Hokkaido’s 150-year-old capital and Japan’s fifth-largest city, Sapporo (札幌) is a spacious and laid-back place. The compact city center is well-laid-out and it has a lot of parks dotted with Western-style historical landmarks, which makes a pleasant stroll.
With grand-scale parks, excellent ski areas, relaxed onsen and varied museums popping up around the city. Visitors enjoy Hokkaido-style dining scene, drinking options, joyful concerts, lively snow and food festivals throughout the year.
Getting There & Around
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TO DO 01
Strolling Around the Dynamic Sapporo Station
Hokkaido’s largest train terminal, Sapporo Station (simply called Satsu-eki to locals) is a good base for exploring the city. The train station area has a massive shopping complex, high-rise hotel and observation deck.
TO DO 02
Enjoying the Seasonal Festivals & Shopping in Odori
Sapporo’s most famous park across the city center, Odori Park is planted with trees and colorful flowers. The world-famous Snow Festival and seasonal food events are held here.
TO DO 03
Seeing Colorful Night Neon & Temples in Susukino
One of Japan’s major nightlife districts, the lively Susukino filled with thousands of bars, izakaya (taverns) and sunakku (pubs). There are several historic temples and shrines around the town.
TO DO 04
Wandering Through Cultural Nakajima Park
Popular with locals and students, this oasis of green is the cultural heart of Sapporo with a concert hall and a few historic buildings. You can rent free cross-country ski gear in winter.
TO DO 05
Finding Sosei-gawa East’s Old-Sapporo Feel
On the eastern bank of Sosei-gawa, Central Sapporo’s eastern neighborhoods have a more human scale, with old factories, small shops and breweries.
TO DO 06
Taking in the Grand View of Sapporo From Moiwa-yama
Moiwa-yama (531m) offering breathtaking views over Sapporo, especially after dark. This preserved leafy mountain can be climb by ropeway. There is also a family-friendly slopes for skiers.
TO DO 07
Walking Across Hokkaido University
Established in 1876 as Sapporo Agricultural College, Hokkaido University lie in spacious leafy grounds. The grounds are open to all and you will find a wide variety of historic buildings.
TO DO 08
Going on the Trails Around the Leafy Maruyama Park
Hugging the gentle mountains and forest, the leafy Maruyama Park is an easy-going and popular holiday destination. Maruyama area has a nice shrine, attractive zoo, baseball and ski jump stadiums.
TO DO 09
Soaking in the Riverside Jozankei Onsen
Jozankei is Sapporo’s closest onsen resort surrounded by forested mountains. It is well worth a day trip or an overnight from Sapporo for a relaxing.
TO DO 10
Learning About Hokkaido’s History in Nopporo Forest Park
If you want to know more about Hokkaido’s history and nature, this sprawling prefectural forest park should be your first stop. It is the home to Hokkaido Museum and Historical Village of Hokkaido.
TO DO 11
Soaking Up the Art Scene in Moerenuma Park
This grand-scale artistic park was designed by the world-famous sculptor Isamu Noguchi. The park is dotted with a variety of geometric objects, such as artificial mountains and fountains.