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How to Spend 3 Days in Sapporo

How to Spend 3 Days in Sapporo

Three days in Sapporo gives you enough time to explore the city’s highlights, to experience the local culture and flavors, and to get outside the city to explore a lake, park, or mountain. Here’s how to make the most of three days in Sapporo.

 

Day 1: City Sightseeing

Get a comprehensive introduction to Sapporo on a guided sightseeing tour of the city. Visit top attractions, such as Odori Park, Sapporo Clock Tower, the former Hokkaido Government Office Building, Sapporo TV Tower, and Hokkaido Jingu Shrine. Then spend the afternoon sampling and learning all about Sapporo beer at the Sapporo Beer Museum or chocolates at the family-friendly Shiroi Koibito Park and Ishiya Chocolate Factory.

 

In the late afternoon, take the Mt. Moiwa Ropeway up to the summit and observation deck of Mt. Moiwa to enjoy panoramic city views at sunset and at night. There’s a restaurant up top, or head back down to Sapporo and spend the evening sampling local cuisine. A food tasting tour is a great way to try a variety of dishes, including miso ramen, a regional specialty.

 

Day 2: Active Pursuits

Spend the day enjoying outdoor activities outside of Sapporo. If you visit in winter, head to one of the area ski resorts, such as Sapporo Teine Ski Resort, Bankei Ski Resort, or Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort and spend the day skiing and snowboarding. If you visit in other seasons, head to Lake Shikotsu and Mount Tarumae or Nopporo Forest Park to go hiking or mountain biking. Alternatively, head to Furano and Biei to see the lavender fields and the Blue Pond.

 

After a busy day, soak your tired muscles at an onsen, or Japanese hot spring. If you travel to Lake Shikotsu, check out the onsens at Noboribetsu. If you stay closer to Sapporo, head to Jozankei Onsen or Hoheikyo Onsen, both located near the city.

 

Day 3: Local Flavors

Start your final day off sampling fresh Hokkaido seafood at one of the bustling food markets in town, such as Nijo Market or Central Wholesale Market. Afterwards, take the train to the nearby port town of Otaru (about an hour by train), known for its well-preserved canal area and historic mansions. Be sure to check out the many shops along Sakaimachi Street, especially those devoted to glassworks or music boxes. Otaru is also a great place to sample more seafood, sweets and desserts, whiskey, and sake.

 

If you prefer to stay in Sapporo, take a cooking class and learn to make local favorites such as sushi and soba, or go shopping for souvenirs at an underground shopping plaza, such as Aurora Town or Pole Town. Then enjoy your final night out on the town in vibrant Susukino, which offers plenty of options to dine, drink, and dance the night away.

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Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo Including Hoheikyo Onsen and Lunch

Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo Including Hoheikyo Onsen and Lunch

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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.
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  • 5 hours 40 minutes
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$84.55
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Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

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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.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$105.68
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Nopporo Forest Park Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

Nopporo Forest Park Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

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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.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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In the center of Sapporo! Handmade soba experience and Hokkaido seafood shabu-shabu experience plan

In the center of Sapporo! Handmade soba experience and Hokkaido seafood shabu-shabu experience plan

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Soba is a staple food in Japan since the Edo period. This is an experience plan that allows you to make a standard Japanese soba noodle from scratch and sample it. Even in Japanese, soba experience is a popular experience. You can gently experience how to eat traditional Japanese soba. In addition, this plan will be the plan of the shabu-shabu set in Hokkaido. It is good for a luxurious lunch. Even dinner with memories of Hokkaido. Please experience Japanese memories.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$75.44
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Must See Sapporo With A Local: Private & Personalized

Must See Sapporo With A Local: Private & Personalized

Avoid the tourist traps and get to know the real Sapporo with a local host, handpicked to match your interests. Explore must-visit attractions, as well as off-the-beaten-path spots missed by most visitors and leave with a better understanding of local culture.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$167.04
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Sapporo Private Half-Day Tour with Local Licensed Guide

Sapporo Private Half-Day Tour with Local Licensed Guide

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Cover the highlights of Sapporo during this flexible insider’s tour through the city. Forget pre-planned itineraries and enjoy a customizable, on-the-fly schedule with personal recommendations from your own private guide. Take in top sights, from the bustling seafood market to the lush downtown park, while listening to the history and culture of Hokkaido. Hotel pickup is available, and you can travel like a local by taxi, subway, or on foot.
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  • 4 hours
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$89.52
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Sapporo Private Full-Day Tour with Local Licensed Guide

Sapporo Private Full-Day Tour with Local Licensed Guide

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Explore Sapporo at your own pace and customize your itinerary to your own preferences on this full-day private guided tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, embark on a walking tour of downtown area and visit TV Tower, Odori Park, and the former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Stop for lunch (own expense) at the Central Wholesale Market, famed for its seafood, then visit Hokkaido Shrine in Maruyama Park.
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  • 7 hours
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$128.68
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$128.68
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Half-day Sapporo city and nature Tour

Half-day Sapporo city and nature Tour

Sapporo, which is the royal road of Hokkaido, also has excellent access from the gateway to the north from New Chitose Airport. Explore the central Sapporo in a half-day with an English speaking guide. You will learn not only its background but also local life by visiting the landmarks. The tour features easy hike in Maruyama, visits to Hokkaido Shrine, or Central Wholesale Market and more. The itinerary can be flexible, so please talk with our guide where to go, what to eat.
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  • 4 hours
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$116.38
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Enjoy a Cooking Lesson and Meal with a Local in Her Residential Sapporo Home

Enjoy a Cooking Lesson and Meal with a Local in Her Residential Sapporo Home

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Enjoy a cooking class in a memorable setting—a local’s home in Sapporo. It’s a great way to discover more about local life in Hokkaido, and to learn recipes that you wouldn’t discover otherwise. As it’s a private experience, you’ll be able to share stories and ask questions as you cook. The lesson consists of multiple dishes, that may include fresh seafood, cooked burdock, deep-fried tofu, or miso soup. Reward your hard work by eating the feast you’ve cooked at the end of your lesson.
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  • 3 hours
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$59.49
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$59.49
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Majestic Beauty of Lake Shikotsu and Lake Toya Tour! (Multilingual Audio Guide)

Majestic Beauty of Lake Shikotsu and Lake Toya Tour! (Multilingual Audio Guide)

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・Explore the unspoiled nature in summer’s Hokkaido! This one-day tour presents Hokkaido's two most iconic lakes Lake Toya and Lake Shikotsu during refreshing season of year. ・Take hassle free bus to travel between these two lakes which are also the center of Shikotsu-Toya National Park and enjoy the splendid lake view! ・ Around Lake Toyo Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Geopark is a UNESCO recognized geopark, and Mt. Usu can be overviewed from the window on a ropeway ride. Detailed guidance board is available along the promenade in the geopark, providing hands-down information of mystery grandeur earth. ・Lunch is served at Toyako Manseikaku followed by free walk along the lake. ・There are also optional activities including lake cruise ride and hot spring at Manseikaku Hotel. Guests can choose to participate and pay cash for admission at the spot.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.09
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