Sapporo Travel Guide

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Sapporo Things to Do

  • Motorcycle Rental in Hokkaido

    Yes, Motorcycle rental in Hokkaido is not only possible, it is highly recommended. From May till October Hokkaido offers motorcycle riders some of the most scenic routes in the world. There are a number of places that rent Motorbikes. My favourite is Eagle Motorcycles in Sapporo. Bikes available range from 1300cc to the 50cc Honda Cub. The Honda...

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  • Hokkaido Governor's Official Residece

    Come and see an orange carpet at Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence in autumnYou can walk through the garden of the residence from 8:45 to 5:30 daily from the end of April till November. In autumn, you can enjoy the change of the colors of the trees. The ground covered with the fallen leaves looks like a luxury orange carpet.

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  • Visit Houheikyo onsen

    we went to an onsen nr Jozankei, about 60 mins by bus from Sapporo. This one was not linked to a hotel and was a natural area of hot volcanic spring water coming directly from the ground. The location was stunning; a natural pool on the side of a wooded mountain. Snow was falling on us as we lay over rocks in the HOT water, steam rising. (minus 10...

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  • Visit Sapporo Brewery

    A must, as Sapporo Beer is famous in every nation. Even if you're a non-alcoholic person, this visit will certainly be an educational experience. Pictured here: the Brewery. Getting there: 10 mins bus ride, or if you have time, 45 mins slow walk north east from Sapporo Station's north exit. Simply put, the Brewery is located on "North 7, East 9"....

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  • Sapporo Brewery Museum

    Visit this museum, the closest you will get to visiting the factory. Some displays are presented using 3D animated exhibits like this one pictured. Really cute!Explanations are in Japanese therefore you should get an English flyer (free) from the receptionist as you enter the museum.

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  • Dark Beer Ice Cream

    Where else in the world can you get beer ice cream that tastes perfect? Of course this is a must-try experience you'll never forget! Fresh beer from the Sapporo Brewery! Buy the ice cream from this little hut located in the Beer Garden. You will not find it anywhere else in the Brewery. Getting to Sapporo Brewery: 10 mins bus ride, or if you...

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Sapporo Restaurants

  • The most awesome cheesecake

    Hokkaido cheesecakes are very fluffy and light. It also has a subtly sweet kind of taste that is probably from the Hokkaido milk. We had a few other mini cheesecakes in the couple of days prior to this one and I think this one takes the cake. (Pardon the pun.) OK, maybe marginally comparing to the Mel's cheesecake.Anyway, we were scouting for...

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  • Crab lunch banquet is the way to go!

    My friend suggested I try the crab (kani) banquet in Sapporo. Being more "frugal" than she is, my travel buddy and I decided to have lunch in the hopes of basically tasting the same thing for half the price. Kanihonke's huge crab sign caught our eyes as we were walking from Sapporo ESTA to Jingisukan Daruma, so we stopped by and checked out the...

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  • "Jingisukan" with the Locals!

    We heard that jingisukan (i.e. Genghis Khan / mutton bbq) is quite popular in Sapporo, so we must try it out. My friend recommended the all-you-can-eat & drink Sapporo Biergarten at close to 4,000 yen, but since we had a late lunch, we were not able to stomach the all-you-can-eat, so we looked to the interwebs for some suggestion. Daruma's name pop...

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  • So Elegant, So Delicious, So Cheap!

    In a backstreet of the upper class side of Sapporo, the Cote Dor French Restaurant looks more like a dark castle than a restaurant from the outside. The winding staircase circles the flower shop and follows a cave-like entrance to the bright restaurant. We went there to celebrate Valentines Day. The lunch, at a very reasonable 2,000 yen is as good...

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  • bbq lamb

    enough tip on this eating place, just to add some additional pointers:1. The 'eat-all-you-can' price has a time bar of 100mins.2. With some (reasonable) additional yens, it includes free flow of beer - good choice if you like to drink freshly brewed beer3. With yet more additional yens, it includes free flow of red wine - not a good choice as the...

