Must See Sapporo & Eat Like a Local during the Rugby World Cup

Hokkaidō’s mountains, the soul of the Emperor Meiji and grilling your own meat on a convex bbq skill

  • Private &
    personalized

  • 8 hours

  • From
    $109.25  USD per person based on 8 adults

  • Walking

  • Multiple languages available (including English)

What you’ll do

Make the most of your time in Sapporo during the Rugby World Cup by exploring its top sights and discovering its staggering food scene! How do you cram it all in? Simple - with one of our local Sapporo hosts who will meet up with you before the game to show you the must-sees, before leading you to the stadium for the game. Afterwards, embark upon your next adventure - eating the best local food!

 

The Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 is about to kick off and rugby fever has swept across Sapporo. The best part? You are going to be a part of it - you lucky thing. There will be two extremely exciting games played at the Sapporo Dome, but you’ve come all this way, so of course you’ll want to explore the city and discover its culture too! 

But how can you squeeze in sightseeing, the game and getting to know the city’s food scene - eating exactly like a local - all in one day?! With one of our local Sapporo hosts! They’ll meet up with you before the game so you can do some exploring and see Sapporo’s famous attractions, take you to the Dome in time for your match, then meet up with you again afterwards for round 2: food!

Your local Sapporo host will show you to famous sites like Hokkaidō Shrine, which is said to enshrine four kami (divine beings) including that of the Emperor Meiji, and throw in a bit of a local twist by taking you to a lesser known local spot like a three-story building near the Nijo fish market, where the creatives like to hang out. Here you will find the Clark Gallery & Shift, an artistic space where you will find local artists exhibiting their work. 

The city might be young, but it’s certainly not lacking in history and culture. From phenomenal parks like Nakajima Park, Japanese gardens and the gateway to Hokkaidō’s mountains and hot springs, there’s so much to explore.

But Sapporo is just as proud of its brewing heritage, so the Sapporo Beer Museum is as much of an icon as the ski jump! Here you can learn about the detailed history of beer production and the processes behind it, as well as having the option of a tasting session at the end. 

With kick-off approaching, your host will then lead you to the gates of Sapporo Dome so that you can watch the game. Your local Sapporo host will meet you at the stadium right after the game to hit the streets and eat your way around a neighborhood renowned for its food scene. You could start in Odori, where street food reigns, or Susukino, which comes to life under the neon-lights after dark.

From Hokkaido’s regional miso ramen (always yummier with a plate of gyoza on the side) which you have to try in Ramen Alley, to treats which may surprise you like soft serve ice-cream and Hokkaido cheese, you’ll discover how, what and where the locals eat.

Slurp soup curry (it’s good manners, don’t worry), a dish that was born here, try kaisen don, a bowl of fresh, raw seafood on a bed of fluffy white rice and even set free your inner chef (we know you’ve got one) as you grill your own meat on a convex skillet at a classic Jingisukan BBQ restaurant - this is the ultimate soul food!

Then there’s the matter of sake, which the Hokkaido region is famous for and is said to cleanse the palette. You can sample different varieties of sake, served at different temperatures and of different ages at unique sake shops or izakaya, which actually means “stay in sake shop”. And let’s not forget about the famous Premium Sapporo Beer! You could head for the Sapporo Garden Park,  a “beer town” made up of heritage red brick buildings or which has its own beer garden, or maybe you’d prefer to stick to the smaller izakaya and tachinomiya bars, where you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the locals and saying “kanpai!” (cheers!) with new friends in no time.

 

Experience highlights

  • Meet up with one of our local Sapporo hosts to discover the city's must-sees before heading off to a game, then meet up again post-match to explore the city's food scene

  • Experience the side of Sapporo that what you want - from the shrines and local life to grand sights, the day is yours to make

  • Learn about Japanese and Hokkaidō culture as you visit the sights you’ve been dreaming of seeing

  • Try a feast of 6-8 dishes, all at the best place to try them - your host knows where to get the best of each

  • Get what you want out of your experience - try fresh farmland ingredients and delightful flavors as you sample some of Sapporo’s classic dishes

  • Hear about the origin of many of the dishes that you might try and get the insider scoop on where to enjoy them

Good to know

What’s included

  • 8 hours with your host (split before and after the match as you'd like)
  • Your host will take you to and from the stadium
  • Personalized and private experience
  • 6-8 food tastings selected by your host, based on your preferences
  • 1 beer or high-ball and 1 cup of sake or 2 soft drinks, carefully selected for you by your host
  • Tastings of unique Japanese soft drinks from street side vending machines or convenience stores
  • Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)
  • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)

What’s not included

  • Additional food and drink
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Tickets to a Rugby World Cup match
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities

Meet-up point

  • Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

Cancellation policy

  • Cancel 14 days before the experience for a full refund

How it works

  • Tell us your preferences and book

    See an experience you like and book it. We will ask a few questions to build the right experience with you.

  • Just right for you

    We’ll pair you with the right host based on your personality and interests. Trust us, we know all our hosts personally.

  • The fun bit

    Spend time in the city with your carefullyselected host. You have an itinerary but it’s unscripted so it’s up to you and your host where you go and what you do.

Hello curious traveler! If you’re unsure about what experience to book or would like more information on how it all works, just email me with any questions or plans you may have. I or someone from our Customer Experience Team will get in touch so we can suggest the perfect personalized experience for you.

If you prefer to speak to someone, feel free to send us your WhatsApp or cell number and we’ll give you a call back.

Reviews for Sapporo

SAPPORO, FULL DAY IN SAPPORO WITH A LOCAL

January 2019

Sapporo with Robin

Had a great day with Robin, my wife and kids enjoyed his company and his ability to show us around the agreed sites. Highly recommend Robin for families visiting the area. He communicated great and the whole experience from booking to the days activities were spot on. Will definitely see him again on our return

Review by Titos C

SAPPORO, KICKSTART YOUR TRIP TO SAPPORO

May 2019

Exploring Sapporo

A very pleasant morning with a courteous and helpful guide

Review by Anna B

SAPPORO, HALF DAY IN SAPPORO WITH A LOCAL

May 2019

Half day private guided walking tour of Sapporo

Robinn asked our preference ofvthe places to see and actually followed our suggestions. Was glad to have explored the city using their public transport. Would have been better if Robinn shared info and facts about the places we visted though. But appreciated that he brought us to this amazing soup curry resto-Garaku! Got hooked to soup curry!

Review by Maribel I

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