Getting to Hotel Mercure Sapporo
We took the airport limousine bus from New Chitose Airport to the hotel. The airport limousine bus’s Susukino stop was very near to the hotel (you need to cross a big traffic junction, but that’s about it). But to be sure, I asked the bus driver for directions to Hotel Mercure after we alighted and he pointed us in the correct direction. (If you are planning to ask the driver for direction, note that Hotel Mercure is pronouced as ‘ho-te-ru me-ru-kyu-ru’ in Japanese.) If you fail to spot the hotel, look for the restaurant with the giant crabs at the entrance instead. Hotel Mercure Sapporo directly faces the giant crabs.
Driving and Parking
If driving, the hotel entrance is very small and easy to miss. The nearest carpark is just next to the hotel entrance. In the evenings and nights, many cabs line the streets and block your view of the carpark entrance, so you need to drive real slow as you approach the hotel and keep your eyes wide open for the entrance, otherwise you are bound to miss it. The automated carpark is an experience in itself, where you drive the car onto a turntable and into a lift. At the time of writing, it costs 1200 yen per day to park there.
Hotel Mercure Sapporo was great, because it was right smack in the Susukino district where eateries open late. We were always driving out in the day and returning to Sapporo in the evening, and there will still be plenty to eat and shop around the hotel.
The hotel was a short walk to Susukino station. To get there, come out of the hotel and walk to the left for about 5 min. Along the way, you would see the famous Ramen alley. Further down that row, there was Yoshinoya and Matsuya (cheap and good places for Japanese rice bowls), and Sapporo Drug Store that opens till 3am (in case you *touch wood* need medication). Just beside Susukino station, there was a large department store called ‘La Filer’, where there was a supermarket at B1M floor. It was more of a a fresh food market – fruits, vegetables, fish and poultry kind of stuff. It was a great place for getting your daily dose of fresh fruits. From Susukino station, you could go underground and start your shopping at the huge underground shopping arcade which stretches all the way to Sapporo TV Tower‘s basement and Sapporo Station.
If you walk to the right after coming out of the hotel, there is a Lawson convenience shop just beside the hotel entrance, where I bought bread every morning for the kids to munch on during the long road trips. From there, cross the traffic junction to the North and keep walking, you will reach Tanukikoji (a long shopping street with great food and cheap souvenirs). Go further up and you will reach a gigantic Daiso (100-yen shop), Macdonalds and Mos Burger. Keep walking along that road and you will reach Sapporo TV Tower and Odori Park.
Other places of interest walkable from the hotel is Nijo Market (about halfway between the hotel and Sapporo TV Tower) and Nakajima Park (which is about 15-20 min walk South from the hotel).
If you want to go to Sapporo station, the hotel provides free shuttle service.
There is also a travel concierge desk on the first floor of the hotel where you can book day trips and make transport arrangements. We used them to book a FREE shuttle to Sapporo Central Wholesale Market a.k.a. Curb Market a.k.a. Jyogai Ichiba (read about it on this post).
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