When you don’t always have the luxury of a long break, organizing and making your short trip worth your while can be a bit of a headache especially when you’re heading to a popular holiday destination. You certainly want to savor every moment! Fret no more! Here’s a suggested itinerary for you to explore Sapporo in just 2.5 days.
With my lifetime travel partner, I made it to Sapporo (New Chitose Airport) via Jetstar on December 30, 2017. It was around noon. By the window, my eyes turned white seeing the powder-like snow blanketing the ground.
Arrival at the hotel
Remember that your choice of hotel plays an important role. You don’t want to waste your time traveling from and to a hotel that’s far from the areas you want to see.
◕ Lunch at Sapporo Ramen Alley
Have your very first Sapporo ramen at affordable prices at the famous ramen street.
◕ Odori Park, Sapporo TV Tower, Sapporo Beer Museum
Lucky for us, Sapporo Beer Museum is about 30 minutes on foot from our hotel. Spared ourselves from train fare and got to see a part of the city.
On the way to the museum, you can spend some good time walking on the snowy ground of Odori Park.
While it’s described as an oasis in the city center, this also the site where major events are held. One of which is the well-known Snow Festival every February. The park boosts its 4700 trees of 92 species not to mention lilacs, the official tree of the city. Also, it has several types of fountains.
Erected in this expansive park is a symbol of Sapporo that stands 147.2-meter-high named as Sapporo TV Tower.
Enjoy the views of the park and the enclosing city from its observation deck with an elevation of 90 meters. Admission isn’t for free.
After a fun stroll, time for some good history. Even if you’re not much of a drinker, Sapporo Beer Museum deserves your time.
You can’t find any beer museums other than this in Japan. Admission is free except for the guided tour and beer tasting.
Once you’re done exploring the museum, have a taste of Sapporo classic beer and Genghis Khan at Sapporo Beer Garden. Genghis Khan is Hokkaido’s specialty dish that consists of grilling mutton and vegetables on a special grill that has a dome shape at the center.
It’s designed this way to deliciously grill the ingredients. Best enjoyed with their original sauce.
◕ Lunch at Crab Cuisine Restaurant Sapporo
You owe yourself a luxurious crabby treat!
This is definitely a wise way to go around Sapporo without the hassle of transferring from one station to another. Depending on your chosen course, you’ll be able to revel in the beauty of Sapporo in a cozy way. The bus is equipped with multilingual audio system in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. You’ll be taken to some popular points of interest in a short period of time.
Check out a few of the highlights!
Mt. Okura Ski Jump Stadium
Get up to the stadium’s viewing lounge via air lift for 500 JPY.
Bask in the majestic view of Sapporo in winter from the viewing lounge.
Never miss the soft ice cream at the lounge. I don’t say that easily. Like, never miss it!
Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill
A breathtaking spot positioned in downtown Sapporo overlooking the Ishikari Plains.
Apart from the statue of Dr. Clark, there are other significant things to see. Don’t forget to buy the local snacks from the souvenir shop. Here are the tasty ones I recommend.
This is the part where you can sleep in and be free to do whatever you want. Take more walks, go shopping, try a different kind of ramen, play with the snow and so on but leave an ample time to relish Sapporo when the sun rests.
◕ JR Tower Observatory T38
A great spot to see the spectacular 360-degrees view of Sapporo at night.
◕ Noria (Ferris Wheel)
Here’s another spot to enjoy Sapporo night view. The difference is that you’re in motion and in an exclusive space.
And on the next day, we flew back home alongside memories to be surely stored in our treasure chest.
What do you think of this itinerary? Been to Sapporo? What’s your favorite thing about Sapporo?
If you ever want to know more details of the places, don’t hesitate to ask.