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Visit Japan’s snowy paradise Sapporo

From December 2019 onward Finnair flies on Thursdays and Sundays direct from Helsinki to the capital of the northern Hokkaido prefecture, Sapporo. Helsinki Airport is compact and relaxed so catching a connecting flight there is convenient and fast.  

Sapporo is a fantastic travel destination where you can combine skiing, spa and Japanese culture without bustling crowds of the country’s other cities. One of the highlights of the year is the annual Sapporo Snow Festival, where you can admire snow sculptures and enjoy winter ambience. Thanks to the area’s rich snowfall in winter, Sapporo is also famous for the possibilities of winter sports. There are indeed many ski resorts, largest one being Sapporo Teine Ski Resort. This resort suits both for beginners and more advanced ski lovers and has beautiful views over the city.  

However, skiing isn't the only activity that you should have on your Sapporo-bucket list. After different winter activities, a day or two relaxing in a spa is what your body and mind desire. You can find several hot springs both in the city centre of Sapporo and the villages nearby. A break in a bathtub filled with hot spring water and surrounded by beautiful nature is an excellent way to loosen up and enjoy a carefree holiday. 

And of course, a visit to Japan is nothing without culinary experiences. Sapporo is the home place of miso ramen, so we highly recommend you taste one with some Japanese dumplings. To explore a large variety of restaurants, bars and nightlife, you can head for the lively district called Susukino

Visit the Snow Festival

Sapporo is known for its gorgeous winter landscapes. Each year in February the city hosts a snow festival where you can truly enjoy the authentic winter. You also get to see some wonderful ice sculptures!

See the seasons change

If you wish to experience the four seasons, Sapporo is a wonderful destination due to its northern location. Whether you wish to see winter landscapes, smell cherry blossoms, go to summer festivals or witness autumn foliage, Sapporo has all of it. 

Have a taste of the traditional

“The City of Food” Sapporo is known for its delicious ramen and refreshing beer. Stop for a minute to enjoy local Hokkaido produce like delicious soups and seafood. Don’t forget to try their local soft ice cream!

Go stargazing 

Sapporo is surrounded by hills that offer wonderful opportunities for stargazing and sightseeing. You can climb on top of Mount Hakodate or Mount Moiwa, for example, to have a look at the stars – or the city lights!

Catch a breath of fresh air in the park

Get to know Hokkaido’s history and nature by visiting a gorgeous park or two in Sapporo. You can, for example, visit the breath-taking botanical garden of the Hokkaido University campus.

Fly to Sapporo with Finnair aboard the A350 aircraft for enhanced comfort and the latest in aviation technology.

Direct Sapporo flights from Helsinki take around 09h – we are proud to offer the shortest flight times between Europe and Sapporo. When you book flights from London to Sapporo, as well as from other European destinations, you will have an easy transfer at Helsinki Airport. All transit facilities are in the same building.

Whether flying to Sapporo in economy class or Finnair’s Nordic Business Class (complete with flat seats and excellent extra benefits), you can enjoy delicious in-flight dining and entertainment with authentic Nordic hospitality.

Although there are lots of things to enjoy in the summer, Sapporo is known for its gorgeous winter landscapes and activities. Each year in February the city hosts a snow festival where you can truly enjoy the authentic winter. You also get to see some wonderful ice sculptures! Book well ahead of time to find the cheapest flights to Hokkaido.

Buy your plane tickets to Sapporo for early May to see the beautiful cherry blossom and reserve your airfare to Sapporo for July to September for warmer weather.

January is Sapporo’s busiest tourist month. December is the quietest month and usually when you can benefit from cheap flights to Sapporo.

Sapporo New Chitose Airport (SPK)

The airport is located 50 km south-east of the city of Sapporo. 

Always remember to check your airline’s terminal and check-in times.

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