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What are the ways that one can travel to the Sapporo downtown and get around while in Sapporo and then return to the cruise ship dock. What is the most economical and which is the most efficient and what are the costs for each? Are there Tour operators that service the port area?
Assuming that you are going to the Muroran Terminal (I had a tough time finding information on the cruise ship terminal), you are looking at a nearly 2 hour train ride. You should be able to find buses that head out and return from Sapporo or some areas nearby. I would be surprised if there wasn't. Wish I could help more.
I am not sure if it is the most economical, but I found Arai Travel company of Mito-city,Ibaraki-ken, provides a service you are looking for.
The price is around 15 thousands yen, the tour totally takes about 3 days on which travel to Sapporo and some other areas is covered. A cruise ship departs from Ooarai port located in Ibaraki-ken, and arrives at Tomakomai port.
But I guess the company provides only in Japanese...
For further information, please check the following website (only in Japanese).