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Sapporo (Hokkaido)

Japan's fifth-largest city, and the prefectural capital of Hokkaidō, Sapporo is a surprisingly dynamic and cosmopolitan urban centre that pulses with energy. Designed by European and American architects in the late 19th century, Sapporo is shaped by its wide grid of tree-lined streets and ample public parks, which contribute to the city's surprising level of liveability. After a day of exploring the city you can get your energy back over a hot meal, a great proposition given Sapporo's wholly deserved gastronomic reputation. As the island's main access point and transport hub, Sapporo serves as an excellent base for striking out into the wilds. But make sure you leave enough time to see Sapporo itself. Sapporo is a major tourist destination in itself, especially for those partial to the delicious liquid gold that is Sapporo beer. If you're planning long periods of time hiking in isolation, you might want to first indulge in a bit of the raucous nightlife of the Susukino district. And, of course, if you come in February, don't miss out on the Sapporo Snow Festival (Yuki Matsuri), a winter carnival highlighted by frozen sculptures of everything from brown bears and tanuki (racoon dogs) to Godzilla and Doraemon.

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We had a great time on our trip and everything went very well (except a little typhoon that blew over). Amanda and I thought Experience Japan Travel did a greatjob planning and communicating the trip details to us. I always like to give direct feedback on every trip we go on. Just a heads up we are giving Experience Japan Travel a 5-star rating, well deserved. Highlights: - Experience Japan Travel was great to work with and very attentive while planning our trip. You were sure to incorporated items into the itinerary that matched our interests. - The itinerary was well planned out and well communicated. Every tour and travel arrangement (trains, hotels) worked out as planned, which is key while traveling in areas we are not too very familiar with. - I would highly recommend Experience Travel Japan to any of our friends, family, and colleagues. We already know a few friends that may want to work with you as well. - The guide that met us at the Tokyo airport upon our arrival was much needed. It would have been difficult navigating the trains quickly, late at night, so close to the time the trains stop running. We barely made the last train of the night due to long immigration lines. Again, we are happy with the trip and planning and thank you for all your work. We will share your contact information with others.... READ MORE

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