About the club
The Friendship force of Sapporo was founded in 1997. We currently have 68 members (2017). The majority of members live in and around Sapporo City that is situated in the northwest of Hokkaido Island. A Board of Committees plans club annual activities. The Journey Plans are organized by the Ambassador Coordinator (AC) and Host Coordinator (HC). Our president will be the person in charge of who communicates with counter clubs until the AC and HC are nominated.
We have meaningful and interesting club gatherings many times in a year. These opportunities make FF Sapporo more vivid and attractive. The maximum number of ambassadors our club can host is 15. Hosting ambassadors is one of our most important activities that we really look forward to. We plan hosting programs by gathering many times with many club members so that they can be directly involved.
About the region
Sapporo is the fifth largest city in Japan by population, and the largest city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. It is well known outside Japan for having hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics, and for the city’s annual Snow Festival. Summers are generally warm but not humid, and winters are cold and very snowy, with an average snowfall of 5.96 m (19 ft 7 in). In spite of its latitude, Sapporo is one of the few metropolises in the world with such heavy snowfall. We usually invite FF ambassadors in the best seasons, early summer or early autumn.
About the Journey
The closest major airport is New Chitose Airport (CTS). There is a train service named “Rapid Airport” from New Chitose Airport to downtown Sapporo that runs every 15 minutes and takes around 40 minutes. It costs 1070Yen (about 10 USD) one way. A seat reservation (U Seat Service) is available with an additional 520 Yen (5 USD). Some FF Sapporo members will meet you at the airport to accompany you to downtown Sapporo where you can meet your hosts.
The Hokkaido Museum and Historical Village provide a lot of interesting information about our unique pioneer history and the indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido. We do recommend Okura Mountain and Moiwa Mountain. The observatories offer fine views of Sapporo city. There are many beautiful parks in Sapporo including Odor Park, Nakjima Park that are in the center of downtown. Transportation fees and the admission fees to facilities will not be covered by the hosting fee. Sapporo is a city that has relatively convenient access from the suburbs to the center of the city by public transportation.
FF Sapporo will be able to plan “special request” trips to areas outside of the city. In those cases, we will ask to pay extra fees besides the hosting fee (150 USD). We can accept official requests from the clubs but not from individuals.
A one day trip to Jozankei Hot Spring Resort area or Shikotsu-Toya Lake National Park will cost about 50-70 USD. If you want to stay at a hotel and spend one night at those places, it will cost around 50-100 USD extra for accommodation with dinner, breakfast and transportation fee. Visiting the seaside town of Otaru, which is a popular tourist destination, will cost 20-30 USD.
Updated May 2017