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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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    • 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 Okadama Airport, 9 km from Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO.
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    • Pirka Sapporo
      Budget-friendly
      Pirka Sapporo is located in Sapporo, within 2.9 km of Hokkaido University and 3.5 km of Sapporo Clock Tower. Featuring a shared lounge, the 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Private parking is available on site. At the guest house every room is equipped with bed linen and towels. Sapporo TV Tower is 3.5 km from Pirka Sapporo, while Odori Park is 4.2 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 4 km from the accommodation.
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    • BEACH AND FIELD INN
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Sapporo, within 1.1 km of Sapporo Convention Centre and 2.9 km of Sapporo TV Tower, BEACH AND FIELD INN offers accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is situated 2.9 km from Sapporo Clock Tower, 3.7 km from Odori Park and 3.8 km from Former Hokkaid? Government Office. All guest rooms feature a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 6 km from the guest house.
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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 Okadama Airport, 8 km from Hotel Classe Stay 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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    • Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites
      Budget-friendly
      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. At Hotel Sapporo Suites, each room comes with a seating area. The accommodation offers a hot tub. Popular points of interest near Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites include Former Hokkaid? Government Office, Sapporo TV Tower and Sapporo Clock Tower. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 7 km from the hotel.
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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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    • Randor Residence Susukino Suites
      Budget-friendly
      Randor Residence Susukino Suites provides air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi in the Sapporo City Centre of Sapporo, 1.1 km from Odori Park. The accommodation features a hot tub. Each unit comes with a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with bath and a hairdryer. There is also a fridge, stovetop and a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Sapporo TV Tower, Sapporo Clock Tower and Former Hokkaid? Government Office. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 45 km from Randor Residence Susukino Suites.
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    • Ibis Styles Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Ibis Styles Sapporo offers modern rooms with flat-screen TVs and free internet access in Sapporofs city centre. Susukino area is a 10-minute walk away and the business district is within walking distance. Breakfast with a wide variety of dishes and beverages is served daily. Sapporo Ibis Styles is a 2-minute walk from Nakajima Koen Subway Station. It is a 3-minute walk from the beautiful Japanese garden at Nakajima Park. Spacious rooms have modern furnishings and are fitted with comfortable sofa sets. They are equipped with a hair dryer and electric kettle. Slippers and pyjamas are also provided. Guests can enjoy massage treatments at the Ibis Styles Sapporo. It also provides shuttle and dry cleaning service. A convenience store is located on the ground floor. A breakfast buffet featuring local ingredients is served at the dining room.
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    • Ten to Ten Sapporo Station
      Budget-friendly
      Opened in June 2017, Ten to Ten Sapporo Station is set in Sapporo, 500 metres from Hokkaido University. Dormitory rooms have a shared bathroom, while other rooms feature a private bathroom. You will find a shared kitchen at the property. Breakfast is served from 8:00-10:00. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Former Hokkaido Government Office is 600 metres from Ten to Ten Sapporo Station, while Sapporo Clock Tower is 1 km away. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 40 km from the property.
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