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Japan Travel Destination: Sapporo | May 9, 2010

Most of you who want to visit Japan must find it difficult choosing between all the cities, sites and tourist destinations that need to be toured. The capital city of Hokkaido known as Sapporo is one place worth visiting.

Since Hokkaido is Japan’s northern island, the best time to make a visit to this place would be during the summer season, unless you are from Canada and you don’t mind the frost. Summer is the peak touring season and you would find many fellow travelers arond you, including Japanese.

Sapporo’s city museums are a great place to visit. Ainu Museum and the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art are worth a peek, and getting to these places is not a hassle as you can travel by train or even hire a taxi, which are much more affordable than in Tokyo. Some other important sightseeing spots that you must visit are the botanical gardens, clock tower, Ishiya chocolate factory and the entertainment district. For all you sport fans, the local baseball team that only recently relocated to Sapporo is a powerhouse worth watching at the Sappporo Dome – try to catch Yu Darvish pitching.

When it comes to Sapporo, however, there is nothing like the beer. The summer festival at Odori Park is your red carpet to world-class beer gardens and probably the best beer in the world – yes, of course better than Carlsberg! As for the food, this part of the country is known for the most relished cuisines of barbecued mutton, noodles and many more mouthwatering speciality dishes that complement Sapporo Beer so seamlessly that it makes you want to cry.

If your Japanese vacation is in the winter, worry not because Sapporo during the cold(er) seasons is just as spectacular. You could visit the same Odori Park that is then transformed to a big snow sculpture gallery. This snow festival is famous all over by the name of “Sapporo Snow Festival” and showcases excellent, professional work.

In case you are planning to travel to Japan and to Sapporo in the summer, make sure you book your accommodation in advance, because otherwise it may turn out to be an extremely expensive expedition. Getting to the northern island is quite convenient as it is connected to Honshu by rail, air, ferry, and even road. Your trip to Sapporo could be a very memorable one as long as the travel, accommodation, and other basics are preplanned.

By the way, as long as you’ve made it all the way up there, don’t shy away from venturing outside the capital city to take in some of the island’s stunning natural beauty and to soak in the country’s best natural hot springs.



  1. Stumbled across this blog, and glad I did very useful for my future plans to visit Japan . Thanks

    Comment by chickyhicky — May 9, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

  2. Sapporo is actually the top of my list – funny that you just wrote a piece on it. And yes, the main reason would be for a frosty brew

    Comment by Steveo — May 9, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

    • what a coincidence 🙂
      Sapporo beer is definitely worth the entire trip

      Comment by Josh Shulman — May 9, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

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