The Sapporo City Maruyama Zoo opened in 1951 and is the oldest zoo in Hokkaido! The zoo is currently home to 168 different species and 737 animals. The zoo works to recreate the animal’s natural habitats and surroundings to allow the animals to act according to their natural instincts.

The main attraction of the zoo is the polar bear enclosure. The polar bear is on the brink of extinction in the wild, and the Maruyama Zoo is a special place where you can get an up-close view to see these magnificent animals.

Sapporo City Maruyama Zoo

Some of the other highlights of the zoo include the African zone with lions, hippos, zebras, and giraffes, the tropical birdhouse, the marine mammal house, and the Ezo brown bear house.

If you’re trying to figure out what to do in Sapporo with kids, the zoo offers a petting zoo perfect for children. It contains mostly farm animals, including sheep, chickens, geese and small friendly animals. There are also several animal feedings throughout the day where kids will have a chance to see the animals eating.

The zoo is not too large and can be easily seen in 2-3 hours. It’s located close to public transportation and is very reasonably priced.

Insider Tip: The zoo is located inside Maruyama Park. If you have some extra time on your Sapporo itinerary, make sure to walk around the park and enjoy the stunning scenery and tranquil ambiance. 

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Shiroi Koibito Park

  • Why it’s awesome: Shiroi Koibito Park is a museum and factory dedicated to chocolate and sweets!
  • Cost: The park is free to enter, a factory tour is USD $6.00 and individual attractions have separate fees.
  • Food nearby: The Cafe Restaurant Antoripo is located inside Shiroi Koibito Park and serves simple curry pots, sweets, and drinks.

Shiroi Koibito is one of Hokkaido’s most famous sweets; it’s a light sandwich cookie with a rich, white chocolate filling. The Shiroi Koibito Park is a spin-off of this famous Japanese sweet and dedicated to all things sweet!

The park is divided into two areas: the outdoor amusement facilities and the indoor factory tour facilities. There are also numerous restaurants and sweets shops spread through the park.

The Soft Cream House is a crowd favorite! This small ice cream stand serves melt in your mouth soft-serve ice cream, chocolate drinks, and coffee. The Chocolate Lounge also comes highly recommended and is a great place to sample the park’s delectable choices of chocolate, including chocolate fondue pots!

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Guests can visit the Sweets Workshop Dream Kitchen and take part in a sweet themed activity! Book a cooking baking class or a cookie decorating class!

Tours of the factory are offered where guests can see how the Shiroi Koibito cookies are made. View the different areas of the factory and see the cookies being made right in front of your eyes! Of course, cookie samples are included in the tour.

If you’re planning a Sapporo trip itinerary with kids, make sure to check out Gullivertown Pocke. This children’s town is lined with small shops and houses, and the white lover railway offers rides on a mini train! There’s also an area where kids can change into fun costumes!   

This stop on your Sapporo itinerary is perfect for children and chocolate lovers!

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The Time Piece Apartment hostel is a small guest house in a central location. Public transportation is within walking distance and the hostel is just a quick 10-minute walk from downtown. If you like this hostel, you’ll LOVE our guide to the best hostels in Japan.

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Sapporo City Central Wholesale Market | Former Hokkaido Government Office | Nakajima Park | The Hokkaido University Museum | Hoheikyo Hot Spring

If you’re planning a 3-day itinerary in Sapporo, you’re going to need a few more activities to fill your time. Here are 5 more fun attractions we recommend checking out!

Sapporo City Central Wholesale Market

  • Nicknamed “Hokkaido’s Kitchen”.
  • There are approximately 60 stores selling a variety of items!
  • The market is open year-round.

Sapporo is blessed with an abundance of vegetables, fruit, and fresh seafood, and the Sapporo City Central Wholesale Market and the adjacent Outside Market showcases this variety wonderfully!

Every morning, fresh produce and fish are delivered to the market. The vendors serve these products either as is or made into tasty local dishes! The market is very reasonably priced and provides guests with a great chance to sample to local flavors of Sapporo!

Sapporo City Central Wholesale Market

Hokkaido is synonymous with raw seafood, and salmon roe is especially popular! These shiny and plump internal egg masses as a local favorite and the market is the best place to try out the freshest salmon roe in Sapporo! Or, if you’re not a fan of raw fish, Melcard Kitchen Maru offers tasty grilled fish dishes. The fish is cooked with the local flavors of Hokkaido and is another very popular local dish.

You’ll see an abundance of vendors with fresh and cooked crab. Keep an eye out for the large king crab and the exotic-looking hairy crab! In terms of produce, melon is one of the most popular items. You can buy it whole, or by the slice. Corn is another popular item, and it’s so sweet you can eat it raw!

In addition to seafood and produce, you’ll also find vendors selling unique Japanese desserts and souvenirs, including Sake made in Hokkaido. Most stalls at the market are open every day from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Former Hokkaido Government Office

  • Admission is free! 
  • Open Monday – Friday.
  • The building includes a conference room, a museum shop, a tourist information desk, exhibition rooms, and a library.

The Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, also known as the Red Brick Government Building, is a great place to learn about the history of Sapporo. The museum contains materials and information on the history of Hokkaido and is completely free to visit!

The building was constructed in 1888 and is a great example of American neo-baroque architecture. Approximately 2.5 million bricks were used in the construction of the building and the sight of the rusty reds and orange bricks against Sapporo’s natural surroundings is a sight to behold!

Former Hokkaido Government Office

The Former Hokkaido Government Office was used for 80 years until the new government office was built. The building and its exhibits on display are open to the public on weekdays and have a volunteer staff to assist guests and provide more insight and history about the building.

If you’re planning a 3-day itinerary in Sapporo and have the time in your sightseeing schedule, plan a stop at this museum and listening to the volunteers who will provide you with a more intimate look at the history of Sapporo and Hokkaido.

Nakajima Park

  • Entrance is free!
  • Spacious park with lots of attractions.
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Nakajima Park is located in the middle of downtown Sapporo next to the Susukino district. It’s a large public area with a number of interesting attractions and cultural facilities.

The Hoheikan is a historic guest house/hotel that was built in 1880. It was constructed to accommodate and impress visiting foreign dignitaries. It’s the oldest wooden building of its type in Japan.

The building’s interior has large spiral staircases, Corinthian columns, chandeliers, and original furnishings. It is open to the public and is free to visit! 

Nakajima Park

The Sapporo Astronomical Observatory is also located inside the park and is equipped with a telescope for observing astronomical objects. The Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara is an intimate concert hall in the park with amazing acoustics and a nice selection of performances throughout the week.

There’s also a traditional Japanese garden in the park that houses a traditional Japanese tea house.

Aside from its cultural facilities, it’s a lovely place to enjoy a nice break from the city. There are multiple streams as well as a large lake. It’s a great place to go for a jog, take a peaceful stroll, have a picnic, or just sit and enjoy the beauty of Sapporo’s natural scenery.

The Hokkaido University Museum

  • Free admission!
  • Open every day except for Mondays from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • The museum is well organized and thoughtfully laid out

The Hokkaido University Museum houses important scientific specimens and academic resources. The museum’s collection includes over three million documents and specimens, which the university has been collecting since it first opened over 140 years ago! Of particular focus is a huge skeleton of a Holstein bull and a life-sized mock-up of a woolly mammoth.

There is an interactive exhibit room where guests can touch specimens and at the museum laboratory, you can see research taking place.

The Hokkaido University Museum

Following a major renovation in 2016, the museum also now features new exhibits that highlight the latest research taking place at the 12 academic departments at Hokkaido University. There is also a cafe on-site that serves light meals and alcoholic beverages. If you’re planning more than a 2-day itinerary in Sapporo, this free museum is definitely worth checking out! 

Hoheikyo Hot Spring

  • Entrance is USD $9.00 for adults and USD $5.00 for children.
  • Features 3 hot spring baths.
  • 100% pure, natural spring water.

The Hoheikyo Hot Spring is an outdoor hot spring bath surrounded by nature. It contains Japan’s largest open-air bath with a maximum bathing capacity of 200 people. If you’re backpacking through Asia, stop here to rest your weary bones.

