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While the Sapporo area has enough winter attractions to easily fill an itinerary of several days or more, for those short on time, this moderately-paced itinerary offers a taste of some of the city's best wintertime highlights.

This itinerary focuses on Sapporo's biggest winter event, the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as a day of winter sports at a ski resort, but depending on your timing and preferences, these can be swapped out with other options like a trip to the nearby port town of Otaru, Noboribetsu's hot springs or more time exploring Sapporo's other attractions.

Day 1: Sapporo Snow Festival and Downtown

Start
Start at New Chitose Airport
Take the JR Chitose Line into Sapporo
35 minutes
Sapporo Station
Walk to Odori Park
10 minutes
Sapporo Snow Festival
World famous winter festival 2-3 hours
The Sapporo Snow Festival is Sapporo's most well-known attraction, drawing over two million visitors from around the world each year in early to mid February. The monolithic snow and ice sculptures on display around Odori Park are the festival's main attraction, but local cuisine, live shows and winter sports exhibitions keep the energy high from morning till night throughout the weeklong event.
Walk to Susukino
15 minutes
Ramen Yokocho
Atmospheric ramen shop-lined alley in Susukino 45 minutes
A great place for a hot lunch on a cold winter day, the Susukino neighborhood's Ramen Yokocho is a small alley abuzz with visitors waiting to buy a bowl of the city's famous Sapporo style ramen.
Walk back to Odori Park
15 minutes
Sapporo TV Tower
Tower with a great view over Odori Park 45 minutes
While enjoying the snow festival, the observation deck at the top of the Sapporo TV Tower, located at the east end of Odori Park, offers a great vantage point over the festival festivities—especially at night.
Take the Loop 88 Factory Line to the Sapporo Beer Museum
20 minutes
Sapporo Beer Museum and Beer Garden
1-3 hours
The Sapporo Beer Museum is a popular destination for both beer and history fans which showcases the beverage's history in Japan and offers tastings at the end of the tour. Next to the museum, the Sapporo Beer Garden offers its famed "Genghis Khan" all-you-can-eat/drink mutton and beer dining experience.
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Day 2: Winter Sports and Onsen Resorts

Start
Start in downtown Sapporo
Take a bus to Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
90 minutes
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
Ski Resort with great snow near Sapporo City 4-7 hours
Despite its small size (with only 5 lifts and 7 courses), Sapporo Kokusai is known for receiving huge volumes of powder snow, and is one of Hokkaido's most popular resorts thanks to its close proximity to the city.
Take a bus to Jozankei Onsen
30 minutes
Hot Springs at Jozankei Onsen
Developed hot spring town 90 minutes or overnight stay
By Japan standards, Jozankei's hot springs are relatively new (discovered in just 1866), but the small town has since bubbled into an mini onsen resort town whose hot baths offer a relaxing finish to a day at the nearby slopes.
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Recommended Additions

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival

Niseko

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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