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Overview

Welcome to Sapporo, the vibrant capital city of Hokkaido, home to over 2 million people and a hub of cultural, culinary and outdoor adventures. Sapporo offers a vibrant cityscape framed by majestic mountains providing a picturesque backdrop of exploration. Built on a convenient grid system, navigating Sapporo is a breeze with excellent shopping opportunities and expansive underground malls seamlessly connecting key areas like Sapporo Station, Odori Park and the lively entertainment district of Susukino. 

 

Renowned for hosting the first Winter Olympic Games outside of Europe or the United States in 1972, Sapporo holds a special place in sporting history. But beyond its Olympic legacy, Sapporo offers much more than meets the eye. While many international tourists view Sapporo as a gateway to Hokkaido's ski villages, it's also an excellent base for a ski or snowboard holiday in its own right. 

 

One of Sapporo's most iconic attractions is the annual Sapporo Snow Festival, drawing visitors from around the world to marvel at its spectacular ice and snow sculptures that transforms the city. Beyond the winter wonderland, Sapporo boasts a thriving culinary scene, celebrated for its hearty miso ramen, fresh seafood, and savoury grilled lamb dishes known as "Genghis Khan". 

 

Explore the iconic Sapporo Clock Tower and historic Hokkaido Shrine, or immerse yourself in art and culture at the Sapporo Art Park and Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art. Nature enthusiasts will revel in the picturesque beauty of Odori Park and the scenic views from Mount Moiwa.

 

With convenient transportation services, including buses and trains, Sapporo serves an an ideal launchpad for day trips to nearby ski resorts, allowing visitors to explore a variety of terrains and immerse themselves in Hokkaido's picturesque capital. Whether you're carving up the slopes by day or sampling Sapporo's famed culinary delights by night, this dynamic city promises an unforgettable holiday experience for adventurers and urban explorers alike! 

Facilities & Attractions

Tourist attractions and the latest trendy spots.

Odori Park is a park located in the heart of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Ōdōri means "large street" in Japanese. The park stretches about a kilometer and

Nikka Whisky, one of Japan's top whisky makers, has its main distillery in Yoichi (余市蒸溜所, Yoichi Jōryūsho), the neighboring town of Otaru. The company

Otaru (小樽) is a small harbor city, about half an hour northwest of Sapporo by train. Its beautifully preserved canal area and interesting herring mansi

Hokkaido is the birthplace of beer in Japan. Sapporo Beer, one of the oldest and most popular beer brands in the country, has been brewed in Sapporo si

Susukino in Sapporo south of Sapporo Station and Odori is the city's main entertainment area packed with bars, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, shops, hote

Sapporo Clock Tower is a wooden structure and tourist attraction, located at North 1 West 2, Chūō-ku, Sapporo, the largest city on the island of Hokkai

Nijo Market (二条市場, Nijō Ichiba) is a public market in central Sapporo that occupies about one city block. Both locals and tourists visit the market to

Mount Moiwa (藻岩山, Moiwa-yama) is one of several small, forested mountains southwest of central Sapporo. The mountain is a popular sightseeing spot that

The facilities of the former Hokkaidō Government Office in Sapporo, Japan, include a conference room, a museum shop, a tourist information office, and

  • Best Time to Visit
  • How to Reach Sapporo
  • Resorts & City Guide
  • Pros & Cons
  • SPRING (March - May)
  •  ‌Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 70°F (21.1°C) and 35.2°F (1.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 9 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
  • Weather: Max 11° C | Min 2.7° C

 
  • SUMMER (June - September)
  • ‌ ‌The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 5 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Sapporo, so lodging and other accommodations may cost  slightly less.
  • Weather: Max 24.3° C | Min 16.3° C

 
  • AUTUMN (September - November)
  • ‌ Fall daily highs range from 77.5°F (25.3°C) and 41.5°F (5.3°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 8 to 11 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
  • Weather: Max 15.3° C | Min 7.7° C

 
  • WINTER (December - February)
  • ‌‌ Weather is far too cold this time of year in Sapporo to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 39.1°F (3.9°C) and 29.3°F (-1.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 11 to 12 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.
  • Weather: Max 0.3° C | Min -6° C

 

By Air

New Chitose Airport (新千歳空港, Shin-Chitose Kūkō, CTS) is the main airport of Sapporo, located about 50 kilometers south-east of the city center. It is one of the busiest airports in Japan and serves the world's most traveled air route between Tokyo and Sapporo in addition to many other domestic routes and a few international and chartered flights. Sapporo has another airport, Okadama Airport, in a more central location, but it serves only a small number of flights to locations within Hokkaido.

By Train

Take the JR Tohoku/Hokkaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (4 hours) and transfer to the Hokuto limited express to Sapporo (3.5 hours). It is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass.

By Car

Renting a car is another option that will get you to Hokkaido by driving through Tohoku region. Driving can make for a fun roadtrip set to your own design, but the total trek will set you back 17 hours, so you will want to plan for this length of time.

 

By Bus

Chuo Bus and Hokuto Kotsu Bus operate services from the airport to Sapporo City departing every 10–15 minutes. The bus takes approximately 70 minutes to arrive in central Sapporo. There are bus terminals at two locations on the first floor of the domestic terminal and at one location on the first floor of the international terminal.

By Private Transfer

Private van,Coach transfers and sedans are available. All rides are a door to door service for your convenience including hotel/chalet to and from airport terminals.

Pros

  • Nightlife
  • Famous for its delicious local food
  • Hundreds of sculptures created by local artist at Sapporo Snow Festival
  • Skiing
  • Onsen
  • Charms included historical attractions
  • Beautiful night view

Cons

  • Too crowded around Sapporo Snow Festival time
  • Expensive
  • Places are spread out over a wide area
  • Roads might be slippery
  • You need a lot of clothes to keep warm 
  • Sapporo in the spring still remains quite chilly compare to main island of Japan
  • Not many 5 star hotels
  • Snow and ice can delay transport and make driving very dangerous

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