Sapporo is the gateway to Hokkaido which is the northern most island of Japan.
Getting to Sapporo
Tips for travellers
Sapporo Snow Festival
The Sapporo Snow Festival (さっぽろ雪まつり, Sapporo Yuki-matsuri) is a famous festival held annually in Sapporo, Japan over seven days in February. Currently, Odori Park, Susukino, and Tsudome are the main sites of the festival. In 2009, it was held from February 5 to February 11. The festival is one of Japan's largest and most distinctive winter events. In 2007 (58th Festival), about two million people visited Sapporo to see the hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures.
Given the above a warning is appropriate - the major airlines in Japan only allow you to book domestic flights 2 months prior to the date of the flight. This festival is very popular and when booking a flight to Sapporo 4 days into this 2 month window I had to resort to expensive first class tickets as the regular tickets were booked out. If you are travelling to the north island (Hokkaido) during the Sapporo Snow Festival, please book your flights as soon as you are able to do so or choose other dates.