Sapporo was developed by the Japanese under the advisement of dozens of foreign experts, and as a result, Sapporo has a distinct Western atmosphere. With its parks, museums and annual festivals, Sapporo is a high priority for tourists in the northernmost island of Hokkaido.
The annual Sapporo Snow Festival is a particularly busy time in the city. In many ways, the Snow Festival has grown into Sapporo's defining event with sculptors and spectators pouring in from around the world. Hotels in Sapporo’s city center are especially busy in this season, so it's important to book early. Sapporo is also popular with skiers.
The summer months offer opportunities to enjoy the city's botanical gardens and forest parks. Museums are another major attraction, especially the Historical Village of Hokkaido
and the Museum of Modern Art
The major commercial district is south of Sapporo Station. The dining scene includes a range of delicious seafood restaurants and simple noodle shops. The larger hotels near Sapporo boast their own set of international restaurants as well.
Those who don't arrive via train at Sapporo Station will enter the region through New Chitose Airport
. Hotels near the airport are convenient for late arrivals, while the Skybus shuttle and a commuter train transfer passengers to the city center during regular hours.
Be sure to check out the interactive map of Sapporo for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.