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Sapporo

Hokkaido’s capital, Sapporo, has so much more to offer than just snow. New parks, trendy restaurants and a spate of art gallery openings have transformed the city from ski town to cultural hub. Discover the new Sapporo with the help of our travel guide.

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Places to stay

There’s plenty of accommodation to choose from in Sapporo. While many hotels in the city are geared towards business travellers, unique boutique stays can be found at The Cross Hotel. If you’re looking to splurge on accommodation, stay at the luxurious Sapporo Grand Hotel or JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo.

For great shopping and some seriously tasty bowls of miso ramen, Sapporo's downtown entertainment district, Susukino is the place to be. A slightly more relaxed and peaceful stay can be found in the area of Nakajima Koen where reasonably priced accommodation is nestled amongst exquisite architecture and scenic parks.

Things to do

Famous for its winter festivities, ski fields and hot springs, Sapporo is a city of rich tradition, art and exquisite food. See the sculptures and intriguing artworks of the Sapporo Art Park and its outdoor Sculpture Garden or get lost in the Sapporo Odori Underground Walkway Gallery. Nijo Market is an easy win for touristy souvenirs while Jyogai Ichiba offers more exciting pieces.

Sapporo is home to delicious specialties of the region. Sweet tooths should schedule in a snack at Shiroi Koibito Park to see how their famous cookies are whipped up. If you like salty goods more than sugary treats must-eats include flavourful soup curry, grilled mutton known as Jingisukan and bowls of slurp-worthy miso ramen.

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Festivals

Sapporo hosts many unique festivals throughout the year. In January and February, enjoy the winter wonderland of snow sculptures, light shows and warming food stalls that take over the city during the famous Sapporo Snow Festival. See the city in full bloom at either the Lilac Festival that starts in May or the Flower Festival beginning in June. If you want beers over bouquets, July also sees the Beer Festival which fills Odori Park with all kinds of frothy goodness. Every season is festive in Sapporo. 

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Skiing

Direct flights from Sydney to Sapporo commence 16 December 2019 until 28 March 2020, making it easy to hit the famous ski slopes in Hokkaido - the powder capital of Japan.

Famous for its thriving food scene and annual snow festival, this vibrant city sits on the doorstep of one of the world’s best ski destinations. From the finest powder in Nikseko Ski Resort to the hot springs in the Hokkaido Mountains and the fascinating culture of Japan’s fifth largest city, Sapporo is the prefect destination for a magical winter holiday.

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Getting around

From the airport: The best way to get from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo city is via rapid train. Departing from the airport four times every hour, the journey takes just 35 mins and costs 1070 yen (one way). Otherwise buses operate from the airport to various parts of Sapporo every 15 mins and take around an hour to reach city-centre. Bus services connect Qantas flights to major ski resorts.

In and around the city: Sapporo’s subway and tram services make it super easy to get around the city. Grab a day pass from a nearby vending machine and enjoy unlimited use of Sapporo’s subway. Otherwise Sapporo city is very walkable. 

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