Sapporo is a thriving mecca of flashing neon lines and delectable food, known for its vibrant nightlife scene, festivals and endless corridors of entertainment. Sapporo also serves as a gateway to many of Hokkaido’s most coveted mountainous wonders and hot springs and is famous in winter for its popular Snow Festival.
Things to do in Sapporo
If you like beer, you're going to like Sapporo. The legendary Sapporo beer museum offers tours, a tasting salon, and the adjacent Sapporo Biergarten where you can continue to test out some of Japan’s finest brews long into the evening.
The Sapporo Clock Tower is one of the landmark attractions of the city, offering the perfect picture taking opportunity. From the Clock Tower head over to the Sapporo TV Tower Observatory Deck, where you can garner some additional photographs this time from up above looking down on the city below.
Need a break from the urban bustle? Conveniently located, Odori Park is the perfect escape, spanning a large area within the centre of the city. The manicured landscape offers lush green lawns, flower beds and beautiful fountains.
To complete your travels, tempt your tastebuds with some of the city’s famous ramen. Drop in to Menya Saima for a mouthwatering meal. Ramen Yokochō also serves as an entire alleyway chock full of ramen shops, one of which is sure to entice.
If you visit Sapporo during winter, be sure to experience the famous Sapporo Snow Festival which boasts the largest ice sculpture competition in the world and features loads of traditional activities.
Getting around Sapporo
The JR above ground trains route conveniently to and from the prominent New Chitose Airport and throughout the city from JR Sapporo Station. The city’s subways and bus lines make for easy navigation and is the best form of transportation across far distances, while the fastest way of getting around the city is by bicycle.