The hot springs are not temperature-controlled and the water is poured directly from the ground into each bathtub, so it does not touch the air at all as it is being transferred. Since it is poured without oxidation, the water does not require chlorine. The quality of the spring remains constant and the healing properties of the water are high.

Hoheikyo Hot Spring

There are also two restaurants on the property that serve Indian and Japanese cuisine, each is highly rated! Visiting the Hoheikyo Hot Spring is the perfect relaxing vacation excursion in Sapporo!

Whether you’re spending one day in Sapporo or more, safety is an important thing to keep in mind when traveling to a new city!

Overall, you should have nothing to worry about when you visit Sapporo! The city is considered extremely safe for tourists to visit and just like all the other areas of Japan, Sapporo has an extremely low crime rate.

However, you should always follow the rules of common sense when traveling. Avoid walking alone late at night, never leave your drinks unattended, and always keep an eye on your personal belongings.

Winters in Sapporo can be harsh due to the Arctic wind from the north. Blizzards and snowstorms are not uncommon. If you’re visiting Sapporo during this time make sure to pack adequate winter clothing to manage the icy climate.   

If you’re renting a car and traveling outside of the city, wildlife is still very abundant, which can lead to accidents between cars and wild animals. When you are driving in Hokkaido, you will frequently see signs reminding you to watch out for animals. 

The Ezo deer are probably the most common animals to run across the roads. Be sure to adhere to the speed limit, drive carefully, and pay close attention.

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Day trips from Sapporo are a great way to explore even more of Japan’s gorgeous landscape! They also offer travelers a chance to learn more about the culture. These trips highlight the areas outside the city and are a great option if you’re spending 3 days in Sapporo, or more! 

Day Trip to Furano, Biei, and Blue Pond

Day Trip to Furano, Biei, and Blue Pond

Enjoy a day trip from Sapporo to Hokkaido’s most scenic areas! Witness even more of this gorgeous island and enjoy a day of hassle-free sightseeing!

Travel to the Biei and Furano areas to admire stunning flower-carpeted fields, see native trees and foliage, and visit the famous Blue Pond! Lastly, you’ll stop by a farm garden to rest and enjoy a local curry lunch, (vegetarian option available upon request). This relaxing day trip is a great option if you’re spending 3 days in Sapporo, or even a few weeks!

Hokkaido’s Top Sightseeing of Farm Tomita, Shikisai no Oka in Biei, and Blue Pond

Hokkaido's Top Sightseeing of Farm Tomita, Shikisai no Oka in Biei, and Blue Pond

See the best spots in Hokkaido and admire the idyllic landscape. Start your day at Campana Rokkatei and take in the picturesque view of grapevines sprawling across the rolling hillsides. Visit the Furano Wine Factory with its vast lavender field and panorama views of Mt. Tokachi ranges. This is also where lunch will be served.

You can also travel to the Farm Tomita, the most historical tourist lavender farm in Japan and see the vast fields of flowers that bloom over the hills of Shikisai-no-Oka. Finish your day at the Shirogane Blue Pond before heading back to Sapporo.

Explorer Hokkaido! Lake Shikotsu, Toya, and Mt Usu Tour

Explorer Hokkaido! Lake Shikotsu, Toya, and Mt Usu Tour

Experience two famous lakes of Hokkaido! Start at Lake Shikotsu and admire the majestic beauty of water. There will be an option to take a “Lake Shikotsu Cruise” to admire the scenic beauty from a different perspective.

Next, why not head to Kinoko Okoku in Otaki to enjoy a bit of rest and have lunch and explore Toyako Manseikaku. Carry on to Lake Tya to see more gorgeous and unspoiled Japanese nature. Finish up at Usuzan Ropeway, where you’ll ride the ropeway and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes! This Hokkaido trip is perfect for nature lovers!

Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

Pay a visit to the scenic areas of Lake Shikotsu by mountain bike!

The best way to do this is on a moderate 5-hour course with an expert guide and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery. Pedal past the Lake Shikotsu area, along with the calm clear waters of the Chitose River! Traverse the natural landscape and keep an eye out for the occasional wildlife!

Enjoy a relaxing break at the lake and lunch (own expense) from a lakeside restaurant. Included in your tour are a local guide, mountain bike, helmet and gloves, and round-trip transport from select locations. Tour groups are limited to just 10 participants to provide for a more intimate experience.

Explore Otaru & Yoichi

Explore Otaru & Yoichi

Another great trip is one from Sapporo to Otaru, Hokkaido’s gorgeous seaside city! Start your day at the Yoichi Distillery, where the famous Nikka Whiskey is produced! Learn about whiskey production and then try a sample for yourself!

Next, travel to Otaru city and enjoy some time to explore the canal area and Sakaimachi shopping street, followed by a tasty seafood lunch full of local fish and produce! Lastly, take the ropeway up Tengu Mountain and enjoying the scenic views of Otaru Port and Ishikari Bay. See several Otaru highlights in a day with this hassle-free tour option!

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Find out what people want to know when planning their Sapporo itinerary.

How many days are enough for Sapporo?

Sapporo is a huge city, so you’ll need at least 3 days to fully explore it.

What should you include on a Sapporo winter itinerary?

Make sure to include these top snowy Sapporo highlights: – Sapporo Snow Festival (February) – Historical Village of Hokkaido – Sapporo Hitsujigakoa Observation Hill

What should you include on a Sapporo summer itinerary?

There are loads of great ways to enjoy Sapporo’s sunshine: – Picnic in Odori Park – Wander down the Tanukikoji Shopping Street – Spend a day at Nakajima Park

Where is the best place to stay in Sapporo?

Susukino offers heaps of accommodation and is the place to be if you’re looking to be close to everything. For a quieter alternative, check out Nakajima Koen.

Sapporo is a charming Japanese city that offers plenty of tourist attractions, including some amazing festivals and events! Even during the city’s colder months, you’ll find plenty of attractions. From historic sites to stunning parks to mouth-watering cuisine and fantastic beer culture, Sapporo’s got it all!

The city is the perfect place to mix education with entertainment, making it a great vacation spot for every type of traveler. Moreover, Sapporo is an extremely safe city to travel to and relatively inexpensive, making it perfect for families and solo travelers!

We hope you enjoyed our Sapporo itinerary and that you’re able to try it out for yourself! If you are ready to jetset off to Sapporo, 

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This is  travel info for Sapporo on where to stay in Sapporo and how to get around Sapporo . You may come from: – 8-Day Self-Drive Hokkaido Itinerary: Pre-Planning – Day 1 at Noboribetsu – Days 2 and 3 at Lake Toya and Hakodate – Day 4 at Niseko – Day 5 at Otaru

Introduction

You don’t need three days at Sapporo. In fact, 2 days is perfectly fine. There are shockingly few interesting attractions. Do you really need to visit Moerenuma Park  (a park?!) or Okurayama Viewing Point to see a ski slope? Didn’t think so. They are, by the way, rated second and fifth top tourist attractions respectively on Tripadvisor. That will give you a gauge on what to expect.

So for this itinerary, most of the things are easily accomplished in two days, and for the third day, it’s outlet mall shopping! Hooray.

Where to Stay in Sapporo 

You should definitely stay between  Sapporo JR Station, Sapporo Station  ( Namboku line and Toho Line ), and Odori Station  ( Namboku line ,  Toho Line , and Tozai Line ). These three stations are connected by an underground walkway. It’s most convenient staying near the Sapporo JR Station if you’re carrying your luggage and taking train to and from the airport. But if you are ok transferring trains for the Airport run, then Odori might be most central in terms of location.

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The hotel itself is quite good. The best thing is the location. It’s 5 to 10 minutes walk from the Sapporo JR Station, or just 3 streets away from the station. The room itself is rather small with a queen sized bed, leaving it barely any room to walk. However, the toilet is of a good size with a bathtub.

How to Get Around in Sapporo

If, like us, you have returned the car at Otaru, you can take public transport (bus and train) which is very convenient. For buses, consult your Google Maps app.

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But the station master, who spoke English, told us to get the Sapica card. Not sure why. We took the Sapica card and on the day we left Hokkaido, we  refunded the card at Sapporo station and bought JR train tickets to the airport.

