Hokkaido’s largest train terminal, Sapporo Station (simply called Satsu-eki to locals) is a good base for exploring the city. The train station has a massive shopping complex, high-rise hotel and observation deck. You could easily walk from here to Odori Park and Hokkaido University.


JR Tower Observation Deck T38


1min walk from Sapporo Station

On the 38th-floor of the JR Tower has a cool observation deck, with 360-degree views over the city. It is a perfect place to get oriented to Sapporo upon arrival and you can get a sense for the gritted streets. Best to get up here for sunset or after dark. There is also a pleasant cafe. The reception is on the 6th floor of the JR Tower East.

Old Hokkaido Government Office Building


5min walk from Sapporo Station

Surrounded by a picturesque garden, this impressive American neo-baroque red-brick building with its octagonal tower dates from 1888 and is called Akarenga (red-brick). Its exterior is under wraps, with a life-sized graphic adorning the building’s scaffolding. A conservation work viewing deck is open from 8.45am to 6pm. Inside may be closed for repairs until 2025.

Odori Park


10min walk from Sapporo Station

This 1.5km-long (13 blocks), 105m-width park across the city center was developed as a firebreak in 1871. Designed by Nagaoka Yasuhei, the park contains flowerbeds, fountains and monuments. Between Odori West 8 and West 9, you will find the Black Slide Mantra, designed by Isamu Noguchi.

Hokkaido University Botanic Garden


10min walk from Sapporo Station

This botanic garden was established in 1886. The 13-hectare exterior garden contains samples of many Hokkaido and plant species in the calm forest. There are several historic sights in the garden. The Museum of National Treasures, Japan’s oldest museum architecture, displays stuffed specimens, such as Hokkaido’s extinct wolves and river otter. The Northern Peoples Museum has a collection of Ainu’s life tools.

Hokkaido University Museum


15min walk from Sapporo Station

Housed in an old graduate school of science built in 1929, this museum has a wide range collection of specimens and materials since the Agricultural College, including a number of minerals, fossils, archaeological finds and rare moulages. Another well-stocked collection traces the history, faculties and research of the university. There are also lovely artifacts of indigenous people from Hokkaido to North America.

Sapporo Beer Museum


7min by bus from Sapporo Station north gate / 8min walk from Naebo Station

Inside the magnificent old red-brick brewery, built in 1890 and used until 1965, this popular museum displays the history of Sapporo Beer from the Meiji period. Inside, you can join a guided tour or tasting draft beer at the Star Hall. It can feel crammed during the high-seasons. Sapporo Beer Garden is adjoining the museum.



JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo ♨︎


1min walk from Sapporo Station

Boasting fantastic views of the city from its all rooms (on floors 22 to 34), this high-rise hotel stands on Sapporo Station south gate. Facilities include a spa with a sauna and an onsen bath (extra charge). There is also a good restaurant and a bar on the 35th floor with city views.

Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo


5min walk from Sapporo Station

This is one of the most comfortable hotels around JR Sapporo Station, which combine a variety of Western-style rooms and refunded dining options. Guests staying on the luxury and premier floors can use the club lounge that served local beverages and sweets. There is also 25m-long swimming pool and a gym (extra charge). The upper floors have either train or the botanic garden views.

Hotel Gracery Sapporo


2min walk from Sapporo Station

Directly connected to Sapporo Station’s Apia underground shopping mall, this 16-story glazed chain hotel has 433 contemporary rooms. The Reception is on the 7th floor, and breakfast is served on the ground floor.


Getting There


Sapporo Station is a hub for the JR trains service, including New Chitose Airport and Otaru.

From Asahikawa: 1.5hr by the limited express.
From Hakodate: 3.3hr by the limited express Hokuto.
From New Chitose Airport: 37min by the rapid Airport.
From Otaru: 35min by rapid train, 50min by local train.


Intercity buses run to Hokkaido’s main cities from Sapporo. The new bus terminal is under construction until 2028. Temporary bus stops are dotted around JR Sapporo Station south gate.

Getting Around


The Nanboku and Toho subway lines stop at Sapporo (さっぽろ).


Chuo Bus 88 Sapporo Walk, which travels the city center, leaves from Tokyu department store south gate in front of Sapporo Station between 7am and 11pm. Bus 88 stops at Sapporo Factory, Sapporo Beer Garden, Bus Center, Odori Park and Tokeidai-mae (in front of the Clock Tower).


From April to November, rental bicycles are available at Ekichari Sapporo (えきチャリさっぽろ). Show your ID and fill in an English form. It is opposite JR Sapporo Station east gate.


Hokkaido-Sapporo Food & Tourism Information Center
Inside JR Sapporo Station west concourse, with well stock brochures all over Hokkaido, free Wi-Fi, a souvenir shop and a SIM vending machine. Multilingual staff can arrange JR tickets and accommodation booking.

Sapporo Station

札幌 | さっぽろ | 삿포로

Address:North 6 West 4, Kita-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

Distance:46km from New Chitose Airport