Eat & Drink
Sapporo's vibrant entertainment district
With its bright, bold signage lighting up the streets, Susukino is the largest entertainment district north of Tokyo . Home to a plethora of bars, clubs, karaoke boxes, and entertainment, locals and tourists alike flock here for a night on the town. In February, it plays host to the ice-carving exhibition of the Sapporo Snow Festival .
How to Get There
Susukino is a four-minute subway ride on the Nanboku Line from Sapporo Station.
Established in 1871 as the city's red-light district (then relocated in 1920)
Remained the entertainment center, with the 1972 Winter Olympics driving additions and renovations
Susukino's shopping and amusements
There is all manner of shopping under the sun around Susukino Station. Above ground, a large shopping center sits on the street corner. Below, Pole Town, with its lengthy corridors of underground shops and restaurants, connects nearby Odori.
A short walk from the main intersection leads to the well-known covered shopping alley called Tanuki Koji. A small walk from there leads to large game centers with skill-testing machines, billiard tables, and bowling alleys. The most iconic of these, Norbesa, can be easily spotted due to the Ferris wheel on the rooftop, which boasts spectacular night views.
A showcase of glorious food
In addition to the abundance of restaurants offering soup curry, jingisukan (grilled mutton), and fresh seafood, Sapporo is the birthplace of miso ramen.
Walk two blocks south of Susukino Station to West 8 and half a block to the east to find the famous Ramen Alley. Tucked away between the large buildings, this narrow strip of tiny stalls is where you can find some of the best noodles in the prefecture.