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With ski slopes, parks, beer gardens and festivals, this sprawling city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido has something to offer year-round.

The vibrant city of Sapporo is one of Japan’s largest cities and most popular tourist destinations. With snow on the ground for about four months of the year, Sapporo is famous for its wintersports and hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics. The city is also a big draw in the summer with its parks, bars and beer gardens.

Relax in Odori Park, a large, grassy expanse with fountains, benches and gardens. It encompasses 12 blocks through central Sapporo. At the eastern end is the Sapporo TV Tower. Travel up to its viewing platform, 295 feet (90 meters) above street level. During February, the park is the setting for the Sapporo Snow Festival, a week-long event with ice sculptures, snow rides and concerts.

During the winter, make your way to the ski resorts in the mountains around Sapporo. Go cross-country skiing at Nakajima Park and try night skiing at Sapporo Bankei Ski Area. Take the children sledding and snow tubing at Mount Moiwa Ski Resort, which has a gentle family slope for beginners. If you’re a non-skier, try computer-simulated ski challenges at the Winter Sports Museum at the foot of the Okurayama Ski jump.

The city is also known for its beer. Learn about the history of the beverage in Japan at the Sapporo Beer Museum. During summer, many beer gardens open up in parks and on the rooftops of buildings across the city.

Try the alcohol with delicious local food. Visit Susukino, the large entertainment district, which is packed with bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Try fresh sushi in the Sushi-ya restaurants or explore Ramen Yokocho, a narrow lane lined with restaurants serving ramen, a popular noodle soup.

Reach Sapporo by flying into New Chitose Airport, which is 30 miles (48.3 kilometers) southeast of the city. Get around Sapporo by public transportation, or by renting a car or bicycle. Visit Sapporo to take advantage of its fantastic skiing, enjoy local cuisine and explore its beautiful outdoor areas.

Top Hotels in Sapporo

Mercure Hotel Sapporo
Mercure Hotel Sapporo
4 out of 5
2-4 Minami 4-jo, Nishi 2-chome Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is CA $66 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,240 reviews)

"I had good time with my partner, the bed was comfortable and the room was convenient with everything arranged. Receptionists was nice with hospitable attitude."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 30, 2020

Mercure Hotel Sapporo
Best Western Plus Hotel Fino Chitose
Best Western Plus Hotel Fino Chitose
3.5 out of 5
13-3, Chiyoda, Chitose, Hokkaido
The price is CA $54 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10

Situated in Chitose, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Chitose Salmon Aquarium and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Chitose Outlet Mall Rera. Aoba Park and Chitose Inter ...

4.4/5Excellent! (240 reviews)
2 day stay

"Enjoyed our stay! Great breakfast buffet. Tiny rooms but comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2020

Best Western Plus Hotel Fino Chitose
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
Free cancellation
The price is CA $70 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (979 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 Sep. 4, 2020

La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori 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.

Vacation Rentals in Sapporo

UCHI Living Stay Otaru Suitengu
UCHI Living Stay Otaru Suitengu
3 out of 5
Aioicho 4-40, Otaru, Hokkaido
The price is CA $15 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17

Situated in Otaru, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Sakaimachi Street and Otaru Canal. Suitengu and Otaru Music Box Museum are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (39 reviews)

"the property is great, only access with the car in snowy weather is very difficult I had to leave the car in paid parking for reasons of not being able to go up the street!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 4, 2020

UCHI Living Stay Otaru Suitengu
Herber Light KAIHOUROU
Herber Light KAIHOUROU
3 out of 5
1-19, Shinonome, Otaru, Hokkaido

Located in the heart of Otaru, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sakaimachi Street and Otaru Canal. Suitengu and Otaru City Art Museum are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
歩くと坂道がかなりキツい

"受付が外国人なのか日本語が聞き取りづらかった。 又、経営は同じなのだろうが、古い建物と新しい建物とが繋がってることは旅行者にはわからないので、そこを詳しく説明があるべき。 宿自体は清潔で良いが、ソファーとかベッドが安物で腰が痛くなる。枕も少し寝グサイ臭いがした。しかしながらそれを上回る安さがあるので、又小樽に来るなら利用するだろう。"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 19, 2020

Herber Light KAIHOUROU
Villa Koshido Kotoni
Villa Koshido Kotoni
2.5 out of 5
5-chome-2-10 Kotoni 2 Jo, Nishi, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is CA $115 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

Located in Kotoni, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Sapporo Crab Market and within 3 miles (5 km) of Hokkaido University and Hokkaido Shrine. Former ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)

"部屋にはキッチン、冷蔵庫、洗濯機が常備しています。 洗剤や食器などもあるので、長期滞在には最高だと思います。 近隣にはコンビニや居酒屋などもあるので、そこそこ便利です。 そして、部屋は綺麗に清掃されていて気持ちが良いです。 フロントの方の接客も大変素晴らしいです! 私は琴似へ行く事が多いので、何度もリピートさせて頂いています。 価格も安くて最高です⭐︎"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 15, 2020

Villa Koshido Kotoni
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.

Top things to do in Sapporo

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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

CA $49
Per adult
Sapporo Airport Same Day Luggage Services
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Sapporo Airport Same Day Luggage Services

CA $48
Per adult
Kimono Rental & Japanese Harp (Koto) Experience
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Kimono Rental & Japanese Harp (Koto) Experience

CA $114
Per adult
Kickstart Your Trip to Sapporo
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Kickstart Your Trip to Sapporo

CA $119
Per adult
Upopoy-Noboribetsu-Toya One Day Tour with Tour Guide (Sedan)
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Upopoy-Noboribetsu-Toya One Day Tour with Tour Guide (Sedan)

CA $267
Per adult
Shared Departure Transfer : Sapporo City to Shin Chitose Airport
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Shared Departure Transfer : Sapporo City to Shin Chitose Airport

CA $163
Per adult
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