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Sapporo
Travel Guide

Excellent ski slopes, beautiful parks, festivals and beer gardens make this bustling city on the Japanese island of Hokkaido a year-round destination. 

The lively metropolis of Sapporo is one of Japan’s major cities and is a popular tourist destination. The city was the host of the 1972 Winter Olympic Games and is renowned for its winter sports. In summer, explore the city’s parks, bars and beer gardens.

Unwind in Odori Park. This large and lush common, which encompasses 12 city blocks in central Sapporo, is full of fountains, benches and gardens. On the eastern side of the park is the Sapporo TV Tower, which stands 90 metres (295 feet) above street level. Visit the tower’s viewing platform for spectacular views of the city. During the month of February, the park hosts the weeklong Sapporo Snow Festival, which has snow rides, ice sculptures and concerts.

In the winter, visit the ski resorts that dot the mountains around Sapporo. Go cross-country skiing around the lake in Nakajima Park or take a peaceful night ski at Sapporo Bankei Ski Area. Children will love sledding and inner-tubing down the gentle slopes of Mount Moiwa Ski Resort. Non-skiers can also partake in the mountain fun with computer-simulated ski activities in the Winter Sports Museum, which is situated at the base of the Okurayama Ski Jump.

Sapporo is also famous for its beer. In the summertime, there are many beer gardens in parks and on rooftops throughout the city. Relax in one of these idyllic settings as you sip on the city’s renowned brews. To learn more about the history of beer in Sapporo, go to the Sapporo Beer Museum.

Take part in Sapporo’s nightlife. Wander through the city’s large entertainment district, Susukino, which is made up of nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Dine on fresh sushi in one of the Sushi-ya restaurants. Visit Ramen Yokocho, a narrow street lined with numerous ramen eateries, for a steaming bowl of noodles.

To get to Sapporo, fly into New Chitose Airport, which is located 48.3 kilometres (30 miles) southeast of the city. Once in Sapporo, navigate the city using public transportation, or a rented bicycle or car.

Top hotels in Sapporo

KOKO HOTEL Sapporo Ekimae
KOKO HOTEL Sapporo Ekimae
2.5 out of 5
3-3-10, Kita 1 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is NZ$41 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sapporo Clock Tower and Odori Park. Tanukikoji Shopping Street and Former Hokkaido Government Office ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (18 reviews)

"Great location, very clean, and welcoming. Very close to the underground walkway."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2021

KOKO HOTEL Sapporo Ekimae
La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori Hokkaido
La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori Hokkaido
3.5 out of 5
5-26-5 Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is NZ$83 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.

Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tanukikoji Shopping Street and Odori Park. Nijo Market and Sapporo TV Tower are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)

"Surprisingly generous and thoughtful staffs, nice location where you can walk from Susukino sta. Or Sapporo too! Clean and totally enough space even in the smallest room in the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 4 Sep. 2020

La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori Hokkaido
Sapporo Grand Hotel
Sapporo Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
Nishi 4-chome 1-jo Kita Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is NZ$110 per night from 4 Mar. to 5 Mar.

Located in Chuo-ku, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Odori Park, Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and Sapporo Clock Tower. Tanukikoji ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,392 reviews)
Classic hotel in the center of the city

"The hotel is lovely. They're fastidious about Covid-19 prevention measures (masks, temperature checks, disinfecting spray). The bed was very comfortable and the room itself was quiet, and had a view of small courtyard garden. The bar makes an enormous list of cocktails and has live jazz. The location ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep. 2020

Sapporo Grand Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Sapporo

Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo
Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo
3 out of 5
2-5-90 Minami 8-Jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is NZ$130 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

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

4.9/5Exceptional! (30 reviews)

"フロントの方の対応、親切丁寧でした。 利便性のある立地ですが市中の喧騒から離れておりビジネスユースにも良いと思います。 簡易キッチン、洗濯機が設置されており長期滞在にも向いています。お部屋の内装も清潔感があり広さはないものの寛げる空間です。"…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2021

Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo
PINN-N4E2
PINN-N4E2
3 out of 5
2-1-2, Kita4-johigashi, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is NZ$106 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Soseigawa Park and Odori Park. Sapporo JR Tower and Tanukikoji Shopping Street are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (108 reviews)

"Check in was a bit troublesome. However, the overall stay was good. Very convenient, walking distance to shopping malls, Nijo market & Sapporo Beer Museum."…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec. 2019

PINN-N4E2
Adamas Chitose A
Adamas Chitose A
3 out of 5
2-1-1 Kashiwadaiminami, Chitose, Hokkaido
The price is NZ$206 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.

Situated in Chitose, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Chitose Outlet Mall Rera, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chitose Salmon Aquarium and Aoba Park. ...

Adamas Chitose A
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Sapporo

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23 Feb. 2020

Enjoyed the park and shrine

5/5 - Excellent

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12 Feb. 2020

Sapporo is a very beautiful city in winter when it’s snowing

5/5 - Excellent

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10 Feb. 2020

Went in winter (Early February) for the Snow Festival which was simply amazing a must do for anyone's bucket list

5/5 - Excellent

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9 Feb. 2020

Great Ski area but a little bit more limited on things to do than say kyoto or osaka

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Feb. 2020

Loved walking around the ice sculptures!

5/5 - Excellent

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28 Dec. 2019

So much to do so to see and to eat!

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