Ok, moving onto Days 6 to 8 in Sapporo for the next entry.

You may be interested in… – 10 Must-Eat Food in Hokkaido – Matsunomi 松の實, Sapporo Hokkaido: Bib Gourmand Awardee, Famed for Duck Soba, Not a Quack – Michelin Bib Gourmand Ramen in Hokkaido: Ippontei 一本亭 at Lake Toya and Ramen Shingetsu ラーメン 信月 at Sapporo – Four Fish Markets in Southern Hokkaido: Hakodate, Otaru, and Sapporo

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Sapporo (�D�y, "important river flowing through a plain" in Ainu language) is the capital of Hokkaido and Japan's fifth largest city . Sapporo is also one of the nation's youngest major cities. In 1857, the city's population stood at just seven people.

In the beginning of the Meiji Period , when the development of Hokkaido started on a large scale, Sapporo was chosen as the island's administrative center and enlarged according to the advice of foreign specialists.

Sapporo became world-famous in 1972 when the Olympic Winter Games were held there. Today, the city is well known for its ramen , beer , and the annual snow festival held in February.

Top attractions in Sapporo

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Sapporo Snow Festival ••

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Historic Village •

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Mount Moiwa

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Sapporo Beer Museum

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Shiroi Koibito Park

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Teine Ski Resort

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Curb Market

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Botanic Garden

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Okurayama Ski Jump

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Sapporo Factory

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Jozankei Onsen

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Nijo Market

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Sapporo Station

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Clock Tower

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Sapporo Kokusai

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February 9, 2020

Things you must know when travelling to Sapporo

Sapporo is a large city in central Hokkaido, known for its beautiful mix of nature and an engaging and intriguing urban setting. Nearly two million people live in the city, and it’s comfortably the cultural heart of Hokkaido. This cultural diversity and natural beauty alone should answer the question “is Sapporo worth visiting?”, but it’s also a city with four distinct seasons, and one where those seasons are celebrated! With its snowy winters to its sunny summers, there are many unique dishes to sample, and some truly fascinating annual festivals and events to plan your trip around. So if you’re wondering  what to do in Sapporo , keep reading this Sapporo travel guide. You’ll get some tips for travelling in Japan, and insight into some important things to know before visiting Sapporo.

Sapporo is large, so plan accordingly

Sapporo is large, so plan accordingly

One of the most important practical things to know before visiting Sapporo is that the Hokkaido region is massive! Understandably, the cities are therefore very large as well. Sapporo is no exception, and this can have a big impact on your trip. One of the most useful tips for travelling in Sapporo is to allow yourself enough time to explore the city and its surrounds. A short journey of one or two nights will likely tire you out, and any Sapporo travel guide will tell you that you need to allocate more than just a couple of nights in the region. Rather slow your travels down and spend as much time in Hokkaido as possible so you can fully appreciate everything the region, and its capital, have to offer.

Smoking is still a popular vice in Sapporo

Smoking is still a popular vice in Sapporo

One of the most intriguing things to know about Japanese culture is that in some parts of the country, smoking is still a popular activity. This is particularly true in the city of Sapporo , where nearly 25% of the population lights up. It’s also common for people to smoke indoors, so walking into some restaurants you may be hit with a cloud of smoke. Although there are some new laws regarding smoking in public, if you’re particularly sensitive to cigarette smoke you may want to make necessary arrangements ahead of time or look for restaurants that have separate smoking sections.

The winters in Sapporo are cold!

The winters in Sapporo are cold!

Although there are four marked seasons, weather in Sapporo is notorious, and often celebrated, for being on the cooler side. The winters can be particularly cold, with heavy snowfalls common. Although this blanket of snow transforms the city and is a beautiful sight for outsiders, it means if you don’t have suitable warm clothing you’ll likely struggle outdoors. A good coat, gloves and a scarf will help you enjoy the city, which is particularly beautiful after a light dusting of snow. Summers are generally warm, but can also experience cold snaps - so basic layering will help you continue to enjoy the outdoors even when the temperatures dip.

Snowshoes will help you out in winter

Snowshoes will help you out in winter

Heavy snow usually arrives each year in mid-December, and although beautiful, it can be hazardous - particularly if you’re not prepared for the icy sidewalks. They’re often incredibly slippery and dangerous if you’re walking with regular shoes, so a great local tip is that if you plan on visiting in midwinter, you’d be well advised to make sure your shoes are non-slip. These don’t have to be particularly fancy, either - if you’re travelling from a city with warmer weather, you can pick up a pair of non-slip shoes, or have your soles treated, at JR stations and subway stores for around 500 yen.

The wild often mixes with the city

The wild often mixes with the city

Although Sapporo is a large urban city, its proximity to nature is one of its most celebrated assets. This means that it’s quite likely you’ll encounter some form of wildlife while visiting the region . It’s even possible to spot foxes roaming the city streets, which is usually a delightful sight for unsuspecting visitors. Enjoy these creatures with caution, however. Although these foxes may seem friendly, it’s best to avoid them - many carry a parasite that’s toxic to humans. It’s also possible to spot bears close to the city, and these too are best left to their own devices and enjoyed from a distance.

There is amazing cuisine to try

There is amazing cuisine to try

Japan is famous for its regionalized cuisine, and among the practical stuff to know before travelling to Japan, it’s important to remember to sample each area’s local delicacies . Sapporo has several delicious foods to try, including the freshest seafood, ramen, jingisukan bbq (lamb grill), soup curry, and even cheese. Of course, if you are wondering “what is Hokkaido famous for?”, you can’t overlook the region’s famous brewing heritage. You can drink the famous Sapporo Premium Beer, Hokkaido sake - the region’s waters are said to be the secret to producing exceptional sake - or savor some of the finest Nikka whiskey. 

Trams are the most popular way to get around the city

Trams are the most popular way to get around the city

Given the size of the city, you’ll likely resort to public transport in order to get around. Fortunately, public transport in Sapporo is safe and reliable. For most people, the most popular form of public transport is the tram. It runs between most major attractions in the city and should get you within walking distance of most landmarks. There’s also a safe and efficient underground network, though if you’re on a budget, it's important to remember that this is a slightly more expensive way to get around. If you want to save money and travel in the most convenient way possible, pick up a travel pass that will allow you to use public transport over a specified number of days.

Getting to and from the airport

Getting to and from the airport

Sapporo airport is located approximately 50 kilometers from the city centre, and it’s one of the country’s busiest airports. Although it’s possible to take a taxi from the airport to the city centre, most people opt for public transport. There are airport buses that leave every 15 minutes from the airport and connect with major stations and locations in Sapporo. The total journey time can be up to 90 minutes in traffic. A more efficient, though slightly more expensive, way to travel from the airport to the city is on the JR rapid trains . There are trains to Sapporo Station approximately every 15 minutes, and the journey time is just 35 minutes.

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25 Best Things to Do in Sapporo (Japan)

One of the main highlights of a visit to the island of Hokkaido is the chance to visit its capital city which is the mighty Sapporo. This part of the island is known for being one of the most exciting cities in this part of Japan and you can come here and enjoy both the modern and more traditional side of Japanese life.

The city is known for its winter themes attractions such as a winter festival as well as some stunning ski resorts on the outskirts of Sapporo. You can also try some of the delicious food that Hokkaido is so well known for including juicy hairy crabs, and this is of course the home of the iconic Sapporo Beer.

Despite the fact that the city has a population of around 2 million people, you will also be able to enjoy your own space in the many parks dotted across Sapporo and you can also get out into the surrounding countryside and enjoy mountain vistas which are studded with quaint traditional Japanese temples.

Here are the 25 best things to do in Sapporo …

1. Tour the Ishiya Chocolate Factory

Ishiya Chocolate Factory

If you want to do something a little sweet on your trip to Sapporo then you may want to visit the Ishiya Chocolate Factory.

You can take a tour of the facility and find out how they make the chocolate here, and their signature treat is the white chocolate known as ‘shiroi koibito’ which is a specialty of Hokkaido.

You can also dine in the onsite restaurant and enjoy a cake buffet as well as check out a robot show and a toy museum.

