Best Things to Do in Sapporo 2021

Sapporo Hokkaido : What to Do in Sapporo

The capital city of Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo is a city with full of tourist attractions such as sightseeing spots, events, restaurants with delicious Hokkaido dishes and shopping spots, and it’s a popular tourist destination through the year. Especially during winter, the city welcomes a large number of visitors when Japan’s biggest winter festival, “Sapporo Snow Festival” is held in February for a week. If you are planning to visit the festival this year and spend some days in Sapporo City, this is city has so much to explore. Let me introduce best bits of Sapporo today so you can spend wonderful time along with Sapporo Snow Festival!

-Places to Visit in Sapporo

Main attractions of the city and most of them are located within walking distance in the city centre.

Odori Park

a large park which stretches east to west through the city. It is indeed the main site of Sapporo Snow Festival.


Sapporo TV Tower

built in 1957, a 147 m high TV tower with an observation deck at 90 m. Located on the ground of Odori Park, in the northern area of the city.

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Hours: 9:00~22:00

Clock Tower

built in 1878, and since then the Clock Tower (Tokeidai) has been a historical and cultural symbol of Sapporo City until today.

Hours: 8:45~17:00

Former Hokkaido Government Office

a.k.a. Red Brick Office is the symbolic building of the city and used to serve as a government office for about 80 years. Visitors can enter the building for free for exhibits and tourist information.

Hours: 8:45~17:30 (closed on Sat&Sun)

Nijo Market

Sapporo’s biggest public market offering fresh seafood and vegetables from Hokkaido and many small stalls and restaurants where visitors can taste the fresh dishes.

Hours: 7:00~18:00

Sapporo Beer Museum

the museum of the most famous beer brands in Japan, Sapporo Beer. It’s a former brewery from Meiji Period, and exhibitions and beer tasting are available.

Hours: 11:30~20:00 (closed on Monday)

Sapporo Maruyama Zoo

located at the foot of Mt.Maruyama, the zoo houses about 200 species, about 1,000 animals. Can be reached within 20 mins from Sapporo City by public transport.

Hours: 9:30~16:30 (~16:00 Nov to Feb) (closed on 2nd&4th Wednesdays)


the biggest red light district in Hokkaido and there are hundreds of bars and restaurants. Enjoy drinking like locals in neon lights 😉


Explore Susukino and Sapporo’s food culture with a local guide! “Sapporo Bar Hopping Food Tour” by Magical Trip is one of the most popular food tours in the city, offering authentic Hokkaido food experiences guided by local experts! Visit local Izakaya pubs, try delicious Hokkaido specialties and get tipsy with locals! Check the link below for more details about the tour and book the tour now!

-Places to Visit outside of the City

I highly recommend you to visit some of these outskirts attractions, which are all located 10–15 km away from Sapporo City.

Shiroi Koibito Park

also known as “White Lover Park”, a theme park of the famous confectionery company, Ishiya which consists of a chocolate factory, exhibits, shop, cafe and restaurant.

Hours: 9:00~19:00

Moere Park

a large and unique outskirts park designed by the famous Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi.

Hours: 7:00~22:00

Historical Village of Hokkaido

an open-air museum about the history and culture of Hokkaido

Hours: 9:00~16:30 (closed on Monday)

Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill

a hill top observation of Sapporo City and sheep farm

Hours: 9:00~17:00

Mount Moiwa

a 531 m mountain known for the best view of Sapporo City at night. The mountain can be reached by rope-way and it’s open till 10 pm.

Hours: 11:00~22:00 (ropeway)

Sapporo Teine

the most accessible ski resort from Sapporo City, which was used as the site for Sapporo Winter Olympic back in in 1972.


-Things to Eat in Sapporo

Hokkaido is known as the biggest gourmet land in Japan, and the capital city Sapporo has lots of original local dishes to offer.

Sapporo Ramen

Hokkaido is one of biggest Ramen lovers in the country and several areas have their own regional Ramen dishes. Sapporo is known for its miso based broth, topped with sweetcorn and a slice of butter.

Sapporo Soup Curry

the city is known as the birth place of soup curry which has much more flavours and spices, and thinner soup than regular Japanese curry.

Kaisen Don

Hokkaido’s seafood is highly regarded with the quality and freshness. Donburi (rice bowl) of your favourite seafood is definitely the one can’t be missed out.

Genghis Khan

Hokkaido style BBQ comes with mutton and vegetables which goes perfectly with beer.

Looking for the best places to eat in Sapporo?? Click the link below to check the popular restaurants in the city!

Cooking Class

If you wish to have unique food experiences in Hokkaido rather than eating in restaurants, how about joining a local cooking class?? From Sushi to authentic home-cooking dishes, a wide variety of Japanese cooking classes are available across the country including Sapporo. Let’s learn how to make delicious Japanese food as well as explore the food culture with local teachers! Check out the link below and find the best cooking class in Sapporo, Hokkaido!

-Things to Buy in Sapporo

Make sure to shop specialties of Sapporo City before leaving! They can be found literally at every souvenir shops in town!

Shiroi Koibito

Copyright: © ISHIYA Co., Ltd.

Shiroi Koibito (means “white lovers”) by Ishiya is the long-time beloved sweets for over 40 years with a delightful combination of langue de chat cookie and white chocolate.

Price: 576 yen (9pc)

Jaga Pokkuru

Copyright © Calbee, Inc.

Jaga Pokkuru is a potato snack from Calbee made with selected local potatoes.

Price: 550 yen (18g x 6)

Sapporo Times Square

Copyright © 2003 SANPACHI CO.,LTD

fluffy cake filled with various cream made with local ingredients by the Sapporo based confectionery, Kakasha.

Price: 162 yen (1pc)

If you are wondering what to do in Hokkaido, check this article below!
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Wow.. seems like Sapporo has so much to offer and there is never enough time to enjoy whole city at once! Pick wisely where to go and what to eat when in Sapporo and plan your best trip! For more info about travelling in Hokkaido, please check out my other articles listed below!

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