Sapporo, the fifth-largest city in Japan, is in Hokkaido—Japan’s northernmost island. Known for its excellent beer, the Sapporo Snow Festival, skiing, and more, Sapporo is one of the nation’s youngest major cities. Let’s take a closer look.

Fun Facts

  • Sapporo hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics.
  • Founded in 1876, Sapporo is the oldest beer produced in Japan.
  • Organizers hold The Sapporo Snow Festival every February, and it is renowned for its spectacular ice and snow sculptures.

What To Do

A visit to Sapporo offers much to see and do. The Snow Festival is a can’t miss, but that’s just a sampling of what’s available. Here’s more.

  • Skiing – If you enjoy skiing, then you’ll love Sapporo. Known for its ski resorts, including the resort at Sapporo Teine, the 1972 Olympics location, skiing is available in abundance and for all skill levels and age groups.
  • Sapporo Beer Museum – Enjoy learning the history of Sapporo beer at this unique museum, and tastings are available as well.
  • The Shiroi Koibito Chocolate Park – A secret to many Sapporo is a chocolate lover’s delight. The park merges British and Hokkaido cultures and features tours of its chocolate-making facilities and surrounding buildings.
  • Jozankei Onseen – An amazing natural attraction, Jozankei Onseen features a hot spring nestled in a canyon with a hot waterfall. Many believe the salt waters are helpful for rheumatic disorders.

Whether it’s winter fun, exquisite chocolate and beer, or revitalizing natural springs, Sapporo has much to offer. Visit and enjoy.