JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo

A Hokkaido sanctuary with lofty views

Offering stellar views of Ishikari Bay and the surrounding skyline, JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo hovers over the northern Japanese metropolis. At 568 feet, the property is the tallest building in Hokkaido with rooms overlooking the green cityscape during summer and romantic snow-covered landscapes during winter.

But what travelers rave about most is its enviable location. The high-rise hotel is connected directly to a major train station while shopping malls and top tourist spots are just around the corner, giving you a convenient, relaxing refuge after a busy day of sightseeing.

With 330 well-appointed guest rooms, several restaurants, a sky bar and a soothing natural Japanese hot spring and spa, this sanctuary invites you to kick back and stay a while.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo is a great choice for those who want to be close to Japan’s highly efficient rail transportation system.The property is just a three-minute walk from JR Sapporo Station, which means easy access to top destinations throughout Hokkaido.
  • The modern high-rise is roughly a 10-minute stroll from Odori Park, a major landmark in the heart of Sapporo. In early February, the park also serves as the main site of the Sapporo Snow Festival, making the hotel a prime location for those planning to attend one of Japan’s grandest winter events.
  • The property’s design, décor and architecture are minimalist and modern. In typical Japanese style, the size of the guest rooms leans toward the cozy side of the spectrum, so be sure to upgrade to a Corner Deluxe Room or suite if you want more floor space.
  • You don’t have to go far to enjoy a good meal. The hotel hosts four restaurants, including French, Japanese and buffet-style options that highlight the flavors of Hokkaido.
  • Perched 328 feet above the city, the luxury hotel’s Pulau Bulan (an Indonesian name that translates to “Island of the Moon”) spa provides a picturesque place to unwind, especially from its natural hot spring pool.

Things to Know

  • Getting to JR Tower Hotel from the airport is simple thanks to the Rapid Airport Express train. The speedy locomotive departs New Chitose Airport for Sapporo Station (a 37-minute trip) every 15 minutes.
  • To ensure tranquility, the hotel’s spa is strictly an adults-only affair, with separate bathing facilities, sauna, steam rooms and relaxation rooms for women and men. Clothing, towels and other garments are normally not allowed per basic onsen etiquette.

The Rooms

  • Located between the 23rd and 34th floors, guest rooms are designed to evoke a sense of space characterized mainly by wide-view windows. Featuring a neutral color palette, the understated yet elegant accommodations provide a peaceful place for you to enjoy the city's seasonally changing landscape.
  • Most accommodations have their own sitting areas with either city or bay views.In executive rooms, corner rooms and suites, curtains and blinds are fully automatic and can be controlled remotely with a push of a button.
  • Bathrooms are intimate but well-designed, with a premium put on space and functionality. Japanese-style lavatories have an array of high-tech features, including washlets with options for bidet washing, seat warming and deodorization, to name a few.

The Restaurants

  • Hokkaido-born chef Kiyomi Mikuni helms sophisticated French restaurant Mikuni Sapporo, making use of seasonal ingredients in culinary creations that are best paired with French wine. For a taste of spring, try Hokkaido horsehair crab with uni (sea urchin), white asparagus bavarois (cream) and crustacean gelée garnish.
  • Soak in panoramas with your morning coffee or wine and dine by night at the 35th-floor Sky J. After enjoying buffet-style breakfast and lunch, pop by again after sundown for European cuisine, cocktails and sparkling nightscapes.
  • Also on the 35th floor, Tancho serves up elegantly crafted multi-course Japanese meals that resemble works of art. Marvel at the scenery while feasting on fresh Hokkaido specialties like uni, salmon and crab, and sipping on an assortment of sake and shochu spirits.
  • Grab lights bites or afternoon tea in the sleek Lobby Lounge, where Indonesian coffee, English tea and Hokkaido wines are all on hand to whet your whistle.

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5 Nishi 2, Kita 5, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, 060-0005, Japan
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