This Japanese city first appeared on international tourists’ radar as the host of the 1972 Olympic Winter Games. Set on the northern island of Hokkaido, it boasts some excellent ski runs and jumps and hosts an annual Snow Festival with impressive ice sculpting. But the island’s capital is also known for its ramen and breweries; you can learn more about the latter at the Sapporo Beer Museum, followed by tastings of local brews in the beer garden. You’ll also find hot springs close by, thanks to Sapporo’s mountainous geography.
Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Sapporo
Within walking distance of the station, subway and buses (all reached within 15 minutes on foot), the Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel is a convenient place to lay your head while discovering Sapporo. A popular feature is the steamy hot bath in the basement, enabling tourists to ease aching muscles after a day’s pounding the streets or a long journey. 318 double, twin and triple bedrooms and stateroom suites with separate living areas are available to book, each decorated in earthy, muted tones. There’s also a gym, a full-service spa and a buffet restaurant onsite.