Moerenuma Park

Glass pyramid at Moerenuma
AdmissionFree entry.
Parking free.
Athletics stadium and ball park ¥1200 per hour (Sundays Only)
Tennis Courts ¥640 per hour
Opening Hours7:00 - 22:00 (entry until 21:00)
Closed-
Contact011-790-1231 (Japanese only)
Notes-
Location /
Getting There
1 Moerenumakōen, Higashi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 007-0011, Japan


This magnificent park design is owed to the master planning by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) , a Japanese -American artist, sculptor and landscape architect. Construction started in 1982 and was completed in 2005. It was built over a vast waste treatment plant and covers a huge 1.89 square kilometres. Sculptor Isamu Noguchi created the basic design based on the concept of “the whole being a single sculpture.”The park is a must see and fuses together contemporary design with nature. The park contains many sculptures and has many features throughout. Its a great place to visit with family, with friends or for a date out. Cherry blossoms bloom in the spring, and the fountain and wading pool facilities are open in the summer. The Autumn brings out the beautiful changing colors , and there is cross-country skiing and sledding across the snow-covered landscape during winter. The park has attractions for all seasons.

Rental bicycles are available from late April to early November for 100 yen per hour.

Access 

From JR Sapporo Station 

1. Take the subway Toho Line (blue line) to Kanjo dori higashi station  (25-min. ride)
  • From Kanjo dori higashi station take the Chuo Bus [higashi 69] to Ainosato kyoikudai eki.  Get off at “Moerenuma koen higashiguchi (east entrance)” or
  • From Kanjo dori higashi station take the Chuo Bus [higashi 79] to Nakanuma Shogakko dori, get off at “Moerenuma koen higashiguchi (east entrance)”

2. From subway Namboku Line (green line) to Kita sanjuyo jo  Toho line “Shindo higashi” (30min. / 20min. ride)
Chuo Bus [Higashi 76] to “Shogakko dori”, get off at “Moerenuma koen Nishiguchi (west entrance)*”
  1. The seasonal bus service to Moerenuma Park in the summer runs to all parts of the city, including “Bus Center”, “Asabu”, and others.

*The west entrance (Nishiguchi) is closed during snowfall.



Features:

HIDAMARI

One of the main structures and the symbol of the park is the glass-walled pyramid. This beautiful building serves as an art gallery, 
contains a french restaurant, gift shop, ice cream shop, information center and has a viewing platform overlooking the parka and the outlying areas. 

From the rooftop of the pyrmaid

From the rooftop of the pyrmaid


Hours:

April 29 – May 9:00 – 19:00  
June – August 9:00 – 20:00
September – November 3 9:00 – 19:00
November 4 – April 28 9:00 – 17:00




MOUNT MOERE
Standing at 62 meters this man made mountain offers the best view of Moerenuma park and the surrounding areas.
There is a long winding track up or a long flight of stairs straight to the stop so if your also into fitness it’s a good work out!  In winter, visitors can enjoy sledding and skiing on the mountain, making this feature one of the main attractions for visiting the park in winter.



MOERE BEACH

There is a shallow water park open from June to mid September.  The paved pond is only a couple of feet deep which is great for young kids to play and splash around in. There are 3 water fountains in the pond as well so its also a popular area in the heat of summer. Ample grass space surrounding the pond is used for setting up tables and tents.

Open: Jun.13-Sep.2 10:00-16:00
Closed: Every Thursday 


SEA FOUNTAIN
Surrounded in a copse in the middle of the park is the ‘Sea fountain’ which has a showtime at various times during the day. The giant fountain shoots up to 23 metres and was created to show the ebb and flow of life. At night the show is illuminated in time with the water.


Operating Period
April 29 – October 20

Timetable for Weekends and National Holidays
April 29 – May 31   10:30 – 10:45 13:15 – 13:55 16:00 – 16:15 18:30 – 18:45*
June 1 – August 31 10:30 – 10:45 13:15 – 13:55 16:00 – 16:15 19:15 – 19:55*
September 1 – October 20 10:30 – 10:45 13:15 – 13:55 16:00 – 16:15 18:30 – 18:45*

Weekdays  10:35 – 10:45   13:15 – 13:55   16:00 – 16:15
 
*Service may stop or the timetable may be shortened due to weather conditions, such as winds or heavy rain.


FOREST OF CHERRY TREES

There is a large forest area interwoven with paths and play equipment which is great for the kids. The play equipment was also designed by Isamu Noguchi and really captures the imagination. These equipment pieces also serve as sculptures in their own right. There are 7 of these pieces hidden throughout this wooded area and not only are they fun to play on but its also fun to walk around and find whats around the corner.

TETRA MOUND

The Tetra mound is a triangular pyramid which is 13 metres in height. It is composed of stainless steel columns, two meters in diameter, and mounted on a grassy mound. The stainless steel surface  was completed to resemble Isamu Noguchi’s fountain works in Detroit.

AQUA PLAZA

During Sapporo’s hot summers the Aqua Plaza offers a nice place to cool off. The 150 metre shallow canal flows through a section of the park. The water springs forth from a large sculptural basin. The stream is a great place to walk along, in or sit down and dangle your feet in the water. Isamu Noguchi’s water piece, garden area and stone square surrounded by two large mountains is often viewed as the symbolism of Sapporo