If you are travelling with younger visitors then this is definitely one of the top attractions in the city that is not to be missed.

2. Attend Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival is the main social event in the city and is known for its amazing ice sculpture competition.

The festival takes place every year at Odori Koen and starts at the beginning of February.

Visiting ice sculptors come from all over the world and you can also find attractions for children such as ice castles and igloos.

If possible come at night when the ice sculptures are illuminated with different colored lights, but keep in mind that it can also get rather crowded.

3. Walk around Asahiyama Park

Asahiyama Park, Sapporo

Asahiyama Park is one of the prettiest of its kind in the city and is covered in a gorgeous flower garden which is a riot of color throughout the year.

The park is popular with amorous young couples, and the best time to come here is in the springtime when you can enjoy the gorgeous cherry blossoms.

If you are here in the autumn then you can also take in the burnt orange fall colors and this makes a nice spot to get away from it all and find a corner of calm in Sapporo.

4. Catch a game at Sapporo Dome

Sapporo Dome

Sapporo Dome was the host of the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and now it serves as the home ground of a range of baseball teams such as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

You may not immediately think of baseball when you think of Japan, but you will even find traditional snacks like hot dogs here and you can catch a number of games throughout the season.

If you are a baseball fan or just fancy seeing something a little different in Hokkaido then this is an excellent choice.

5. Check out the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo

Art lovers should make sure not to miss the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art which sits in the middle of a pretty park with rambling lawns.

The museum is dedicated to showcasing modern works of art which were made primarily by Japanese artists but you will also find some Western works on display as well.

They also have rotating galleries of visiting artists so make sure you swing by and check out what’s on when you are in town.

6. Buy some chocolate

Shiroi Koibito

Sapporo is well known on the domestic tourist scene and many locals choose to buy chocolate as a souvenir of their trip.

The signature treat in Sapporo is known as shiroi koibito which means ‘White Lovers’ and, as the name suggests, this is a kind of white chocolate which is smeared inside a wafer.

You can buy the chocolate all over Sapporo for a sweet taste of the city long after you leave.

7. Check out the Clock Tower

Clock Tower, Sapporo

The Clock Tower is known for being one of the most iconic buildings in Sapporo and it dates from 188 when it was built in honor of what is now Hokkaido University.

There is also an explanation here of how the Clock Tower came into existence.

This is a very popular spot in Sapporo so make sure you leave some time here to take pictures as it can get rather crowded.

8. Visit Odori Park

Odori Park, Sapporo

Odori Park is the most famous green space in Sapporo and this is also one of the best loved spots in the city.

The park unfurls over some 15 blocks and you will find that it makes an excellent place to come and enjoy an afternoon stroll.

Odori Park is covered in trees, flowers and fountains and if you come here in the autumn you can also enjoy the gorgeous copper fall colors.

9. Check out the views at Sapporo TV Tower

Sapporo TV Tower

Sapporo TV Tower is one of the most recognizable buildings not just in Sapporo but also the whole of Japan.

The tower is a rather surprising attraction in Sapporo as it is modeled on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

You can travel up to the observation deck here which is located at a height of some 90 meters and take in the gorgeous views over Sapporo, so this makes a good choice if you are new in town and looking to get an overview of the cityscape.

10. Tour the Sapporo Beer Museum

Sapporo Beer Museum

One of the main attractions in Sapporo is the Sapporo Beer Museum which showcases one of the city’s most famous beverages.

The museum is owned by the wider Sapporo Brewing Company and you can take a guided tour of the facility and learn how the beer is made and how it got its start.

There are galleries to fill you in on the history of the beer and you can also end by sampling a range of different blends.

11. Explore Hokkaido Pioneer Village

Hokkaido Pioneer Village

Located just outside the center of Sapporo is the Hokkaido Pioneer Village which is the place to come if you want to know the history of industrialization in this part of Japan.

There is an old model of a railway station here and many of the buildings on show date from the beginning of the 20th century.

There are also lush gardens here which make a great place to wander in the late afternoon and you will also find a number of dainty shrines on show.

12. Climb Moiwayama

Moiwayama

Moiwayama is also known as Moiwa Mountain in English and this is one of the most magnificent mountains in the area.

It sits just outside of Sapporo and you can come here and take a cable car to the top so that you can enjoy the spectacular views back over the city.

Many people also choose to come here at night as the lights twinkling across Sapporo are truly magical.

13. Check out Nijo Ichiba

Nijo Ichiba

Nijo Ichiba is often billed as the fish market equivalent of the famous Tsukiji in Tokyo.

This is the place to come to check out a huge range of fish and seafood which is brought to the market fresh every day.

To make sure you get the best of the day’s catch you need to come here as early as possible and you can also find some delicious sushi restaurants dotted close to the market which sell amazingly fresh sushi and sashimi sourced straight from the market which is also much cheaper than many other spots in the city.

14. Explore Hokkaido University Botanical Garden

Hokkaido University Botanical Garden

The Hokkaido University Botanical Garden is one of the prettiest gardens of its kind in the city and you will find a range of different attractions here.

There are several scenic rock gardens as well as a lilac garden and you can also check out a greenhouse.

There are other smaller gardens dotted around which are organized according to different themes and there is also a museum which will fill you in on some of the history of Hokkaido.

If possible try and get here in the spring time when everything is in full bloom.

15. Visit Hokkaido Museum

Hokkaido Museum, Sapporo

If you want to know more about the history of Sapporo and wider Hokkaido, then head to the Hokkaido Museum.

Here you can tour a number of galleries that will take you back in time and you can even check out woolly mammoths that have been preserved.

The museum also tells the story of the industrial period in Hokkaido along with some ancient steam engines and you can also check out the more modern side of the city with an explanation of its contemporary history.

Many museums in the area struggle with English signage but Hokkaido Museum has a range of interesting and engaging English explanations so that you will be able to get the full story of the history of this region.

16. Walk around Moerenuma Park

Moerenuma Park, Sapporo

Anyone looking for a green space in the city should head to Moerenuma Park which unfolds over a number of acres and is a top spot if you want to relax and unwind.

The park is known for its lush lawns and is gorgeous attractions which are also rather unexpected at times.

One of these is a large glass pyramid which towers over five storeys and there is also a mountain here which you can climb and look out over Sapporo.

The park also provides free bicycles for visitors which is one of the best ways to take in the sights here.

17. Try the local food

kegani

The signature foodstuff in Sapporo is the hairy crab which is also called kegani.

The crab is fresh and delicious, although you need to note that it is not cheap! There are a number of famous crab restaurants all over town and you will be able to tell when you have found one as they usually have a large model of a plastic crab hanging over the door.

Ramen is also a famous here and comes with a miso paste stock for a salty kick.

You can also try the famous Sapporo soup curry which is basically a soup that comes with a curry sauce and this is one city that is known for its foodie scene in Hokkaido so whatever you choose you will not go hungry on a visit here.

18. Go skiing

Sapporo, Teine

Sapporo is known for its winter sports and if you want to go skiing then you need to head to Mount Teine which is the most famous ski mountain in the region.

This was also the spot where the Winter Olympics took place in 1972 and this is an excellent place for all kinds of skiers as there are some beginner, intermediate and advanced runs.

You can also try other snowy activities here such as snowboarding and tobogganing.

19. Sample the ice cream

Sapporo Ice Cream

Hokkaido has a famous dairy industry and this means that you will find plenty of ice cream in the city.

Adults looking for a more exciting kind of soft serve however are also in luck, as Sapporo has a range of ice cream parlors of a different style.

One of the best places to sample Sapporo’s signature ice cream is at Milk Mura where you will be served a mug of delicious ice cream which is presented to you along with a chaser of liquor.

You also get an ice cream refill here for free and can choose up to three different shots of liquor to go with this milky treat.

20. Visit Jozankei

Jozankei, Hokkaido, Japan

If you want to get out of the center of Sapporo then consider a trip to Jozankei for the day which is around an hour away.

Here you will find a scenic satellite town which is known for its onsen and hot springs so this makes the ideal spot if you want to get escape the city and relax and unwind, and you can also check out the parks here.

These become a riot of color in the autumn and there are a few other spots of interest such as Houhaikyou Dam which also offers you some pretty vistas across the wider countryside.

