Although not as famous as Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto, but since being chosen as the venue for the 1972 Winter Olympic Games, Sapporo has become more and more popular. Sapporo is not only the capital of Hokkaido Prefecture, but it is also considered the 5th largest city and one of the youngest cities in Japan. Sapporo is famous for skiing, snow crab and beer. So, if you are planning a trip to Sapporo and want to know when is the best time to visit Sapporo, how to get to Sapporo, what to do in Sapporo…? Let’s check it out our Sapporo travel blog (Sapporo blog) with the fullest Sapporo travel guide (Sapporo city guide, Sapporo Japan guide, Sapporo guide) for a wonderful trip to Sapporo on a budget for the first time with Living Nomads below.

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Sapporo during the-cherry blossom season
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Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine in winter
Odori Park, Sapporo
Odori Park, Sapporo. Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido Prefectrure. | sapporo travel guide
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Sapporo Beer Museum, must place to visit in Sapporo
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Sapporo Clock Tower, must visit attraction of Sapporo.
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Tourists enjoy uninterrupted views of Ishikari Bay and downtown Sapporo. Sapporo is where famous for winter sports such as skiing. | sapporo blog
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Mount Moiwa Observation Deck
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Sapporo downtown city at night
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Pork miso ramen from Sapporo, one of the mus eat food in Sapporo and Japan.
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Japan’s largest ice cream in Sapporo. Ice cream is one of the specialties you must try when visiting Sapporo. | sapporo travel blog
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Sapporo is the crab capital of Japan.

Sapporo city guide: When is the best time to visit Sapporo?

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Sapporo is a famous tourist city of Japan.

With favorable weather conditions, each season has its own unique beauty so you can make the trip to Sapporo at any time of the year. If you love nature, then summer is probably the best time to visit Sapporo. By this time the weather is warm, the temperature ranges between 25-30 degrees Celsius, not too hot, very suitable for sightseeing and natural discovery.

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Okurayama Viewing Point in summer
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Summer is the great time to visit Sapporo | sapporo japan guide
Sapporo has no rain in summer, the temperature is usually around 25 degrees Celsius and above, below 15 degrees Celsius in the late spring and early autumn.
Sapporo has no rain in summer, the temperature is usually around 25 degrees Celsius and above, below 15 degrees Celsius in the late spring and early autumn.

If you want to enjoy the cold of Japan and experience the exciting activities of Sapporo winter like skiing, you can come here in winter. However, keep in mind to bring thick, warm clothes, because nighttime temperatures often drop very low, which can drop to a minus zero Celsius degree.

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Sapporo in winter
Sapporo Teine
Sapporo Teine ski resort | sapporo travel blog
Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku
Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku
Sapporo Teine Ski Area
White snow covered mountain in Sapporo.

Or if you want to experience exciting, interesting festivals in Sapporo, then according to our Sapporo travel experience, we recommend making the trip in February. In this time, it is the time for the annual snow white festival, extremely exciting.

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Sapporo snow festival | sapporo blog
Sapporo snow festival
If you can arrange time, you should come here in the first week of February, when Sapporo Snow Festival gathers huge snow and ice sculptures around town. From mid-July to August, Odori Park transforms into a beer garden to celebrate the annual summer beer festival.

Sapporo travel blog: How to get from Tokyo to Sapporo?

Tokyo - Sapporo Map
Tokyo – Sapporo Map | sapporo travel blog

According to our research, the distance from Tokyo to Sapporo (central city of Hokkaido Prefecture) is quite far (about 1.157 km), depending on your financial conditions as well as time and weather, there are options suitable means of transport below.

By Air

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Tokyo Haneda International Airport

Planes are the easiest and fastest way to get from Tokyo to Sapporo. The airfares ranging from 15.000 to 45.000 yen, and if you book tickets on a discount, the round trip airfares can be reduced to 11.000 yen. There are about 80 flights from Haneda and Narita to New Chitose Aiport in Sapporo every day. Fly time lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Japan Airlines

You can refer to the airfare price of airlines from Tokyo to Sapporo for one way is as follows:

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Hokkaido International Airlines – Air Do Boeing | sapporo blog

Most flights use Handena Airport in Tokyo and Sapporo City’s Chitose Airport. Only a few flights use Narita Airport, Tokyo. The new Chitose Airport is located 30km southeast of Sapporo city center.

