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Sapporo
Travel Guide

Sapporo

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.

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Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel
Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel
3.5 out of 5
5-1, Nishi, Minami 4 Jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is NZ$71 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tanukikoji Shopping Street, Nakajima Park and Nijo Market. Sapporo Clock Tower and Sapporo TV Tower ...
4.2/5Excellent! (967 reviews)
"Very clean hotel and friendly staff"

Reviewed on 3 Apr. 2021

Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel
Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
3.5 out of 5
4-1-2 Minami 9 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is NZ$51 per night from 30 May to 30 May
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nakajima Park, Sapporo TV Tower and Sapporo Clock Tower. Hokkaido University and Sapporo JR Tower are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (673 reviews)
I would like to stay again
"One min. from subway station Some convenient stores are walkable Clean and feel safe. Very comfortable."

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2021

Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
ibis Styles Sapporo
ibis Styles Sapporo
3.5 out of 5
Nishi 3chome 10 10, Minami 8jo Chuo Ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is NZ$54 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in Chuo-ku, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nakajima Park and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Nijo Market and Sapporo Clock Tower are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)
Dated and a little worn but very comfortable
"Nice staff, good location, rooms are really comfortable and well laid out."

Reviewed on 11 Sep. 2020

ibis Styles Sapporo
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.
Villa Koshido Odori
Villa Koshido Odori
3 out of 5
14-3-18 Odorinishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is NZ$76 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Odori Park and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Hokkaido University and Former Hokkaido ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"部屋が広くて、金額も安く充実しました ただ駐車場料金が気になります。"

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

Villa Koshido Odori
Sapporo Stay Nakajima Park
Sapporo Stay Nakajima Park
3 out of 5
1-4-1 11 Jounishi, Minami, Chuoku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hokkaido Museum of Literature, Nakajima Park and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Nijo Market ...
4.4/5Excellent! (88 reviews)
Ruby World Cup experience
"Space is what this property has in abundance. We could have had two families share this unit. It was great, loved having a washing machine and detergent available. The instructions to find the apartment were great. An easy trip by subway 2-3 stops into Odori Park and Sapporo central. The only draw ..."

Reviewed on 3 Oct. 2019

Sapporo Stay Nakajima Park
Up to 8 pax The Best Location for Otaru Explore / Otaru Hokkaido
Up to 8 pax The Best Location for Otaru Explore / Otaru Hokkaido
Sumiyoshicho 4-12, D plus one doors, Otaru, Hokkaido
The price is NZ$287 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Situated in Otaru, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Otaru Music Box Museum and Otaru Canal. Sakaimachi Street and Suitengu are also within 10 ...
Up to 8 pax The Best Location for Otaru Explore / Otaru Hokkaido
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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23 Feb. 2020

Enjoyed the park and shrine

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12 Feb. 2020

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

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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

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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

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8 Feb. 2020

Loved walking around the ice sculptures!

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28 Dec. 2019

So much to do so to see and to eat!

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