The Sapporo Summer Festival (Sapporo Natsu Matsuri) is an umbrella event that encompasses a number of traditional type events (such as bon dance) as well as a huge temporary open air beer garden in Odori Park. In fact the beer garden is actually multiple beer gardens with a total of 13,000 seats – making this the biggest beer garden in Japan. Each of the big four beer companies have their own beer garden. In addition, there is a World Beer Plaza beer garden and a “German Village” beer garden.
A long stretch of park headed by the Sappporo TV Tower, the main venue of Odori Park is close to Sapporo Station. While Nichi Hatchome Station is closer, it is only served by the Sapporo Shiden line. Getting to Sapporo from Tokyo is easy – we have some tips on the journey here.
Offering some of the best prices for clean, modern dorm spots, the Stay Sapporo Hostel has prices starting at under ¥2,000. Part hostel part hotel, Grids Sapporo is a popular spot offering bunks in dorms or smart hotel-like rooms – including very reasonable singles. Close to Odori Park, the Sapporo View Hotel is in a great location with modern and surprisingly spacious rooms.