The capital of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, Sapporo isn’t known for castles and temples. Instead, it’s world-famous for the gargantuan snow and ice sculptures of the Sapporo Snow Festival and the winter sports made possible by Hokkaido’s powdery snow. Away from the slopes, indulge in miso ramen, wash it down with the city’s eponymous beer, and let the combination work its comforting magic.
Best Time to Visit:
Sapporo’s four seasons provide travel opportunities all year round. The best time to visit is in spring, that spans from March until May, with warm days and cool evenings. Summer months are between June and August, and this can also be a beautiful time to visit as this is when lavender season occurs. Autumn takes place between September and November, with low levels of humidity and cooler days. In the winter months between December and February, Sapporo experiences low temperatures and a lot of snow.
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Top Modes of Transport From the Airport and Cost Estimate to City Centre:
- Taxis from New Chitose Airport costs around JPY16,000 and take approximately an hour to get to the city
- Train takes about 50 minutes on the Hakodate line, and fares start at JPY1,070
- Rapid Airport Service Train takes 40 minutes and costs an extra JPY520 on top of the regular JPY1,070 fare
- Airport shuttle bus takes an hour and costs JPY1,030. Buses depart every 15 to 20 minutes
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