ATWS 2023 will be held at the Sapporo Convention Center in Hokkaido, Japan.
Sapporo, the Capital of the North. A metropolis surrounded by incredible nature, Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost prefecture. Lush with greenery in summer and a haven of powdery snow in winter, the city is always brimming with new discoveries. From adventures in the great outdoors to myriad culinary delights, shopping, and unique cultural and artistic experiences befitting a major urban center, every visit to this northern capital is an unforgettable experience.
Sapporo can be reached most conveniently by flying into New Chitose Airport (CTS), located approximately 1 hour from Sapporo and connected to the city by rail and express bus lines.
After arriving at New Chitose Airport, the two easiest ways to get to Sapporo are:
JR Train - Approximately 40 minutes from the airport to downtown Sapporo on the Chitose Line. Cost is ¥1150 (as of Dec 2022).
Express Bus - Departs the airport for Sapporo every 20 minutes. Express buses take approximately 1 hour to get from the airport to downtown Sapporo and are especially convenient because they stop at the hotels listed below, which are very close to other hotels. Cost is ¥1100 (as of Dec 2022). Map of Service Area
There are bus counters to buy express bus tickets in both the Domestic and International terminals at New Chitose Airport. Attendants can help you purchase a ticket for the bus that goes directly to the following hotels:
Premier Hotel Tsubaki
Hotel Monterey Edelhof
ANA Crowne Plaza
Sapporo Grand Hotel
Hotel Resol Trinity
Sapporo View Hotel Odori Koen
Sapporo Prince Hotel
Keio Plaza Hotel
Japan is well known around the world for their extensive and well-organized rail system including their famous Shinkansen (high-speed bullet trains).
Some delegates may choose to fly into Tokyo and ride the Shinkansen Hayabusa train from Tokyo Station to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokkaido. Once in Hakodate, delegates would transfer to the Limited Express train to get from Hakodate to Sapporo. The train journey from Tokyo Station to Sapporo takes approximately 7.5 hours to complete.
If you are interested in traveling to the Summit by train or are planning to extend your stay and explore more of Japan, be sure to see if you are eligible for the highly discounted JR Pass, which offers unlimited rail travel around Japan for 7, 14, or 21 days.
Rental cars can be picked up at New Chitose Airport (CTS) or at many other locations around Sapporo and Japan. A Japanese driver’s license or International Driving Permit (IDP) is required to rent and drive a car. International Driving Permits cannot be obtained in Japan and must be acquired in your home country.
Popular rental car companies for travelers to Japan include Toyota Rentacar, Nippon Rentacar, Honda Rentacar, Times Car Rental, Nissan Rentacar, OTS, and JR Rent-A-Car. Link to these companies can be found here.
The Sapporo Municipal Subway is the most popular form of transportation for getting around Sapporo. It operates three easy-to-navigate lines: Orange, Green and Blue. All 3 lines intersect at Odori Station which links the central part of Sapporo to areas North, South, East, and West.
Most delegates will stay near Odori Station, Sapporo Station or Susukino Station and ride the subway 10 minutes or less to the Sapporo Convention Center. See the accommodations section below for more details.
Time of operation: Approximately 6:00–24:00
Time required: Approximately two to three minutes between each station
Charges: Approximately ¥210–380 for Adults
The Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) operates regional rail service from Sapporo to countless locations in Hokkaido and Japan. From New Chitose Airport you would ride the Chitose Line to JR Sapporo Station which offers a connection to the Sapporo Municipal Subway system.
Taxi stands are located all over central Sapporo, and you can also find many taxis running on the major roads. Credit cards are accepted in most of the taxis. In addition, there are sightseeing taxis that visit tourist attractions inside Sapporo City, with a wide range of plans for different courses and schedules. The drivers also serve as guides. More information about taxis in Sapporo and taxi companies with English websites can be found here.
Approximate charges for regular taxis:
Base fare: ¥670 up to 1,600 meters
Additional fare: ¥80 for each additional 309 meters
* Actual taxi charges may be calculated by converting time to distance.
