Snowmen at Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan

Hotels in Sapporo, Japan

Where to stay in Sapporo

In terms of population, Sapporo is the fourth largest city in Japan and the largest on the island of Hokkaido.  Sapporo hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics and the annual Yuki Matsuri, also known as the Sapporo Snow Festival, attracts over 2 million tourist from all around the world.  As a result the hotels in Sapporo are known to cater for various needs and budgets. You can find anything from luxury accommodation in Sapporo to cheaper hostel accommodation, when you are deciding where to stay in Sapporo.  Depending on your personal preference and travel budget, you are sure to find something to your liking.

The Sapporo Snow Festival

This event itself is a good enough reason to spend at least a week in Sapporo.  The festival takes place each year for one week during the month of February.  Visitors can enjoy viewing spectacular ice sculptures and snow statues at places like Odori Park, the Susukino sites, central Sapporo and at the Satoland site.

Teams from all over the world come here to take part in the International Snow Sculpture Contest.  The competition is held in Odori Park and has been a regular part of the festival since 1974.  There is also a Susukino Queen of Ice Beauty Pageant held every year and this festival brings the entire city to life.  There is no better way of delighting a snowy city than by hosting a festival of such proportions.  Although the festival was started by a handful of students back in 1950, nobody could have ever anticipated that it would grow into an international event.

Other great things to do in Sapporo

If you visit during the winter months and you fancy some fun winter sports, then making your way to one of the ski resorts in Sapporo is a must.  The Mt. Okura Observatory is great to visit any time of the year.  There are ski facilities nearby if you visit during winter.  Otherwise, the lift will take you up to the top where you can take in an amazing view of the city.  Other great lookout points are at Mt Moiwa and Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

Other great outdoor places to visit include Moerenuma Park, the Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, Asahiyama Kinen Koen Park, Nakajima Park  and many more.

Local places of historic importance in Sapporo include Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), Hokkaido Jingu and the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

There are also various museums to visit in the city.  Top choices include the Sapporo Artpark, the Hokkaido University Museum and the Sapporo Science Center.  So, whether you enjoy art, history or science, you are sure to find the perfect museum to entertain your interests.

Other top attractions include the Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, the Maruyama Zoo and the Mt. Moiwa Ropeway / Moriscar.

If you are booking your hotel in Sapporo during a busy period like during the local snow festival, you will need to decide where to stay in Sapporo well ahead of time.  Hotels of every kind tend to get booked up pretty fast and you wouldn't want to lose your ideal spot.