Around Sapporo

HOKKAIDO Sapporo & Around

A winter wonderland and summer haven, Sapporo is all about outdoor fun, great food and famous beer

Snow and Sapporo are inextricably entwined: the city hosted Asia's first-ever Winter Olympics in 1972, and the annual Sapporo Snow Festival wows visitors from the world over. In other seasons, Sapporo's green expanses and blossom displays are equally breathtaking. This young, wide-open city is also famous for its beer, beef, ramen, seafood and fresh produce.

Don't Miss

  • The Sapporo Beer Museum and Beer Garden for a brew, and lamb barbecue
  • Susukino, the biggest entertainment and nightlife district north of Tokyo
  • The Sapporo Snow Festival's elaborate snow and ice sculptures

How to Get There

You can reach Sapporo via train, air and ferry. Plane is by far the quickest, followed by high-speed rail options. Take a ferry for an adventurous and more leisurely journey.

Dozens of flights leave from Tokyo to Sapporo's Chitose Airport from Haneda Airport and Narita Airport every day. Many other domestic airports also have direct flights to Sapporo. After the flight, it's a 35-minute express train ride to Sapporo Station.

Take the Hokkaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (4 hours) and transfer to the Hokuto limited express to Sapporo (3.5 hours).

There are also long-distance ferries from various points on the main island of Honshu, with most arriving either in Otaru , 30 minutes by train west of Sapporo, or Tomakomai, 45 to 60 minutes by train south of Sapporo.

Quick Facts

Designed with the input of specialists from overseas, Sapporo has a North American-style grid street plan

The city's name means “important river flowing through a plain” in the indigenous Ainu language

Sapporo was established in 1868, making it Japan's youngest major metropolis

Stretch out and breathe deep

Unlike most of Japan's major urban environments, Sapporo is expansive and full of greenery. One of the best green spaces is Odori Park, which stretches about a kilometer and a half over 12 city blocks and splits the city into north and south. The park offers pleasant, relaxing spaces during the warmer months. In February, it's the main venue for the Sapporo Snow Festival .

Ramen, Hokkaido style

You can't talk about ramen without mentioning Sapporo. The name reportedly originated here, as did miso ramen, one of the most popular types of ramen in Japan. At places like Sapporo Ramen Republic and Ramen Dojo, you can try specialties from all over Hokkaido, including Sapporo (miso), Asahikawa (soy sauce) and Hakodate (salt) ramen at eight restaurants in one location.

Art in the great outdoors, and indoors as well

Sapporo has ample space and combines the wonders of nature with some fantastic outdoor contemporary sculpture at places such as Sapporo Art Park , Arte Piazza Bibai and Black Slide Mantra. Sapporo Art Park is a place to create your own art, with craft studios for woodworking, glassmaking, and outdoor crafts as well.

Indoors at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art , you'll find works from local artists as well as from the School of Paris painters. The Miyanomori International Museum of Art offers more contemporary masterpieces.

Sporting options for runners, cyclists and yoga fans

If you love running or cycling, find your way to the Toyohira riverbank, which is part of the course used for the Sapporo Marathon. Run the forested path or ride on the paved cycling road. Runners can also stride from Odori Park all the way to the Hokkaido University's pastoral campus.

For yoga enthusiasts, Maruyama Park , Toyohira riverbank and Nakajima Park are the perfect natural venues. After yoga, take a long, soothing soak at Jozankei Onsen .

Great powder not far away

The most famous ski resort in Japan, Niseko , is only a two-hour train ride from Sapporo Station . The four interlinked ski resorts—Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and Annupuri—have some of the finest skiing and snowboarding runs in the country. Just outside the Sapporo City center is Sapporo Teine Ski Resort .

Stay underground to escape the elements

There is a great system of underground walkways and shopping centers under the main city. These walkways connect Sapporo Station to Odori Park , Sapporo Factory and the great entertainment district of Susukino . This is especially convenient on cold, rainy days or when there are snowstorms.

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Near Sapporo & Around

Around Sapporo Eat & Drink
Hokkaido Sapporo & Around
Maruyama-koen Park Nature
Hokkaido Maruyama Park (Hokkaido) Hokkaido
Odori Park Nature
Hokkaido Odori Park Hokkaido
Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium Attraction
Hokkaido Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium Hokkaido
hitsuji-ga-oka -hill of sheep Nature
Hokkaido Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill Hokkaido
Hokkaido-jingu Shrine History
Hokkaido Hokkaido-Jingu Shrine Hokkaido
Attraction
Hokkaido Winter Sports Museum Hokkaido
Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art Art & Design
Hokkaido Migishi Kotaro Museum Of Art Hokkaido Hokkaido
Yoichi Space Museum Attraction
Hokkaido Yoichi Space Museum Hokkaido
Action & Adventure
Hokkaido Takino Snow World Hokkaido
Shiroi Koibito Park Attraction
Hokkaido Shiroi Koibito Park Hokkaido
sapporo kokusai ski resort Action & Adventure
Hokkaido Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort Hokkaido
Sapporo Art Park Art & Design
Hokkaido Sapporo Art Park Hokkaido
Mt Moiwa-yama Nature
Hokkaido Mt Moiwa Hokkaido
Hokkaido University poplar avenue Attraction
Hokkaido Hokkaido University Poplar Avenue Hokkaido
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art Art & Design
Hokkaido Hokkaido Museum Of Modern Art Hokkaido
Teine Ski Resort Action & Adventure
Hokkaido Sapporo Teine Ski Resort Hokkaido
Susukino Eat & Drink
Hokkaido Susukino Hokkaido
okurayama observatory Nature
Hokkaido Okurayama Observatory Hokkaido
Moerenuma Park Nature
Hokkaido Moerenuma Park Hokkaido
Ainu Culture Promotion Center Culture
Hokkaido Ainu Culture Promotion Center Hokkaido
Sapporo Station Other
Hokkaido Sapporo Station Hokkaido
Former Hokkaido Government Office Attraction
Hokkaido Former Hokkaido Government Office Hokkaido
Maruyama Zoo Attraction
Hokkaido Maruyama Zoo Hokkaido
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery Attraction
Hokkaido Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery Hokkaido
Sapporo City Clock Attraction
Hokkaido Sapporo Clock Tower Hokkaido
Shakotan Area Nature
Hokkaido Shakotan Hokkaido
jozankei onsen Relaxation
Hokkaido Jozankei Onsen Hokkaido
Sapporo Beer Museum Attraction
Hokkaido Sapporo Beer Museum Hokkaido
Otaru Snow Light Path Eat & Drink
Hokkaido Otaru Hokkaido
Otaru Aquarium Attraction
Hokkaido Otaru Aquarium Hokkaido
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