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Must-See! 10 Fun Things to Do in Sapporo in Winter

Sapporo / Chitose Winter

Sapporo first sees snow in November, and the snow begins to accumulate in December, with the city remaining blanketed through mid-March. Chilly days are the norm from December to February, with maximum temperatures below freezing, yet it's still a season where you can fully enjoy the uniqueness of Sapporo. Here are ten things to do in Sapporo in winter, with seasonal experiences and special events to help you take advantage of the cold.

Top 13 Festivals & Events in Hokkaido (Fall/Winter 2022-2023)

Sapporo / Chitose Winter

Hokkaido welcomes its most bountiful season in early September! Events where you can try local, fall delicacies and ward off the snowy cold are held throughout the prefecture. Our local writers have carefully selected Hokkaido's fall and winter events that you should visit at least once! *The introduced events may be canceled or scaled down depending on social conditions. Please check the official website for details.

'Zangi' Fried Chicken: Hokkaido's 'Soul Food' & 3 Iconic Restaurants in Kushiro To Enjoy It

Kushiro Other Japanese Food

Want to try a classic, local Hokkaido dish? Then you won't want to skip Zangi! Zangi, also known as the 'soul food of Hokkaido', is a Japanese fried chicken dish from eastern Hokkaido's Kushiro City. But Zangi isn't your average fried chicken. Today we speak to the owner of a specialty Zangi shop, Torimatsu, who tells us everything we've ever wanted to know about Zangi, including its origin, its similarities and differences from karaage and Zantare, and how it became a local specialty. Finally, we will also introduce three famous Zangi shops that you can visit in Kushiro.

New Chitose Airport: A Complete Guide to 2022 Arrival and Departure Procedures in Japan

Sapporo / Chitose Airport

New Chitose Airport, in Hokkaido Prefecture, is the gateway to major tourist destinations such as Sapporo, Otaru, Niseko, Noboribetsu, and Asahikawa. It’s also where many international flights operate. As of October 11, 2022, Japan eased its travel restrictions, and New Chitose Airport welcomed foreign visitors again. Here we will provide information on New Chitose Airport’s Covid-19 countermeasures, arrival procedures, and the latest services as of September 2022!

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