Sapporo Station is the main railway station located in central Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. It is surrounded by shopping malls, bars, restaurants and is home to the tallest building, JR Tower. From this station, visitors can reach many towns and cities in Japan.
Some of the best shopping malls in Sapporo are close to Sapporo Station. Paseo, Apia and Sapporo Esta Shopping Centres are all nearby. Sapporo JR Tower sits above the south entrance at 173 metres with 38 stories and is home to Sapporo Stellar Place, cinemas and offices complexes. There is an observation deck and for visitors wishing to arrive in style, a heliport. The station is also a mere 15 minutes’ walk from the main site of the world-famous Sapporo Snow Festival held in the city each winter. Travellers will enjoy the eclectic nightlife in the streets surrounding the station. Evening entertainment varies from meals in traditional yakitori or ramen noodle bars to belting out classics in a karaoke bar or enjoying the smooth sounds of jazz. There is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Those preferring a more refined dining experience should head for Sapporo Beer Garden and Museum. It’s the only beer museum in Japan which can educate visitors in the art of brewing and beer. The building is architecturally interesting, with a façade in red brick, and the interior is lively and welcoming. Visitors interested in city culture will enjoy a trip to the observation platform of the Sapporo TV Tower, it’s the ideal place from which to see the Odori Park snow sculptures or view the bustling metropolis from above.
Sapporo Station is one of the main stations in the city, and it is likely visitors arriving into the city will disembark here, whether by bus, train or subway. It’s an easy station to walk to from major attractions. Sapporo Clock Tower, Odori Park and the TV Tower are a short distance away on foot.
Sapporo Station opened in 1880 and continued to grow as the city developed. A third reconstruction occurred in 1951 and the subways and underground shopping malls arrived in the 1970’s. The station continues to be a hive of activity today it is home to a bus terminal, JR Tower and an abundance of shopping experiences.