The Sapporo station is the main railway station of the city and is located right in the city center. Multiple shopping centers surround the complex of the station and offer great shopping opportunities. Inside the station there is the access to the JR Tower where you can climb to the 38th floor at a height of 160 meters and enjoy a beautiful view over the city.


The Clock Tower (Tokeidai) is a symbol of Sapporo. The building was built during the initial period of development of the city in 1878 as drill hall of the Sapporo Agricultural College. In 1881 a clock purchased in Boston was installed. It is possible to visit the tower complex and discover, within the museum, the reasons for the American influence on the city.


The Odori park (Odori Kōen) is located in the center of Sapporo and separates the city in north and south. The park covers about one and a half kilometers for more than twelve blocks and offers a pleasant green space during the hottest months. In early February, the park serves as the main site of the Sapporo Snow Festival.

The park is full of well-kept flower beds and fountains. Don't miss the chance to taste a grilled  corn cob that you can buy from the street vendors in the park.


A short distance from the Odori park is the Sapporo TV Tower. Take the elevator and climb to the top of the tower to enjoy the view of the city. Let them take you a picture that you can then buy as a souvenir to take home with you.


Susukino is the entertainment district. It is full of shops, bars, restaurants, karaoke rooms, pachinko rooms and Japanese-style red light venues. It is full of life and bright signs that come on at night. You can stop for a good dinner in an Italian restaurant or for a camping-style dinner or take a ride on the Ferris wheel mounted above a building.


Hokkaido is the birthplace of beer in Japan. Sapporo beer is one of the the country's oldest and most popular brands, it has been produced in Sapporo since 1877 and is now produced and sold worldwide. Sapporo Breweries has opened the Beer Museum in 1987 in a former brewery of the Meiji period. The museum presents the history of beer in Japan and the brewing process, with explanations in English. After the visit you can have a beer tasting with a small additional price.

It is a must to stop and eat at the summer beer garden set up in the old man's charming courtyard red brick factory, where beer, yakiniku lamb and vegetables are served, to be grilled at the table on a stove. A really funny experience! 

I recommend to visit the beer museum as the last stop on your itinerary in the city. From here you can then head comfortably to the airport (by train or bus) by depositing your suitcase in the free lockers provided within the museum.