If you are looking for a day trip when you are staying in Sapporo then this is hard to beat.

21. Stroll around Kaitaku-mura

Kaitaku-mura

Kaitaku-mura is the name for a neighborhood that is known for its gorgeous historical buildings and models that take you back to the Sapporo of old.

It is located in Nopporo Shinrin-koen and you can check out some amazing architecture from the 19th century here.

Some of the homes were built in the Victorian style while others are opulent merchants’ home that would have been constructed as a result of the riches of the herring industry.

One of the best things about touring this area is that many of the buildings are open to the public so you check out the interiors as well.

22. Have some fruit

Kuwanomi

Hokkaido is known for its dairy industry and also its delicious fruits and vegetables.

Sapporo is no slouch in this area and you can check out the local markets where you will find amazing produce such as strawberries and juicy melons.

Also make sure to look out for kuwanomi which are the local mulberries that come from Souen and are usually extremely sweet.

They are often made into a toothsome sticky jam which makes a great souvenir of a trip to Sapporo.

23. Tour Hokkaido Ainu Center

If you want to learn more about the Ainu who are the indigenous ethnic group from Hokkaido, then you need to head to the Hokkaido Ainu Center.

This is a small facility that belongs to the Hokkaido Ainu Association but they have a range of interesting galleries here that tell the story of their history.

You will also find artifacts on display such as textiles and jewelry.

24. Admire the Okura-yama Ski Jump Stadium

Okura-yama Ski Jump Stadium

The Ski Jump Stadium is another famous spot in Sapporo and is known for its slope which was built onto the side of Okura-yama or Okura Mountain during the Winter Olympics in 1972. You can climb to the top of the jump which is located at a height of over 133 meters and you can also try a simulator in the museum here which will show you what it would be like to actually ski down this amazing incline.

25. Visit the 100th Anniversary Memorial Park

Asahiyama Memorial Park

The 100th Anniversary Memorial Park is located close to the Hokkaido Pioneer Village so it makes sense to visit both of these at the same time.

The main reason why people visit the park is to try out the large tower that stands here and you can climb to the top and then look out over the rest of Sapporo.

This is also a good place to come if you want to check out some of the natural scenery here as the park is encircled by some of the prettiest mountains in the region.

25 Best Things to Do in Sapporo (Japan):

  • Tour the Ishiya Chocolate Factory
  • Attend Sapporo Snow Festival
  • Walk around Asahiyama Park
  • Catch a game at Sapporo Dome
  • Check out the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
  • Buy some chocolate
  • Check out the Clock Tower
  • Visit Odori Park
  • Check out the views at Sapporo TV Tower
  • Tour the Sapporo Beer Museum
  • Explore Hokkaido Pioneer Village
  • Climb Moiwayama
  • Check out Nijo Ichiba
  • Explore Hokkaido University Botanical Garden
  • Visit Hokkaido Museum
  • Walk around Moerenuma Park
  • Try the local food
  • Sample the ice cream
  • Visit Jozankei
  • Stroll around Kaitaku-mura
  • Have some fruit
  • Tour Hokkaido Ainu Center
  • Admire the Okura-yama Ski Jump Stadium
  • Visit the 100th Anniversary Memorial Park

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Fastest: by train.

  • Upon arrival at New Chitose Airport, go down to the basement floor.
  • At the basement floor of the airport, you will find the New Chitose Airport JR Station.
  • Look for the vending machine and buy your ticket going to Sapporo Station. Please don't confuse it with Shin-Sapporo Station. They are 2 different Stations.
  • If you're not quite sure on how to use the ticket vending machines, you may approach the JR Office and buy your train ticket from there.
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  • New Chitose to Sapporo ticket price is JPY 1,070 for non-reserved seat. Or you may pay extra for JPY 520 for a reserved seat.
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  • The night view from the top of Mt. Moiwa, located in the center of Sapporo, is one of the most beautiful in Japan.
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Sample sapporo itineraries with otaru and lake shikotsu day trips, sample sapporo itinerary (3 days & 2 nights), day 1 - departure + sapporo arrival & tour.

  • 12:50 AM - Departure from Manila (NAIA T1) via Jetstar Flight GK40
  • 06:15 AM - Arrival in Narita Terminal 3
  • 08:05 AM - Departure from Narita to Sapporo (New Chitose Airport) via Jetstar Flight GK105
  • 09:45 AM - Arrival at New Chitose Airport (Domestic Terminal)
  • 10:00 AM - Proceed to New Chitose Airport International Terminal, pick-up WIFI device and get your booked Klook products
  • 10:30 AM - Go to the JR Station at the basement floor, buy train ticket going to Sapporo Station or use your Kitaca IC Card if you have one
  • 11:00 AM - Take the express train, depart for Sapporo Station
  • 11:40 AM - Arrive in Sapporo Station, walk to your hotel
  • 12:00 NN - Early check-in (if allowed) or just leave your bags at the hotel
  • 12:30 PM - Lunch at Ramen Republic at the 10th floor of Esta
  • 01:30 PM - Go to JR Tower T38 Observatory [ GET DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE ]
  • 02:30 PM - Go to Sapporo Subway Station, ride a train to Odori Station, take exit 6 or 16 then walk to Sapporo Clock Tower
  • 03:00 PM - Take a photo of Sapporo Clock Tower
  • 04:00 PM - Walk to Odori Park
  • 04:30 PM - Visit Sapporo TV Tower and go up to the observatory [ GET DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE ]
  • 06:00 PM - Go down and walk to Tanukikojo Shopping Arcade. Explore, shop, and have dinner
  • 08:00 PM - Walk to Susukino, take photos or visit one of the bars or karaoke shops
  • 10:00 PM - Go to Susukino subway station and take a train back to Sapporo Station
  • 11:00 PM - Back at the hotel

DAY 2 - OTARU DAY TOUR + SAPPORO BEER MUSEUM

  • 06:00 AM - Walk to Sapporo JR Station
  • 06:30 AM - Take a train to Otaru JR Station
  • 07:30 AM - Arrive in Otaru, have breakfast
  • 08:00 AM - Explore Otaru Canal, visit the shops and the music box museum
  • 11:00 AM - Walk to Minami-Otaru JR Station
  • 11:30 AM - Ride the train to Sapporo JR Station
  • 12:30 PM - Arrive at Sapporo JR Station, have lunch
  • 01:30 PM - Take the subway to Higashikuyakusho Mae Station, take exit 4 then walk to Sapporo Beer Museum
  • 02:00 PM - Arrive at Sapporo Beer Museum, take photos, visit the museum, have a taste of Sapporo Beer. If you wish to dine here, you can RESERVE A SEAT HERE
  • 04:00 PM - Walk back to Higashikuyakusho Mae Station, take the subway to Sapporo Station
  • 04:30 PM - Arrive at Sapporo Station, walk to Old Hokkaido Government Building
  • 05:00 PM - Take photos and explore Old Hokkaido Government Building
  • 06:30 PM - Go back to Sapporo Station, visit Esta for shopping, and have dinner
  • 08:00 PM - Go back to the hotel, rest, and sleep

DAY 3 - DEPARTURE

  • 07:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 09:00 AM - Check-out from the hotel, walk to Sapporo JR Station
  • 09:30 AM - Take the express train, depart for New Chitose Airport
  • 10:30 AM - Arrive at New Chitose Airport, proceed to domestic terminal, return WIFI device
  • 11:15 AM - Flight check-in, have lunch
  • 01:15 PM - Depart from New Chitose Airport to Narita (Tokyo) via Jetstar Flight GK106
  • 03:00 PM - Arrive at Narita Airport Terminal 3, proceed to Jetstar check-in counters
  • 03:30 PM - Flight check-in
  • 07:30 PM - Depart from Narita to Manila via Jetstar Flight GK41. Have dinner during the flight.
  • 11:50 PM - Arrival in Manila

SAMPLE SAPPORO ITINERARY (4 DAYS & 3 NIGHTS)

