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Sapporo Beer Museum

Visit this museum dedicated to one of Japan’s most popular beer brands, housed in a preserved factory from the Meiji-period.

The Sapporo Beer Museum presents an overview of the history of beer in Japan, with a focus on the famous Sapporo brand. In addition to ranking among Japan’s four major breweries, Sapporo beer is produced, brewed and distributed in dozens of countries around the world. Don’t miss the tastings offered at the end of the brewery tour, as well as the Beer Garden restaurant in the attached 19th-century red-brick building. 

The Sapporo Beer Company, one of Japan’s first breweries, was established in the late 19th century. The company purchased an old sugar refinery in 1903 and made it a malt house. In 1987, this Meiji-era factory was renovated to create the Sapporo Beer Museum and the adjacent red-brick building became the Sapporo Beer Garden. 

Learn about the beer industry and brewing process by following the modern exhibits inside the museum. See the equipment used in beer production and find out how the design of the Sapporo beer bottles changed over the decades. Admire the retro Sapporo beer posters, as well as old wooden Sapporo signs from beer halls across Japan. 

At the end of the guided tour, participate in the beer tasting session, which lasts about 30-minutes. If this primes your palate for a full bottle, head to the two huge restaurants of the adjacent Sapporo Beer Garden. The popular Genghis Khan Hall is designed to resemble a rustic German beer hall. On the second floor, in the Kessel Hall, see a towering cauldron from the Taisho period (1912-26). The Beer Garden offers a popular “all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink in 100 minutes” menu, as well as à la carte dishes. Try the barbecue mutton, a popular local meal.

The Sapporo Beer Museum is closed on Mondays and also has some irregular closing days, so check the opening hours before you go. The museum and the guided tours are free, but you have to pay for the tasting session. Bookings for the restaurant are recommended. The complex is located a short walk away from Higashi-kuyakusho-mae train station and has its own stops on various bus lines.


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APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino-Ekimae $27
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino-Ekimae

APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino-Ekimae

Nishi 2-2, Minami 4 Chuou-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is steps from Soseigawa Park and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Odori Park and Nijo Market are also within 15 minutes. Hosui-Susukino Station is only a 2-minute walk and Susukino Station is 4 minutes.

    Mercure Hotel Sapporo $51
    Mercure Hotel Sapporo

    Mercure Hotel Sapporo

    2-4 Minami 4-jo, Nishi 2-chome Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Chuo-ku, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Soseigawa Park and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Nijo Market and Clock Tower are also within 10 minutes. Hosui-Susukino Station and Susukino Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hotel Okura Sapporo $58
      Hotel Okura Sapporo

      Hotel Okura Sapporo

      9-1 Nishi 5 Chome Minami 1-Jo Chuo-Ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Chuo-ku, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street, Odori Park, and Clock Tower. Nijo Market and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building are also within 10 minutes. Nishi-Yon-Chome Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Tanuki Koji Stop is 4 minutes.

        New apartment with hot tub/SapporoBeerMuseum/Sapporo Station/5pax/1stfloor $185
        New apartment with hot tub/SapporoBeerMuseum/Sapporo Station/5pax/1stfloor

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        Sapporo, Hokkaido
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Higashi, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nagayama Memorial Park and Sapporo Beer Museum. Sapporo JR Tower and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street are also within 2 mi (3 km). Higashi-kuyakusho-mae Station is 13 minutes by foot and Kanjo-dori-higashi Station is 18 minutes.

          New 6 People Room / 15 Minutes Walk From Sapporo Station / Wifi / Washing Machine / Dryer / Rental car 5 People or 10 Seater Cheap $167
          New 6 People Room / 15 Minutes Walk From Sapporo Station / Wifi / Washing Machine / Dryer / Rental car 5 People or 10 Seater Cheap

          New 6 People Room / 15 Minutes Walk From Sapporo Station / Wifi / Washing Machine / Dryer / Rental car 5 People or 10 Seater Cheap

          Sapporo, Hokkaido
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Higashi, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nagayama Memorial Park, Sapporo Beer Museum, and Clock Tower. Sapporo JR Tower and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street are also within 2 mi (3 km). Higashi-kuyakusho-mae Station is 10 minutes by foot and Hosui Susukino Station is 17 minutes.

            Clover House Sapporo Q $51
            Clover House Sapporo Q

            Clover House Sapporo Q

            7-12-5 Kita 6 Jo Higashi, Sapporo, Hokkaido
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Higashi, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nagayama Memorial Park, Sapporo Beer Museum, and Clock Tower. Sapporo JR Tower and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street are also within 2 mi (3 km). Higashi-kuyakusho-mae Station is 10 minutes by foot and Hosui Susukino Station is 17 minutes.

              GrandTree Sapporo Station III $47
              GrandTree Sapporo Station III

              GrandTree Sapporo Station III

              Sun Court, Kita 7 Zyo Ichibankan 302, 7 Chome-21-3 Kita 7 Johigashi, Higashi, Sapporo, Hokkaido
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Higashi, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Soseigawa Park, Sapporo Beer Museum, and Clock Tower. Sapporo JR Tower and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street are also within 2 mi (3 km). Higashi-kuyakusho-mae Station is 10 minutes by foot and Hosui Susukino Station is 15 minutes.

                GrandTree Sapporo Station II $47
                GrandTree Sapporo Station II

                GrandTree Sapporo Station II

                Sun Court, Kita 7 Zyo Ichibankan 602, 7 Chome-21-3 Kita 7 Johigashi, Higashi, Sapporo, Hokkaido
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Higashi, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Soseigawa Park, Sapporo Beer Museum, and Clock Tower. Sapporo JR Tower and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street are also within 2 mi (3 km). Higashi-kuyakusho-mae Station is 10 minutes by foot and Hosui Susukino Station is 15 minutes.