Fly To Sapporo, Japan
While Sapporo is probably most famous for its beer import of the same name, this city on the island of Hokkaido is now the fifth largest city in Japan.
As Sapporo is such a new city (it’s only been around since it was established as the island’s capital in the late 19th Century), it looked to the West for inspiration when it was built, and the result is a very American-style setting laid out in a grid pattern of uniform blocks. Of course, it’s no longer a fledgling town; today around 1.9 million people live here.
Sapporo is characterised by its friendly residents, relaxed pace and many green parks and wide, tree-lined streets. It’s is an ideal base from which to explore the island of Hokkaido, but there’s also a lot to see in the city itself.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Sapporo do require a Visa to enter Japan. Make sure you leave enough time for Visa processing, and check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy is located in Tokyo, Japan. 4th Floor, Hanzomon First Building, 1-4 Kojimachi - CHIYODA-KU, Tokyo, 102-0083. Phone: + 81 3 3265 3366 / + 81 3 3265 3369. Website: sajapan.org. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See and do
Visiting Sapporo is great fun, as there’s a lot to see including some fascinating museums, and a variety of shopping and dining opportunities. The nightlife is also vibrant.
Sapporo is Hokkaido’s administrative centre and it became known in 1972 when it hosted the Winter Olympic Games. It’s still famous today but for other reasons – the ramen noodle dish is a speciality here, and the beer is also excellent, and every February the popular Snow Festival is held here. In fact, the many excellent ski slopes around Sapporo continue to attract visitors each winter, and even in summer, visitors flock here, as the temper is pleasant and cool.
Visit the Historical Village of Hokkaido, an open-air museum comprising over 50 historical buildings, both Japanese and Western in style, that date from the Meiji and Taisho eras. They have been transported here from all over the island and include houses, a shrine, church, post office, barbershop, brewery, blacksmith and much more. There’s also the Historical Museum of Hokkaido, which narrates the island’s history from prehistoric to modern times. It’s full of treasures including clothing, a house, items used for trade and other artifacts. A highlight is the Living Experience Room where you can actually handle tools, including a hand loom.
New Chitose Airport – SPK
New Chitose Airport (code SPK) replaced the old one, which is located next to it, in 1991. This is Sapporo’s main airport, and it’s located around 50km southeast of the city centre. It’s one of Japan’s busiest airports and serves the most travelled air route, between Sapporo and Tokyo as well as many other domestic routes and some international ones. Sapporo, which is located on the island of Hokkaido, does have a second airport, called Okadama Airport, but it serves only a limited number of flights to places on the island.
Food and beverage: The airport offers a variety of dining options in a food court as well as in two themed food zones, the Hokkaido Ramen Dojo where diners select ramen dishes from a variety of shops, and the Streetcar Dining District, which has various fast food outlets offering Hokkaido specialities.
Currency Exchange: There are a number of banks, foreign exchange terminals and ATMs Sapporo Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to New Chitose Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: Hotelcom’s New Chitose Airport Hotel.
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