Otaru Coastline Cliffs in front of the ocean in Sapporo.

Explore Hokkaido: Awesome Sapporo Day Trips

If you visit Sapporo, don’t limit yourself to the activities within the city. While there are many fun things to do in town, there’s even more to discover in the nearby area.Mt. Teine, an Olympic ski field visible from Sapporo, is a must-visit in winter. The historic town of Otaru offers scenic canals and warehouses. … Read more

The front of the Old Government Building in Sapporo, with a sign in the front that says "WELCOME! HOKKAIDO"

What to Do in Sapporo: A Year-Round Guide

The majority of Sapporo’s visitors come in winter for the city’s famous Snow Festival. Even if your schedule doesn’t allow you to visit in winter, don’t pass up a chance to see this beautiful city.  Sapporo has a lot to offer. The historical village gives you insight into Hokkaido’s pioneering past. The iconic markets offer … Read more

A huge snow sculpture of a big building with pillars around. At the bottom of this sculpture are ice pieces that have been illuminated with different colors (blue, pink, yellow).

Things to Do in Sapporo: Amazing Ice Sculptures, Food, and Fun

Sapporo has a lot to offer. It’s the Prefectural Capital of Hokkaido and Japan’s fifth largest city.  Thanks to Hokkaido’s reputation as a skiing and snowboarding paradise, most people visit Sapporo just for the winter sports. This is a shame! Even during Hokkaido’s harsh winter, it’s worth spending some time exploring Sapporo. You don’t want … Read more