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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.

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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    • The Base Sapporo Susukino
      Mid-range
      Located in Sapporo, less than 1 km from Odori Park, The Base Sapporo Susukino features rooms with city views and free WiFi. This 3-star hotel offers luggage storage space. The hotel features family rooms. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a microwave, a fridge, 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 Former Hokkaid? Government Office, Sapporo TV Tower and Sapporo Clock Tower. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 45 km from The Base Sapporo Susukino.
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    • Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO
      Budget-friendly
      Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO in Sapporo provides adults-only accommodation with a bar and a shared lounge. Each accommodation at the 1-star guest house has city views and free WiFi. The property is 5 km from Sapporo Dome and 5 km from Sapporo Clock Tower. The units feature a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Sapporo Convention Centre is 5 km from the guest house, while Sapporo TV Tower is 5 km away. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 42 km from Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO.
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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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    • Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Set within 1.4 km of Sapporo TV Tower and 1.6 km of Odori Park, Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo in Sapporo offers a shared lounge and rooms with free WiFi. The property is situated 1.7 km from Sapporo Clock Tower, 2.1 km from Former Hokkaid? Government Office and 2.7 km from Sapporo Convention Centre. The property is 2.7 km from Hokkaido University, and within less than 1 km of the city centre. 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 microwave. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 45 km from Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo.
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    • Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori
      Mid-range
      Open from November 2018, Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori is situated in Sapporo. A 3-minute walk from Odori Park, the property is also a 7-minute walk away from Sapporo Clock Tower and offers free WiFi. Attractions in the area include Sapporo TV Tower, a 7-minute walk away, or Former Hokkaid? Government Office, located an 8-minute walk from the property. At the hotel, all rooms are equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All rooms come with a kettle, while certain rooms are equipped with a kitchenette with a microwave. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is served daily at the property. Staff at reception can lend a hand around the clock with advice on the area. Hokkaido University is an 18-minute walk from Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 40 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Potmum Sapporo
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Sapporo, 1.9 km from Sapporo Convention Centre, Hotel Potmum Sapporo offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking and a shared lounge. Located around 1.9 km from Sapporo TV Tower, the hotel with free WiFi is also 2 km away from Sapporo Clock Tower. The hotel features family rooms. Some rooms come with a kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge. Guests at the hotel can enjoy an American breakfast. Odori Park is 2.7 km from Hotel Potmum Sapporo, while Former Hokkaid? Government Office is 2.8 km away. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 44 km from the accommodation.
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    • Randor Hotel Sapporo Suites
      Luxury
      Located in the centre of Sapporo, 700 metres from Odori Park, Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites provides air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi. Well set in the Sapporo City Centre district, this hotel is set 2.6 km from Hokkaido University. The hotel features family rooms. At the hotel, every room comes with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites offers certain rooms with city views, and each room comes with a kettle. All units at the accommodation are equipped with a seating area. Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites offers a hot tub. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Former Hokkaid? Government Office, Sapporo TV Tower and Sapporo Clock Tower. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 45 km from Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites.
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    • Tmark City Hotel Sapporo Odori
      Mid-range
      Tmark City Hotel Sapporo Odori features air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TV in the Sapporo City Centre district of Sapporo. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. The rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Odori Park, Former Hokkaid? Government Office and Sapporo Clock Tower. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 45 km from Tmark City Hotel Sapporo Odori.
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    • Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Situated in Sapporo, 300 metres from Hokkaido University, Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo features accommodation with a fitness centre, private parking and a shared lounge. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space and free WiFi. The property is 1.7 km from Sapporo TV Tower, and within 2.2 km of the city centre. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. The rooms have a wardrobe. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Former Hokkaid? Government Office, Odori Park and Sapporo Clock Tower. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 46 km from Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo.
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    • JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo
      Luxury
      Offering direct access from JR Sapporo Train Station, JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi and wired internet. Guests can refresh in the hot tub and request relaxing massages for an extra cost. The hotel boasts 4 dining options, in which 2 restaurants are located on the 35th floor offering panoramic views of Sapporo city. The comfortable air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a safety deposit box and a fridge. Guests can use the electric kettle to make green tea. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Laptop rentals and photocopying services are provided at the 24-hour front desk and a souvenir shop is available for purchasing small gifts. Luggage storage and dry cleaning services are provided as well. Guests can enjoy the public baths and various sauna rooms after a long day. Located on the 35th floor, Tancho Sky Restaurant offers Japanese dishes featuring seasonal local ingredients, while Western dishes and a spectacular night view is available at Sky J Restaurant and Bar. French cuisine is served at Mikuni Sapporo and light meals at The Lobby Lounge. Nikko Hotel Sapporo JR Tower is a 10-minute walk from Odori Park and a 20-minute walk from Sapporo Beer Museum. New Chitose Airport is a 40-minute train ride away.
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