Sapporo is the central city of Hokkaido, an island in the north of Japan. It is the starting point of a trip to Hokkaido, and trains to various parts of Hokkaido also depart and arrive. The center is a big city reminiscent of Tokyo, but it has a unique atmosphere of Hokkaido, which is different from other parts of Japan.
Highlights of Sapporo
It is a park in the center of Sapporo, and there is a not-so-high observatory called the TV Tower inside. You can get a feel for Sapporo. The Sapporo Snow Festival is held in winter.
JR Tower Observatory
You can easily overlook Sapporo at the observatory on the JR Tower, which is directly connected to Sapporo Station.
You can take a leisurely stroll around the campus, which is typical of northern countries.
Mt. Moiwa Observatory
You can overlook Sapporo.
Hokkaido Jingu Shrine
It is one of the few shrines in Hokkaido. You can enjoy a leisurely walk.
A park that represents Sapporo, where the virgin forest of Hokkaido remains and is full of nature.
Sapporo Beer Museum
You can enjoy dishes that go well with beer, such as Sapporo beer and Genghis Khan.
A place to eat in Sapporo, a specialty dish
Genghis Khan is a Hokkaido specialty, a dish of grilled lamb. It’s rare in Japan because I don’t eat much lamb.
Many people think that Hokkaido is seafood. Compared to Tokyo, you can eat fresh fish and shellfish.
Soup curry is a soup-like curry that is popular in Hokkaido these days, and is popular because you can eat a lot of vegetables and your body warms up in winter.
Hotels in Sapporo
JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo / Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Sapporo / Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo / Fairfield by Marriott Sapporo / Mercure Sapporo /
Premium Business Hotels
Keio Prelia Hotel ♨︎ / Hotel JAL City Sapporo Nakajima Koen ♨︎ / JR Inn Sapporo Kita Nijo ♨︎ /
♨︎ with Public Big Bath in the hotel
Room with bath and toilet separated
Access to Sapporo
To get to Sapporo from other parts of Japan, you have the choice of plane, train and ship. The most common are airplanes. There is New Chitose International Airport near Sapporo, and there are air routes from all over Japan. Also, since there are many tickets, you can find cheap tickets. There are flights from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to seven airports in Hokkaido. It will save you time if you also use the airport near your destination.
Traveling by plane in Japan (internal link)
As for the railway, the Hokkaido Shinkansen currently connects Tokyo to Hakodate at the southern end of Hokkaido. It is possible to change to the limited express only once and go to Sapporo. It’s time consuming and expensive, but it’s a good option for those who like trains.
Traveling by train in Japan, how to ride the Shinkansen (internal link)
In addition, there are ships from the suburbs of Kansai, Niigata, and Tokyo to nearby Tomakomai and Otaru Port. It’s hard to get to the harbor, but if you want to go on a cruise, you might try it.
Travel by ferry in Japan (internal link)
New Chitose International Airport
Sun Flower (Oarai, Ibaraki to Tomakomai, Hokkaido)