Sapporo Station is the main train station for Hokkaido’s capital city. It is a central travel hub for many travelers to Hokkaido, thanks to being 40-minutes by train from Hokkaido’s main airport at New Chitose. By 2031, the Hokkaido Shinkansen line will be extended from its current Hakodate terminus, making train travel from Tokyo possible (information as of March 2022).
The station has a range of amenities and is surrounded by a variety of shopping malls and department stores, providing limitless options for entertainment, shopping, and dining in the near vicinity.
Sapporo Station’s platforms serve different regions of Hokkaido:
(Please see the JR timetable for details)
This observation deck presents a panoramic and unhindered view of the city. Located on the 38th level of the JR Tower, it stands 160 meters tall and opens until late, giving a stunning view of the Sapporo nightlife. During the day, you can see Mount Moiwa. An on-site cafe provides a rest area serving hot drinks and something to eat.
Sprawling with local shops offering high-quality goods and places to eat, Stellar Place Sapporo is a diverse shopping/dining destination. Sushi is a popular choice, with many coffee shops also to be found.
The Daimaru Sapporo shopping center is located on the southwest side of the Sapporo station building. Fashion, jewelry, cosmetics, premium brands, interior goods, daily groceries, souvenirs, and traditional attire are all available at Daimaru, which spans nine floors.
Located at Sapporo Station, JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo offers superb convenience to guests. The hotel offers luxurious and spacious interiors, with a 35th-floor restaurant providing guests an exceptional view of Sapporo City and a romantic dining experience.
Apia Dome is a Sapporo Station landmark that is also a common meeting spot. This glass structure derives its name from the Italian word, apparire, which means to appear. Thanks to it being covered, it’s a great way to escape from rain or snow while enjoying shopping, cafes, restaurants, and other shops.
Sapporo Station can be reached in 40-min by train from New Chitose Airport to the south-east.
The Sapporo TV Tower is a 147.2 m high radio tower that offers a view of the city and the surrounding mountains from a 360 ° viewing platform at a height of 90.38 m. It is located in the Japanese city of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido. The steel frame construction was built in 1957 by Tachu Naito, a Japanese architect who is also known for planning the Tokyo Tower. The Sapporo television tower celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007. An information center and shops are located on the first floor of the Sapporo TV Tower. The tower's multi-purpose hall and administrative office are located on the second floor, and a souvenir shop and restaurant are located on the third floor. There is also an underground shopping arcade and a number of restaurants.
Odori Park (Odori Koen) is a 13-block open space that stretches 1.5 kilometers from east to west. It is just under 7.9 hectares and is located in the city of Sapporo, on the northern main island of Hokkaido. In addition to many open-air theaters, monuments, and lavishly laid out flower gardens, the park also houses the landmark of the city of Sapporo, the 147-meter-high television tower, from whose viewing platform you can overlook the park and the city. Another special feature is a maypole, which symbolizes the city partnership between Sapporo and Munich. The Odori Park is internationally known for the Sapporo Snow Festival, which takes place there every year in February, with its meter-high sculptures made of ice and snow. In addition, various festivals take place there almost all year round. For the Summer Olympics, Odori Park is to serve as the start and endpoint of the marathon.
Sapporo Maruyama Zoo is a municipal animal park in Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture. When it opened in 1951, this zoo was the 10 largest in all of Japan, and it is still one of the most popular zoos in the country, ranging from Surrounded by nature. In 2013, the zoo was home to 184 different types of animals. These include numerous mammals, birds, and reptiles. In addition, the zoo is committed to raising various breeds. The philosophy behind the Sapporo Maruyama Zoo is to provide the animals with a natural environment in which its residents can act according to their natural instincts. With the help of modern zoo facilities, the animals can easily share their experiences with the visitors. Last but not least, there is the zoo's forest. A forest area on the edge of the zoo with an area of 2 hectares where you can experience Sapporo from 50 years ago.