Sapporo, the fourth most populous city in Japan, is also the capital and largest city in Hokkaido. Sapporo is popular for the city’s annual Yuki Matsuri or the Sapporo Snow Festival, as it is internationally known. It is also home to the popular Sapporo Brewery, white chocolate biscuits called the shiroi koibito or “white sweetheart” as well as being the birthplace of miso ramen.
Sapporo enjoys a humid continental climate with summer months generally warm and winter months, cold and snowy. It is one of the few cities in the world that have such heavy snowfall averaging 19 feet and 7 inches of snowfall.
There are two airports that serve travelers to Sapporo. These airports are the Okadama Airport in Higashi-ku and the New Chitose Airport in Chitose. The Okadama Airport operates regional flights within Hokkaido while the larger New Chitose Airport is an airport serving international routes operated by several airlines including All Nippon Airways or ANA, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air and more.
When planning a holiday in Sapporo, here are just a few of the more popular tourist destinations in Sapporo to add to the itinerary:
Odori Park – Located in the center of Sapporo, the Odori Park stretches 1.5 kilometers from east to west encompassing an area of 78,901 square meters and dividing the city into north and south sections. The term ōdōri literally means “large street” in Japanese.
Former Hokkaidō Government Office – Built with red bricks from the Toyohira and Shiroishi villages of Sapporo, this former government building in Sapporo now houses a museum shop, a tourist information office and several historical exhibition rooms and libraries. Visitors can also enjoy the flower gardens and pond located just in front of the building. Entrance to the Former Hokkaidō Government Office is free.
Sapporo Beer Museum – Located in the Sapporo Garden Park in Higashi-ku, the museum is one of the Hokkaido Heritage Sites. It is also the only beer museum in Japan. The museum building was originally a factory for the Sapporo Sugar Company before it became the museum in 1987. Visitors can also find the Sapporo Beer Garden in the south wing of the museum.
Hokkaidō Shrine – Located adjacent to Maruyama Park, the Hokkaido Shrine is a Shinto shrine enshrining four kami – Shinto spirits – including the soul of Emperor Meiji and Mamiya Rinzō, contributor to the Exploration in Hokkaidō. The shrine is popular with tourists during the Hanami or the cherry blossoms season as well as during the Japanese New Year to go Hatsumōde.
Sapporo Clock Tower – A popular tourist destination in Hokkaido, the Sapporo Clock Tower is a wooden structure, American in design that houses a clock that continues to run and keep time to this day. The clock also chimes every hour. It is one of the few Western-style buildings that still survive in Sapporo. The Sapporo Clock Tower is also the oldest building standing in Sapporo.
Visit Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan to experience its culture, see the historical villages, and partake its world-famous beers and chocolates. Search for the cheapest airfares to Sapporo on Skyscanner Philippines.
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