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New Chitose Airport | sapporo travel guide
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A plane of ANA landing at New Chitose Airport, Sapporo

Getting to Sapporo center from Chitose Airport

Taxi: After arriving at Chitose airport, you can catch a taxi to move into Sapporo city (about 30km). Taxi fees approximately ¥13.000 plus highway fees ¥1.000

Bus: In addition, the travel time takes about 60-90 minutes if you traveling by bus from the airport to the city center. Bus fare to Sapporo center is about ¥1.030.

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Bus from airport to Sapporo city.

Express train: You can also travel to Sapporo by the JR Kaisoku Airport express train, The airport express train takes about 35 minutes and the ticket price is ¥1.040. There is also a slow local train.

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New Chitose Airport Station where you can catch the train to Sapporo city. | sapporo japan guide

By Normal train and Shinkansen

Normal train

Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station

There are normal trains from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station. The train stops at Hakodate is the last place of Hokkaido and is not very close to Sapporo. The travel time is about 4 hours to 4.5 hours, compared to an airplane of 1 hour and 30 minutes, this means of transport takes longer time and the ticket is quite high.

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Train preparing departs from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station | sapporo city guide

Depending on the coaches and the quality of the seats, there are different ticket prices ranging from 8.000 yen to 9.000 yen/one way). Book tickets from Tokyo to Hakodate here.

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Platform of Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station

Shinkansen

Shinkansen train entering Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
Shinkansen train entering Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station

If you do not want to travel by normal train, you can move to Sapporo using the Hokkaido Shinkansen high speed train which has been opened since March 26, 2016. The Shinkansen go straight from Tokyo station to Shin-Aomori station, then change line Shinkansen from Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate Hokuto station.

Shin-Aomori Station
Shin-Aomori Station
Shin-Aomori Station
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  • From Tokyo to Shin-Aomori: This is a train line with very few trips during the day, there are about 15 trips/day, travel time is 4 hours, the ticket price ranging from 17.350 Yen to 27.110 Yen (Depending on the type of seat you choose).
  • From Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station: There are about 14 train trips/day, the tickets are ranging from $67.93 – $75.45, the travel distance is 360 km, the travel time is about 2 hours 30 minutes.
JR Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station Shinkansen Gates (inside the gate)
The Shinkansen gates of JR Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station

After that, you will have to move to regular trains, buses, or other means to get to Sapporo city. You can find out more about this type of transportation: Hokkaido Shinkansen.

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JR Pass

This ticket is equal with the 7-day train package of the JR Rail Pass, if you buy this package you can go to any train in the country, so if you prefer long-term travel, consider buying a ticket from JR Pass. Buy JR Pass here. And read more: JR Pass — Top 11 things about Japan Rail Pass you need to know.

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jr pass hokkaido

By Bus

There is no bus service from Tokyo to Sapporo. If you like, you can take the bus to Aomori. From there, take a ferry to Hakodate (in Hokkaido) and then take the bus to Sapporo.

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Chuo Bus from Hakodate to Sapporo

The bus from Hakodate to Sapporo runs with the journey of day and night. So you can go anytime without worrying about time issues. Travel time takes about 46 hours/trip. Depeding on departure time, sometimes seats will run out, so you should buy tickets in advance from the their booking website. Tickets cost about 4,000 yen/trip.

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Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry to Hakodate
inside Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry to hakodate
Interior of ferry | sapporo travel blog

Note: The total cost you have to spend is about 11.000 yen if you travel from Tokyo to Sapporo. Because in addition to the bus fee from Hakodate to Sapporo, you have to pay an extra transfer ferry fee from Aomori to the Hakodate. Alternatively, if you choosing a luxury cabin to get to the Hakodate may cost you more.

