Enjoy Sapporo even more in winter

If you are wondering what there is to do in Sapporo in the winter, we've got you covered!

Sapporo Winter Activities

Keep reading for our recommendations for fun in the snow, hot springs, delicious cuisine and more!

Embracing winter in Sapporo with dishes that warm the body and soul

Sapporo in winter is a land of white and snow. It can be a harsh season, with temperatures well below zero. However, this is when the produce of Hokkaido, with nutrients and flavor preserved from the summer months, comes into its own. The cold weather is also the perfect excuse to warm up with wonderful cuisine. Read on to find out more about the best winter dishes in Sapporo.

Enjoying hot springs, sento bathhouses and saunas in Sapporo

In Sapporo, Hokkaido's main city, there are many bathing facilities to take a warm, relaxing soak, with several hot spring towns nearby for those who don't mind venturing a little further out. Most hot springs and sento bathhouses are open to both people staying the night and day visitors. Read on to find out the best places in Sapporo to take a relaxing dip after a hard day's traveling.

Even tourists can take a day trip to ski resorts in Sapporo city and enjoy themselves

In Sapporo city there are many ski resorts just 20 to 60 minutes away by car, so they can be enjoyed even on a day trip. There are extensive ski equipment and ski-wear rental services, so you can visit the resorts without bringing anything with you. Sledding and snow-tubing are recommended for young children and those who have never skied before.
2024 Sapporo Snow Festival ended. The information in this page is for the year 2024 (74th). The next festival (Odori and Susukino venues) is scheduled from February 4 (Tuesday) to 11 (Tuesday, national holiday), 2025. The details of Tsudome Venue have not yet been determined.