Hokkaido is a northern mountainous island of Japan and is famous for its natural hot springs, volcanoes, and ski areas. It is, in fact, the northernmost main island of Japan. The capital of this natural treasure is Sapporo which is a beautiful city that is widely known for its beer, skiing, and annual Snow Festivals that feature amazing snow sculptures. It is the largest city in Hokkaido.
There are many amazing things to do when in Sapporo but here are 3 of the best things to do in the city that are an absolute must-experience!
1. Visit the Sapporo Clock Tower
The Sapporo clock tower is a splendid site to explore. It is a grand wooden structure that is situated in North 1 West 2, Chūō-ku, Sapporo. The Sapporo Clock Tower is a huge tourist attraction as it is an architectural masterpiece and a historic wonder. It is known as “Tokeidai” and is a symbol of Sapporo. This tower was constructed during the early development of the city in the year 1878. Today, it stands as a remarkable museum that displays the building’s history and with displays on the second floor. It is an interesting place to visit inside and looks especially lovely in the winter months when covered in snow.
2. Stroll through the Odori Park
This park sits in the heart of Sapporo and is an absolutely gorgeous place to visit in the Japanese city. In Japanese, the word “Odori” means “large street”. The park features 92 different types of trees, the most prominent of which are the lilacs. It is an absolute must-visit when in Sapporo and a refreshing stroll through this park is one of the most relaxing experiences ever. Best of all, the Odori park is free, so make sure to grab a convenience store picnic and enjoy an afternoon in the park.
3. Visit and exclusively Experience the Sapporo Beer Museum
Sapporo is a city that is famous for its beer. How can one visit Sapporo and leave without experiencing the ever famous local beer traditions and paying a visit to the amazing Sapporo Beer Museum? This museum is situated in the Sapporo Garden Park in Higashi-Ku and interestingly enough it was registered as a Hokkaidō Heritage site in the year 2004. This is the only beer museum in Japan and was opened in the year 1987 and renovated in 2016. The museum displays how the iconic Sapporo Beer is prepared in order to promote the beer-making craft of Sapporo. Visitors can enjoy tours of the museum and at the end, head towards the Sapporo beer garden to enjoy delicious food and drinks at its five restaurants.
With all of these amazing and enjoyable opportunities at hand, you are sure to have a trip to remember!
Visiting the opposite end of Japan? Check out our blog on the Goto Islands in Nagasaki.