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1. Odori Park

1. 大通公園

1. 大通公園2

Sapporo’s Odori Park stretches around 1.5m from east to west. There are many varieties of flowers planted here including lilacs, so it’s a suitable place to rest during your walk throughout the city. Various events are held here throughout the year, including February’s Snow Festival and June’s Yosakoi Soran Matsuri. It’s about a 10 minute walk from Sapporo Station, and right next to Odori Koen Station.

Odori Koen

2. Sapporo Underground Walkways

2. 札幌地下歩行空間

Sapporo is a city where half the year is spent in snowdrifts. Because of that, there are underground walkways to make moving through the city easier. Sapporo Station, Odori Park, and the Susukino area are connected by underground areas that are 520m long, so you can avoid the snow and squalls. There are art exhibitions and events held there as well, plus you can enjoy window shopping too.

Sapporo Ekimaedoori Machizukuri Kabushikigaisha

3. Hokkaido University Campus 

3. 北海道大学キャンパス

3. 北海道大学キャンパス2

Hokkaido University, just a five minute walk from the north exit of Sapporo Station, has a beautiful quad that is open to everyone. The ginkgo and poplar trees are beautiful, and it’s a great area for people with limited time who want to take a walk through Sapporo’s beauty. You can also try the school cafeteria where you can eat a lot for a reasonable price!

Hokkaido University

4. Nakajima Park

4. 中島公園

In the spring it’s full of greenery and cherry blossoms, and in the fall its foliage is stunning. No matter when you visit Nakajima Park, you’ll definitely enjoy its beauty. From January to March you can cross-country ski for free on a course of around 1km. The rental area is 5 minutes from Horohirabashi Station, while the rest of the park can be accessed through Nakajima Koen Station.

Nakajima Koen Perfect Guide

5. Moere Numa Park 

5. モエレ沼公園

This park was designed by the artist and landscape designer Isamu Noguchi with the desire to have sculptures throughout the whole park. All of the park features, including the playground and water fountains, are designed beautifully. It also offers plenty of winter activities. You can take a bus from Kanjodori-Higashi Station to Moere Numa Koen Higashiguchi bus stop. The ride takes about 25 minutes.

Moere Numa Park

6. Nijo Ichiba

6. 二条市場

6. 二条市場2

Nijo Ichiba is known as Sapporo’s kitchen, and here you can find shops selling fresh seafood such as crab and scallops as well as fresh vegetables. At the nearby Nonren Yokocho, you can feast on fresh sushi made with those ingredients. Even though it’s in the center of the city, because you’re in Hokkaido just looking at the incredibly fresh ingredients is enjoyable. The prices are reasonable as well. It’s about a 5 minute walk from Odori Station.

1 Chome Minami 3 Johigashi Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

7. Daimaru Sapporo

7. 大丸 札幌店

7. 大丸 札幌店2

You can’t enjoy your trip without having delicious food. In the food sales area of the basement in the Daimaru department store, you can find famous Hokkaido products as well as side dishes, sweets, and drinks. Most shops offer samples, so you can find some delicious foods to buy and take back to your hotel. You can also buy a bento and eat it on your journey. It’s right by Sapporo Station.

Daimaru Sapporo

8. Tour a Brewery

8. ビール工場見学

You can tour the breweries of Japan’s 3 biggest beer makers, Kirin, Sapporo, and Asahi, here in Sapporo. At the Kirin Brewery by Chitose Airport and Asahi Brewery in the middle of the city, you can try three glasses of beer for free. The Sapporo Beer Museum, 15 minutes from Sapporo Station by bus, is 200 yen per glass. All of these tours also offer soft drinks.

Sapporo Beer Museum

Kirin Beer Hokkaido Chitose Brewery

Asahi Beer Hokkaido Brewery

9. Otaru – Historical Architecture

9.小樽 歴史的建造物群

How about taking a day trip from Sapporo to Otaru? Otaru once prospered as a harbor city and was called the heart of Sapporo’s economy. If you walk 10 minutes from Otaru Station, you can lose yourself in the historic buildings from Otaru’s glory days that line the banks of the Otaru Canal. It’s 32 minutes from Sapporo Station on an express train.


10. Nikka Whiskey Yoichi Distillery  


If you keep going from Otaru, you can head to the Nikka Whiskey Distillery in Yoichi. Built in 1934, just going to see the architecture of the building will be a fulfilling trip. You can try whiskey for free, and people who don’t drink can partake in soft drinks. It’s about an hour from Sapporo Station, and about 30 minutes from Otaru Station.

Nikka Whiskey Yoichi Distillery

11. Shin-Chitose Airport

12. 新千歳空港

Shin-Chitose Airport isn’t just a place to get on an airplane. You can shop, tour a chocolate factory, as well as enjoy various events and exhibitions held there. It’s popular with both children and adults. If you check the site you can see what’s going on, and arrive early for your flight to enjoy what the airport has to offer. 

Shin-Chitose Airport

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