Madrid (MAD) to Sapporo (CTS)MAD-CTS
Finnair serves Madrid via Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD). Madrid’s main airport can be reached easily from the city centre by taking the Barajas Line 8 of the Madrid Metro, which connects to underground stations at the airport’s terminals. Alternatively, you can connect through the EMT bus system or take the Airport Express, which operates 24 hours a day and picks up passengers at three stops in the city, including the Atocha train station and Plaza de Cibeles. For direct service, book a taxi or pre-arrange private shuttle transport in advance.
Departing from Madrid with Finnair
Your Finnair flight from Madrid will depart from Terminal 4. Start your journey with ease and check in for your flight online, on your mobile phone or at the airport – whichever works best for you. Check-in at airport counter opens 02h 30min before departure, and closes just 45 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
Sapporo is the biggest city on Japan’s island of Hokkaido. The modern city is especially famous for its diverse winter activities; enjoy hot springs and skiing when you fly to Sapporo in the winter, and unwind in lovely parks when you travel to Sapporo in the summer. If you wish to experience the four seasons, Sapporo is a wonderful destination due to its northern location. Whether you wish to see winter landscapes, smell cherry blossoms, go to summer festivals or witness autumn foliage, Sapporo has all of it.
SIGHTS IN SAPPORO
Parks - Get to know Hokkaido’s history and nature by visiting a gorgeous park or two in Sapporo. Visit the breath-taking botanical garden of the Hokkaido University campus and relax in Odori Park after flights to Sapporo, Japan.
Mountains - Sapporo is surrounded by hills that offer wonderful opportunities for stargazing and sightseeing. You can climb on top of Mount Hakodate or Mount Moiwa, for example, to have a look at the stars – or the city lights!
Historical Village of Hokkaido – Step back in time as you explore various exhibits, shrines, gardens and buildings.
JR Tower – Admire panoramic city views from the top.
SAPPORO WITH CHILDREN
Pre-book your seating and kids’ meals when you purchase your airline tickets to Sapporo with Finnair. Recommendations for Sapporo travel with the family include:
Ishiya Chocolate Factory – Learn more about the chocolate-making process, sample different products and explore the toy museum.
Asahiyama Memorial Park – Spot wildlife, relax among the flowers and admire the views.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEAR SAPPORO
Niseko – One of Japan’s most popular ski resorts. Book flights to Hokkaido, Japan, for excellent snow sports and a lively après-ski scene.
Shikotsu-Tōya National Park – Enjoy nature, admire the lakes and vistas, hike scenic trails, go boating and have diverse outdoor adventures.
FOOD & DRINK IN SAPPORO
“The City of Food” Sapporo is known for its delicious ramen and refreshing beer. Stop for a minute to enjoy local Hokkaido produce like delicious soups and seafood. Don’t forget to try their local soft ice cream! Delicacies to savour when landing from flights to Sapporo include:
Kegani – Also known as hairy crab, it’s succulent and sweet.
Sapporo soup curry – Filling and flavourful.
Sapporo beer – Japan’s oldest brand of beer.
BEST TIME TO VISIT SAPPORO
Although there’s lots to enjoy in the summer, Sapporo is known for its gorgeous winter landscapes and activities. Each year in February the city hosts a snow festival where you can truly enjoy the authentic winter. You also get to see some wonderful ice sculptures! Book well ahead of time to find the cheapest flights to Hokkaido.
Buy your plane tickets to Sapporo for early May to see the beautiful cherry blossom and reserve your airfare to Sapporo for July to September for warmer weather.
January is Sapporo’s busiest tourist month. December is the quietest month and usually when you can benefit from cheap flights to Sapporo.
FLIGHTS TO SAPPORO
Fly to Sapporo with Finnair aboard the A380 aircraft for enhanced comfort and the latest in aviation technology.
Direct Sapporo flights from Helsinki take around 09h – we are proud to offer the shortest flight times between Europe and Sapporo. When you book flights from London to Sapporo, as well as from other European destinations, you will have an easy transfer at Helsinki Airport. All transit facilities are in the same building.
Whether flying to Sapporo in economy class or Finnair’s Nordic Business Class (complete with flat seats and excellent extra benefits), you can enjoy delicious in-flight dining, authentic Nordic hospitality and terrific in-air entertainment.