NEARBY: FURANO & BIEI
The Aoi Ike or 'Blue Pond' of Biei and Lavender Farm Tomita of Furano are definitive testaments to the timeless beauty of the island of Hokkaido. The former is a tranquil piece of scenery with the water being a majestic blue, whilst the sights and smells of Farm Tomita's lavender is a deeply profound experience.
Japan's fifth -argest city and capital of Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo has an attitude that befits a city of this status. In June, the city's central area, Odori Park, hosts the Yosakoi Dancing Festival. Attracting no less than 30,000 participants, including amateurs as well as professionals from as far afield as Taiwan, Yosakoi is a true spectacle with vibrant costumes and unbelievable precision. Throughout the summer, Odori Park is the location of the Sapporo Beer Festival, and a Sapporo Beer is a perfect way to enjoy a pleasant evening. Experience a lovely night view from the city station's JR Tower, and learn about frontier Hokkaido at the Hokkaido open-air museum.
JR TOWER HOTEL NIKKO SAPPORO
Location-wise, JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo is about as good as it gets. This tall and elegant tower rises above Sapporo station, offering fantastic opportunities to explore the city and the rest of the island of Hokkaido – named Lonely Planet's top travel destination in Asia, 2016.
With spacious rooms for a city centre hotel, the stylishly furnished rooms offer excellent views over the city and in some cases the nearby mountains. All have large windows with a sense of brightness and elegance.
Hokkaido is the breadbasket of Japan, and you will not find many places that are better to discover Japan's cuisine than here. Aside from the hotel’s four excellent restaurants, there are countless eating establishments nearby, including gourmet options to rival Japan's best.
The hotel spa, 100 metres above ground at the very top of the hotel is blessed with beautiful natural light and lovely baths filled with natural hot water pumped up from over 1000 metres below. Of course, a broad range of beauty and health treatments are available too, making this an exceptional place to relax and unwind.
SAPPORO GRAND HOTEL
The Sapporo Grand lies right at the heart of Hokkaido's biggest and most exciting city, making it a fantastic base to explore from.
The rooms are spacious and have a classic finish, helping you feel right at home on Japan's northern frontier. A full set of complimentary amenities are provided, including free Wi-Fi and different coloured towels for each guest.
There is a varied array of eating options here, with Western and Eastern choices available – where Hokkaido really shines though is in its fresh produce, and this is well reflected in the cuisine here. For a true Hokkaido experience, visit the hotel bar Hokkaido Dining Big Jug, which aside from the famous local Sapporo Beer, serves fresh local seafood and freshly grilled meats and vegetables, very much in keeping with the island spirit.
Set in a striking hi-rise cylindrical tower, this upscale hotel is a 3-minute walk from Chuo-Kuyakusho-Mae train station and a 12-minute walk from the iconic Odori Park.
Every room is bright and elegant, with free Wi-Fi, a TV, mini-fridge, and tea and coffee-making facility.
You will find 4 different restaurants: French, Chinese, a buffet restaurant, and a teppanyaki eatery, along with a trendy top-floor bar and a coffee shop. The hotel also has a coin-operated laundry and a communal bathhouse. Bike and ski hire are available.
TOYOKO INN SAPPORO EKI KITA GUCHI
This business class hotel features compact well-equipped rooms with flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and bathroom amenities. All rooms have free wi-fi. Computer terminals are available in the lobby along with 24-hour coin laundry.
Breakfast is a light Japanese breakfast consisting of rice balls, miso soup, some salad items, and also a little bread.
Being right by Sapporo's central transport links, you will have excellent opportunities not just to explore the city, but the surrounding countryside as well. It is a little quieter than Sapporo’s central broadway, but there is plenty to eat, see and do within easy reach due to the proximity of the station.