This clock tower is a lasting reminder of Sapporo’s comparatively recent past. The wooden building is of American design and one of the few remaining Western-style buildings. It is a witness of the help Sapporo received from the American government in the 1870’s when the city was first developed.
This red brick building with its charachteristic octagonal dome is beautifully lit after dark. It has been destroyed several times over the years, and restored time and again to its former glory. The building is today listed as one of the National Important Cultural Property, and a symbol of the city itself.
Hokkaido is where beer was born in Japan. This historic brewery opens its doors for a full tour and of course, sampling is a must. Sapporor Beer has been brewed here since 1877 and is one of the most popular brands in the country. There is a beer garden on the premises with two restaurants.
Shiroi Koibito is a chocolate sandwiche between white or milk chocolate. The chocolate factory is located in a picturesque fantasy land which is beautifully decorated. In the museum and factory tour you can see the process of confectionery makings and taste some samples in the adjacent café.
Mount Okura is the place to encounter an Olympic ski jump stadium and put yourself into the athletes' shoes that dare to jump from this point into the nothing. You can take the ski lift to the top and admire the beautiful view of the mountains and city. Close to it is the Sapporo Winter Sports Museum with interactive games for young and old.
With its fountain and hills forming many geometric shapes, Moerenuma Park is an attraction for all four seasons. In spring the trees look like a sea of cherry blossoms, in summer you can enjoy the refreshing fountain and wading pool facilities, in fall the whole park is full of colourful leaves and in winter you can go cross-country skiing or sledding.
Originally Odori Park was built to separate the city center, namely the administrative district from the residential and commercial district. Nowadays, it serves as an oasis directly in the city and is used as a venue for several festivals throughout the year. YOSAKOI Soran festival, Beer Garden and the Summer Festival as well as the Snow Festival and the White Illumination all take place here.
There are a lot activities for both children and adults young at heart at Takino Suzaran Hillside Park. In winter wonderland you can go sledding and tubing or skiing on a gentle slope. In summer the park is full of pretty flowers and children can engage physically at bouncing robber hills, rolling huge red balls up the hills, maze and spider web climbing.
The Ainu are the indigenous people in Japan and Russia, speaking Ainu language. This center traces the distinctive history and culture of the islands indigenous people to deepen the historical recognition of these people and preserve their culture for the next generation.
After all the outdoor activities in Sapporo, what could be better to warm you up than a hot soup. The soup curry at this restaurant is fantastic and a must try. You first order your meat, all of the finest quality, then you order the soup base either squid ink or curry broth and last but not least, you can choose the spiciness.
This gem of a place is unfortunately far from being a secret, thus the queue can be pretty long. However, the sushi coming on conveyor belts is so excellent, it is a popular place for tourists and locals alike. So grab a ticket, ask the staff to help you with the Japanese ticket machines, be prepared to wait about 45 mins and enjoy flavourful and fresh sushi.
Daimaru Sapporo Food Area is full of culinary scents. Whether you just want to have a look at the local delicacies and admire the beautiful packages or want to grab a bite to eat, the stalls here offer so many samples nobody will leave hungry. Food options range from tit-bits to snack foods to full meals at affordable prices. Don't miss the Kitkat boutique.
You will certainly find this place, as there is always a long queue lining at its door. This might be due to its excellent reputation. The suburban restaurant's ramen was voted number one by ramen chefs in Japan. Five ramen flavors are on the menu and all of them are hands down the best ramen in Hokkaido you can get.
Tired of all the heavy ramen, grilled lamb and broths and looking for some nutritious food? Terra caters to all tastes and features a creative menu with mouth-watering vegetarian and vegan cuisine. All the ingredients are labelled and dishes range from soy meat burger with Hokkaido mozzarella cheese to vegetarian galettes.
Brown Books Café offers a unique opportunity to sit down in peace and quiet and enjoy a good book while you sip your hot and delicious coffee. The first floor has a quaint shop selling organic coffee beans, newspapers and coffee related goods. The second floor is a small café with Japanese and English books.
