Keep Sapporo Fresh > Offset Your Carbon
Sustainability in events is one of the pre-requisites. Yet, measuring and managing carbon footprint can be very time-intensive and complicated. (FYI: more than 80% of an event’s emissions come from delegate travel)To help minimize the environmental impact of our sector, in partnership with Meetings & Events Sapporo Hokkaido (MESH), we developed a carbon offset program that supports forestation and wildlife preservation programs around Hokkaido.More about the initiative in the attachment.
Coming up > Adventure Travel World Summit 2023
In less than three months, the adventure travel community will gather in Sapporo for the first Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) in Asia Pacific.The agenda for ATWS aims to showcase regional trends in the Asia-Pacific region, explore the growing call for sustainability as a default mode of operation, and dive deep into ways of working together toward a more inclusive and community-based future of tourism.Highlights of the agenda here.
Global Destination Sustainability Movement announces the 2022 GDS-Index ranking
The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index), the largest sustainability performance benchmarking program for destinations has announced its annual cities ranking.Sapporo (the only Japanese city participating in the Index) made a 7% improvement from the previous year, with the total score of 59%. Among the top performers were the 6 years in a row champion Gothenburg (93%), Copenhagen (87%), Helsinki (83%), with Goyang (78%) and Melbourne (77%) leading the Asia Pacific region.The GDS-Index evaluates member cities based on a revised and comprehensive set of 70 quantitative and qualitative criteria that assess four key areas of the sustainability performance of a destination: the city’s environmental strategy and infrastructure, its social sustainability performance, industry supplier support, and the destination management organization’s strategy and initiatives.
The Long-Awaited Full Reopening
Beginning Oct. 11, travelers (those under the visa waiver program) will be allowed to enter Japan without obtaining a visa (no booking via specific travel agencies or any prior applications necessary).Travelers will still need to provide proof of vaccination, or they can submit a negative COVID-19 test result ahead of their trip._Border MeasuresCurrent Border Measures & RestrictionsTravel Information for Business Travelers_Public Health Information & Safety TipsSapporo Help Desk for Foreign ResidentsMultilingual Medical Institutions & Support
For the Best of Japan
When it comes to business events indeed, Sapporo has many assets up its sleeves, starting with a wealth of knowledge in many areas of endeavors, as well as all the facilities you can expect in a fast-growing environment.
The Capital of the North
Located in one of the snowiest parts of the world (takes full advantage of its frosty weather), with a population of 1.9 million, Sapporo plays a dominant role as the economic and cultural center of Hokkaido.
Powered by Nature
The most special of Japanese cities maybe – its location on an island, which has 22% of the country’s landmass, but only 5% of its population, has a lot to do with it, is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, unique wildlife, and year-round outdoor pursuits.
For Dedicated Foodies
A longtime champion of local production - local consumption, with an overwhelming food sufficiency rate of over 200%, the highest in Japan, earned the region its reputation and brand value as Japan’s food base.
Major Events Portfolio
Sapporo gained international prominence when it was chosen to host the 1972 Winter Olympic Games. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, and not only in the field of sports or because of its breweries.
Apart from its compact structure, Sapporo boasts an efficient public transport system, providing easy access in and around the city.
Sapporo is connected by a number of international routes, while it is only a 1.5 hour flight away from Tokyo - one of the world’s busiest air routes.
- From Sapporo Station
Found in 1876, Hokkaido University is one of the top universities in Japan that conducts world-leading education and research.
- From Sapporo Station
Chief among the venues, Sapporo Convention Center boasts a wide range of meeting space catering to all kinds of conferences and events.
- Odori→Higashi Sapporo
Sapporo’s iconic landmark, the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics site, also happens to be one of our unique event spaces.
- From City Center
Sapporo’s secret retreat, Jozankei is a hot spring resort area with 150 years of history, a variety of facilities, from high-end hotels to traditional Japanese inns, and beautiful scenery that changes with the seasons.
Otaru is a port city with retro architecture and a nostalgic atmosphere, and is home to many types of craftsmen, such as glassworkers and music box makers. The city is filled with art, history, and of fresh seafood, of course.
The birthplace of Japan’s first ‘Scotch’ whisky, Yoichi is a small town neighboring Otaru. The Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery offers whisky tastings as well as tours of the facility.
Niseko is a resort destination (always in season) famous for outdoor activities, with visitors traveling from all over the world seeking the Niseko diamond dust, or powder snow.