A new city by Japanese standards, Sapporo is the polar opposite of ancient centres such as Kyoto or Osaka, with little in the way of traditional architecture. But the city’s lovely tree-filled boulevards and excellent winter sports facilities make up for what it lacks in "Japanese-ness." Sapporo capitalised on its beautiful mountainous setting when it hosted the 1972 Winter Olympic Games and became a household word. By booking cheap flights to Sapporo through Direct Flights, holiday travellers can also capitalise on the natural beauty that Sapporo offers.
Sapporo is the capital of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, the traditional home of the rustic Ainu people. Best known outside Japan for its role as host of the 1972 Winter Olympics, Sapporo is the home of the fabulously popular Yuki Matsuri festival, an annual festival that's internationally referred to as the Sapporo Snow Festival. Hokkaido is an entertaining Asian winter playground that has, over the years, stamped itself firmly onto travellers' calendars. The winter skiing and ice-carving festivals held in the region will never disappoint visitors on Sapporo travel packages, but Sapporo is also an attractive summer destination full of scenic vistas, beautiful parklands, bountiful flower gardens and a dramatic coastline.
The city's most attractive historical building is probably the western-style redbrick former Hokkaido Government Building. Its octagonal dome is said to have been modelled on the capitol buildings of Maryland and Massachusetts. But Sapporo's Clock Tower is an icon and the oldest building in the city, built in 1878. Chief among Sapporo's many parks, Odori Park is located in the heart of the city and is the site of a number of annual events and festivals held throughout the year. And when there's no festival, Odori's flowers, trees and fountains provide a quite change of pace from the surrounding city. Sapporo's TV Tower, with panoramic views of the city from the top, is on the grounds of Odori Park and is open to the public. Moiwayama, or Moiwa Mountain, overlooks Sapporo and its city lights. The summit can be reached by cable car or automobile and the views are especially worthwhile at night. Pioneer Village, A large historical village on the outskirts of Sapporo, provides a snapshot of old Japan when it was newly industrialised.
The Susukino district of Sapporo features many restaurants, bars, hotels, and nightclubs, together with accommodation in Sapporo. The city's restaurants are famous for their fresh seafood, salmon, sea urchin and crab dishes. Museums in Sapporo include The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, the Sapporo Museum of Sculpture, and the Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art. But Sapporo's strength lies in the great outdoors. Hokkaido features amazing natural terrain that's perfect for an adventure holiday: rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking and more await travellers on cheap holidays to Sapporo. And the ski opportunities in the Sapporo region are nothing short of amazing. The Sapporo Kokusai Ski Area and the Teine Highland ski area offer excellent ski runs and snowboarding an hour or less away from Sapporo.
Flights to Sapporo arrive from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Sakhalin, Guam and Australia, with connecting flights to Sapporo available from even more international locations such as San Francisco, London, Noumea, Nadi, and Vanuatu. Discount travel to Sapporo, including cheap flights to Sapporo and accommodation in Sapporo, is easy to book online through Direct Flights.