3 Days in Sapporo: Suggested Itineraries

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There are myriad reasons to visit cosmopolitan Sapporo, capital city of Japan’s northernmost main island, Hokkaido. American and European designers helped create the relatively young city in the late 1800s, and its easily navigable grid of streets is punctuated by gorgeous public parks and green space, making it a beautiful backdrop for a long weekend spent enjoying the beer, food and frosty winters for which Sapporo is famous. 

Day 1: Beer in Sapporo
Sample Sapporo’s most famous product—crisp, golden Sapporo beer. The local namesake beverage has its factory just outside the city, where you can take a free tour and enjoy a couple of complimentary brews before rounding out the end of the day back in town at the Sapporo Beer Museum and the nearby Sapporo Beer Garden, where you can enjoy barbecued meat alongside a blazing fire in the massive beer hall.

Day 2: Seasonal Activities
After beer, Sapporo’s next claim to fame is its frosty winter season. Host of the 1972 winter Olympics, Sapporo embraces the winter wonderland of its colder months with events like the world-renowned Sapporo Snow Festival. The weeklong festival takes place every February, and if you’re visiting during this time, spend a day exploring Odori Park and the main streets of the Susukino District to marvel at the incredible snow and ice sculptures on display. If you’re in Sapporo outside of the snowy season, you can head to the mountains and swap the skiing and snowboarding of winter for hiking and biking.

Day 3: Soak it Up
Nothing takes the edge off  like a soothing dip in a volcanic hot spring. The area around the city is a literal hotbed of volcanic activity, where mineral rich waters are warmed up by the subterranean heat. Hop on a bus to nearby onsens at Jozankei or Hoheikyo, both situated along the idyllic Toyohira River, to soak a day away in traditional Japanese baths, surrounded by snowy volcanic peaks.
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Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo Including Hoheikyo Onsen and Lunch

Cycle the forest paths near Sapporo on a mountain hike, then relax with a soak in a Japanese onsen (hot spring) and lunch during this 5-hour, small-group excursion that’s perfect for beginners. Take a 1.5-hour ride to the town of Jozankei, a city known for its hot springs, for a snack and a soak in the mineral baths of Hoheikyo Onsen, before finishing with a typical local lunch of Japanese curry. Your small-group trip, limited to just 10 participants, also includes a guide, roundtrip transportation from your hotel, entrance fees and mountain biking equipment for rent.Please note: This tour is seasonal and runs yearly between April and October. The date is subject to change.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

Discover the scenic environs of Lake Shikotsu by mountain bike during this small-group, 9-hour trip, limited to just 10 participants. Take in breathtaking views of the nearby peaks as you pedal your bike on a moderate 5-hour ride covering 28 miles (45km) along the Chitose River and the beautiful caldera lake, where you can purchase lunch at your own expense at a lakeside restaurant. Your mountain biking adventure also includes a local guide, mountain bike, helmet and gloves, and round-trip transport from select locations in Sapporo or New Chitose Airport.Please note: This tour is seasonal and runs yearly between April and October. The date is subject to change.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Nopporo Forest Park Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

Explore Nopporo Forest Park by mountain bike and enjoy round-trip transport from Sapporo, too. The easy-paced 1.5-hour ride follows a flat, 6-mile (10-km) route through the forests of the park and takes in sights of the flora and fauna for which Nopporo is famed. Look for deer peeking between trees as you pedal, and enjoy attentive commentary from a guide as you go. Numbers are limited to just 10 for a small-group experience, and the tour runs on a seasonal basis from April to October.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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