Self-driving

Hokkaido is also famous for its wide roads. Many passengers like to drive on such roads. If you use a rental car, you can go to from Tokyo to Kanto, Tohoku and to Hokkaido.

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Self drive to Hokkaido

The cost you have to pay if travel from Tokyo to Sapporo is about 15.000 to 17.000 yen for freeway fee from Tokyo to Aomori (it takes about 8 hours to travel). Then from Hakodate to Sapporo will cost about 6.000 yen (travel time is about 3.5 hours). In addition, there is also a high gasoline fee for a long distance.

Ferry

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Ferry from Oarai to Tomakomai map

You can catch a bus or train to Oarai in Ibaraki Prefecture (1 hour from Tokyo) for 9.000 yen/way if travel by train. Then from Tomakomai catch a ferry to southern Sapporo. The ferry departs in the evening, and a trip takes 19 hours. You can also rent a cabin for a more comfortable accommodation. The cheapest room is a dormitory room. The ferry also has a restaurant so don’t worry about starving during the trip. However, on the ferry is not very private. See schedule and buy ferry ticket at MOL ferry.

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MOL ferry from Tomakomai to Sapporo.
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Inside MOL Ferry cabin | sapporo guide

Sapporo blog: Getting around Sapporo

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Odori park, the central of Sapporo

The central Sapporo area is quite small so it is easy to access many tourist attractions by foot, but there are also three subway lines, Japan Rail trams, electric vehicles, and many buses. Subway fees are calculated based on the distance you travel, but you can buy a card with an unlimited number of trips per day for ¥800 if you need a lot of travel. JR trains are mainly for those who want to go outside the city.

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Sapporo bus | sapporo city guide
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Modern bus stop
Sapporo Subway & Street Car Map
Sapporo Subway & Street Car Map | sapporo japan guide
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Sapporo one-day ticket for subway
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Inside Sapporo subway | sapporo city guide
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Sapporo Tram

Sapporo japan guide: Where to stay?

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Hotel Mystays Sapporo Aspen. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Sapporo city is one of the most famous tourist spots in Hokkaido, so the accommodation here is very diverse. Guests can easy choose the hotel that suits your travel budget. Here are some cheap, mid-range and high class hotels in Sapporo with good ratings and reviews that you can refer to.

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Nukumori-no-yado Furukawa (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com)
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Dormy Inn Sapporo ANNEX, 8.6 ratings on Booking.com, room rates from $30. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Hotel Sunroute New Sapporo: A 3-star hotel with good facilities, fully equipped, comfortable, ensuring guests coming here will not be disappointed at the hotel. Furthermore, Hotel Sunroute New Sapporo also has massage service to help customers relax at any time. The room rates from $47/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Hotel Sunroute New Sapporo (1)
Hotel Sunroute New Sapporo | sapporo city guide

Address: 1-1 Nishi 6, Minami-Ni-Jo, Sapporo, Sapporo, Japan, 060-0062

Mercure Hotel Sapporo: Considered as a beautiful, quality hotel in Sapporo you should not miss. With a convenient location, ideal with complete equipment, professional service staff … meet all standards in all aspects. The room rates from $84/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Exterior view

Mercure Hotel Sapporo

Address: Minami 4-jo Nishi 2-chome Chuo-ku , Sapporo, Sapporo, Japan, 064-0804

Sapporo Grand Hotel: A 5-star hotel, very suitable for relaxation. Because when you come to Sapporo Grand Hotel, you are not only satisfied with all the services of the hotel, but you also have the opportunity to experience many great utilities such as: Massage, sauna, gym, garden, .. that always helps you relax. The room rates from $89/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Sapporo Grand Hotel

Sapporo Grand Hotel (1)

Address: 4 Nishi, Kita-Ichi-Jo Chuo-Ku, Sapporo, Sapporo, Japan, 060-0001

Guesthouse The Stay Sapporo: The guesthouse is located in the city center of Sapporo, from here guests can easily access popular attractions in the city like Sankichi Temple, Odori Park, Sapporo JR Tower and Hokkaido Old Government Office Building. The room rates from $13/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Guesthouse The Stay Sapporo | sapporo travel blog

