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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Hokkaido
Sapporo 
# 16   of 179 destinations
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Odori Park

Sapporo (Dy, "important river flowing through a plain" in Ainu language) is the capital of Hokkaido and Japan's fifth largest city. Sapporo is also one of the nation's youngest major cities. In 1857, the city's population stood at just seven people.

In the beginning of the Meiji Period, when the development of Hokkaido was started on a large scale, Sapporo was chosen as the island's administrative center and enlarged according to the advice of foreign specialists. Consequently, Sapporo was built based on a North American style rectangular street system.

Sapporo became world famous in 1972 when the Olympic Winter Games were held there. Today, the city is well known for its ramen, beer, and the annual snow festival held in February.

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Attractions
Sightseeing Spots
 1  Moerenuma Park
Unique city park designed by Isamu Noguchi.
User rating: 86/100 (26 votes)
Visited by: 72 users
 2  Historic Village
Open air museum about Hokkaido.
User rating: 79/100 (134 votes)
Visited by: 271 users
 3  Shiroi Koibito Park
Chocolate factory, shop and museum.
User rating: 81/100 (142 votes)
Visited by: 297 users
 4  Teine Ski Resort
Attractive ski resort just outside the city center.
User rating: 80/100 (10 votes)
Visited by: 30 users
 5  Sapporo Beer Museum
Museum of the Sapporo Beer Breweries.
User rating: 79/100 (274 votes)
Visited by: 552 users
 6  Mount Moiwa
Small mountain with views of Sapporo.
User rating: 78/100 (98 votes)
Visited by: 216 users
 7  Susukino
Sapporo's entertainment district.
User rating: 75/100 (272 votes)
Visited by: 565 users
 8  Botanic Garden
Attractive park with a small Ainu museum.
User rating: 75/100 (119 votes)
Visited by: 267 users
 9  Okurayama Ski Jump
Former olympic ski jump stadium.
User rating: 75/100 (81 votes)
Visited by: 188 users
 9  Sapporo Factory
Attractive shopping and entertainment complex.
User rating: 75/100 (81 votes)
Visited by: 175 users
 11  Odori Park
Pleasant public park in the city center.
User rating: 75/100 (400 votes)
Visited by: 808 users
 12  Curb Market
Seafood market outside of the wholesale market.
User rating: 74/100 (16 votes)
Visited by: 45 users
 13  Nijo Market
Fresh food market in the city center.
User rating: 73/100 (137 votes)
Visited by: 307 users
 14  Sapporo Station
Central railway station with observation deck.
User rating: 69/100 (177 votes)
Visited by: 400 users
 15  Clock Tower
A symbolic landmark in central Sapporo.
User rating: 62/100 (448 votes)
Visited by: 970 users
Events
 1  Sapporo Snow Festival
Featuring large snow sculptures.
User rating: 95/100 (225 votes)
Visited by: 416 users
  
Special Interest Guides
  Hokkaido Food Guide
  Guide to the local cuisine of Sapporo and Hokkaido.
  Sapporo Cherry Blossom Spots
  A list of popular cherry blossom spots in Sapporo.
Side Trips from Sapporo
 1  Niseko
Leading snow resort with lots of powder snow.
User rating: 86/100 (134 votes)
Visited by: 292 users
 2  Otaru
Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.
User rating: 83/100 (452 votes)
Visited by: 1040 users
 3  Noboribetsu
Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort.
User rating: 83/100 (181 votes)
Visited by: 432 users
 4  Lake Toya
Site of Mount Usu, an active volcano.
User rating: 78/100 (122 votes)
Visited by: 331 users
 5  Lake Shikotsu
Picturesque caldera lake near Sapporo.
User rating: 72/100 (56 votes)
Visited by: 146 users
 6  Rusutsu
Attractive ski resort near Niseko.
User rating: 74/100 (45 votes)
Visited by: 119 users
 7  Jozankei Onsen
Popular hot spring resort near Sapporo.
User rating: 72/100 (60 votes)
Visited by: 149 users
  

Access and Orientation
Access and Orientation
How to get to and around Sapporo.

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Hotels and Ryokan
Sapporo offers many business and tourist hotels especially around in the most convenient downtown area between Sapporo Station and Odori Park. Many cheaper hotels are located somewhat less conveniently south of Susukino.
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Recommended Hotels around Sapporo
Air Terminal Hotel
Hotel conveniently located inside Shin-Chitose Airport.
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JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo
Very popular hotel inside the tower that rises above Sapporo Station.
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Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo
One of the best values in town, the Keio Plaza is located just a short walk from Sapporo Station.
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Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae
Reliable business hotel, a five minute walk from Sapporo Station.
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User Ratings
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User Rating (by 872 users):
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  recommended

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English Links
Sapporo City
Official English website.
Welcome to Sapporo
Official English website of the local tourism association.

Japanese Links
Sapporo City
Official website.

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