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.

Known for

Festival, Sightseeing and Seafood

Top Hotels in Sapporo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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SAPPORO VIEW HOTEL OODORI KOUEN
4 out of 5
Nishi 8-chome,Odori,Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
CA $77
per night
Oct 1 - Oct 2
4.3/5Excellent! (1,614 reviews)

"Nice location close to Odori station, friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2019

SAPPORO VIEW HOTEL OODORI KOUEN
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JR INN Sapporo-eki Minami-guchi
3 out of 5
1 Chome-10 Kita 3 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
CA $76
per night
Oct 14 - Oct 15
4.4/5Excellent! (787 reviews)

"Close to Sapporo station. Good breakfast and excellent staff"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 12, 2019

JR INN Sapporo-eki Minami-guchi
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Mercure Hotel Sapporo
4 out of 5
2-4 Minami 4-jo, Nishi 2-chome Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
CA $110
per night
Oct 1 - Oct 2
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,737 reviews)

"Nice service. No complaints. Pleasant stay. Wish them best"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2019

Mercure Hotel Sapporo

Popular things to do in Sapporo

Sapporo Beer Museum
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Sapporo Beer Museum

Visit this museum dedicated to one of Japan’s most popular beer brands, housed in a preserved factory from the Meiji-period.

Clock Tower
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Clock Tower

Discover this symbol of Sapporo, one of the city’s oldest and most photographed buildings, an example of early American influences on Japan.

Top activities in Sapporo

Unlimited WiFi in Japan pick up at New Chitose Airport
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Unlimited WiFi in Japan pick up at New Chitose Airport

CA $5

Our WiFi hotspot uses the local carrier, providing you with fast and reliable internet where ever you travel in the county. This device can only be used in Japan A WiFi hotspot provides portable WiFi whenever you need it for your smartphone, PC and tablet device.

Kimono Rental in Hokkaido
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Kimono Rental in Hokkaido

CA $43

In Hokkaido, if you would like to experience Japanese Culture, you could dress up in Kimono and take a free walk at Japanese Garden. Sapporo & Hokkaido Concierge Center offer Kimono with professional instructor to help you wearing Kimono in English/Chinese.

Mongolian Barbecue Experience
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Mongolian Barbecue Experience

CA $65

Feast on a delicious meal featuring all-you-can-eat Mongolian barbecue and locally made Japanese craft brews. Dine in Japan’s first Kaitakushi brewery, where bricks from the Meiji era line the halls and dark lacquered dining tables establish an intimate setting that takes you back to the 19th century.

One-Day Private Tour with Japanese Driver[Sedan]
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One-Day Private Tour with Japanese Driver[Sedan]

CA $453

Travel Schedule In this 1Day Private Tour, guest could choose to visit any 2 Cities Between Sapporo/Otaru/Lake Toya/Noboribetsu. Then choose 5spots from below Sightseeing Spots List for visit according to the selected 2 cities.

Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

CA $48

Enjoy your vacation in Japan while staying connected to the internet. Japan has relatively poor Wi-Fi infrastructure, especially outside of the big cities, so the best way to stay connected is through a prepaid, easy-to-set up SIM card that lets you travel the country with ease of mind.

Sapporo City Bus Tour
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Sapporo City Bus Tour

CA $31

Hop aboard a bus and whisk around the city of Sapporo, the mountainous capital of Hokkaido that is famous for its skiing, festivals, and beer. See all the sights in just a few hours on this wonderfully efficient tour. Your introduction to the city begins at the Sapporo Grand Hotel.

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Rugby World Cup Japan: Things to Do Between Matches
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Rugby World Cup Japan: Things to Do Between Matches

Crouch, bind, set for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan! With matches spread over 12 venues in cities across the country, traveling for the Rugby World Cup lets you experience Japanese culture and hospitality beyond the usual tourist cities.

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