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  • Reasonable Asian Restaurant

    From 12:00 till 14:00 you can have lunch for 1,000 yen or less including dessert & Free-Drink. 1 coin lunch (500yen);

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Sapporo Nightlife

  • Sapporo`s best night club

    When I went this night club called alife, from the many point of views I got very inspired because everyone were so excited and they screamed out as they became crasy with the killer music sound and good atomosphire!!!I bet you will find something to love about alife!! N/A

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  • Susukino King Xmu

    A real experience - kind of expensive but if you go to one of the "parties" its ok pricing. Party night I have been to there cost 500 Yen with a drink coupon. Normal admission is about 3500yen (I'm not sure if that has drink included?) The building is amazing outside shaped like a big face and it is quite big inside too. Has two levels with a bar...

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  • Susukino Clubs

    Highly recommend going to Locotonte on a Friday night. Costs 1500 yen (female) 2000 yen (male) for Nomihoudai on Friday nights (all you can drink.) Other nights you pay a 1000 yen surcharge but you get 1000 yen of drink money if your male and 1200 if your female. A number of foreigners go there. Small club with friendly Japanese natives many of who...

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Sapporo Transportation

  • Motorcycle Rental in Sapporo

    It is possible to rent a Motorcycle in Sapporo. There are a number of rental shops. The one I use is the Eagle Motorcycle Rental shop located in Shiroshi Don't think about renting a motorcycle to ride in the snow ( November to April ). Outside winter, Hokkaido provides some excellent riding opportunities. Be sure to bring your International Drivers...

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  • Overnight Hamanasu Train

    This option is mainly for JR Pass holders. Otherwise, I think it cost about the same or less to fly with Airdo.Basically, as a JR Pass holder (not JR East or JR Hokkaido), you can get from Sapporo to Tokyo (or vice versa) without paying a supplement, so you can use the night time to travel the around 1,000km distance and save 1 night of hotel....

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  • Simple Subway

    Sapporo's subway system, primarily, comprises of 3 lines. In each station, there are signboards in Japanese/English and shouldn't be a problem getting around.Subway 1-Day Card (800 Yen)Unlimited usage of Sapporo's three subway lines on one calendar day. Note that a discounted pass is available on weekends.Donichi Subway Ticket (500 Yen)Unlimited...

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Sapporo Shopping

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  • Sheltered from falling Snow

    Tanuki Koji Shopping Arcade is a long covered shopping arcade which houses all kinds of outlets ranging from food, fruits, clothing, pet shops, sundries items, gift ideas, ranging from paper fans and kimonos, to jewellery, electrical goods and many others.There are 7 sections of the covered street shopping arcade with signalised road crossing...

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  • Underground Subway Shopping

    Adjacent to Susukino Station, there's Pole Town (the underground shopping mall) connecting to the station.

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  • Covered shopping arcade in Sapporo

    Tanukikoji is an all-weather shopping arcade lined with well-established shops. Traditional specialty shops and shops popular with young people, such as those selling used clothing and miscellaneous goods, are lined up next to each other. Japanese youth fashion, traditional souvenirs, chocolates, Japanese sweets, restaurants. Price range varies.

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Sapporo Local Customs

  • Omikuji - Good Luck!!

    Omikuji is a traditional form of Japanese fortune telling in which a person's fortune is written on a piece of folded paper and is typically sold at Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples for about 100 yen. These fortunes are either drawn at random from a box or purchased from a vending machine. Omikuji can range from excellent to poor and tell about...

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  • Valentines Day - Japanese style

    In Japan, the custom on Valentines Day is for ladies to give gifts of dark chocolate to the men of their choice - this, in fact, quite often extends to guys she works with also. One month later on 'White Day' men reciprocate with gifts of white chocolate to the lady of their choice (usually just their wife/girlfriend). In the weeks leading up to...

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  • Using Chopsticks - do's and dont's

    Hold chopsticks towards the ends, not in the middle. When you're not using them or have finished eating, lay them in front of you with the tips pointing to the left. Don't stick chopsticks into your food, especially not into rice; at funerals chopsticks are stuck into the rice that isput on the altar. Don't pass food with your chopsticks directly...

