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Enjoy Sapporo on a Budget

Quirky, cosmopolitan, and fun, Sapporo is a Japanese city that offers a wealth of interest for anyone traveling on a budget. From its many free festivals—including the world-famous Snow Festival—to its tasty but inexpensive miso ramen bars, Sapporo is a city with surprises around every corner. Pretty parks, kitsch attractions, and free beer tours make the capital of Hokkaido island a magnet for price-savvy travelers.

Things to see in Sapporo

Odori Park is where most visitors head first, whatever the season. In the winter, the ice palaces and snow sculptures of the Snow Festival attract many tourists. In the summer, look out for festivals celebrating lilac flowers or traditional dancing. Fall sees the park hosting Sapporo's very own version of the Munich beer festival. And beer is big here—the city is home to Japan's renowned Sapporo Brewery. Go to the Sapporo Beer Museum and you'll get a free overview of the art of Japanese brewing. Climbing to the top of the Sapporo TV Tower—an Eiffel Tower copy some 300-feet high—is a lot of fun. In contrast, the tiny Clock Tower has few views. But it is worth a visit as a unique and rathe unusual monument to 'small town' America. Lastly, Asahiyama Park, with its beautiful flowers and wildlife, is a popular spot with romantics, with lovely views—and no entrance fee.

Cheap hotels in Sapporo

Just because you're looking for cheap hotels in Sapporo doesn't mean you have to compromise on choice. Sapporo's modern aparthotels offer free WiFi and breakfast, while the city's inexpensive ramen bars are never far away when it's time to eat in the evening. Hostels offer basic facilities and space, but maximum convenience when it comes to location and budget. And if you're looking for inexpensive hotels in Sapporo that give you a traditional Japanese welcome, there are still a few traditional Japanese inns (known as ryokans) that are more than happy to oblige.

Where to stay in Sapporo

Cheap Sapporo hotels are not hard to find. North of the railway station is a good place to start. Here you'll find some of the most inexpensive hotels in Sapporo. You'll be close to the subway stops too, and only a little way out from the central attractions. Even closer is a line of relatively cheap hotels in Sapporo's city center, just south of Odori Park. These tend to be larger, more modern—and ideal for getting to the city's many festivals. For a completely different vibe, try the economy hotels in Sapporo's outlying resort of Jozankei Onsen. This spa town has several cheap and cheerful ryokan establishments, and some of the town's spa facilities are free.

How to get to Sapporo

The easiest way to travel to Sapporo is to catch a ferry from Honshu, to Otaru and Tomakomai, or fly in. The main international airport is the New Chitose Airport. It has a direct train connection to Sapporo, which will whisk you into the city's center in 35-40 minutes. Okadama Airport is much closer, but is for domestic flights only. The subway system is a good, low-cost way for getting around the city. But perhaps the cheapest way is to hop onto two wheels—Sapporo is very cycle-friendly, and bike hire is simple and inexpensive.

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