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Sapporo Nightlife, Japan

Sapporo is the fifth largest city in Japan, and the capital of Hokkaido prefecture. The city is internationally known for its Yuki Matsuri, or Snow festival. Millions of tourist visit Sapporo in order to attend the festival and many more come all year round, to enjoy the city’s sights and lively nightlife. Sapporo has over 4000 cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs, and it is unofficially considered one of Japan’s nightlife capitals, topping even Tokyo in this respect. This Sapporo Nightlife Guide will briefly go over a few places that you absolutely shouldn’t miss on your visit to this beautiful city.

Sapporo Nightlife - Eating Out

There are many restaurants in Sapporo, ranging from traditional establishments that serve only the best of Japanese cuisine, to western style restaurants and fast-foods. Sapporo’s signature dishes are the miso ramen and the curry soup, which are an excellent way to warm up during the harsh winter. This Sapporo Nightlife Guide recommends that you try the hairy crab, or kegani, a local delicacy served by almost all of the more stylish restaurants. I you are on a budget, you should try Ramen Yokochō, not a restaurant but an entire alley of ramen shops and restaurants where you can get any imaginable type of ramen. For traditional local cuisine, go to Kikuzushi, a restaurant that has been functioning since the beginning of the 20th century. It is widely considered one of the best restaurants in all of Japan, and it has a remarkable selection of sake. Hiraku offers some delicious seafood dishes, and it’s specialized in oysters cooked both Japanese and Western style.

Sapporo Nightlife - Cafes and Bars

Romantei is a popular café that is most famous for its delicious desserts. Locals as well as tourists come to Romantei for its lively atmosphere and its fabulous Chocolate Mont Blanc. Sapporo has its own brewery, and Sapporo beer can be found in any café and bar in the city. Many establishments are located in Susukino, south of the city centre, one of Japan’a largest nightlife district. O’Neil’s Irish Pub in Susukino offers great coffee, a selection of alcoholic beverages and even fish and chips wrapped in photocopied newspaper. TK6 is a popular choice among expatriates living in Sapporo, thanks to its bilingual staff and selection of foreign drinks.

Sapporo Nightlife - Nightclubs

Nightlife in Sapporo is even cheaper than in Nagoya, another city famous for its nightclubs. The liveliest nightclubs in Sapporo can be found in Susukino district. The legendary King Xmhu is known for its decadent but nonetheless enjoyable atmosphere, where locals come to dance the night away. Locotonte is a great place where you can socialize with the locals, who are more than willing to try out their English skills. At 500 Bar you can get drinks for 500 yen each, hence its name. The club is usually quite crowded, but it is a great place for drinking and dancing.


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