Do you need an interpreter or a translator in Sapporo?

There are many times when you may need a translator or interpreter with you. You might have trouble reading Japanese documents, you may be applying for a nursery school for your child or meeting with nursery staff, or you may need help when visiting health centers for consultations and procedures. For these common reasons, there are now two support desks in Sapporo that can assist you.

Sapporo International Communication Plaza Foundation ((財)札幌国際プラザ):

Sapporo Community Interpreters are dispatched to help with consultations and procedures at schools, day-cares, city offices and more.  Contact the following for details.

Office hours: Monday to Friday 9: 00-17: 30

TEL 011-211-2105  

FAX 011-232-3833

(!)Inquiry form for Sapporo Community Interpreters Service


2.If you are an international student of Hokkaido University,

The Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education provides a support desk staffed with international students who can answer your questions. Our multilingual staff can help you read Japanese documents, understand ward office procedures, or direct you on where to purchase necessities. Please feel free to contact us when needed.

Last reviewed on March  31, 2021