Sapporo, a lively city in the northern corner of Japan, is renowned for its beer, skiing, and snow. But this vibrant metropolis offers so much more to explore. Take your time to discover the city's beautiful parks, historic sites, and bustling shopping districts. Sample the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants, or attend a festival to fully experience Sapporo's rich cultural offerings. With so much to see and do, Sapporo is a must-visit destination for any traveler.
The easiest way around Sapporo is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. Though, some sights are located a bit further ahead, where a car or bus might be necessary.
Travelers can also opt to buy the following passes to get around:
Travelers who come by train should get off at Sapporo station.
The nearest and most convenient airport is New Chitose airport.
We recommend staying here between two and three days.
The hiking season in this area typically runs from Summer until Autumn
Ski resorts in Japan typically run from January until April. Though this can differ from year to year, depending on the amount of snow.
Takino Snow World Family Ski Resort: click here for the most up-to-date information.
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort: click here for the most up-to-date information.
Sapporo Teine: click here for the most up-to-date information.
Sapporo Moiwayama Ski Area: click here for the most up-to-date information.
Bankei Ski Area: click here for the most up-to-date information.
Snow Cruise Onze: click here for the most up-to-date information.
There are several festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed slightly in the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information.
For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.
Sapporo Snow Festival
Date: February 4th until February 11th
Flower Festival Sapporo
Date: June 22nd until June 30th
Time: 10:00 - 18:00
Sapporo Summer Festival
Date: July 19th until August 16th
Doshin UHB Fireworks Festival
Date: July 26th
Time: 19:40 - 20:30
Hokkai Bon Odori
Date: August 10th until August 16th
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Fighters Fireworks Festival
Date: August 17th
Time: 19:30 - ???
HTB Railway Festival
Date: August 24th and 25th
Time: 10:00 - 18:00
Sapporo Autumn Fest
Date: September 6th until September 29th
Time: 10:00 - 20:30
Date: September 7th
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Sapporo Okadama Airport Festival
Date: September 8th
Time: 09:00 - 15:00