First Time Tourists Guide in Sapporo, JAPAN

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Sapporo is situated at the scenic northernmost main island of Japan

It is the heart of Hokkaido that famous for beer, skiing, and lovely views

Visiting Sapporo during winter for Snow Festival is a must for a first-time travelers

 

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SIGHTSEEING

Enjoy the scenery of scenic streetscape from the view at Otaru Canal. It is situated around 38 km away from Sapporo. In the late 19th century, this city used to be a port town. So you will see old warehouse buildings renovated as restaurants, shops, or museums.

Otaru Canal

Flanked by restaurants, shops & vendors, this historic canal has a romantic, old-timey ambiance

Address : 5 Minatomachi, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0007, Jepang

DOWNTOWN

The heart of Hokkaido is Sapporo which known to have best beer in Japan. Touring Sapporo Beer Museum can be a great alternative when visiting the downtown area.

Sapporo Beer Museum

a former factory, with exhibits, tours & paid tastings of a beer museum

Address : 9 Chome-1-1 Kita 7 Johigashi, Sapporo, Hokkaido 065-8633, Japan

SHOPPING

Sapporo is a shopper's paradise. There are 11 famous shopping spots there. Find the most superb shopping mall in Sapporo Stellar Place. If you can't go further, ESTA, a shopping mall can be an alternative for its direct access to Sapporo Station.

Sapporo Station

Expansive, contemporary railway & metro station connected to an array of shops & restaurants

Address : 4 Chome Kita 6 Jonishi, Kita Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0806, Jepang

Sapporo Stellar Place

Sprawling mall in JR Tower with hundreds of shops, plus a food court, restaurants & cinema

Address : 2 Chome Kita 5 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0005, Jepang

FOOD & DRINK

Sapporo is a foodie paradise. The best dishes in Sapporo are King Crab (Tarabagani), Snow Crab (Zuwaigani) and Hairy crab (Kegani). Basically, it is best to taste seafood in winter. For a note, Sapporo beer is a must while enjoying seafood in Sapporo.

CULTURE

Sapporo is an modern city with its city cultures but still adheres to its Japanese roots.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Sapporo is most popular with its outdoor snow activities, like skiing and snowboarding. Thus, the most popular time to visit is in winter season. It's best from December to February. You can visit the Sapporo Snow Festival in Odori Park around the time.

Odori Park

Iconic park full of flowerbeds & fountains, hosting frequent events throughout the year

Address : 7 Chome Odorinishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0042, Japan

HOTEL

If you are going to travel Hokkaido by train, you should book Mitsui Garden Hotel Sapporo since it's only 5 minutes away from Sapporo Station. The Mitsui Garden Hotel offers comfortable accommodation and amenities for the visitors. The hotel also has the much needed public bath for guests to relax their bodies after a long journey exploring Hokkaido. But, if you visit Sapporo for Snow Festival, Hotel Resol Trinity Sapporo is a better choice as the hotel faces directly at the festival venue (Odori Park).

Mitsui Garden Hotel Sapporo

Streamlined hotel in a modern building

Address : 6 Chome-18-3 Kita 5 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0005, Japan

Hotel Resol Trinity Sapporo

Modern hotel across the street from Odori Park

Address : Jepang, 〒060-0042 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Odorinishi, 5 Chome−3

RESTAURANT

Japan is known as home for sushi. You can't miss sushi when you are in Japan. In Sapporo, enjoy the best quality of sushi in Hanamaru Sushi Restaurant. In winter, Sapporo has the best ramen to enjoy in dreary weather like snow. Ramen Kyowakaku is one of the best ramens in the whole region.

Hanamaru Sushi Restaurant

Sushi bar and restaurant for family

Address : Japan, 〒060-0005 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Kita 5 Jonishi, 2 Chome, JRタワーステラプレイス 6階

Ramen Kyowakaku

A gathering of a number of Ramen restaurants

Address : Jepang, 〒060-0005 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, 北5条西2丁目 エスタ 10階

CAFE

Tsubaki Sunset Cafe offers a cliff-edge view facing the sea. Relax while having delicious ginger tea or coffee. The scenery is wide open to be seen through their window. For coffee addicts, Baristart Coffee is a must to try. Enjoy a cup of coffee while relaxing in the view of Hokkaido.

Baristart Coffee Sapporo

good quality coffee with nice design cafe

Address : Jepang, 〒060-0063 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Minami 3 Jonishi, 5 Chome−14 三条美松ビル 2F

Tsubaki Sunset Cafe

a cliff-edge sea-facing view cafe

Address : Niikappu-chō-77-1 Okaribe, Niikappu, Niikappu District, Hokkaido 059-2411, Jepang

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

To the nightlife lovers who find a foreigner-friendly club in Sapporo, the Club Booty night club is the answer. If you want to enjoy a beer with a different atmosphere, Sapporo Beer Garden is the place to enjoy a beer with all you can eat buffet. This place is famous as the Genghis Khan in Sapporo.

Sapporo Beer Museum

a former factory, with exhibits, tours & paid tastings of a beer museum

Address : 9 Chome-1-1 Kita 7 Johigashi, Sapporo, Hokkaido 065-8633, Japan

Club Booty

Best place to dance in Sapporo

Address : 4 Chome Minami 7 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-0807, Jepang

INTERESTING PLACE

Explore the historic views in Hakodate port. Take early morning 6/7am train from Sapporo to Hakodate. The memories of historic events still hang all over the sides. But if you are in search of nature, Noboribetsu is a great place for you who want to relax with at a natural hot spring foot bath!

Hakodate Port

one of the main ports in northern Japan

Address : 27 Toyokawacho, Hakodate, Hokkaido 040-0065, Jepang

Noboribetsu Hot Spring

Wonderful onsen experience in the land of hot springs

Address : Noboribetsuonsencho, Noboribetsu, Hokkaido 059-0551, Jepang

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Moerenuma Park, a unique designed and very wide park in Sapporo will fill your Instagram post with its attractive green spaces. The park is filled with great view spots of man made features for your photo stocks. The other placer to visit for its Instagramable spots is Farm Tomita. With the farm view, it will be a beautiful background for your Instagram post.

Farm Tomita

Flower farm featuring vast lavender fields (seasonal) & a shop for lavender ice cream, food & drink

Address : 15号 Kisenkita, Nakafurano, Sorachi District, Hokkaido 071-0704, Japan

Moerenuma Park

Innovative park designed by sculptor Isamu Noguchi, with a museum, wading pool & playgrounds

Address : 1-1 Moerenumakoen, Higashi Ward, Hokkaido 007-0011, Japan