With the fifth highest population of any city in Japan, Sapporo is the economic and political center of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island.
Sapporo is accessed by air in 1 hour 30 minutes from Tokyo, or in 1 hour 50 minutes from Osaka. Public transport infrastructure, including a municipal subway system and JR train, facilitates convenient access from the airport and throughout the city.
Sapporo offers abundant attractions, such as art, events, and cuisine featuring locally-sourced ingredients. And yet, at any time of the year, just a short distance from the city center, visitors can easily experience Sapporo’s vibrant nature through excursions, activities, hot spring visits, and more. The excitement of the big city comes together with the tranquility of vast nature, offering the best of both worlds.
While a very short trip from the city center, Sapporo’s mountains feature abundant nature untouched by human hands, and are easily accessed for hiking.
Sapporo’s wonderful art scene seamlessly blends with the natural environment. Stroll through bountiful greenery as you explore sculptures and other works by artists from throughout Japan and around the world. The outdoor environment creates a remarkable ambience to experience art.
Surrounded by three different ocean currents, Hokkaido’s expansive plains are home to vast farm and pasture land. The abundant supply of marine, agricultural, and dairy products creates a veritable treasure trove of cuisine. Hokkaido’s finest ingredients come together in the capital of Sapporo, allowing visitors to enjoy the unique regional cuisines from around Hokkaido.
Sapporo itself is the place of origin of a number of dishes and culinary culture which are now beloved throughout Japan, and is renowned nationwide for the quality of its local cuisine.
Wrapped in pure white snow, Sapporo is a true winter wonderland. Cold air currents from Siberia cross the Sea of Japan, depositing large quantities of premium powder snow throughout Hokkaido, captivating skiers, snowboarders, and winter sports enthusiasts from the world over. The city is home to a number of ski areas, offering rewarding experiences and activities to beginners and experts alike. The nearby city center is another major attraction, offering a rich variety of après-ski opportunities.
Throughout the year, Sapporo hosts a number of events, attracting a great number of tourists. Enjoying the beauty of the changing seasons adds to the experience.
About an hour’s drive from Sapporo’s city center will take you to the Jozankei hot spring resort area. Soaking in a natural mineral bath, you are certain to find blissful relaxation for mind and body over beautiful views of valley scenery. Or, make a short excursion to enjoy activities such as canoeing or horseback riding.