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Sapporo ratings & opinions

How our students rated their experience in Sapporo


Rating: 4.8/5.0

Overall attractiveness of Sapporo
21 authentic ratings from students who reserved a course with us in Sapporo

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Interesing things to do

Rating: 3.8/5.0

Geographic setting

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Public transport

Rating: 4.7/5.0


Rating: 4.1/5.0


Rating: 4.7/5.0


Rating: 4.4/5.0


Rating: 4.3/5.0


Rating: 5.0/5.0

What our students said about Sapporo


Rating: 5/5

Weather ok now, really cold in winter and lots of snow! Sapporo itself is easy to explore, but after three weeks it is no longer sooo interesting in the city center.


Rating: 5/5

not very "Japanese"... when compared to other cities. (at least in terms of architecture, history and cultural sites)


Rating: 4/5

Very quiet city (although 2 million inhabitants)

Roy Clinton

Rating: 5/5

Not really interesting after several stays.


Most recent student reviews of language schools in Sapporo

Hokkaido JaLS

Most everything, the infrastructure and the location are great! I also appreciated the flexibility when it came to last minute changes.

15 April 2023
Course: Standard Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 50 years


Rating: 4.9

| 18 reviews
Hokkaido JaLS

The good mix between learning and leisure. You learn a lot at school, but still have a lot of time for other things.
Very good school. You make friends very quickly. The cultural activities are sometimes a bit expensive for what you get on offer. And sometimes certain activities are badly organized (especially the free activities). But all in all, I had a great time at school.

14 July 2019
Course: Standard Course - 10 weeks
Student age: 26 years


Rating: 4.9

| 18 reviews
Roy ClintonHokkaido JaLS
Japanese Language Institute of Sapporo

I loved the teachers and the classes.
I haven't experienced the course at the Japanese Language Institute of Sapporo as a very fast paced course. I still had a lot of free time which I really enjoyed! I was able to make many friends and have a lot of time to hang out with them while enjoying my stay in Sapporo.

19 February 2019
Course: General Japanese Course (Short-Term) - 5 weeks
Student age: 0 years


Rating: 4.3

| 3 reviews
Hokkaido JaLS

Very friendly atmosphere, small classes

10 January 2019
Course: Standard Course - 12 weeks
Student age: 53 years


Rating: 4.9

| 18 reviews
Japanese Language Institute of Sapporo

The teachers are very enthusiastic and the lessons are always interesting. There is always a mix of talking and theory classes, so that is very neat!

17 December 2018
Course: General Japanese Course (Short-Term) - 20 weeks
Student age: 21 years


Rating: 4.3

| 3 reviews
Hokkaido JaLS

friendly teachers, lots of conversation

29 August 2018
Course: Standard Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 23 years


Rating: 4.9

| 18 reviews

Information about Sapporo

Why Sapporo? Sapporo is the capital of the mountainous northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The city is a dynamic urban centre that offers everything you'd want from a Japanese city: a thriving food scene, stylish cafes, neon-lit nightlife and shopping galore. Summer is the season for food and beer festivals and winter is when skiers take to the slopes and the annual Snow Festival is held which features enormous ice sculptures.

Key Facts about Sapporo

Population:   1,974,000
Time zone: +19h. (GMT +9)
Region: Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi
Currency: JPY (1 JPY = 0.0072 USD)
Name of city in Japanese: 札幌市
Visa: Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Visa requirements data last updated on 01 Dec. 2022 (Source)
For the most up-to-date visa information please consult with the embassy or consulate of Japan in your country. List of embassies and consulates of Japan on the official website - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
High season: July
Low season: December
Average course price per week (High season): 913 ¥
Average course price per week (Low season): 25,029 ¥
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in New York
  • Student price index excluding rent:87* (13% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:115* (15% more expensive than New York)
  • Price index food only:85* (15% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Japan average): 395.78 ¥
    (45% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type B
  • Residential voltage: 100 V
  • Frequency: 60 Hz / 50 Hz

Weather in Sapporo

Climate Table
Midday Temperature
Night-time Temperature
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 °F10 °F20 °F30 °F40 °F50 °F60 °F70 °F80 °FTemperature in °F
Hours of Sunshine
Water Temperature
39.2 °F41 °F41 °F44.6 °F50 °F55.4 °F66.2 °F71.6 °F69.8 °F62.6 °F51.8 °F48.2 °F

What to do in Sapporo

Sapporo Clock Tower
Sapporo Clock Tower
Historical Village of Hokkaido
Historical Village of Hokkaido
Odori Koen
Odori Koen
Sapporo TV tower
Sapporo TV tower
Botanical Gardens
Botanical Gardens
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Arrival airport

New Chitose (CTS) - 42 km. from Sapporo city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 30 minutes, 40 minutes.

Main stops: New Chitose Airport, Sapporo

Taxi: 40 minutes drive to city center of Sapporo

Public transportation in Sapporo

Q&A - Questions and answers about Sapporo

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FAQ about courses in Sapporo

  • Hokkaido JaLS has received the best overall rating in Sapporo.
  • Hokkaido JaLS, located in Takeseto Bldg. 2F 1-29 Kita2 Nishi3 has been voted as the school with the best location in Sapporo.
  • Best airport to arrive to in Sapporo is New Chitose (42.8 km from city center). See information about all arrivals and airport information for Sapporo.
  • Schools in Sapporo offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: JLPT.
  • 22705¥ for 1 weeks is the lowest price for a Japanese course in Sapporo. The average cost of a language course in Sapporo is 39,501¥ per week.

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