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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

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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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