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Sapporo is the fifth largest city in Japan and the largest city on the northern island of Hokkaido. It is located in the Ishikari Subprefecture of Hokkaido and is the capital of the prefecture. Sapporo is known for its unique culture, cuisine, and natural beauty. It is also the birthplace of Sapporo Beer, the first beer brewed in Japan.

Sapporo is located in the southwest corner of Hokkaido, roughly 500 kilometers from Tokyo. It is surrounded by mountains, rivers, and the sea, making it a great destination for outdoor activities. It is also home to the Sapporo Snow Festival, an annual event that features ice sculptures and snow activities.

Sapporo has a long and rich history. It was founded in 1857 by Meiji Era pioneers and was the first Japanese city to be developed in the Meiji period. In the early 20th century, Sapporo was the site of the first Japanese Olympic Games. It also hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics and the Asian Winter Games in 1990.

Sapporo is a vibrant city with a unique culture and cuisine. It is home to many museums, galleries, and other cultural attractions. The city is also known for its delicious ramen, beer, and seafood. Sapporo is a great destination for anyone looking to experience the unique culture and natural beauty of Japan.

Excursion tips for a day in Sapporo

As a tourist in Sapporo, Japan, you can enjoy a variety of activities in this vibrant city. Here are some ideas for what you can do in Sapporo on a day trip:

1. Visit the Sapporo Beer Museum to learn about the history of Sapporo beer and taste some of their famous brews.

2. Explore the Sapporo Clock Tower, a historical landmark built in 1878.

3. Take a stroll through the Sapporo TV Tower and get a spectacular view of the city from the observation deck.

4. Take a tour of the Sapporo Snow Festival, held every February and featuring snow sculptures, ice sculptures, and snow slides.

5. Visit the Sapporo Art Park, with its outdoor sculptures and interactive exhibits.

6. Try some of the delicious local cuisine, like ramen, sushi, and seafood.

7. Spend the day shopping in the trendy Susukino district.

8. Relax in one of the many hot springs located around the city.

9. Visit the Sapporo Maruyama Zoo, home to over 400 species of animals.

10. Explore the nearby Shikotsu-Toya National Park and its stunning natural attractions.

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The climate in Sapporo

Sapporo in Japan experiences four distinct seasons. In spring, temperatures range from cool to mild with occasional rain showers. Summer is hot and humid, with temperatures reaching as high as 30°C (86°F). Autumn is pleasant, with cool temperatures and beautiful foliage. Winter is cold and snowy, with temperatures dropping as low as -10°C (14°F). Overall, the climate in Sapporo is mild in the spring and autumn, hot in the summer, and cold in the winter.

Cruise weather for Sapporo

Our weather forecast for Sapporo helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 29.4 °C
min: 18.2 °C
9.4 m/s
11.5 m/s
68.9 %
20.9 m
76.1 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 22.4 °C
min: 19 °C
13.3 m/s
45.4 m/s
97.9 %
11.5 m
94.3 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 25.4 °C
min: 18.8 °C
10.8 m/s
25.6 m/s
81.2 %
16.8 m
91.3 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 30.6 °C
min: 18.9 °C
11.5 m/s
34.2 m/s
95.0 %
20.5 m
77.7 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 25.9 °C
min: 20.4 °C
10.1 m/s
28.1 m/s
88.4 %
10.7 m
95.0 %
1,004 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 28.5 °C
min: 19.8 °C
7.9 m/s
14.0 m/s
99.5 %
20.4 m
84.8 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 28.0 °C
min: 21 °C
15.1 m/s
36.0 m/s
76.9 %
19.2 m
83.9 %
1,003 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 23.8 °C
min: 17 °C
4.3 m/s
7.6 m/s
95.6 %
9.3 m
94.3 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 24.5 °C
min: 16.1 °C
10.8 m/s
12.2 m/s
70.4 %
20.0 m
76.4 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 26.2 °C
min: 15.7 °C
10.8 m/s
10.4 m/s
93.2 %
24.1 m
70.1 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 22.3 °C
min: 18.8 °C
10.1 m/s
22.0 m/s
94.6 %
17.2 m
88.0 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 20.5 °C
min: 18.3 °C
10.1 m/s
23.8 m/s
100.0 %
5.8 m
98.0 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 23.5 °C
min: 20.6 °C
6.5 m/s
9.4 m/s
98.3 %
8.6 m
97.2 %
1,001 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 26.7 °C
min: 20.1 °C
6.1 m/s
9.7 m/s
54.3 %
20.5 m
88.6 %
1,001 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 31.8 °C
min: 19.4 °C
6.5 m/s
12.2 m/s
52.6 %
24.1 m
69.7 %
1,004 hPa

Cruises to Sapporo

Would you like to travel to Sapporo on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Sapporo.

Scheduled ship calls in Sapporo, Japan
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Oct. 10th 2024 Thursday, 10th of Oct. 2024 Quantum of the Seas 07:00 am 11:59 pm
Oct. 25th 2024 Friday, 25th of Oct. 2024 Norwegian Spirit 10:00 am 07:00 pm
Apr. 7th 2025 Monday, 7th of Apr. 2025 Norwegian Spirit 10:00 am 07:00 pm
Apr. 17th 2025 Thursday, 17th of Apr. 2025 Norwegian Spirit 08:00 am 04:00 pm
Apr. 30th 2025 Wednesday, 30th of Apr. 2025 MS Riviera 07:30 am 03:30 pm

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