The opportunity to visit Hokkaido’s capital city, Sapporo, is one of the most exciting aspects of a trip to Japan. This part of the island is considered one of the most exciting cities in the country. You can appreciate both the modern and traditional aspects of Japanese life here. Though Sapporo is well known for its beautiful winters, visiting the city in the summer can be a rewarding and beautiful experience.
The weather is warm but not oppressive, the beautiful countryside bursts with vivid natural hues, and an exciting summer festival schedule kicks off. If you’re looking for something to do in Sapporo Japan summer, here are a few things you should try.
Enjoy a Local Summer Festival
There are many beautiful places to explore in Sapporo, but no trip to Hokkaido is complete without attending one of the island’s traditional summer festivals.
Yosakoi Soran is one of Japan’s largest street dance festivals. The Yosakoi Festival takes place in Sapporo in early June every year and attracts dancers from all over the country.
Millions of international visitors attend this early summer occurrence every year. The key attraction of this event is the dancers’ colorful costumes, unusual style of dancing (Yosakoi), Naruko clappers, and Hokkaido’s Soran Bushi folk songs.
Visit the Maruyama Zoo
Maruyama Zoo is potentially the best day trip for families with children in Sapporo. The first zoo in the Hokkaido area, this nature-oriented zoo in Sapporo, opened in 1951. There are approximately 1000 animals representing hundreds of different species at the foot of Mount Maruyama.
The polar bear, snow leopard, and red-crowned cranes are among the endangered animals and birds housed at this zoo.
Visit Furano and Biei
Traveling to Sapporo in Japan during summer is the perfect time to admire Hokkaido’s great scenery. During this season, sunflowers, lavender, and marigold can be seen in abundance in Furano and Biei. It should be on your bucket list if you want to see those incredible rainbow-colored flower fields.
Flowerland Kamifurano, Farm Tomita, Blue Pond, and Shikisai no Oka can be visited in one day with the help of a guided tour bus. On the other hand, you can rent a car in Sapporo and drive to Furano and Biei. On the way, visit a few more attractions.
Museum of Modern Art
The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, located in the center of a lovely park with rambling lawns, is a must-see for art lovers. The museum is dedicated to displaying contemporary works of art, mostly by Japanese artists, although some Western pieces are on display. They also have revolving galleries with visiting artists, so stop by and see what’s going on while you’re in town.
Despite the city’s population of around 2 million people, you will be able to find accommodation easily. You can also try to tour the surrounding countryside, where you can enjoy mountain vistas marked with traditional Japanese temples.
You can also sample some of Hokkaido’s delectable cuisine, such as juicy hairy crabs, and this is, of course, the birthplace of the world-famous Sapporo Beer.