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Brewery in Sapporo

Sapporo Beer Garden & Museum

Part museum, part beer garden, this legendary Sapporo attraction is in the original Sapporo Beer brewery, almost due east of JR Sapporo Station. There are free one-hour tours of the museum (recorded English commenta…
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Ōkura-yama Ski Jump Stadium

This ski-jump slope was built on the side of Ōkura-yama for the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games. At 133.6m it's just slightly shorter than Sapporo TV Tower (147m), with a 33-degree incline. What would it feel like to whiz…
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Sapporo Yuki Matsuri

Held in early February, this is one of Japan's top festivals. From humble beginnings in 1950, when local high-school students built six snow statues in Ōdōri-kōen, the festival now hosts an international snow sculpt…
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Ōdōri Kōen

Ōdōri Kōen is the long, block-wide park that splits Sapporo into its north–south grid. Fully 13 blocks (1.5km) long, with the TV Tower at its eastern end, the park plays host to the city's major events and festivals…
Top Choice Ramen in Sapporo

Menya Saimi

Sapporo takes its ramen very seriously and Saimi is oft-voted the best ramen shop in the city (and sometimes the country) – and it's not overrated. You will have to queue, which is annoying, but you will be rewarded…
Yakitori in Sapporo


Sapporo's ubiquitous budget yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) chain is handy in a pinch, especially if you find yourself hungry outside of regular meal hours. This branch is just north of Sapporo Station, but you c…
Ramen in Sapporo

Ramen Yokochō

This famous alleyway in the Susukino entertainment district is crammed with ramen shops, including branches of several venerable Hokkaidō shops. It's been around since 1952, and is keen to distinguish itself from al…
Shinto Shrine in Sapporo


Dating back to 1869, this is one of the oldest shrines in Hokkaidō and is known for its spectacular cherry and plum blossoms in spring. It's inside sprawling, woodsy Maruyama-kōen (円山公園).
University in Sapporo

Hokkaidō University

Established in 1876 this university is a scenic spot, with a number of unique buildings. The Furukawa Memorial Hall and the Seikatei are noteworthy, and several campus museums are open to the public. The bust of Wil…
Gardens in Sapporo

Hokkaidō University Botanical Garden

One of Sapporo's must-see sights, this beautiful outdoor garden is the botanical showpiece of Hokkaidō University. Here you'll find more than 4000 plant varietals, all attractively set on a meandering 14-hectare plo…