Best known outside the country for its eponymous draft beer and fantastic winter snow festival, Hokkaido's capital is in fact a vibrant, modern city, famous domestically for fresh, cheap seafood and sushi. Sapporo is one of the few modern Japanese cities to be laid out on a grid pattern, making it easy to explore the vibrant downtown, parks, and beer gardens along the river.

At its best during the famous winter snow festival, held each February, which features huge ice and snow sculptures by international teams, Sapporo also makes a good summer or winter base from which to head out into Hokkaido?s stunning volcanic peaks for skiing or hiking. Into Japan Specialist Tours would be delighted to include a stay in Sapporo as part of your tailor made tour.