Konnichiwa! Situated in Hokkaido, Sapporo is the fourth largest city in Japan and is internationally famous for its locally brewed beer and winter festivals due to large snowfalls creating beautiful beds of white all over the city. If you visit Sapporo during summer, there are many noteworthy parks which you can take a stroll in, such as Odori Park and Moerenuma Park. In total, Sapporo has 10 wards where each “ku” has specific industries and functions - very representative of Japan’s well-planned cityscapes and lifestyles.
Before venturing into the many attractions that Sapporo offers, visit first a ramen shop to give Sapporo Ramen a go! Sapporo is known as the birthplace for miso (soybean paste) ramen which has spread throughout Japan. If you enjoyed the delicious Sapporo Ramen, visit Sapporo Ramen Republic, a theme park focused on ramen, located in a commercial complex in front of Sapporo Station. Well, it is no new fact that you can find all kinds of quirks in Japan! Just play along and enjoy.
Many historical buildings in Japan, as well as shopping malls and parks, are in Sapporo and draw many tourists. Historic landmarks include the former Hokkaidō government office building, the Sapporo Clock Tower, the Hokkaidō Shrine (Hokkaidō Jingū), and the Sapporo TV Tower. Understand the history and making of Sapporo Beer by visiting the Sapporo Beer Museum, also a former brewery.
Come night time, be sure to visit Susukino, the entertainment district of Sapporo, lined with rows of bars, karaoke pubs, restaurants, coin game shops and more! Let the bright neon lights take you on a psychedelic trip while you listen to the synchronised noise of the hustle and bustle. In this area, spot the Sapporo Ramen Yokocho, Norubesa (a building with a huge Ferris wheel) and also shop at the Tanuki Kōji Shopping Arcade, the oldest shopping mall in the city.
Sapporo has one streetcar line, three JR Hokkaido lines, three subway lines and JR-bus, Chuo-bus and other bus lines. As a traveller, it would be easiest to travel via subway as the signs are in both Japanese and English, and you won’t need to worry about missing a stop! However, for the best sights, hop onto the streetcar where you will be surrounded by locals for the best local experience. Most Japanese people are pretty shy to speak in English, so if you lose your way, communication with the locals is best done through hand gestures and sign language.
Fly to Sapporo via its two airports, Okadama Airport and New Chitose Airport, serving domestic flights and international flights respectively! Otherwise, if you are travelling from nearby cities in Japan, you can also hop on the inter-city bus or the JR line which will be completing soon.