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Sapporo Warnings and Dangers

  • Misleading map

    If you obtained a copy of Sapporo city map from the tourist office and trying to nagviate your way to Ramen Alley, be aware - where the word "Ramen Alley" is written is not the actual location, there is a tiny line point to the actual location. We spend almost an hour trying to find out where is the Ramen Alley - It is call Ramen Yokocho in...

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  • The Golden Drinking Rule!!

    If you're out having a few drinks when in Japan, be very careful about mixing sake with western-style spirits, eg cognac or whiskey; the mix of the two can be pretty lethal - Dangerously so! Sake, followed by beer seems to be fine - depending on the amount partaken of course! Just avoid spirits after sake...

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  • Please watch out for tout !

    Please be careful. If you are a man, may be you will experience tout which is like a persistent saleman.If you follow him and go to his bar, you will have to pay too expensive payment.Which is called in Japanese 'PONBIKI!.

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Sapporo What to Pack

  • Packing Winter

    If you have to walk anywhere it is very difficult with suitcases in the ice! You need waterproof shoes, thermals (including socks) a proper warm jacket that has some waterproof quality and jumpers as well. Shoes need to be abe to be easily walked in on ice! Gloves and a scarf are also a great help!

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  • Packing Requirements Summer

    It can be hot so try and limit baggage if you need to be walknig a lot with it. It gets very hot and sticky in Summer - make sure you have clothes that will suit the weather - shorts, tshirt etc. At night it can be quite uncomfortably hot also depending on where you are staying. If you don't speak Japanese make sure you have all the medications...

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  • Packing List

    Use a small, compact suitcase. Avoid anything large and bulky. My advice is this: pack all the clothes you will need for one week. Then if you need more, in the event you go clubbing, etc. go shopping for some new clothes with your Japanese friends. As a Westerner you'll probably take a size Large. Also get something loose and stretchy, even...

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Sapporo Off The Beaten Path

  • Watch animals crossing across...

    Hokkaido is the land of wild animals. You can find even large animals like deer and bears not only in the depth of mountains but also on the streets near your neighbourhood. This cute-looking traffic sign is somewhere around the city of Takikawa along Hokkaido Central Expressway. How come the fox is red and the raccoon dog green? Well, we have very...

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  • Eniwa Farm

    Enroute to the airport, this is an interesting stopover if you have 2 to 3 hours to spare. It is basically a farm market where you can buy seeds, gardening tools and decorations. Something worthy of mention is its park with metal structures (very artistic) and an enormous tomato plant.

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  • Rera Outlet Mall

    Less than half an hours' drive from the Shin Chitose airport, it is an outlet mall selling clothes and with a good cafe. A good resting stop enroute from or to the airport and if you have about two hours or so to spare. If you're not into shopping or don't need a food stop, then give it a miss. There are frequent shuttle buses connecting the mall...

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Sapporo Favorites

  • Advice for an Aussie Working Holiday...

    Regarding short term accommodation, I can recommend the following youth hostel in Sapporohttp://www.youthhostel.or.jp/kokusai/yoyaku2_Eng.htmI recommend you visit the Sapporo International Communication Plaza as soon as you get there.http://www.plaza-sapporo.or.jp/english/outline_e/frame_out_e.htmlThey have lots of information. You can meet...

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  • Finding your way around town - no...

    Sapporo is laid out on the North American grid system and is a very easy city to navigate. City blocks are named and numbered according to the point of compass, with the apex at the eastern end of Odori Park. For instance, the Clock Tower address is North 1, West 2 (one block north of Odori park apex and two blocks west). City maps are available...

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  • Winter

    Snow.. lots and lots of snow... I love snow. Yea it does not snow where I am from so I love it. The only problem is you can not walk in it! If you wear enough clothes - several layers you will not feel the cold. (You need waterproof shoes, thermals (including socks) a proper warm jacket that has some waterproof quality and jumpers as well.)

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