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About Sapporo

Located on a rare plain against the dramatic backdrop of Hokkaido's snow-clad mountains, Sapporo, the island's capital, is Japan's fifth-largest city. A buzzing metropolis, it’s a wonderful starting point for an exploration of the island, or a popular business destination in its own right. Accommodation options range from simple ryokans to swish city hotels, with some of the best places to stay in Sapporo boasting expansive views of the city’s rising skyline.

Long home to the Ainu people but founded as an administrative centre for Hokkaidō in the 19th Century, Sapporo quickly became famous for brewing Sapporo beer. The Sapporo Beer Museum, housed in a red brick brewery is now a Hokkaido Heritage Site. Take a guided tour to delve into the story of the beer, which dates back to 1876. Other cultural highlights include the Hokkaidō Museum of Modern Art and the Hokkaidō Museum, which charts the region’s fascinating ancient past. This is a vibrant city with a superb foodie scene; gather at a plethora of excellent eateries, bars and nightlife spots in the evenings.

Sapporo is particularly popular in February, when visitors pour in for the famous week-long Snow Festival, when hundreds of striking snow and ice sculptures stud the city’s streets. The best places to stay in Sapporo inevitably fill up fast!

The Best Places to Stay in Sapporo

For City Style

  • JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo promises impressive views from the upper floors of the JR Tower. Stylish interiors feature big beds and large windows, whilst a number of restaurants and bars invite guests to feast on top-notch French and Japanese cuisine. For business or leisure.
  • Cross Hotel Sapporo is a swish city base for romantic couples and well-heeled travellers alike. Kick back in rooms clad in soothing, earthy tones, with modern art pieces and lots of natural wood. Highlights include the excellent restaurant and the hip bar. Very cool.

For Great Value

  • Nakamuraya Ryokan is a simple, traditional ryokan with 26 rooms. Located downtown, this historic property promises regional cuisine, a 24-hour onsen bath and a real sense of tranquility. Affordable and offering space for couples, friends and families in rooms with low tables and futon beds.


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Travel Information

  • Fly to Tokyo's Haneda International Airport or to Narita International Airport and catch a connecting flight to New Chitose Airport, a short train ride from Sapporo.
  • Hokkaidō is wonderful to explore by road! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Sapporo is a year-round destination. Come in the summer for sunshine, outdoorsy activities and temperatures of 20 - 26°C. Spring and autumn are cool and picturesque, whilst snowy winters are all about skiing and snowboarding in the mountains. Travel between December and April for the best powder snow in areas such as Niseko after a stay in the city.

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Best Hotels in Sapporo

  • Lamp Light Books Hotel Sapporo Sapporo (Hokkaido) from £36

    Writing a novel  -  Immerse in a novelist's haven with rooms crafted for reading comfort, perfect for penning your next masterpiece
    Local markets  -  Stroll Tanukikoji Shopping Street, where retail therapy meets local charm, just steps from your door
    Restaurant  -  Savour a morning coffee paired with a mystery, in a café where stories and sips blend seamlessly
    Value chic  -  Unbeatable rates paired with a unique literary journey make this gem a savvy traveller's dream
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    This unique retreat is a book lover's dream come to life, in the heart of Sapporo. With decor inspired by the cosy nooks of a bibliophile's haven, it oozes a serene charm, perfect for unwinding with a handpicked collection at the in-house bookshop and café. A chic stay at a reasonable rate. See More

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  • Bespoke Hotel Sapporo (Hokkaido) from £46

    Local exploring  -  Embark on a local exploration trip and discover Sapporo's hidden gems from the refined comfort of this welcoming space
    City Style  -  Immerse yourself in the vibrant artwork and curated amenities of this boutique gem
    Local markets  -  Wander through the colourful stalls of Nijo Market, where you can sample fresh seafood delicacies and savour local street food
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through Odori Park, a spacious urban oasis in the heart of Sapporo, featuring beautifully landscaped gardens
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    Discover urban elegance at this art-infused haven in Sapporo. Vibrant decor sets the scene for unforgettable experiences. From chic rooms to a bustling lounge, every moment is crafted to perfection. An ideal place to get closer to the heartbeat of the city and at a very reasonable rate. See More

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  • Sapporo Park Hotel Sapporo (Hokkaido) from £46

    Local exploring  -  Immerse in the tranquility of Nakajima Park with a leisurely stroll, witnessing the ever-changing beauty of Hokkaido's 4 seasons
    Skiing  -  Experience the thrill of winter sports at Sapporo Teine Ski Resort, offering world-class skiing and snowboarding opportunities
    Total relaxation  -  Indulge in a sensory journey on the Executive Floor's "Park in Park", basking in sunlight amidst lush greenery
    Romantic Break  -  The hotel's chic design and serene surroundings are perfect for fostering moments of love and connection
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    There's tranquility in every season at this chic hotel in central Sapporo. The sleek, modern decor and park views from every room, are designed to immerse you in the area's natural beauty. The restaurants span Italian, Chinese and local fare so you'll be spoilt for choice at this city oasis. See More

