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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Hokkaido
Sapporo 
# 16   of 178 destinations
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Odori Park

Sapporo ("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 (27 votes)
Visited by: 69 users
 2  Historic Village
Open air museum about Hokkaido.
User rating: 80/100 (134 votes)
Visited by: 268 users
 3  Teine Ski Resort
Attractive ski resort just outside the city center.
User rating: 82/100 (9 votes)
Visited by: 27 users
 4  Shiroi Koibito Park
Chocolate factory, shop and museum.
User rating: 81/100 (141 votes)
Visited by: 293 users
 5  Sapporo Beer Museum
Museum of the Sapporo Beer Breweries.
User rating: 79/100 (265 votes)
Visited by: 541 users
 6  Mount Moiwa
Small mountain with views of Sapporo.
User rating: 78/100 (98 votes)
Visited by: 212 users
 7  Sapporo Factory
Attractive shopping and entertainment complex.
User rating: 76/100 (75 votes)
Visited by: 170 users
 8  Susukino
Sapporo's entertainment district.
User rating: 75/100 (268 votes)
Visited by: 560 users
 9  Botanic Garden
Attractive park with a small Ainu museum.
User rating: 75/100 (116 votes)
Visited by: 262 users
 10  Okurayama Ski Jump
Former olympic ski jump stadium.
User rating: 75/100 (81 votes)
Visited by: 185 users
 11  Odori Park
Pleasant public park in the city center.
User rating: 75/100 (391 votes)
Visited by: 795 users
 12  Curb Market
Seafood market outside of the wholesale market.
User rating: 74/100 (16 votes)
Visited by: 44 users
 13  Nijo Market
Fresh food market in the city center.
User rating: 73/100 (134 votes)
Visited by: 304 users
 14  Sapporo Station
Central railway station with observation deck.
User rating: 69/100 (170 votes)
Visited by: 390 users
 15  Clock Tower
A symbolic landmark in central Sapporo.
User rating: 61/100 (439 votes)
Visited by: 957 users
Events
 1  Sapporo Snow Festival
Featuring large snow sculptures.
User rating: 95/100 (219 votes)
Visited by: 407 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 (130 votes)
Visited by: 286 users
 2  Otaru
Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.
User rating: 84/100 (442 votes)
Visited by: 1024 users
 3  Noboribetsu
Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort.
User rating: 83/100 (179 votes)
Visited by: 427 users
 4  Lake Toya
Site of Mount Usu, an active volcano.
User rating: 78/100 (119 votes)
Visited by: 324 users
 5  Lake Shikotsu
Picturesque caldera lake near Sapporo.
User rating: 72/100 (55 votes)
Visited by: 144 users
 6  Rusutsu
Attractive ski resort near Niseko.
User rating: 74/100 (44 votes)
Visited by: 117 users
 7  Jozankei Onsen
Popular hot spring resort near Sapporo.
User rating: 72/100 (60 votes)
Visited by: 147 users
  

Access and Orientation
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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 - with lowest rates by selected hotel reservation websites
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 856 users):
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English Links
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Japanese Links
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