Guesthouse The Stay Sapporo3

Address: 1008-10 minami5jo nishi9chome, Sapporo, Sapporo, Japan, 064-0805

New Otani Inn Sapporo: Romantic hotel close to many tourist attractions like Clock Tower, Sapporo JR Tower and Sapporo Television Tower … All rooms are fully equipped with amenities such as television, wifi, refrigerator, minibar, private bathroom, luxury furniture, .. The hotel will be a great destination for travelers when visiting Sapporo. The room rates from $60/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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4-star hotel
New Otani Inn Sapporo (1)
Premium Double Room

Address: Nishi 1-chome, Kita 2-jo, Chuo-Ku, Sapporo, Sapporo, Japan, 060-0002.

Hotel Okura Sapporo: This hotel is about a 10-minute walk from Curb Market, Odori Park, Clock Tower and Sapporo TV Tower. With 147 rooms equipped with advanced facilities such as bathtub and free wifi and private yard. The hotel will be the best place to stay if you want to find a stop. The room rates from $56/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Hotel Okura Sapporo | sapporo guide

Hotel Okura Sapporo (1)

Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae: (Address: 1-7 Kita 3 jo Nishi 1 cho-me, Chuo-ku, Hokkaido , Sapporo, Sapporo, Japan, 060-0003), a 3-star hotel with 8.7 ratings on Agoda.com. The room rates from $62/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae

Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae (1)

Ibis Styles Sapporo: (Address: Nishi 3chome 10 10, Minami 8jo Chuo ku, Sapporo, Sapporo, Japan, 0640808), a 3-star hotel with 8.9 ratings on Agoda.com. The room rates from $53/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Ibis Styles Sapporo
Ibis Styles Sapporo
Ibis Styles Sapporo
Superior 2 Single Beds, Non Smoking

Hotel Keihan Sapporo: (Address: 1-9, 6-chome, Kita-6-Jyo-Nishi, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Sapporo, Japan, 060-0806), a 4-star hotel with 8.4 ratings on Agoda.com. The room rates from $35/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Hotel Keihan Sapporo

Hotel Keihan Sapporo (1)

You can find more, check rates, availability & booking for Sapporo hotels on Agoda.com or Booking.com.

Sapporo japan guide: What to do?

Odori Park

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Odori, the heart of Sapporo

Odori Park is a block stretching 1.5km, surrounding Sapporo, dividing the city into the north and south. From here can see nearby mountains very poetic. The park often hosts many different events, such as the Winter Snow Festival and the summer beer festival. You can buy local specialties like corn and steamed potatoes in hawker stalls all year round.

Odori Park, Sapporo
Odori Park, Sapporo
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Sun bathe in the summer | sapporo travel blog
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Ice sculptures

Visit this Sapporo sightseeing spot you will be admired the green garden, cool fountain and exquisite sculptures and shopping as well as an underground exhibition area at gallery of Odori Park subway station.

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Underground gallery

Gallery under the Sapporo Odori subway station

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Gallery under the Sapporo Odori subway station
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Odori park in the winter.

Address: 7 Chome Odorinishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0042, Japan
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: +81 11-251-0438

Visit Otaru: The miniature of “Amsterdam”

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Otaru canal | sapporo blog

Otaru resembles Dutch cities as a replica with red brick buildings. Besides, the Otaru canal system seems to be stretched from far away to Holland, allowing you to walk comfortably in sunny days. The city is famous for its crystal products, glass and handmade music boxes. Try local Otaru beer at this brand’s Bavarian restaurant. You can visit Otaru on the coast of Japanese Sea easily in one day. Express train with ticket price ¥640 will take you there after 30 minutes.

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Otaru beer | sapporo travel guide

Bravarian restaurant

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The port city of Otaru at night.

Mt. Moiwa (Moiwayama)

Mount Moiwa Observation Deck
Mount Moiwa Observation Deck

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