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  • The Knot Sapporo Sapporo (Hokkaido) from £53

    Local exploring  -  Explore the area's rich history and natural landscapes from this hotel, perfectly blending local culture and modern comfort
    City Style  -  Dive into stylish city living with this hotel's chic design, inspired by Hokkaido's beauty and vibrant Susukino nightlife
    Hotel Entertainment  -  Unwind at LES BOIS lounge with KNOT Coins, a unique blend of Sapporo's culture and cuisine
    Sights nearby  -  Discover the serenity of Hokkaido's natural springs, just a stone's throw from the hotel
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    A vibrant hotel in Sapporo's elegant Susukino district. Think avant-garde meets nature, where local materials and modern artistry invite relaxation and inspiration. From bespoke lighting to "Hot Chef" delights and cosy nooks by the fire, it's a symphony of comfort and culture. Urbane and enchanting. See More

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  • Hotel Forza Sapporo (Hokkaido) from £53

    Total relaxation  -  Easy access from JR Sapporo Station, cosy rooms, and unique amenities like Wine Server promise a rejuvenating stay
    Great walks  -  Check out Maruyama Park, where cherry blossoms bloom in spring and vibrant foliage paints the landscape in autumn
    Local exploring  -  Explore Sapporo's iconic landmarks such as the Clock Tower and Former Hokkaidō Government Office
    Sights nearby  -  Unwind amidst bubbling hot springs at Jozankei Onsen, nestled amidst picturesque mountains
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    Your perfect Sapporo stay awaits at this 4* gem. Stylish interiors and warm hospitality allow you to relax in rooms designed for both flair and functionality. Indulge in a healthy breakfast and unwind with their Wine Server at the lobby lounge. A reasonably priced stay close to the city buzz. See More

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  • JR East Hotel Mets Sapporo (Hokkaido) 206 rooms from £63

    Local exploring  -  Proximity to JR Sapporo Station makes city-wide adventures hassle-free, complete with a comfy bed awaiting your return
    Value chic  -  Sleek, modern rooms at a reasonable rate make it appealing for the budget-conscious traveller
    Local markets  -  Stroll from JR Sapporo, dive into vibrant markets, and savour Hokkaido's freshest sushi
    Sights nearby  -  Embark from your doorstep on a scenic journey to Otaru, where old-world charm beckons
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    A contemporary gem in Sapporo's Kita Ward. Its decor, inspired by Northern Europe, offers a minimalist elegance with its spacious rooms and large, inviting windows. Not just a place to rest your head, but a haven with top-notch bedding, a separate bath and vanity, plus close to city attractions. See More

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  • Susukino Granbell Hotel Sapporo (Hokkaido) 300 rooms from £66

    Restaurant  -  Indulge in local flavours at Minori de bar, where savoury soba and regional drinks await, creating an authentic culinary journey
    Other Activities  -  Experience a winter wonderland with a visit to the Sapporo Snow Festival, where magnificent ice sculptures adorn the streets
    Great walks  -  Take a trip to Mount Moiwa, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the cityscape and surrounding mountains
    Total relaxation  -  Discover the essence of relaxation as you bask in spacious rooms adorned with modern amenities
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    Discover urban chic just moments from Susukino station. Indulge in rooms catering to every style, alongside a top-floor open-air bath under the starlit sky. Dine at the versatile restaurant, unwind at Minori de bar, or stay fit in the gym. A stylish getaway with a sleek design and a trendy vibe. See More

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  • Riverside Hotel Sapporo (Hokkaido) from £68

    Families  -  For a family adventure, the spacious rooms with kids’ spaces and riverside views promise memorable moments
    Close to nightlife  -  Dive into the area's vibrant nightlife with a visit to the bustling Susukino district, just a walk away
    Total relaxation  -  Indulge in a cosy movie night with a 120-inch projector in the comfort of your Superior Room
    Great walks  -  Unwind with a scenic stroll along the Toyohira River, right on the doorstep
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    Dive into Sapporo's heart at an innovative riverside hotel, where self-service meets sleek design. Mid-century vibes and spacious layouts invite relaxation, while river and city views frame every room. From family-friendly suites with play areas to tech-savvy pads with projectors, it has it all. See More

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  • The Royal Park Canvas Sapporo Odori Park Sapporo (Hokkaido) from £74

    Sights nearby  -  Witness the grandeur of Sapporo from the TV Tower's observation deck, offering panoramic city views amid the park's greenery
    City Style  -  Elevate your city escape with stylish rooftop events and bespoke rooms that blend modernity with Hokkaido's natural charm
    Local exploring  -  Dive into the heart of Sapporo with unique local experiences and daily menus that celebrate the area's rich flavours
    Hotel Entertainment  -  At dusk, the rooftop transforms - mingle under starlit skies, with music and bonfires igniting the night
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    This chic hub blends Hokkaido's essence with modern flair in the heart of Sapporo. Its decor marries rustic wood with contemporary design, inviting a vibe that's both cosy and avant-garde. Feast on locally sourced fare, unwind in unique spaces without the usual TVs, and revel in rooftop gatherings. See More

