|Above, Sapporo's Odori Park. Photo: Nkns.|
Hokkaido's Sapporo is best known to travelers (and others) for its winter snow festivals with their fantastic snow sculptures. Sapporo is also best known to kaiju fans as the first battleground between Gamera and Legion in Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (also known as Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion) (1996).
Sapporo is so far away from the main Japanese tourist meccas such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Mount Fuji that hardly anyone goes there in comparison. This is a mistake as Sapporo is really quite accessible and transportation to the city is surprisingly cheap.
City-Cost.com has posted an article on the different means of traveling to Sapporo and what each costs.
They begin with:
Sapporo (Hokkaido) is a long way from Tokyo (over 800 km as the crow flies). Getting there by any means other than a plane, is likely to turn into something of an adventure. Still, it will be an adventure worthwhile, as Sapporo is regarded by many to be one of the most user-friendly cities in the country, and a gateway to Japan’s great outdoors. And if adventure doesn’t appeal, well, a flight will have you there in less than two hours. So, how much does it cost to travel there from Tokyo?Admittedly, I have never been to Sapporo (or anywhere else in Hokkaido), but since I read the article, I might just go there. The closest I've been to Hokkaido was my 2006 visit to Sendai and Matsushima, but I was still on Honshu.
To see how much it costs to get to Sapporo from Tokyo, go here.