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Getting to Sapporo

By air
  • 3.5 h
  • ¥ 7,000 - 40,000

Tokyo-Sapporo is one of the world's busiest air routes with dozens of flights per day, operated by JAL, ANA, Air Do, Skymark, Peach Aviation, Jetstar Japan and Spring Airlines Japan. The majority of flights use Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Sapporo's New Chitose Airport, but quite a few flights also use Tokyo's Narita Airport.

Flight duration is about 90 minutes. The regular one way fares by the conventional airlines are as high as around 40,000 yen, but thanks to a wide range of discount offers, one way fares of around or under 10,000 yen are often available. Skymark, Peach Aviation, Jetstar Japan and Spring Airlines Japan tend to have the lowest fares (sometimes under 5000 yen), especially to/from Narita.

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By ferry
  • 24 h
  • ¥ 15,000

There are long distance ferries between Oarai Port, 100 kilometers northeast of Tokyo and Tomakomai Port, 50 kilometers south of Sapporo. The one way ferry ride takes about 19 hours and costs 11,000 yen in the cheapest class. View our ferry information page for more details, including port access information.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

No major city in Japan is easier to navigate than Sapporo with its rectangular street layout and simple addressing system: City blocks are named and numbered according to the point of compass, with the apex at the eastern end of Odori Park. The Sapporo Beer Museum, for example, is located in city block "North 7, East 9", i.e. in the 7th block north and 9th block east of the apex.

Three subway lines, a tram line and many bus companies (JR Hokkaido Bus, Hokkaido Chuo Bus and Jotetsu Bus) provide Sapporo with an efficient network of public transportation. The Japan Rail Pass, Hokkaido Rail Pass and Hokkaido Free Pass are valid on local buses operated by JR Hokkaido Bus.

Sapporo has two airports. The main airport, New Chitose Airport, is reached in a 35 minute train ride hour south from the city center and handles most of the city's domestic and international air traffic. The much smaller Okadama Airport is more centrally located, but has only a small number of flights other cities in Hokkaido.

Passes and Tickets

The following one day passes are available for Sapporo:

  • Subway 1-Day Card (830 yen)
    Unlimited use of Sapporo's three subway lines on one calendar day. Note that a discounted pass is available on weekends (see below).
  • Donichika Ticket (520 yen)
    Unlimited use of Sapporo's three subway lines on one calendar day. The pass is only available on weekends, public holidays and from December 29 to January 3.

Prepaid cards make the process of taking subways and buses easier, as you do not always need to buy a new ticket for each ride. Some of them also give small discounts. Prepaid cards can be purchased at vending machines.

  • Kitaca
    Kitaca is the rechargeable prepaid IC card by JR Hokkaido that can be used on JR trains in Greater Sapporo, including Otaru and Shin-Chitose Airport as well as on Sapporo's subways, buses and tram thanks to its compatibility with Sapica (see below). Kitaca can, furthermore, be used in several other cities of Japan. Nine other IC cards from other major cities of Japan, including Suica, can also be used in the Greater Sapporo area instead of Kitaca. The initial purchase of a card costs 2000 yen (500 yen refundable deposit and 1500 yen fare balance).
  • Sapica
    Sapica is the rechargeable prepaid IC card which can be used on Sapporo's three subway lines, city buses (JR Hokkaido Bus, Jotetsu and Hokkaido Chuo Bus) and tram. The initial purchase costs 2000 yen (500 yen refundable deposit and 1500 yen fare balance). Unlike many other IC cards, Sapica is accumulating 10% points with each use, and accumulated points are used towards the purchase of future trips. Sapica cannot be used on JR trains or outside of the Greater Sapporo area.