* A late-night surcharge applies from 22:00 to 5:00.
Various regulations apply for entering Japan depending on the passport that you hold. To find out if you are required to apply for a visa, please visit the website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) who is the responsible authority in Japan.
Several hotels of various categories and price ranges have been selected by our Hokkaido hosts and have been blocked at special room rates for ATWS delegates. A map of these hotels and a link to book at special rates will be available in February 2023.
Sapporo is beautiful in September and there are a number of overlapping events in the area during this time, so be sure to book early to secure your accommodation.
Sapporo offers a wide variety of hotels, ranging from budget to luxury accommodations. For easiest access to the ATWS venue (Sapporo Convention Center) we recommend staying at a hotel near Odori Station, Sapporo Station, or Susukino Station.
Odori Station - Offers direct access to the orange Tozai subway line which takes you from Odori Station to Higashi Sapporo Station (the closest station to the Sapporo Convention Center) in 6 minutes. The Odori Station area is a major shopping area of Sapporo and offers easy access to Odori Park, the central park of Sapporo, which will be hosting the Sapporo Autumn Fest every day during ATWS.
Sapporo Station - Most delegates will arrive in Sapporo at Sapporo Station, just 2 minutes North of Odori Station by subway. The Sapporo Station area is a bit quieter than Odori but offers some of the best food and shopping options in the city. Be sure to check out JR Tower connected to the station for a uniquely Japanese shopping experience. To get to Higashi Sapporo Station (the closest station to the Sapporo Convention Center), you can ride the green Namboku Line 2 minutes South to Odori Station or walk 10 minutes through the underground walkway known as Chi-Ka-Ho, then ride the orange Tozai Line 6 minutes East to Higashi Sapporo.
Susukino Station - Delegates who want to stay in the heart of the Sapporo nightlife should stay near Susukino Station. The Susukino district offers countless dining, drinking and entertainment opportunities that stay open late. To get to Higashi Sapporo Station (the closest station to the Sapporo Convention Center), you can ride the green Namboku Line 2 minutes North to Odori Station or walk 10 minutes through the underground walkway known as Pole Town then ride the orange Tozai Line 6 minutes East to Higashi Sapporo.
For a comprehensive list of useful practical information for visiting Japan, please visit the Japan Travel Planning page, created by our friends at JNTO. It includes helpful topics not covered below such as Customs & Manners, Local Laws and special resources for Muslim Travelers.
In September, the weather in Sapporo is usually warm. The average temperature is 18.3 °C (65 °F), with a minimum of 14.3 °C (57.7 °F) and a maximum of 22.3 °C (72.1 °F). If your adventures take you further North in Hokkaido, you can expect average temperatures 2°C (or 5°F) lower. Sapporo typically experiences about 15 days with rain in September.
It is highly recommended for visitors to pack a sweater, good walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a compact umbrella and/or a light rain coat.
In Japan the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 100 V and the frequency is 50 / 60 Hz. Learn more
The Yen is the official currency in Japan and foreign currency is not accepted for payments. Learn more
The safest and easiest form of payment in Japan is by credit card. American Express, MasterCard, Visa and JCB cards are accepted widely, as are digital payment platforms such as Apple Pay and PayPay. It is not uncommon however for some small shops and restaurants to only accept cash.
Mobile Phone Service
Free WiFi is widely available around Sapporo and at the New Chitose Airport. The Japan Wifi App can help you find and connect to these hotspots.
If you would like service for your mobile phone, there are three main methods: a physical SIM card, an eSIM or a mobile Wifi box. Companies such as Mobal, Sakura Mobile, Ninja Wifi and Japan-Wireless offer pre-paid physical SIM cards or pocket WiFi boxes that can be pre-ordered and delivered to your hotel or picked up at a kiosk at the airport. If your phone supports the use of an eSIM you can download one to your phone through apps such as Ubigi before you arrive in Japan and then activate it as soon as you land.
Tipping is not expected in Japan, however a service charge of 10-15% is sometimes added to bills at higher-end hotels and restaurants. Learn more
More information about who to call in an emergency can be found here.