8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Sapporo!

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Sapporo!

Sapporo is one of Japan’s newest cities, capital to the Hokkaido Prefecture and is the 4th largest Japanese city in terms of population. Well known for having hosted the 1972 Olympics and for its Snow Festival or Yuki Matsuri which is visited by millions of tourists, prospective visitors may want to consider these tips:


 

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Sapporo!

 

How to go from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo:

1. Access by Bus

From the New Chitose Airport, which is about 30 miles or 45 to 55 minutes from the city, a visitor may take a Japan Railways Hokkaido bus (JR), the Dounan, the Hokuto Kotsu or the Hokkaido Chuo Basu Kabushikigaisha bus, even the Sky-bus or other available busses. Visitors may be ready to pay about 1,030 yen.

 

2. Access by Train

From Chitose Airport, visitors may avail of the train, which is the most practical option, whose station is located at the domestic terminal building on the first basement floor. There are escalators and lifts. The trip will take about 40 minutes and will cost around 1,070 yen when riding the JR Rapid Airport Train.

 

3. If you want to take a taxi

Another option is taking a cab from Chitose to Sapporo but that is an impractical choice unless you have money to throw away or unless your hotel isn’t located too far away like just one or two kilometers. A one way ride is about Yen 10,000 to as much as 15,000!!

 

4. Tourism season of recommended summer

There are seasonal events such as the Sapporo Lilac Festival. Summer festivals are also held within the city center where people enjoy beer, singing and dancing and performances in the Susukino district which is the entertainment and nightlife center. Also here will be found numerous malls, shops, and restaurants.

 

Recommended Season for Touring:

5. Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium

The Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium is a world famous ski jump venue which hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics as well as the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 2007. Tourists come here by the thousands each year. Nearby the stadium is the Winter Sports Museum, the Okurayama Crystal House and the Mt. Okura Observation deck.

 

6. Moerenuma park

At the Moerenuma Park, no payment is required for entry. It contains a playground with 120 playground equipment, 3000 cherry trees and a parking lot for 1500 vehicles, as well and an outdoor stadium for sports. It won the 2002 Good Design Award. At the eastern entrance, a visitor will be greeted by a giant glass pyramid.

 

Featured events:

7. Enjoy the YOSAKOI Soran Festival

Another must-see festival is the Yosakoi Soran where a dancing competition is held between as many as 300 different teams of 33,000 participants, to a wooden percussion instrument called Naruko which is played to the tune of the “soran”, in the month of June. They wear unique and lively costumes.

 

8. Enjoy the snow festival

During winter, Sapporo the visitor must come to Sapporo’s most famous festivity – the Snow Festival. Millions from around the world come to the Odori Park to witness this event which is held in the month of February. No winter visit to Sapporo will ever be complete without a visit to this festivity.

 

Conclusion

Sapporo may not have the traditional Japanese spirit but a visitor will find time spent there well worth it. The garden, the food, the modern architecture, and many more share the same pristine ambience that the older cities like Kyoto are proud of.

 

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Sapporo!

1. Access by Bus
2. Access by Train
3. If you want to take a taxi
4. Tourism season of recommended summer
5. Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium
6. Moerenuma park
7. Enjoy the YOSAKOI Soran Festival
8. Enjoy the snow festival