If you are in the mood for beer, then this is the place to go to. Leibspeise means my favourite food in German and sums up the concept pretty well. Otaru Beer brings a bit of German flavour to Sapporo with all kinds of beer from Japanese to European, and non-alcoholic.
The birthday parties at Meer Lounge are legendary and it is said one party lasted until 1pm the next morning. If you feel like dressing up, put on your heels, throw on a nice shirt and go out and dance, then you have found the right place. There is a huge barrel of sake going around and passed around in a wooden spoon.
Going to a typical Japanese Karaoke Bar should definitely be on your list when in Sapporo. People gather with some friends, have some drinks and sing along. Big Echo Karaoke offers Karoke English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese song choices to make it possible for everyone to join.
Having celebrated its 135th anniversary in 2008, Sapporo Tanukikoji is one of the oldest shopping street in Hokkaido. “Tanukikoji “also known as “Raccoon Street” is a shopping arcade packed with fashion and restaurants as well as shops selling many local handcraft souvenirs.
Chocolate is possibly a surprising souvenir here in Sapporo but locally made chocolate confectionery is well worth treating yourself, or others, to. The distinguished Ishiya Chocolate Factory is well known in Japan and South-east Asia. Their confectionery is incredibly popular with locals as well as visitors. The ultimate gift to purchase is the “shiro koibito” literally means “white beloved ones”.
Situated in the former brewery with a central courtyard full of greenery, the lively Sapporo Factory is full of restaurants, shops offering travel gear and a theatre. The huge glass as a rooftop makes it very light. Shops like Adidas, Nike, Crocs, Puma, Victorinox, The North Face and Elizabeth Jewelry are all located here. With 160 stores you can easily spend some hours here and just do some shopping.
Hand-made soaps made from natural ingredients in Hokkaido can be purchased at Savon de Siesta. Ingredients and fragrances are all locally grown and range from azuki beans to silver birth and natural salt from the Sea of Okhotsk. The favourite souvenir for the snow festival is a soap with snowflake crystal patterns.
Those looking for an alternative souvenir shopping experience, should not miss space 1-15. The old appartment building hosts 20 shops, cafés, casual wear and artisans’ workshops in a unique environment. Just follow the hand-made floor guide board in the entrance and see how the products are made.
Sapporo crab market is not only a market but a sight itself. About 60 shops are selling seafood and fresh marine products, meat, confectionery, delicatessen and local produce at a very good price. The best way to try the Hokkaido delicacies is having a meal of fresh local seafood at one of the local restaurants.
Plenty of shopping opportunities await you at the popular Parco department store, with over ten floors with high-street fashion stores, together with impressive restaurants on the top floor. You will find shops selling everything from fashion clothes, to beauty and accessories, boutiques like Diesel, Paul Smith, Lush, Samsonite, Par Avion, Maison De Glamour and Plaza.
New Chitose Airport is located 40km from Sapporo. JR Airport Express to Sapporo Station departs every 15 minutes and takes 36 minutes. +81 123 23 0111 www.new-chitose-airport.jp The bus takes approx. 60 -70 minutes to reach the centre of Sapporo. Hokkaido Chuo Bus Line +81 11 231 0500 Hokuto Kotsu Bus Line +81 11 377 3855 Taxis are located outside the terminal. It takes about an hour to get to Sapporo. Skybus provides a door to door shuttle from the airport to your hotel. +81 80 3266 5685 (Tel: 050-3111-1846 within Japan)
Taxis in Sapporo are safe and can be easily found around the city center and at the designated taxi waiting area such as airport and major hotels. All taxi has a meter which clearly indicates the fare. If the taxi accepts credit cards this will be shown visibly on the window. Before stopping a taxi, you should know where you are going since the postal address system is complex so make sure clearly tell the address or have an address written down on a paper to show the driver. Akatsuki Taxi: