What to See, Do, and Eat in Sapporo

Date: Trip taken in February 2023

Background: Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido. It is famous for its beer, skiing, and the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. It is a 1.5 hour flight from Tokyo.


Soup Curry at Suage+

They are famous for their soup curry in Sapporo. Before the restaurant opened in the morning, there was already a line outside! So be prepared to wait in line if you want to try the food.

soup curry

Jingisukan (“Genghis Khan”) at Daruma Honten

It is a Hokkaido dish where you grill the sheep meat with vegetables on a dome-shaped grill.

sheep meat with vegetables on a dome-shaped grill

Zangi (Hokkaido Style Fried Chicken) at Sapporo Zangi Hompo

We had zangi, which is fried chicken. It is usually larger and the coating tends to have different seasonings and spices.

4 pieces of fried chicken with different coatings

Ganso Ramen Yokocho

It is an alley with many small ramen restaurants. It is the birthplace of “miso ramen”. They seem to be busy with lines outside- you can pick any of the restaurants to go to.



If you are interested in trying crab, Sapporo is a great place to get it. Restaurants have different options for you to try the dishes with crab.

crab dish


Sapporo Beer Museum

You can go on a self- guided tour to learn about the history of beer in Japan and the beer making process. At the end, you can go to the Sapporo Beer Garden where they have table seating for you to get drinks. We ended up getting a tasting set. There are also non-alcoholic drink options too.

flight of beer

JR Tower

There are a few different ways to see the Sapporo skyline. One of them is at the JR Tower. It is a huge shopping mall that is connected to the Sapporo Station with an observation deck at the top. We went up right before sunset and saw that people were already sitting in chairs, appreciating the view. There was a restaurant where we got a snack to enjoy.

Hokkaido University Museum

It is a free museum that is a 10 minutes walk from the Sapporo Station.  They have multiple floors of specimen collected and academic resources.

Skulls inside the Hokkaido University Museum

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