If you love beer (and who doesn’t occasionally on a rugby tour?), chocolate, exploring and history then Sapporo will offer something for everyone during Rugby World Cup 2019.

There is plenty to see and do, it’s fantastic for foodie loving fans on an adventure and small enough to explore easily.

Check out our things to see and do – you won’t be disappointed.

Number 10 - Hokkaido Shrine

Hokkaido’s most important shrine is in Sapporo. It was built in the mid-19th century, so it’s not that old, but it was built to enshrine the guardian deity watching over the cultivation of Hokkaido, so it has a great history. Usually plum blossoms and cherry blossoms bloom separately, with about a month or longer between the two, but here they bloom at the same time. It’s 15 minutes from Maruyama Koen Station, and only a minute from the closest bus stop so it’s well worth a visit on your Rugby World Cup 2019 adventure.

Number 9 - Kaitaku no Mura

This is a facility where you can experience the lifestyle and culture of Hokkaido pioneers 150 years ago. It’s a village completely recreated as it was during the pioneer era, including the buildings and the roads meant for horse-drawn carriages, so you’ll feel as though you’ve leapt back in time.

The restaurants even offer food from the time period. It’s about a 15 minute bus ride away from Sapporo and a great way to spend a few hours on your adventure.

Number 8 - Okurayama Ski Jump Observatory & Sapporo Olympic Museum

If you’re after the best views of the city imaginable, then find yourself at the Okurayama Ski Jump Observatory. The Ski Jump was used for the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics (Asia’s first ever Winter Olympics) and is still used for Ski Jumping events today. After a short chairlift up to the top of the jump, the viewing lounge offers picturesque views of the city below, a perfect opportunity to take a snap!

If you want to take it to the next level and really feel like an Olympic athlete, then why not stop off at the Sapporo Olympic Museum. Not only does it give you an in depth insight into the history of the Winter Olympics in Japan, but it has amazing simulation games for sports such as Ice Hockey and the Ski Jump itself!

With it being just 20 minutes from Central Sapporo, there is no reason not to tick this off your ever-expanding sightseeing list for Japan.

Number 7 - Snow Brand Parlor

Snow Brand is a famous Japanese dairy corporation. The Parlor, where you can try their products, is near famous sightseeing areas like Odori Park and the Clock Tower. It’s just a three minute walk away from Sapporo Station, meaning it’s in a fantastic location. There are various sweets available for you to enjoy, from the standard ice cream to colourful, huge parfaits. Stop by for a break if you’re tired from sightseeing and need a sugar rush!

Number 6 - Sapporo Jyogai Market

Hokkaido is known for seafood, and you can enjoy delicious seafood in Sapporo – so this is a great chance to soak up a great culture. There are plenty of restaurants in this market where you can enjoy Hokkaido specialties, starting with meals like kaisendon (a bowl of rice topped with plenty of seafood), ramen, and soup curry.

Number 5 - Jozankei

Jozankei is a legendary place for kappa, a mythological river creature, and is one of the most popular hot spring areas in Hokkaido. You can enjoy activities like canoeing and rafting as well as the beautiful autumn foliage, which means this is a great excursion opportunity.

There are plenty of lodging facilities complete with hot spring baths that you can enjoy on a day-trip. It’s about an hour away from the centre of Sapporo, but you can go without a car, so why not check it out.

Number 4 - Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill

William Smith Clark is probably the most famous American in Hokkaido. He was a professor, and is called the father of Hokkaido’s development. On the observation hill of Hitsujigaoka is a statue of Clark, and it’s a famous spot for photos so add one to your Rugby World Cup collection here.
It’s about a 10 minute bus ride from Fukuzumi Station.

Number 3 - Sapporo TV Tower

Gaze out upon Sapporo from the Sapporo TV Tower. The 147.2m tall Sapporo TV Tower looks like a miniature Tokyo Tower. The observation deck, at 90m, has a great view of Sapporo - it faces the straight view of Odori Park and the city with a backdrop of the mountains and, if you’re lucky, you can see the ocean as well. The recommended time to go is from sundown to the evening. You can enjoy the sun sinking beneath the horizon and the night scenery at the same time.

Number 2 - Shiroi Koibito Park Chocolate Factory

Shiroi Koibito is a langue de chat cookie that’s one of the standard Hokkaido souvenirs. It’s made of two cookies that sandwich white chocolate, chosen to remind people of Hokkaido’s white snow. Here, you can see how they make Shiroi Koibito as well as decorate your own original version. If you try it once, you’ll be addicted!

Number 1 - Mount Moiwa

Stuart from our Operations Team would recommend Mount Moiwa
“The night view from Mount Moiwa is an ideal spot for viewing the mountain’s stunning forest and the Sapporo city scape. It really is a stunning view and at night it’s so beautiful that its as if time stands still. It’s simple to access too as you can hop on the ‘Kirito Car’ (like a mini cable car).”

You are on holiday after all, so why not!