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18 Best Hotels in Sapporo City For the Perfect Stay! (Great Access, Rates)

Sapporo / Chitose Hotels

When sightseeing around the vast island of Hokkaido, getting a hotel in Sapporo makes for a convenient base, as the city is a key connection to the rest of the prefecture. Here we’ll look at hotels in Sapporo that opened between 2019 and 2020. All 18 of these hotels are within a 10-minute walk from the city's main stations (Sapporo, Odori, Susukino). There are also services that will make your stay even more pleasant, like breakfasts prepared with exclusive Hokkaido ingredients, and large public baths to wash away your tiredness. This article will be a great resource for anyone staying in Sapporo for visiting or sightseeing.

Carbs on Carbs: Top 5 Weird Ways Japan Took Baked Goods to Another Level

Sapporo / Chitose

When it comes to food, some of the most unique culinary creations found in Japan are not limited to high-class restaurants, but can be found at the humble convenience store or supermarket. Often they no longer resemble the original inspiration in terms of appearance, but are distinguished by their rich and interesting flavor combinations as well. When most people think about “bread,” usually a vision of baguettes, rolls or sandwiches comes to mind. In Japan, these common varieties are joined by a unique genre known as souzai pan (“pan” being the word for bread in Japanese). Despite their being found practically everywhere in Japan, since souzai pan blend in with their common counterparts so well, most are not immediately recognized by foreign visitors. But if you know what you’re looking for, you’ll find just to what extent bread is as much a food as it is an artistic medium.

Japanese Seaweed: All About 6 of Japan’s Most Popular Varieties!

Sapporo / Chitose Other Japanese Food

As an island nation, Japan harvests numerous types of seaweed from all around the country, such as hijiki from the crevices of rocks by the sea, and kombu from the shallow waters off the coastline. Seaweeds—and seaweed-derived products—have been central ingredients of Japanese cuisine for thousands of years and are still widely enjoyed today. Healthy, low-calorie, and packed with fiber, minerals, and flavor, Japanese seaweeds are used in everything from preparing dashi broth, to salads, soups and wrapping sushi rolls. Here is a guide to the seaweeds that are commonplace in both Japanese restaurants and homemade Japanese meals, so that you can enjoy these delicious and nutritious alternatives to land-based green vegetables!

Free Bus?! Rusutsu Access: How to Get to Hokkaido’s Huge Ski Resort!

Niseko / Rusutsu Skiing & Snowboarding

Rusutsu Resort is Hokkaido’s largest scale winter resort where you can enjoy premium snow powder and a majestic landscape. There are 37 courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers, and they even offer fun snow activities such as dog sledding and riding snowmobiles. For accommodation, they have the “Rusutsu Resort Hotel & Convention” and “The Westin Rusutsu Resort,” which both offer a comfortable stay and exquisite Hokkaido cuisine. It takes about 120 minutes to reach Rusutsu Resort from New Chitose Airport and Sapporo. It also has great access as the bus arrives in front of the “Rusutsu Resort Hotel & Convention” North Wing and in front of the “The Westin Rusutsu Resort.” We’ve put together detailed routes to reach Rusutsu Resort from the major areas of Hokkaido. Text & Photos: Kawashima Nobuhiro

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  • Asahikawa
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  • Otaru
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