Japan usually ranks high on lists of the most expensive countries to travel, but with a little research and planning it is easy to find affordable accommodation. Famous for its fresh seafood, rich history, and modern architecture, Sapporo city has plenty of options for guests seeking an authentic local experience that won’t break the bank. Take a look at some of them below.
Rooms from ¥2,900 (US$26)
Ideal for backpackers and small groups, this cozy guesthouse has an atmosphere reminiscent of a mountain lodge at a kid’s summer camp – only with a bar. Conveniently located within walking distance to the Susukino nightlife district, Odori Park, and Sapporo’s famous street markets, this is the perfect spot for guests looking to explore the city. The bar provides a place for guests to mingle with other travelers as well as local Sapporo residents. Check out their website.
Beds from ¥2,700 (US$24)
Located in the heart of the Susukino nightlife district, this capsule hotel is ideal for lone travelers and backpackers looking to be at the center of the action. Each capsule has a small TV and radio for guests to unwind after a long day of exploring the city’s numerous tourist destinations, some of which can be reached from the hotel on foot. Visit their website here.
Rooms from ¥8,800 (US$79)
A great choice for families looking for a fully serviced yet affordable hotel room, Nest Hotel is just a five-minute walk from Sapporo Station. The rooms feature all the standard amenities of a Western-style hotel, while the restaurant offers local dishes with ingredients sourced from Hokkaido’s own farms and seafood markets.
Rooms from ¥2,500 (US$22)
This well-known hostel chain named after a famous party street in Bangkok has locations all over Japan. Khaosan hostels offer consistently clean, friendly, and affordable accommodation for younger travelers, backpackers, and groups. It is also one of the city’s highest ranked hostels on hostelworld.com.
Rooms from ¥2,807 (US$25)
Owned and operated by a group of friends who’ve known each other since junior high school, this brand-new hostel has quickly climbed the ranks to become one of the highest rated hostels on hostelworld.com. Igloo provides a welcoming international atmosphere and encourages guests to mix, chat, and share meals together in the common area.
Rooms from ¥3,300 (US$29)
Another great option for solo travelers or small groups, Hokkaido Sun Guest House features both Western dormitory rooms and traditional Japanese-style futons. It is located just a five-minute walk from the subway and offers a coin-operated laundry, free breakfast, and international events on Wednesday nights.
Rooms from ¥2,807 (US$25)
Formerly an eel restaurant, Untapped offers guests a local experience while promoting a welcoming international atmosphere. The hostel décor represents the traditional look and feel of Hokkaido, while the first-floor restaurant and bar is frequented by locals as well as travelers and offers a cozy spot to meet, talk, and exchange culture.