Hotels around Sapporo

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    • Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Sapporo and with Sapporo Station reachable within 6.5 km, Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO offers a shared lounge, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi throughout the property and a bar. The property is around 10 km from Shin-Sapporo Station, 24 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center and 40 km from Otaru Station. Susukino Station is 4 km from the guest house and Sapporo Dome is 4.7 km away. With a shared bathroom, certain units at the guest house also provide guests with a city view. Sapporo TV Tower is 4.9 km from Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO, while Sapporo Convention Centre is 5.2 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 14 km from the accommodation.
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    • The Base Sapporo Susukino
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, The Base Sapporo Susukino is located in Sapporo, 13 km from Shin-Sapporo Station and 20 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center. Each accommodation at the 3-star hotel has city views and free WiFi. The property is 2.7 km from Sapporo Station, and within 700 metres of the city centre. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a bidet. At The Base Sapporo Susukino each room has bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Susukino Station, Odori Park and Odori Station. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from The Base Sapporo Susukino.
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    • Shabby House
      Budget-friendly
      Shabby House is a 60-year old traditional Japanese home that is situated in Sapporo. Nishisenjuyojo Station is a 3-minute walk away from the property. The accommodation offers a free shuttle service to the home upon prior request. Shabby House features free WiFi. Guests will find a coffee machine in the room. Bathroom facilities are shared. Free bicycle and umbrella rentals are available on site. There is a 24-hour supermarket behind the property. Sapporo Clock Tower is 2.9 km from Shabby House, while Former Hokkaido Government Office is 2.9 km from the property. Shabby House is 2.5 km from Odori Park. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 40 km from the property.
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    • Sapporo Guest House Anne
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Sapporo, 7.7 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center, Sapporo Guest House Anne offers accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. Built in 1989, this 1-star guest house is within 14 km of Sapporo Station and 25 km of Otaru Station. The property is non-smoking and is situated 26 km from Shin-Sapporo Station. At the guest house all rooms are fitted with a shared bathroom. Guests at Sapporo Guest House Anne can enjoy a Full English/Irish breakfast. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Sapporo, like skiing. Kita-Juni-Jo Station is 13 km from Sapporo Guest House Anne, while Hokkaido University is 14 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 16 km from the guest house.
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    • VILLA KOSHIDO kotoni
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 2-star accommodation, VILLA KOSHIDO kotoni is situated in Sapporo, 15 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center and 17 km from Shin-Sapporo Station. With free WiFi, this 2-star hotel offers a shared lounge and a 24-hour front desk. The property is non-smoking and is set 5.1 km from Sapporo Station. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a bidet. The units feature a wardrobe. Otaru Station is 31 km from VILLA KOSHIDO kotoni, while Former Hokkaid? Government Office is 5 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 8 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Conveniently located in the centre of Sapporo, Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo offers free WiFi and a shared lounge. This 3-star hotel offers luggage storage space. The property is non-smoking and is set 2.7 km from Sapporo Station. At the hotel, all rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo include Susukino Station, Sapporo TV Tower and Odori Station. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from the accommodation.
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    • 41 PIECES Sapporo
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, 41 PIECES Sapporo is set in Sapporo, 13 km from Shin-Sapporo Station and 20 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center. Featuring a terrace, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is 100 metres from the city centre and 1.9 km from Sapporo Station. The units at the hotel come with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. The rooms come with a kettle, while certain rooms will provide you with a kitchen with a stovetop and a toaster. At 41 PIECES Sapporo every room includes bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Susukino Station, Odori Station and Odori Park. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from 41 PIECES Sapporo.
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    • ONSEN RYOKAN Yuen Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Attractively situated in the centre of Sapporo, ONSEN RYOKAN Yuen Sapporo features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and private parking. This 3-star ryokan offers luggage storage space. The ryokan has a sauna and a 24-hour front desk. The rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The rooms include a kettle, while certain rooms are fitted with a balcony and others also boast city views. At ONSEN RYOKAN Yuen Sapporo rooms have bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Popular points of interest near ONSEN RYOKAN Yuen Sapporo include Sapporo Station, Former Hokkaid? Government Office and Odori Park. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from the ryokan.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Nakajima Koen
      Luxury
      Set 3 km from Sapporo Station, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Nakajima Koen offers 4-star accommodation in Sapporo and has a restaurant. Featuring a shared lounge, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. All guest rooms at Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Nakajima Koen come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a safety deposit box. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Speaking English and Japanese, staff are willing to help at any time of the day at the reception. Popular points of interest near Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Nakajima Koen include Susukino Station, Odori Park and Odori Station. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 10 km from the hotel.
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    • Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Sapporo
      Luxury
      Located in Sapporo, 1.3 km from Sapporo Station, Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Sapporo provides accommodation with a restaurant, private parking and a spa and wellness centre. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The property is 13 km from Shin-Sapporo Station, and within 800 metres of the city centre. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. Guest rooms include a shared bathroom, a hairdryer and bed linen. The daily breakfast offers buffet, American or Asian options. Popular points of interest near Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Sapporo include Former Hokkaid? Government Office, Odori Station and Sapporo Clock Tower. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 8 km from the accommodation.
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