From fancy restaurants to cozy cafes, a selection of luxurious boutiques and even a cinema, Sapporo Station has enough to keep you busy all day long. A modern building that serves as the central hub for both transportation within the city and the prefecture at large, any journey to Hokkaido will almost certainly bring you here.
Catching a train to Sapporo Station is the best option. It’s a 35-minute express train ride from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo Station.
Buses also run from the airport to Sapporo Station, taking a minimum of one hour to make the trip.
Sapporo Station is connected to an eight-story duty-free department store on its west side called Daimaru. With both casual and luxury brand items, it's a popular place to buy souvenirs.
Directly above the terminal is Stellar Place, a seven-story department store with a cinema, restaurants (including a special ramen section) and clothing stores.
To the east, the JR Tower houses even more shopping, medical facilities, an observation deck and a hotel. Underground, you can find even more little boutiques and eateries in ESTA and Paseo, respectively.
There is a long underground walkway that connects Sapporo Station with Odori Park and Susukino. Filled with shops and food stores, it’s very convenient for getting around on rainy days or during winter snowstorms. You can also catch live music and art exhibitions in the tunnel throughout the year.
Many trains use Sapporo Station, headed to every point of the island. From Sapporo, popular destinations include: Otaru and Tomakomai for short day trips, or Asahikawa, Hakodate, Obihiro and Kushiro for longer tours. If you want to travel around Hokkaido, be sure to visit the JR Information Center for useful information.