Philippine Airlines now flies nonstop to Sapporo, Japan! Sapporo is the newest addition to the growing route network of Philippine Airlines, the country’s four-star flag carrier. This move gives travelers planning to visit Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost Philippine Airlines flies to Sapporo five times weekly.
Sapporo is the capital and largest city of Hokkaido, the huge island-prefecture in northern Japan. It’s the economic, political, and cultural center of a region that makes up almost a quarter of Japan’s total land area.
Among prefectural capitals, getting around Sapporo is quite a unique experience. In contrast to other Japanese cities which grew organically, Sapporo was built by design, based on 19th Century “grid” principles. This means that most of the streets are long, straight, and very easy to navigate.
Sapporo is known primarily as a winter destination, but there are a lot of cultural events and festivals happening year-round to pique your interest any time of the year.
Aside from the things to do and places to visit within the city, there are other attractions in Hokkaido that are worth noting. Getting to these destinations, you can either do it yourself or join a group tour.
Here’s a list of temples, parks, and other areas of interest in and around Sapporo.
Hokkaido is one of the leading food producers in all of Japan, as such its cuisine is also one of its main attractions. In Sapporo, a lot of interesting flavors and creative dishes are the results of mixing and matching its locally-sourced ingredients.
Sapporo is Hokkaido’s capital and is famous because of the annual Snow Festival. The festival showcases the artistry of the participants; they display their creativity through the sculptures they create, scattered in different parts of the city. The young and young-at-heart will enjoy the frozen statues that come in different
Because the New Chitose Airport is the primary gateway to Sapporo, almost all international flights and most domestic ones use it. If you’re flying from overseas, you’ll most likely land here.
While Sapporo has something to offer year-round, the city’s charm is best conveyed during the winter months. Due to Hokkaido’s location, there are certain differences as to how the seasons are experienced. People in Hokkaido experience the seasons a bit different compared to mainland Japan.