  • 10:00 AM - Depart from Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  • 11:00 AM - Arrive at Shiraito-no-Taki bus stop
  • Enjoy Hokkaido Jozankei Resort Spa Mori No Uta Onsen with buffet lunch [ RESERVE YOUR SLOT HERE ]
  • 02:20 PM - Depart from Shiraito-no-Taki bus stop
  • 03:30 PM - Arrive at Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  • 04:00 PM - Hotel pick-up for the Ninja Training
  • 05:00 PM - Ninja training experience
  • 07:00 PM - Back at the hotel, have dinner

SAMPLE SAPPORO ITINERARY (5 DAYS & 4 NIGHTS)

  • 07:00 AM - Depart for Snowmobile Land
  • 08:00 AM - Arrive at Snowmobile Land
  • Enjoy the activities: driving a snowmobile, learning the traditional way of ice cream making, snow rafting, snow banana boat, snow tubing.
  • 11:00 AM - Lunch
  • 12:00 AM - Depart for Sapporo
  • 01:00 PM - Experience Smelt Ice Fishing
  • 02:30 PM - Depart for Lake Shikotsu
  • 03:30 PM - Arrive at Lake Shikotsu
  • Take photos, cross the Yamasan Railway Bridge, enjoy the sunset and visit Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival. Don't forget the night illumination.
  • 07:00 PM - Depart for Sapporo
  • 08:30 PM - Arrive in your hotel in Sapporo

You can download a PDF copy of these Sapporo itineraries, HERE .

Sapporo budget trip and expenses.

  • You will be traveling in a group of two to share some of the expenses.
  • You will be staying in a hotel near Sapporo Station for PHP 2,000 per night.
  • You'll be renting a pocket WIFI for PHP 234 per day.
  • Your maximum budget for breakfast is JPY 500 and for lunch and dinner is JPY 1,000.
  • Conversion rate used is 1 PHP = 0.470 JPY.

PRE-TRAVEL EXPENSES

  • Hotel Accommodation (2 nights) - ₱ 4,000 / 2 = ₱ 2,000 per person
  • JR Tower Ticket - ₱ 290 per person [ GET DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE ]
  • Sapporo TV Tower Ticket - ₱ 311 per person [ GET DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE ]
  • WIFI Rental (3 days) - ₱ 702 / 2 = ₱ 351 per person [ RESERVE HERE ]
  • TOTAL - ₱ 2,952

BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES

  • Express Train (Airport to Sapporo) - JPY 1,070
  • Lunch - JPY 1,000
  • JR Tower Ticket - pre-booked
  • Subway to Odori Station - JPY 200
  • Sapporo TV Tower Ticket - pre-booked
  • Dinner - JPY 1,000
  • Subway to Sapporo Station - JPY 200

TOTAL - JPY 3,470 / PHP 1,630

  • Train to Otaru Station - JPY 640
  • Breakfast - JPY 500
  • Train to Sapporo Station - JPY 640
  • Train to Higashikuyakusho Mae Station - JPY 200
  • Beer tasting at Sapporo Beer Museum - JPY 200
  • Train to Sapporo Station - JPY 200

TOTAL - JPY 4,380 / PHP 2,058

  • Express Train (Sapporo to Airport) - JPY 1,070

TOTAL - JPY 3,570 / PHP 1,678

Summary of expenses.

  • Pre-travel bookings - ₱ 2,952
  • Day 1 - ₱ 1,630
  • Day 2 - ₱ 2,058
  • Day 3 - ₱ 1,678

TOTAL ₱ 8,318 per person

  • Round trip airfare Manila-Sapporo-Manila
  • NAIA terminal fee and travel tax
  • Food expense for snacks
  • Budget for pasalubong, souvenirs and shopping expenses

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  • Plan your trip ahead. You can save a lot on travel expenses if you book your flights and hotel accommodation in advance.
  • Always check Jetstar Airways' low airfares, seat sale, and promos at their website www.jetstar.com .
  • You can save as much as 50% off on hotel acommodation when you book a room in advance. Click here to see the list of top best hotels in Sapporo .
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Sapporo is a very walk-able city. With its grid layout, it's easy to navigate its streets without getting lost or disoriented. By walking, you can also save a lot on transportation expenses.
  • When visiting during winter season, be sure to prepare for the very cold weather by wearing proper garments such as heat tech base layer, winter jacket, neck warmer, scarf, beanies, gloves, and winter boots. You can also use heat packs that you can stick to your clothes or put inside your pockets to provide you with some heat. You can buy it at convenience stores in Sapporo.
  • If you don't have winter boots , you can use hiking boots, or your regular rubber shoes. But if you use a regular rubber shoes, please make sure to put an anti-slip rubber into your shoes' soles to avoid slipping on snow. You can buy it at the convenience stores in Japan.
  • Tipping is not practiced or customary in Japan. You don't need to leave a tip when dining at restaurants or give tips to your tour guide. In fact, tipping can be considered rude and insulting in many situations in Japan.
  • If you're really on a tight budget, you can eat packed meals at the convenience stores for JPY 500 per meal or less. But I recommend that you allot some budget for food and spend at least JPY 1,000 for lunch and dinner to have a taste of their Ramen and other local dishes.
  • Sapporo has very strict no smoking policies . Smoking is not allowed in public areas. Please smoke only in designated smoking areas.
  • When using the escalator , stand on the left side when you're not moving to give way for people rushing or in a hurry on the right side.
  • Always remember that eating and drinking are not allowed when riding the subways.
  • Winter clothes and heat tech products are cheaper in Japan compared to the Philippines. Maybe, you could bring a few then buy more when you arrive. Take note that "end of season sale" happens mid-February to March, that's the time when most of the items you could find in the stores are on sale - especially the winter clothes and boots.
  • Cold weather tends to drain your gadgets' batteries very fast. Always bring a power bank .
  • Japan uses Type A electric plug (the one with 2 flat pins) at 100V and the standard frequency is 50/60Hz. It is just the same as what we use in the Philippines the only difference is that we use 220 volts. You can still charge your camera and mobile phones without the need for a universal adapter.
  • Always check the weather before going to Sapporo. Winter could be extremely cold and summer could be very hot. This way, you'll know what clothes to bring when you travel to Sapporo.
  • Take advantage of websites that offer discount passes to tours and services. I always book my travel essentials such as WIFI or sim card, airport transfers, IC cards, tours and activities with Klook . They have an extensive list of products offered in Sapporo.

I hope this Sapporo Travel Guide Blog 2020 for First-timers help you in planning a memorable Hakkaido, Japan adventure! Enjoy and have fun!

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Sapporo, the Capital of the North

A metropolis surrounded by incredible nature, Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost prefecture. Lush with greenery in summer and a haven of powder snow in winter, the city is always brimming with new discoveries. From adventures in the great outdoors to myriad culinary delights, shopping, and unique cultural and artistic experiences befitting of a major urban center, every visit to this northern capital is an unforgettable experience.

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Sapporo is Japan’s fifth biggest city, and the largest north of Tokyo. Enjoy exquisite cuisine created from the blessings of nature, plentiful shopping, and myriad artistic and cultural experiences together with the vibrant nightlife of one of Japan’s leading entertainment districts. The great outdoors also lies within easy reach, and there is no shortage of incredible views and thrilling outdoor activities.

Sapporo has a population of about two million people and receives some five meters of powder snow each winter, making it one of very few large cities in the world to enjoy such abundant snowfall. The mountains that serve as the backdrop to the Sapporo skyline lie right on the city’s doorstep and you can be at one of Sapporo’s six powder slopes in less than an hour, with enough variety to satisfy even the most avid rider. For après-ski, all you have to do is head to the heart of the city to experience the real thrill of an urban ski destination, with dining, shopping, nightlife, and world-famous events such as the Sapporo Snow Festival.

Sapporo is a metropolis in the midst of nature. Home to forests designated as natural monuments of Japan, it is also dotted with parks where you can feel rejuvenated as you gaze upon the beauty of the flowers and trees throughout the seasons. The forests and lakes of the area’s national parks are also just a couple of hours away. Feel energized in the great outdoors as you enjoy activities from hiking to canoeing. Surrounded by lush nature as far as the eye can see, you may never want to leave.

