City of Sapporo / 札幌市.

Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

Sapporo (map) is the capital and largest city of the northern island of Hokkaido. One of Japan’s newest and nicest cities, it has little in the way of traditional architecture. But what it lacks in “Japanese-ness” it makes up for with its lovely open, tree-filled boulevards to enjoy in summer and excellent snow in the long winter.

The annual Sapporo Snow Festival draws more than 2 million tourists from abroad. Other notable sites include the Sapporo Beer Museum (map), which is the only beer museum in Japan, and the Sapporo TV Tower (map) located in Odori Park.

Sapporo has four distinct seasons. Temperatures are generally cool and pleasant in a summer, making it a popular place to escape the heat that grips much of the rest of Japan. Winters are harsh by Japanese standards, Sapporo is one of the snowiest cities in the world.

Hoheikyo Onsen (豊平峡温泉, map) Probably the most beautiful outdoor hotspring that is easily accessible from Sapporo. Separate areas for male and female guests offer an indoor bathing area and a large outdoor pool with mountain view. Massage, a beer bar and a restaurant (Indian curry or Japanese soba) are available on site. A free shuttle bus departs daily from Makomanai subway station (map).

Hokkaido Pioneer Village (開拓の村, map). A large historical village on the outskirts of Sapporo, offers a snapshot of Japan in the newly-industrialised age. The front gate (an old railway station) opens up into a series of opens alleys and buildings of the style pre-20th century. Also a variety of different gardens and shrines.

Jōzankei (定山渓, map) – on the southern outskirts of Sapporo, but still in the city, a 40- to 60-minute drive. This area is famous for its onsen (due perhaps to proximity to Sapporo), and for the very beautiful autumn colours (especially around the Hōheikyō Dam). Accessible by public bus from the JR Sapporo station with multiple departures daily.

Sapporo Art Park (札幌芸術の森, map). Containing over 74 modern and contemporary sculptures, this art park makes for a great day trip.

Nijō Ichiba (二条市場, map). Sapporo’s equivalent to Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji Fish Market, this is where the best of Hokkaido’s catch is traded — and like its Tokyo counterpart, there are many restaurants here offering top-quality, cut-price sushi and sashimi. Popular with locals and tourists alike.

Aji No Tokeidai (味の時計台, map). The best-known ramen noodle chain in Sapporo, now franchised around the country. Many famous people have eaten here including former Japanese prime minister, Tomiichi Murayama.

Susukino (すすきの, map), to the south of the center, is one of Japan’s largest nightlife (and red-light) districts.

Niseko (map), arguably Japan’s top destination for powder skiing and snowboarding, is two hours away by bus.

 

Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Sapporo Municipal Subway (+ sapporostation.com)

For sorting through transport schedules and fares, HyperDia is an invaluable companion; it computes to-the-minute directions including connecting trains, as well as buses and planes.

Also сheck оut мore info: Transportation in Japan (japan.travel) • Transportation (japan-guide.com)

BUS: Japan Bus Online is a comprehensive website that allows you to search for and book bus tickets across Japan. Willer Express is a major bus company in Japan that offers long-distance bus services. + Highway Bus / JR Bus / kate.co.jp.

TRAIN: Japan Railways (JR): The official website of Japan Railways provides information about train routes, schedules, fares, and services offered by JR. + Central JRWest JREast JR

AIRPORT: New Chitose Airport – The route from Tokyo, particularly Haneda, is the one of the most heavily traveled in the world.

Most international flights arrive at either Narita Airport near Tokyo or Kansai Airport near Osaka; a smaller number use Chubu International Airport near Nagoya.

WATERWAYS: Direct Ferries • Ferry Sunflower • Willer Ferry

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Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

Foreign Residents Support Center (FRESC) MOFA Visa Information. + JAPAN eVISA – for online visa application to visit Japan.

HyperDia.Com

HyperDia is a service which offers the route of the railway and the aviation within Japan. Rental car and hotels etc around the station.

Tokyo Cheapo.

A website focused on budget travel in Tokyo, providing tips on affordable accommodation, dining, transportation, and free/cheap activities.

HyperDia – A website for checking train schedules, routes, and fares in Japan. It’s particularly helpful for planning your train travel.

Japan Rail Pass – If you plan to explore Japan using the Japan Rail Pass, their official website provides information on pass types, eligibility, prices, and how to purchase.

Tokyo Cheapo – A website focused on budget travel in Tokyo, providing tips on affordable accommodation, dining, transportation, and free/cheap activities.

Explore Accessible Japan

Food

Just One Cookbook – A popular website featuring authentic Japanese recipes, including traditional dishes, street food, and regional specialties.

Savor Japan – An online guide to Japanese food and dining, featuring information on traditional cuisine, sushi, sake, local specialties, and more. It includes restaurant listings and articles.