Sapporo

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Sapporo

This beautiful city in northern Japan is a great base for visiting Hokkaido’s great wilderness areas. It offers a distinctive food culture and a relaxed lifestyle.

Sapporo, the gorgeous regional capital of Hokkaido, is a city for all seasons. Visit in winter and you’ll find a charming gateway to the great mountain landscape beyond, not to mention the ski fields that impressed the world when Sapporo hosted the 1972 Winter Olympic Games. Come in summer, however, and you’ll discover a liveable city filled with parks, rooftop bars and beer gardens.

The wild regions of Hokkaido are world-famous for a reason, and this island’s sublime natural bounty is best accessed from a base in Sapporo. Wintertime travellers will find a range of winter sports destinations on offer, from the cross-country skiing at Nakajima Park to the family-friendly Mount Moiwa Ski Resort, where a gentle beginners’ slope is perfect for taking the children snow tubing and sledding. Try the nighttime skiing on offer at Sapporo Bankei Ski Area. Non-skiers and those with cold feet may prefer the computer-simulated ski activities at the Winter Sports Museum, which is located down below the Okurayama Ski Jump.

Meanwhile, in town, the beloved Odori Park hosts the week-long Sapporo Snow Festival every February. Explore this winter dreamland, replete with hundreds of artful snow statues as well as various slides, rides and musical attractions.

In summertime, Odori Park, and the rest of Sapporo along with it, is completely transformed, morphed by the seasons into an expansive grassy urban park with benches for lounging and fountains for cooling off. Head to the eastern end of the park to climb the iconic Sapporo TV Tower. Its viewing platform is 90 metres (295 feet) above ground, offering lovely views of the park and surrounding area.

One of the city’s favourite year-round pastimes is celebrated at the Sapporo Beer Museum, which explains the history of the great hoppy brew in Japan. Down in Susukino, Sapporo’s entertainment district, there are plenty of options for eating, drinking and nightlife. Highlights include Ramen Yokocho, a lane packed with restaurants selling noodle soup, and the fresh sushi served up at the Sushi-ya restaurants.

Sapporo is easily navigated by public transport or by use of a rented car or bicycle. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, about 50 kilometres (31 miles) southeast of the city centre.

Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
3.5 out of 5
4-1-2 Minami 9 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
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The price is AU$48 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nakajima Park, Sapporo TV Tower and Sapporo Clock Tower. Hokkaido University and Sapporo JR Tower are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (739 reviews)
I would like to stay again
"One min. from subway station Some convenient stores are walkable Clean and feel safe. Very comfortable."

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2021

Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
TOKYU STAY SAPPORO ODORI
TOKYU STAY SAPPORO ODORI
3 out of 5
5 Chome-26-2 Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is AU$59 per night from 8 Nov. to 8 Nov.
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tanukikoji Shopping Street, Soseigawa Park and Ramen Yokocho. Sankichi Shrine and Nijo Market are ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (584 reviews)
"The upgrade was wonderful! My room was spacious and easy to use, especially with the washer-dryer, microwave and cooking facilities. The bath was big enough for me! The bed was very comfortable. Although the coffee was good, I would not go for the breakfasts as they are not worth it."

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2021

TOKYU STAY SAPPORO ODORI
Sapporo Grand Hotel
Sapporo Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
Nishi 4-chome 1-jo Kita Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is AU$94 per night from 23 Nov. to 23 Nov.
Located in Chuo-ku, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Odori Park, Former Hokkaido Government Office Building and Sapporo Clock Tower. Hokkaido ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,198 reviews)
"good"

Reviewed on 20 Aug. 2021

Sapporo Grand Hotel
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Villa Koshido Odori
Villa Koshido Odori
3 out of 5
14-3-18 Odorinishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is AU$71 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Odori Park, Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence and Nitori Culture Hall. Odori Bisse ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"お部屋はとても広く、綺麗で、快適でした。 お風呂は、1人で入る分には十分ですが、もう少し広いと快適な気もします! 自分で契約していればそのアカウントを使って、テレビ画面でNetflixやアマプラなどを見ることもできたのでとてもおすすめです!"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2021

Villa Koshido Odori
UCHI Living stay TOYOHIRA
UCHI Living stay TOYOHIRA
2.5 out of 5
Toyohira 5-1-2-18,Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is AU$163 per night from 8 Nov. to 8 Nov.
Located in Toyohira, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Soseigawa Park, Tanukikoji Shopping Street and Susukino Street. Ramen Yokocho and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (19 reviews)
"Everything good!"

Reviewed on 2 Nov. 2019

UCHI Living stay TOYOHIRA
Adamas Chitose C
Adamas Chitose C
3 out of 5
2-1-2 Kashiwadaiminami, Chitose, Hokkaido
The price is AU$138 per night from 7 Nov. to 7 Nov.
Situated in Chitose, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Chitose Outlet Mall Rera, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chitose Salmon Aquarium and Aoba Park. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"利用日の3日前にメールで入室方法と駐車場利用方法がメールで案内されます。オートロックマンションのイメージです。鍵は要らず暗証番号で入室する方法です。広々として通常のホテルに比べても何の不自由もなく快適に過ごせました。次回もまた利用したいです。"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2021

Adamas Chitose C
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