ART & CULTURE

Much like the city itself, Sapporo’s vibrant art scene is a seamless fusion of the urban and the natural, with sculptures and other works by renowned artists from Japan and beyond intermingled with the city’s lush greenery. Sapporo also has a distinctive history within Japan as a city that has pioneered the adoption of Western technologies since the latter half of the 19th century and features a distinctive townscape with a harmonious blend of Western- and Japanese-style architecture.

Surrounded by three ocean currents, Hokkaido is a treasure trove of incredible seafood. The vast expanses of the island are also a thriving hotbed of dairy farming and other agriculture, ideal for growing the very best local produce. As the capital of Hokkaido, Sapporo is the culinary center where all of these fresh ingredients come together. Indulge your taste buds with a fascinating lineup of seafood, world-class dining, and soul food beloved by locals, including miso ramen and the local lamb barbecue dish Genghis Kan.

HOT SPRINGS

While most Japanese hot springs are located some distance out of town, Sapporo boasts a stunning hot spring resort within its city limits. About an hour drive from downtown, Jozankei Onsen lies among the abundant nature of Shikotsu-Toya National Park. Soaking in a natural hot spring while taking in the beauty of the valley is a journey in relaxation for body and mind. Beyond hot springs, visitors to Jozankei can also try canoeing and a range of other outdoor activities.

Discover the real Sapporo through the stories of local people and visitors from near and far.

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Sapporo is a city with many different faces. Few cities blend urban streetscapes with abundant nature quite as seamlessly as this city does. Here are some ideas to enjoy Sapporo your way.

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Every visit in Sapporo is unique, and the wonders of the city transform with the seasons. Find out how to make the most of the moment with these recommendations.

Flying is the most convenient way to get to Sapporo. New Chitose Airport, the city’s main airport, is connected to Japan’s major transport hubs and also offers direct international flights. Sapporo lies at the heart of Hokkaido and provides easy access to other major destinations across the island. Abundant transport ranging from railways to buses, subway lines, trams, and taxis gives you the freedom to plan your trip your way.

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A comprehensive list of fun things to do In the summertime in Sapporo

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Here are some recommendations for summer sightseeing in Sapporo

“What’s a good recommendation for sightseeing in Sapporo in the summertime?” Here you can find information to that question and more with tips about fun things to do in and around Sapporo City in the summertime. With activities like beach swimming, visiting beer gardens, coastal hiking, as well as on parks where you can enjoy the great Sapporo weekend pastime of barbecuing, swimming areas safe for young children, and traditional Japanese cultural events, there’s certainly plenty to do. And of course, who could forget the ice cream!? Which would you like to try first?

Barbecues and beer gardens: the Sapporo way of life

The taste of summertime—cherries, strawberries, sea urchin, squid, and all the veggies you can imagine.

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Traditional summertime events means Sapporo Festival and Hokkai Bon Odori dance

Rock , jazz, classical—sapporo is brimming with music in the summertime, two great swimming spots perfect for sightseeing—ishikari bay and moerenuma park, take in mother nature on a relaxing hike around sapporo, horse races and horseback riding – equine summertime sightseeing in sapporo, getting ready for summertime.

Even though it may be summer, mornings and evenings in Sapporo can still get chilly all year round. A definite recommendation is to bring a warm cardigan or some long sleeves that you can fit in your bag. If you’re off to the seaside or the mountains, even in August the temperature can get close to 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit). Make sure you don’t catch cold if you sleep with the window open.

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Once the long winter is over, Sapporo residents greet the summer they’ve waited for all year with weekend barbecues and a month long beer garden held in the city’s Odori Park. Wouldn’t you like to experience how Sapporo locals enjoy themselves, eating delicious food under a vast blue sky? Check out the guide “Enjoy casual, DIY-style dining under the open sky in Sapporo” that introduces parks where you can enjoy barbecuing empty-handed to get the best out of summer in Sapporo.

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  • Enjoy casual, DIY-style dining under the open sky in Sapporo
  • The history of Sapporo started together with beer!?

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Ice cream made with fresh milk – a Hokkaido summertime staple

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Ice cream chock-full of fresh Hokkaido milk is good enough for seconds or even thirds. At the sweets shop Senshu-an located in the center of Sapporo, try the rich milk flavored ice cream along with their delicious western style “Yamaoyaji” senbei rice crackers; or maybe ice cream made with sake lees at the Sapporo Chitose-tsuru sake museum; or perhaps matcha ice cream full of matcha (green tea) from Gyokusuien, a store specializing in Japanese teas. All three of these stores offer souvenirs to pick out while you enjoy your ice cream. If you’re out at night, our recommendation is relaxing at the hidden-away  Penguin-dou . Try one of their special parfaits available only at night made with ice cream and the shop’s own homemade sorbet with some Japanese sake to wash it down.

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One of the best things about sightseeing in Sapporo is the fresh seafood. Relish in sea urchin and squid, which are typical summer staples, at the Curb Market or Nijo Market. Another popular summertime attraction in Sapporo is fruit picking. At the Jozankei Farm located close to the Hoheikyo Dam in Sapporo, June sees tourists flock for strawberry picking, with July and August equally popular for picking cherries. Back in Sapporo city, visitors can find a plethora of markets selling all sorts of different vegetables. Kiosks in Odori Park known as Tokibi Wagon switch gears in late July to sell fresh-picked corns. Enjoy their extraordinarily juicy flavor!

  • Sapporo’s Nijo Market and Curb Market
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A multitude of fireworks dancing across the night sky—a Japanese summertime extravaganza。

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Fireworks festivals are held from mid-July to late September all over Sapporo. Hokkaido’s most beloved fireworks display is held at Makomanai Park, where over 22,000 fireworks shoot across the sky at the Hokkaido Makomanai Music Fireworks Festival . Another longtime favorite in Sapporo is the Doshin UHB Fireworks Festival held near the center of Sapporo by the Toyohira River Minami Bridge. At the city’s Moerenuma Park, fireworks are accompanied with music in the  Moerenuma Artisitc Fireworks . Lively fireworks and the booms they make when soaring up the sky makes for a Japanese summertime extravaganza. Make sure to experience it for yourself.

  • Fireworks festivals held in Sapporo

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Between June 14th and 16th, the city enjoys the festivities of the Hokkaido Shrine Festival (Sapporo Festival) , a festival enjoying over 100 years of heritage. Food kiosks are placed throughout the Hokkaido Shrine precincts and Nakajima Park throughout this period, and during the Mikoshi Togyo (Japanese portable shrine carrying ceremony) held on the 16th, Sapporo locals carry portable shrines and decorated platforms all throughout the city. To end the month-long Sapporo Summer Festival, “Hokkai Bon Odori” is held in Odori Park 2-chome, which is a long-held tradition of the city of Sapporo. Bon Odori dance originally stems from a dance held to comfort the souls of ancestral spirits that have returned during the period of Obon in the summer. Nowadays, the festival serves as a time of elation where one can revel in traditional dance set to the time of a leading crier. Since the dance is a repetition of simple choreography, anyone can join in the festivities.

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Hokkaido’s premier rock festival, the Rising Sun Rock Festival  (mid-August), is not just known for its music but also for its delicious food. “Join Alive” has an amusement park located within its grounds and is a popular destination for families. Also, at  Sapporo City Jazz , held primarily within Odori Park (July through August), and at the international classical music education festival  Pacific Music Festival (PMF)  held mainly at the Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara (July through August), you can lightheartedly come and spend a few hours listening to a wide range of music. There’s nothing that relieves the cares of the world quite like listening to musical programs outside with a cold beer in one hand. A great destination for those travelling with friends or family.

  • Top attractions for Sapporo sightseeing in the summer—rock, jazz, and classical music festivals!
  • Rising Sun Rock Festival
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  • Pacific Music Festival (PMF)

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Ishikari Asobeach is a popular beach swimming area with Sapporo locals on Ishikari Bay. Only a 40 minute drive from Sapporo, wouldn’t you like to enjoy some beachside barbecue and relax with a little swimming? After you’ve cooled off with a dip, we recommend warming up at one of the hot springs right next to the beach. “Moere Beach”, a series of large-scale carvings within Moerenuma Park reminiscent of the seaside that is part of famous sculptor Isamu Noguchi’s “Daichi No Chokoku (Sculpture of the Earth)” piece, is a popular destination for children. Since this is located on a sandbar, even visitors with young children can feel at ease as their children play. From June, you have the “Ocean Fountain” where the area is lit up at night. After a long day in the sun, take a load off as you enjoy the beautiful and artistic waterworks.

