How Safe Is Sapporo for Travel?

Sapporo, Japan
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Sapporo is probably best known as the capital of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island.

The reason why it attracts so many international visitors is the annual Snow Festival.

The city has a population of around 2 million people, but still, there are so many parks and beautiful countryside where both residents and tourists will be able to enjoy their own space.

Besides attending Sapporo’s snow festival, tourists like visiting the Ishiya Chocolate Factory and walk around Asahiyama Park.

Those interested in art should not miss the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art.

Warnings & Dangers in Sapporo

Overall Risk


Sapporo is definitely considered one of the safest cities in the world, according to the safety score which is above 90. Travelers would feel safe there and can enjoy their journey.

Transport & Taxis Risk


In the majority of cases, nothing bad happened on public transport in Sapporo, even though many people travel by it. You just need to be vigilant and watchful of your belongings so as not to be robbed there.

Pickpockets Risk


You should keep purses and packages close to your arms and body, being that pickpockets operate on crowded streets and in front of landmarks. You have to be aware of people around you.

Natural Disasters Risk


Earthquakes can have a huge impact on towns and cities in Japan, as well as tsunamis and volcanoes. In case of emergency, you should follow the advice of the authorities and act accordingly.

Mugging Risk


Some travelers have reported extortion and robbery but this is not something that happens frequently in Sapporo. Most travelers spend their holidays without experiencing any kind of threat.

Terrorism Risk


Japan is not a country prone to terrorist attacks and being that there is a global risk of terrorist attacks in those frequented by foreigners, you should remain watchful all the time.

Scams Risk


Even though there have been reports of foreign nationals being targeted for drink-spiking followed by sexual assault in clubs and bars, these occurrences are quite rare in Sapporo.

Women Travelers Risk


There were instanced of female passengers on commuter trains being touched or offended, but this is not common. The majority of females feel fully free while in Sapporo.

So... How Safe Is Sapporo Really?

When it comes to natural disasters, there is a continuous risk of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis throughout Japan so tourists should get informed about the current situation when the place they are traveling to is in question and in case of emergency, act wisely and follow the advice of the authorities.

Even though Sapporo is not a dangerous city for tourists, you need to walk with confidence on the street and keep your head up while observing your surroundings.

Travelers are suggested to avoid doing anything that can distract them from being aware of your surroundings and who may be approaching them.

We can say that being mugged and attacked using a gun is not something that might happen to a tourist in Sapporo, but still, there are chances that this occurs.

In that case, you should not resist, and the best action that you can do is to hand over money and other belongings they demand from you.

Any confrontation is potentially dangerous and your life is more important than your possessions.

All in all, Sapporo is the place where travelers might feel free of trouble and walk the streets without worrying about being assaulted.

How Does Sapporo Compare?

CitySafety Index
Niagara Falls (Canada)87
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60

Useful Information

  • Visas - People who come as tourists for a stay less than 90 days do not have to get a visa, but just a valid passport as well as a return ticket.
  • Currency - Exchanging of the money into yens should be done in licensed exchange offices, and you have to have in mind that credit and other cash cards are not widely accepted.
  • Weather - Sapporo has a humid continental climate characterized by summers which are generally warm while winters are cold and very snowy so it makes the city able to hold festivals with snow statues.
  • Airports - If you want to fly to Sapporo, you can do it via the New Chitose Airport, an international airport which is located in Hokkaidō, Japan but serves the Sapporo metropolitan area.
  • Travel Insurance - No matter how healthy you are, you cannot know what might happen to you abroad. So, it is a wise decision to take travel insurance which will cover expensive medical services in Japan.
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Sapporo Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -5° C
Feb -4° C
Mar -1° C
Apr 6° C
May 12° C
Jun 16° C
Jul 21° C
Aug 22° C
Sep 17° C
Oct 11° C
Nov 4° C
Dec -2° C
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2 Reviews on Sapporo

  1. Snow, snow, snow

    Always enjoy visiting here during the holidays, we just love the snow activities available in Sapporo. A lot of engagements I notice happen there especially from tourists! I would recommend Sapporo to anyone who enjoys the snow and a winter wonderland!

  2. You can enjoy skiing when you visit Japan in winter

    Niseko’s powder snow is world-famous, and there are so many ways to enjoy it! Skiing & snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, snow tubing, …
    Of course, it is safe and good to visit.

Rated 4 / 5 based on 2 user reviews.

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