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  • 41 Pieces Sapporo (Hokkaido) from £76

    Local exploring  -  Dive into Sapporo's culture with a stay, where eclectic rooms and local landmarks blend for an authentic journey
    Groups  -  Enjoy group bonding in vibrant rooms with multi-bed self-catering lofts perfect for exploring Sapporo's together
    Great walks  -  Immerse in Sapporo's spirit as you stroll Odori Park, a stone's throw from the hotel, capturing the city's essence
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    This chic 4-star hotel blends modern comfort with local charm, in the heart of Sapporo. With its eclectic decor, each room is a canvas of vibrant hues and textures, promising a unique stay. Beyond the stylish rooms, enjoy convenient self check-in and the city's hotspots within a short stroll. See More

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  • Mitsui Garden Hotel Sapporo West Sapporo (Hokkaido) from £78

    Romantic Break  -  Escape on a romantic trip, where intimate dinners and serene baths amidst Hokkaido's art and tradition kindle love's warm glow
    City Style  -  Indulge in a stylish city break in a vibrant, art-filled setting, ideal for the cosmopolitan palate
    Artworks  -  Explore Sapporo's art, with neon lights and Woody Bear sculptures capturing Hokkaido's spirit
    Great walks  -  Stroll through Odori Park, where Sapporo's heart beats with festivals and serene greenery
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    A sleek art-filled hotel in the centre of Sapporo. Warm woods and open spaces invite a bright, convivial atmosphere. From on-the-spot crêpes to Hokkaido delicacies, each dish tells a local story in the on-site restaurant. A stylish stay where relaxation is served with a side of culture. See More

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  • Cross Hotel Sapporo Sapporo 181 rooms from £101

    Local exploring  -  Set a five-minute walk from the main station, this hotel makes a great base for local sightseeing in the city
    Romantic Break  -  With a romantic guest-only lounge and observation deck, book this hotel for your next couples' city break
    City Style  -  With contemporary interiors and a central city location, book this hotel for local Sapporo charm
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Sapporo TV Tower located close to the hotel and head up to the top for great views from the observation deck
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    This sleek city bolt-hole is located in central Sapporo, Japan - five minutes' walk from JR Sapporo Station. Stylish suites are zoned by wooden screens and feature cosy soft furnishings and contemporary artwork. Head to the top floor lounge for skyline views after drinks at the romantic bar. See More

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  • Nakamuraya Ryokan Sapporo (Hokkaido Prefecture) 26 rooms from £134

    Museums  -  The Sapporo Beer Museum, the Hokkaidō University Museum and the Hokkaidō Museum of Modern Art are all well worth visiting
    Value chic  -  A simple, well-priced and historic stay for couples, families and groups in the heart of the city
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the Hokkaidō University's Botanic Garden, just five minutes' walk away
    Local exploring  -  Within walking distance of Hokkaidō University, Odori Park and a number of key museums
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    Nakamuraya Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn located in downtown Sapporo. The air-conditioned rooms have woven-straw floors and futon bedding whilst there's also a spacious 24 hour bath to relax in. Enjoy meals served in a true Ryokan style with plenty of small dishes. A unique and friendly spot! See More

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  • Onsen Ryokan Yuen Sapporo Sapporo (Hokkaido) from £155

    Learning  -  Take a guided food tour, savouring fresh seafood at Nijo Market and slurping authentic ramen in Susukino's bustling alleyways
    Total relaxation  -  Tranquil spaces and refined beauty merge with Karurusu Onsen's rejuvenating thermal waters, offering an immersive experience
    Sights nearby  -  Explore a vibrant tapestry of attractions, from the Former Hokkaidō Government Office to the lush greenery of Odori Park
    Romantic Break  -  Indulge in secluded serenity, where intimate open-air baths of Sapporo's soft stone accompany gourmet delights
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    A chic retreat in the heart of Sapporo. Immerse yourself in serene spaces adorned with subtle style, complemented by rejuvenating hot springs straight from Karurusu. Indulge in seasonal delicacies at Kakatojo Sapporo, where every dish tells a tale of Hokkaido's bounty. An elegant and chilled stay. See More

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  • JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo Sapporo (Kita 5, Chuo-ku) 350 rooms from £246

    Great walks  -  Take a guided city walking tour or a scenic stroll around Hokkaidō University's gorgeous Botanic Gardens
    Total relaxation  -  Enjoy rejuvenating massages and long soaks in hot spring baths after days of exploring
    City Style  -  A swish city hotel in central Sapporo, perfect for business or leisure travellers
    Theatre  -  Catch a show at The Hokkaidō Shiki Theatre, less than a mile from the hotel
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    On the 23rd to 34th floors in the JR Tower, this hotel provides chic contemporary with splendid views over Sapporo's skyline. A restful spa and smart interiors encourage peace and tranquility whilst slick restaurants serve stunning French and Japanese cuisine! A top spot for business or leisure. See More

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