Sapporo's flat grid is made for cycling. With a smartphone and a passport you can access the city's bike-share program, which has 30-plus kiosks around downtown. Sign up at the Hokkaidō-Sapporo Food & Tourist In…
Operates ferries year-round between Aomori and Hakodate (from ¥3190, 3¾ hours, eight daily) and between Hakodate and Ōma (¥2600, 1¾ hours, two daily) on the Shimokita Peninsula.
New Chitose Airport is located 45km southeast of Sapporo, in Chitose. With flights to over 25 cities in Japan and many cities in Asia, this is where most travellers will arrive.
This friendly bike rental spot near JR Otaru Station has everything you'll need for a fun day touring around town. You can also store luggage for ¥500.
Shin-Nihonkai Ferry runs ferries down the Japan Sea coast, connecting Otaru to Niigata (18 hours) and Maizuru (Kyoto-fu; 20 hours).
In Sapporo, Okadama Airport runs short-haul flights to Hakodate, Kushiri, Rishiri and Misawa (in Aomori).
Sapporo's main bus terminal, beneath the Esta building on the south side of JR Sapporo Station.
Most buses departing from Sapporo Eki-mae Bus Terminal also stop here.
The ropeway is a great option for zipping to the top of Hakodate-yama.
Heartland Ferry has sailings to Rishiri-tō and Rebun-tō.