The capital city of Hokkaido prefecture, Sapporo is your gateway to Japan's wilderness and nature-inspired attractions and activities. As it's totally an escape from the urban jungle of most Japanese cities, Sapporo itself is a modern-day, world-class destination -- but more relaxing and laid back. Hokkaido, the second-largest among Japan's four main islands, is located in the northernmost part of the country, making it -- and Sapporo -- a favorite winter destination as well as a good place to escape the muggy Japanese summer.
The city has plenty of things to offer to its guests. Walking around, you will be amazed with the immense space as seen from its parks. The city is a gastronomic spot -- who hasn't heard of Sapporo's legendary beer? You will be delighted to learn more about this brew at the Sapporo Beer Museum. Not to be missed is the famous Sapporo Snow Festival. Spend the day at the Odori Koen, one of the sites for the annual Snow Festival. Enjoy walking tours, checking out the city's landmarks -- Sapporo Clock Tower and the Former Hokkaido Government Office. Whether you are coming here to enjoy the city or as a stopover to other cities like the ski capital of Niseko, Sapporo will never fail to impress you.
Though Japan is an exciting place for travelers, it also has a reputation as a more expensive place. This is true, but you can always find ways to save on your travel expenses, starting with your accommodation. There are affordable places to stay in the city, from inns to Sapporo hostels. Hotels in Sapporo not only provide cheaper rates and basic needs, but some can also be on par with those business hotels! Many hostels in Sapporo are close to train stations as well having English-speaking staff. Thanks to the affordable accommodation, Japan won't leave you broke; you will have the freedom to choose from private rooms or dorm rooms if you are traveling with groups. Staying in hostels in Sapporo will also help you meet the locals, as many Japanese who travel to Sapporo also stay in Sapporo hostels -- what a fun way to meet with locals! Reserve your nights ahead, especially if you are traveling during peak season. Also inquire if they accept credit cards. Lastly, take note that many Sapporo hostels impose a curfew.
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