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Sapporo

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Japan's fifth-largest city, and the prefectural capital of Hokkaidō, Sapporo is a dynamic urban centre that offers everything you'd want from a Japanese city: a thriving food scene, stylish cafes, neon-lit nightlife, shopping galore – and then some. While many travellers see the city as a transit hub from which to access Hokkaidō's mountains and hot springs, there are enough worthwhile attractions to keep you here for days.

The city has a humid continental climate. Summer is the season for beer and food festivals. In February, despite the bitter cold, Sapporo hosts the Sapporo Snow Festival which annually attracts about two million tourists gathered from the four corners of the Earth, and the population literally doubles during the famous festival.
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Sapporo became world famous in 1972 when the Olympic Winter Games were held there. Today, the city is well known for its ramen, beer, and the annual snow festival held in February.
Asami Sato
Japan Travel Specialist

Best Time to Visit Sapporo

Best time to visit Sapporo is during the winter months. Snow in the winter makes it one of the most popular skiing destinations in Japan; the temperatures certainly drop but it is beautiful at this time of the year. If you are interested in snow sports, then Sapporo is known as the Winter Sports capital of Japan and you will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sports activity here. Tourists come from far and near to Sapporo in February for the famous Snow Festival when gigantic ice sculptures are on display - they are real works of art and are lit up in the nights and present a very beautiful sight for the viewer.

Spring is a lovely time to be here, as when the snow melts the flowers bloom. By end April, early May the trees are laden with cherry blossoms and make a pleasant sight. The weather also warms up but never gets too hot in Sapporo, so this is good time to visit Sapporo. End April is also the time of Golden Week when Sapporo turns festive.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
-1
Feb
0
Mar
2
Apr
10
May
16
Jun
20
Jul
24
Aug
25
Sep
21
Oct
15
Nov
7
Dec
1
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
110
Feb
90
Mar
79
Apr
65
May
58
Jun
70
Jul
75
Aug
141
Sep
130
Oct
115
Nov
105
Dec
106
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
-1ºC
110mm

FEB
0ºC
90mm

MAR
2ºC
79mm

APR
10ºC
65mm

MAY
16ºC
58mm

JUN
20ºC
70mm

JUL
24ºC
75mm

AUG
25ºC
141mm

SEP
21ºC
130mm

OCT
15ºC
115mm

NOV
7ºC
105mm

DEC
1ºC
106mm

Festivals, Events and Seasonal Reasons to Visit

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    Sapporo Snow Festival or Sapporo Yuki Matsuri attracts two million visitors to Sapporo's annual snow festival in early February. Highlights include the international snow sculpture contest, ice slides and mazes for kids and plenty of drunken revelry.

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Sapporo, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Sapporo on a bespoke touring itinerary to Japan, do not hesitate to contact us.