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Sapporo Japan
Sapporo Japan
There are a few ski resorts near Sapporo
There are a few ski resorts near Sapporo
View from the Sapporo TV Tower
View from the Sapporo TV Tower
Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival
Another sculpture of the snow festival
Another sculpture of the snow festival
The Sapporo snow festival is in early February
The Sapporo snow festival is in early February
Tanuki Kōji Shopping Arcade
Tanuki Kōji Shopping Arcade
Sapporo Japan
Sapporo Japan
Sapporo TV Tower
Sapporo TV Tower
Sapporo
Sapporo
Sapporo Beer
Sapporo Beer
The Gateway to Sapporo Skiing
The Gateway to Sapporo Skiing
Sapporo Japan
Sapporo Japan
Sapporo has some good souvenir shopping
Sapporo has some good souvenir shopping
Sapporo has various ski shops
Sapporo has various ski shops
Sapporo Nightlife
Sapporo Nightlife
Hmmmmm.... Pachinko machines
Hmmmmm.... Pachinko machines
Sapporo views
Sapporo views
Sapporo Shops
Sapporo Shops
Sapporo Factory Shopping
Sapporo Factory Shopping

Sapporo

Sapporo Japan Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, is one of Japan’s youngest cities. The population has grown from only 7 people in 1857 to now being the 5th largest Japanese city with a population of almost 2 million. As Sapporo is a new city it doesn’t have the traditional Japanese architecture found in many other Japanese cities, however one of the benefits of Sapporo being a new city is that the roads are based on a grid, so it’s really easy for travellers to navigate.

Sapporo was put on the map in 1972 when it hosted the Winter Olympics, the first games to be held outside Western Europe or the USA. During winter Sapporo is now most well known for the Sapporo Snow Festival which attracts more than 2 million visitors each February from around the world. There aren’t many cities in the world that can hold such an amazing snow festival, but Sapporo is a very cold and snowy city with an average annual snowfall of 6.3 metres.

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Sapporo Ski Resorts If it snows that much in downtown Sapporo, you can start to imagine how much it snows up in the nearby mountains!

For many visitors on a Hokkaido skiing holiday, Sapporo is just a gateway, but Sapporo in its own right is a worthwhile base for a ski or snowboard holiday. From Sapporo it’s possible to take day trips to various nearby ski resorts.

Sapporo Teine is only 20km northwest of downtown Sapporo, a 45 minute drive. Sapporo Teine is made up of two interconnected ski areas; Teine Olympia and Teine Highland. Teine Olympia is perfect for beginners and kids, whilst Teine Highland has some awesome steep tree skiing.

Sapporo Kokusai is 46km west of Sapporo, a one hour drive. This ski resort boasts a massive 18 metres of powder per season, and whilst the small in-bounds area gets a bit crowded, there are plenty of freshies to be found in the lift accessed backcountry areas.

Kiroro is a destination ski resort but because it’s only 43km west of Sapporo (70 minute drive), the ski resort is also good for a day trip from Sapporo. Kiroro is a modern resort and it scores full marks from us as a ski resort for powderhounds.

Asari ski resort is near Otaru and is good for a day trip to ride the deserted off-piste and backcountry areas. Asari is at low elevation so it’s good for really windy days when the other ski resorts are a bit nasty.

Tomamu is another modern OTT Japanese ski resort that has good piste runs and some great off-piste riding. Tomamu is only an 80 minute train ride from Sapporo.

And if you’re overly keen for a ski in Sapporo you can head to the little Sapporo Moiwayama Ski Area (skiers only). The top elevation is only 531 metres so it doesn’t usually have the famous Hokkaido powder. The Usagidaira slope is renowned for its night skiing and the evening views of Sapporo.

See the Sapporo travel page for information on how to get to the Sapporo ski resorts.

Ski Sapporo Sapporo is a great base for a ski holiday. The nearby ski resorts receive abundant snowfall and you can revel in all that this big city has to offer: miso ramen; interesting Sapporo shopping; the Sapporo snow festival; various other Sapporo attractions; a really vibrant nightlife that goes for 24 hours; and lots of Sapporo beer.

Tours That May Include Sapporo

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Hokkaido Unplugged DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE
10 Days | 9 Nights | 7 Ski Areas
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Price p/p
USD 3,088
Ability: Advanced, Expert
So you have had a taste of Japan powder and you are now ready to get away from the crowds and find the best of Hokkaido. This tour visits some epic sidecountry and backcountry areas in Hokkaido.
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Twin Island Epic (Honshu & Hokkaido) DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED ADVENTURE
18 Days | 17 Nights | 14 Days Skiing
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USD 5,121 USD 5,121
Early bird: pay deposit before 31st August to receive 5.5% (30,000 yen) off advertised price and get free avi gear rental
Early bird: get 5.5% off if you pay deposit before Aug 31
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
You will experience the best of both worlds with the taste of powder on two islands. Stay in Yudanaka for great cultural experiences and visit some amazing ski resorts, then transfer to Hokkaido to enjoy some of the lightest powder that mother earth can provide.
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Power Trip DETAILS
GUIDED POWDER CHASING ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Skiing | Up to 7 Ski Areas
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USD 2,746
Ability: Expert
This is the ultimate powder hound tour for those who feel comfortable just going with the flow and knowing that you will be skiing the best available POW on the day (and drinking the best Japanese beer or sake!).
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Happy Ending Tour DETAILS
GUIDED NISEKO EXTENSION TOUR
2 Days - Sapporo Kokusai & Sapporo Tiene
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USD 513
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
If you just can't get enough of Hokkaido's amazing powder, why not finish on a "high-note" with a visit to Sapporo's local ski area where you will find plenty of powder for one last snort before heading home. Customizable for a private group of 3+.
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Sapporo Investment DETAILS
SAPPORO - NISEKO POWDER CHASER ADD-ON
2 Nights | 2 Guided Ski Days
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Price p/p
USD 561
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
This CUSTOMIZABLE guided tour is ideal for those heading to NISEKO who want to invest a little extra in their powder happiness with a couple of extra days of days chasing powder around Sapporo where you will find some of the steepest lift accessible terrain & unique backcountry options.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
The Powder Room DETAILS
CHICKS ONLY POWDER CHASING TOUR
8 Nights | 7 Guided Ski Days
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Price p/p
USD 2,366
Ability: Advanced, Expert
Enter the powder room! This ADVANCED LADIES ONLY ski and snowboard tour starts in the NISEKO AREA then heads to CENTRAL HOKKAIDO and finishes around the SAPPORO ski areas. The tour includes some ski touring / split boarding (or snow shoeing) but you don't necessarily need any experience in this area.
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