The transport hub of Sapporo Station area is a convenience for travel out of the city and for JR pass holders. Odori is a hub of subway lines and the perfect place to enjoy shopping and local festivals.
If you are seeking respite from the busy city center, there are several mid-range hotels around Shin-Sapporo, Toyohira, Shiroishi, Makomanai and Teine.
Jozankei is Sapporo’s closest onsen resort in the northern part of Shikotsu-Tōya National Park. It is well worth an overnight stay from the city center.