Where to stay

in Sapporo

Set against a picturesque and iconic Japanese mountain backdrop, Sapporo is a fascinating, modern city that's enjoyable to visit at any time of year. Options for accommodations are varied, ranging from cool capsule hotels to sleek international chains. Choosing where to stay is simple, with choices close to the city center best for sightseeing. Discover a neighborhood such as Susukino to enjoy the city at its liveliest after dark. The top attraction is the annual snow festival in early February. The best places to stay get booked early for this exciting event, so reserve your room well in advance.

Best Neighborhoods for Bars

Sapporo is famous around the world for its beer, which has been brewed in the city since 1876. Curious drinkers should consider a stay in the southern part of Kita Ward to visit the acclaimed Sapporo Beer Museum, where fun tours and tastings delve into the history of the brewery. Find more raucous nightlife by choosing a hotel near the small neighborhood of Susukino. This is the best area to see Sapporo come to life after dark. As the largest entertainment district in Japan north of Tokyo, it is packed with karaoke bars, cinemas, and ramen shops.

Susukino

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Susukino. If sightseeing is on the list, Soseigawa Park is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Susukino Station or Higashi-Honganji-Mae Stop to see more of the area.

Recommended hotels in Susukino

Great Places to Stay for Shopping

Chuo-ku, the central ward encompassing much of Sapporo City Centre and extending to the southwest, offer accommodations in the commercial heart of Sapporo. This is one of the best cities in Japan for shopping, with a range of department stores and one-off boutiques and arcades. Early risers can visit Sapporo's Curb Market, a visitor-friendly experience abutting the Central Wholesale Market, where locals come for fresh fish and seafood. For fashion, Odori's shopping district is the top choice and a particularly pleasant neighborhood to choose as a base. As well as two large underground malls, it has the thirteen-block park, Odori-koen, a welcome oasis in the city center.

Sapporo City Centre

Odori Park and Tanukikoji Shopping Street are top sights in Sapporo City Centre, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Nishi-Yon-Chome Stop or Odori Station to see more sights in the area.

Recommended hotels in Sapporo City Centre

Odori

Shopping, hot springs, and coffeehouses highlight some notable features of Odori. Make a stop by Odori Park or Tanukikoji Shopping Street while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Nishi-Hatchome Stop or Nishi-Yon-Chome Stop to get around town.

Recommended hotels in Odori

Where to Stay for Festivals

Sapporo Snow Festival, Sapporo Yuki Matsuri in Japanese, is the best-known winter festival in Japan. Every year about two million visitors come to see its illuminated ice sculptures. The event takes place at several sites across the city. Because of Sapporo's grid pattern and easy-to-navigate subway, it is easy to experience the festival even from hotels at New Chitose Airport. Accommodations near the central site in Odori can book quickly, but there are other great options in the city's eastern ward of Higashi-ku near the snow slides and snow maze of the Tsudome Site. Outside of the festival, families can also enjoy horse-drawn sled tours at the Historical Village of Hokkaido while staying in the more suburban Atsubetsu ward.

Odori

Shopping, hot springs, and coffeehouses highlight some notable features of Odori. Make a stop by Odori Park or Tanukikoji Shopping Street while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Nishi-Hatchome Stop or Nishi-Yon-Chome Stop to get around town.

Recommended hotels in Odori

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