  • Ishikari Asobeach
  • Moerenuma Park

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On the outskirts of Sapporo, there are several mountains such as Mount Hakkenzan and Mount Soranumadake where even beginners can enjoy a relaxing hike. How about taking in the natural beauty surrounding the city of Sapporo? Maruyama and Moiwayama can be accessed by public transportation in the center of the city, allowing for easy access to all the sightseeing spots these mountains have to offer. Between July and August, the Maruyama Zoo located near the mountain stays open until 9 pm for their “Evening Zoo” event where visitors can see nocturnal animals in their natural state. Definitely a recommendation in the summertime. Be sure to stop by.

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The Sapporo Racecourse holds their annual “Hokkaido Series” over the summer. Certainly a highlight of the summer season is the spectacle of horses galloping past before your eyes. At the racetrack, patrons can visit a petting zoo where they can pet Dosanko (a breed of Japanese horse native to Hokkaido) as well as other ponies and children can play in a tree house, making it a great destination the whole family can enjoy. If you want to try your hand at riding, Ishikari Bay offers a popular horseback trek along the seaside at the Frontier Horse Riding Club. Another recommendation is Wild Mustang’s located near to Jozankei. Both offer plans that include basic lessons for beginners, perfect for those who’ve never ridden before. Enjoy the splendor of nature on the back of your trusty steed.

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  1. Going to Sapporo for a week, what to do / what to see : r ...

    Near Sapporo there are lots of parks that are great for walking. Makomanai park, Nishioka park, the place with Sauron's tower (also has a historical village), and there's an outdoor art park somewhere. 空沼岳 was a decent hike if you want a bit more than a walk. Need to take a bus there from Makomanai station.

  2. The Complete Guide to Getting Around in Sapporo

    There are three lines: the Namboku Line (green), the Tozai Line (orange), and the Toho Line (blue). Major stations like Sapporo and Odori provide transfers to streetcars, bus terminals, and JR lines. A one-way fare ranges between US$1.32 *. and US$2.51 *. for an adult and US$0.66 *. and US$1.26 *. for a child.

  3. The Ultimate Sapporo Travel Guide

    Sapporo is a delicious place to travel, and not just because of the famous Hokkaido "hairy" crab on offer, both in many a Sapporo restaurant as well as at the colorful Nijo Market.Sapporo is also famous for its unique miso ramen, and for various Hokkaido beef concoctions as well. Some of the day trip destinations, I'm about to mention have their own specialties, too, namely the lavender ...

  4. 2 Days Sapporo Itinerary: A Complete Travel Guide Blog

    This Sapporo travel guide blog with introduce my 2-Days Sapporo itinerary and all the must-visit best sights in town. Sapporo is located in the northern Prefectures of Japan. It is the fourth largest city in Japan by population and the largest city in Hokkaido. Sapporo offers so many things to do, places to visit, and food to eat here.

  5. The 10 best things to do and see in Sapporo, the Capital ...

    The area is also home to Sapporo Ramen Alley, the birthplace of Miso Ramen, a narrow laneway filled with 17 different shops, all with their carefully crafted take on the famous noodle dish. Ramen Alley. After a big night out in Japan, it is custom to have hot ramen, however, Sapporo has developed a unique late night food culture of ice cream ...

  6. SAPPORO ON A BUDGET: Travel Guide & Itinerary

    Travel time: 3 hours, 40 minutes. Reserved seat fee: ¥1550 ($14, P700); Unreserved seat ¥1290 ($11.5, P580). Total travel time is 10.5 hours, excluding the layovers. The total fare from Osaka to Sapporo is ¥18,140. Add the seat fees and you'll have to shell out around ¥36,520 ($326, P16,400).

  7. A 2- or 3-Day Sapporo Itinerary: Exploring Japan's Northern Soul

    Sapporo Art Park is basically a theme park for art lovers. It houses ateliers, studios, exhibitions, a museum and an outdoor sculpture park. It was conceived to celebrate the artistic expressions of Northern Japanese artists. The admission to the park is free, but the sculpture park has a US$4.62 *. entrance fee.

  8. 2023 SAPPORO TRAVEL GUIDE (Itinerary + Budget)

    This is a detailed SAPPORO TRAVEL GUIDE blog with sample SAPPORO ITINERARY and budget, top things to do, budget hotels, Sapporo travel tips, etc. Sapporo is an urbanite's dream. Its finger is on the pulse, constantly embracing new developments, but somehow, it doesn't feel confusing or intimidating unlike other megalopolis. When Sapporo ...

  9. EPIC SAPPORO Itinerary! (2024 Guide)

    Cost: USD $2.00. Food nearby: Soup Curry Garaku is a Japanese curry restaurant with a casual atmosphere, phenomenal food, and cold beer. The Sapporo Clock Tower was built in 1878 and is the oldest clock tower in Japan. The clock continues to run and keep time, and the chimes can be heard every hour.

  10. 8-Day Hokkaido Itinerary: Where to Stay in Sapporo and How to Get

    This is travel info for Sapporo on where to stay in Sapporo and how to get around Sapporo.You may come from: -8-Day Self-Drive Hokkaido Itinerary: Pre-Planning -Day 1 at Noboribetsu -Days 2 and 3 at Lake Toya and Hakodate -Day 4 at Niseko -Day 5 at Otaru Introduction. You don't need three days at Sapporo. In fact, 2 days is perfectly fine. There are shockingly few interesting ...

  11. Sapporo Travel Guide

    Sapporo (札幌, "important river flowing through a plain" in Ainu language) is the capital of Hokkaido and Japan's fifth largest city. Sapporo is also one of the nation's youngest major cities. In 1857, the city's population stood at just seven people. In the beginning of the Meiji Period, when the development of Hokkaido started on a large ...

  12. Things you must know when traveling to Sapporo

    One of the most important practical things to know before visiting Sapporo is that the Hokkaido region is massive! Understandably, the cities are therefore very large as well. Sapporo is no exception, and this can have a big impact on your trip. One of the most useful tips for travelling in Sapporo is to allow yourself enough time to explore ...

  13. 25 Best Things to Do in Sapporo (Japan)

    2. Attend Sapporo Snow Festival. Source: Supermaw / shutterstock. Sapporo Snow Festival. Sapporo Snow Festival is the main social event in the city and is known for its amazing ice sculpture competition. The festival takes place every year at Odori Koen and starts at the beginning of February.

  14. HOKKAIDO: SAPPORO TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG 2024 with DIY Itinerary, Things to

    Check out this detailed SAPPORO TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG with sample DIY Sapporo itinerary, top things to do, hotels, budget and expenses to help you plan your trip. Hokkaido's capital, Sapporo, is the fourth most populous city in Japan. It's an awesome place to explore for first-time travelers in Hokkaido Prefecture. As a kid, I've always dreamed of ...

  15. Visit Sapporo : The Official Travel Guide to Sightseeing in Sapporo

    A metropolis surrounded by incredible nature, Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost prefecture. Lush with greenery in summer and a haven of powder snow in winter, the city is always brimming with new discoveries. From adventures in the great outdoors to myriad culinary delights, shopping, and unique cultural and artistic ...

  16. A comprehensive list of fun things to do In the summertime in Sapporo

    Another popular summertime attraction in Sapporo is fruit picking. At the Jozankei Farm located close to the Hoheikyo Dam in Sapporo, June sees tourists flock for strawberry picking, with July and August equally popular for picking cherries. Back in Sapporo city, visitors can find a plethora of markets selling all sorts of different vegetables.

  17. Sapporo in Winter: Travel Guide to Japan

    6. Hokkaido Kani Syougun. Japan's love for crab is legendary, and Hokkaido is one of the best places in the country to have it. When it's in season in winter, the city looks like it was invaded by crab. You'll have several types to choose from like king crab, snow crab, hairy crab, and thorny crab.