By Jennifer Levin

Sapporo, Japan, is the largest city on the island of Hokkaido. In English Sapporo means “blessed by snow,” and is known internationally for hosting the 1972 Winter Olympics, which were the first held on the continent of Asia. Further, every February the city hold an annual festival called the Sapporo Snow Festival, which draws hundreds of thousands of tourists from all around the world.

To get to Sapporo, Japan, you will have the choice of flying through one of two airports: New Chistose Airport is the international airport servicing Sapporo and its surrounding area, while the Okadama Airport services regional flights in Hokkaido. When you have decided what time of year to visit this lush city, book your flights with here ( Sapporo offers several types of lodging to suit your interests and your convenience. There are spas, resorts, various hotels and also traditional Japanese accommodations, some of which include some daily meals. Book your stay with here (

There are several important landmarks located in Sapporo that you won’t want to miss during your stay. These include the Sapporo Clock Tower, the Sapporo City Archive Museum, two art museums – the Miyanomori Art Museum and the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art – and the Edwin Dun Memorial Hall. You should also consider a visit to the Historic Village, an outdoor interactive museum representing local culture and life.

There are many parks and gardens in Sapporo, all of which are perfect whether you’ve planned an afternoon of reading and relaxing there or you stumble upon one while meandering through the streets of the city. Moerenuma Park, Shiroi Koibito Park, Odori Park, Sapporo’s botanical gardens and the Sapporo Artpark all offer their own unique atmospheres and all are singularly enjoyable. recommends taking in any or all of them during your stay in Japan.
Sapporo also offers superb shopping. You’ll have no trouble at all finding souvenirs for yourself and your friends as you explore the streets. And, as you have probably guessed, Sapporo offers some prime skiing and other winter sport opportunities. If hitting the slopes is your thing, be sure to visit the mountains for some skiing and snowboarding.

After spending your days trolling the city, picking up souvenirs, taking in the culture or exerting your energy playing sports or taking a day trip to the coast, you’ll want to indulge in some good food and good entertainment. Japanese cuisine is very robust and is based largely around seafood and vegetables. Sapporo is known as the birthplace of miso ramen, a ramen noodle dish, so try and find some to give it a taste. The city is also home to the Sapporo Brewery, which offers some fine-tasting beer. The breweries are attached to a museum, which also recommends visiting during your time in the city.
Sapporo is the only place of production of shiroi koibito,  which are world-famous white chocolate biscuits. Noodles, beer, and biscuits – how can you go wrong? The city also has a hopping nightlife scene. Make sure to visit Susukino, Sapporo’s famous entertainment district and work off your dinner on the dance floor or take in some local music.

Sapporo offers a stunning mix of old and new architecture, modern sports arenas such as the Sapporo Dome and tranquil, luxurious parks. The city is filled with activities, food and entertainment to ensnare the senses and provide a wonderful vacation.


  • 1. Mount Okura Observatory
  • 2. Sapporo Artpark
  • 3. Odori Park
  • 4. Sapporo Dome
  • 5. Shiroi Koibito Park
  • 6. Sapporo Beer Museum
  • 7. Mount Moiwa
  • 8. Susukino
  • 9. Moerenuma Park
  • 10. Hoheikyo Onsen


  • 1. Coming of Age Day - January
  • 2. Sapporo Snow Festival - February
  • 3. Cherry Blossom Viewing - April
  • 4. Lilac Festival - May
  • 5. Yosakoi Soran Festival - June
  • 6. Pacific Music Festival - July
  • 7. Beer Matsuri - July
  • 8. Sapporo Summer Festival - August
  • 9. Sapporo Marathon - October
  • 10. Munich Christmas Festival - December


Sheraton Sapporo Hotel
5-5-25 Atsubetsuchuo 2J0, Atsubetsu-KuSapporo, Hokkaido 0040052 Japan
By Sarah Hay

The grace and majesty of Hokkaido’s largest city is on full display for you when you stay at the Sheraton Sapporo Hotel. Just two minutes from the Shin-Sapporo Station, the hotel is directly linked to train and bus terminals, as well as subways and highways of the area. The hotel is located near such local attractions as the Atsubetsu aquarium, the shopping area known as Odori Park, and the hotel offers daily excursion buses to Furano’s lavender and flower fields, and even to local ski slopes. The Sapporo Convention Center and Techno Park are also nearby, if you’re in the region on business.

The Sheraton Sapporo has 511 guest rooms, offering a variety of standard amenities such as 27” flat screen televisions, high speed Internet access (for a fee), tea and coffeemakers, refrigerators, mini bars, international direct dial phones, separate shower and bath stalls, bathroom phones, hairdryers, bathrobes and exclusive bath products, humidifiers, printers, copiers and printers, as well as unequalled views. Check-in time is 3 p.m., and check-out is 12 noon.

The hotel features distinctive touches to help you relax, including a steam room and sauna, a spa area with massage treatments, and a whirlpool. For your convenience, there is a beauty salon and florist on site, porters, and laundry services, as well as car rentals and a 24-hour front desk and valet. There are five restaurants on site, as well as round-the-clock room service.

If you’re in need of meeting facilities, the Sheraton Sapporo has 13 meeting spaces on three floors of the hotel. There is a grand ballroom, and the largest event space encompasses over 8,000 square feet. If your plans bring you to the Sapporo region, plan to stay at the Sheraton Sapporo Hotel. Before you book a room, let the experts at find the best rate for you, by following this link: (