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Sapporo is a compact city that offers the perfect blend of magnificent nature and urban convenience, with an abundance of centrally located MICE facilities and hotels. The city was quick to join an international benchmarking program for environmental sustainability in 2016, and as a member of the GDS-Movement, is seeking to serve as an example of a sustainable city in the Asia-Pacific region. In these times when cities are required to shift their sole focus on economic outcome to also consider the significance of contributing to local communities, Sapporo is promoting itself on many fronts as a world-class meetings and events host city through efforts to develop unique venues, CSR programs and other original MICE offerings that can meet the needs of both event organizers and local communities.


Seoul→New Chitose Airport:2.5 hr. by plane (direct flight)
Shanghai→New Chitose Airport:3.5 hr. by plane (direct flight)
Beijing→New Chitose Airport:3.5 hr. by plane (direct flight)
Taipei→New Chitose Airport:4 hr. by plane (direct flight)
Hong Kong→New Chitose Airport:5 hr. by plane (direct flight)
Bangkok→New Chitose Airport:6.5 hr. by plane (direct flight)
Helsinki→New Chitose Airport:9 hr. by plane (direct flight)
Sydney→New Chitose Airport:11 hr. by plane (direct flight)
New Chitose Airport→Sapporo Station:37 min. by train (JR Airport Express*)

Venues overview

  Facility Rooms
Hotel 155 25,572
Ryokan 33 2,276
Total 188 27,848


Sapporo Convention Bureau

Pre-/Post-Convention Programs

Jozankei Onsen (Hot Springs)
Jozankei Onsen (Hot Springs)
Upopoy (Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony)
Upopoy (Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony)
  • Jozankei Onsen (Hot Springs)
    Just 40 minutes by car from central Sapporo in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Jozankei Onsen is considered a place of retreat from the city. The hot springs are surrounded by picturesque gorges. The traditional Japanese inn provides opportunities to enjoy tea ceremony, indigenous Ainu folktales and more.
  • Upopoy (Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony)
    A national center for revitalizing and developing the culture of the Ainu, an indigenous people of Japan. Upopoy consists of the National Ainu Museum, the northernmost national museum in the country, the National Ainu Park to experience Ainu culture through performances of traditional songs and dances and restaurants to enjoy Ainu cuisine, all showcasing the diverse cultural attractiveness of the Ainu.



Advantages and Characteristics

  • An environmental capital
  • Adventures in a rich natural and cultural world

Support Programs for Convention

Support for bidding process
Category Type of Support Availability Languages
Site inspection Arranging an inspection trip for site selection English
Support for hosting/preparation
Category Type of Support Availability Languages
PR Support for encouraging participation in the event English
Supporting other PR activities
Conference and event preparation Providing information on PCOs, travel agencies and event management companies English
Providing information on reception venues (including unique venues) English
Providing information on related programs (local attractions, traditional performing arts, post-convention programs, sightseeing and hands-on experiences with Japanese culture for persons accompanying conference participants) English
Providing tourism information English,Chinese
Requesting nominal support
Coordinating with relevant organizations
Conference and event operation Arranging reception venues (including unique venues)
Arranging volunteers English,Chinese
Setting up an information desk English,Chinese
Providing maps/guidebooks for participants English,Chinese
Arranging shuttle buses
Providing convention bags
Hospitality Welcome posters and digital signage
Welcome message by the head of the local government
Providing discount tickets to tourist facilities
Providing discounts on public transportation
Dispatching tourism ambassadors
Related programs Making arrangements for attractions and traditional performing arts
Making arrangements for post-convention programs
Making arrangements for sightseeing and hands-on experiences of Japanese culture for persons accompanying conference participants English
Arranging tour interpreters and guides

Support Programs for Incentive Travel

Support for Promoting Incentive Travel
Type of Support Availability
Site inspection support (provision of accommodation, food, tourist activities)
Creation of draft proposals, providing information
Support During Incentive Travel
Type of Support Availability
Airport transfer services
Welcome banners -
Chartered transport (e.g. coaches)
Prepaid cards for public transport
Venues (MICE facilities, unique venues)
Event management services
Recruiting volunteers to assist at events -
Excursions, technical visits etc.
Attractions, entertainment etc.
Experience programs
Local cuisine, traditional cuisine
Greeting at airport or station
Greeting or welcome letter from local government head
Travel brochures
Discount coupons