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SAPPORO

Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido and as such offers a number of attractions.

SAPPORO MAIN ATTRACTIONS




Apia (Shopping Arcade)

Apia Sapporo

The hustle & bustle of Apia

Apia is an underground shopping arcade area with more than 115 stores of differing varieties. The area is divided into “streets” each with a different name to help you with your directions. There is Joyful Walk, Fashion Walk and Harvest Avenue. Stores range from fashion boutiques, accessory shops, souvenir shops to restaurants and cafes. There is also a supermarket and on top of Apia is BIC Camera and Electronics Store. There are also some free seating areas for you to take a break. Top

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Shops : 10 am to 9 pm
Restaurants : 11 am to 9:30 pm
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ContactPh: 011-241-2817
Getting ThereJapan, 〒060-0806 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Kita-ku, 北6条西2丁目
North-East Section of Sapporo Station Underground.

Ario Shopping Mall

Ario in Sapporo

A great place for family shopping

The three story Ario Shopping Center,Built in the grounds of the Sapporo Beer Garden and opened in November 2005, the center houses 113 specialty shops, the Itoyokado Department Store and a public spa and leisure center. Restaurants range from fast food to Japanese style sushi and noodles. There are plenty shops for all the family and also a good import shop which stocks various foreign products from around the globe. Top

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Opening HoursShops : 9 am to 9 pm
Restaurants : 11 am to 10 pm
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9 Chome-2-20 Kita 7 Jōhigashi, Higashi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 065-8518, Japan.

Catch a bus from number four station near the north exit of Sapporo Station, or any Sapporo Beer Factory bus.

Asahiyama Park

View during winter

Constructed as part of the Sapporo centennial projects, this park is located on the top of Asahiyama hill. The park has a good view of Sapporo, Ishikari Plain and the Sea of Japan on good days. The park has some nice open spaces for picnics with family and friends. There are also a few small hiking trails around the park offering a pleasant walk for the more physically active. Top

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4 Chome-1-3 Sakaigawa, Chūō-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 064-0943, Japan


Aurora Town (Shopping Arcade)
No image available Aurora Town is an underground shopping mall stretching from the Sapporo TV Tower at the eastern end to Oodori subway station at the western end. Various specialty shops, drug stores, shoe stores, bag stores, restaurants and cafes can be found here.  Top
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Opening HoursMost shops 10am to 8pm
ClosedVarious public holidays and maintenance days.
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Odori, 2 Chome Ōdōrinishi, Chūō-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 060-0042, Japan


Botanical Gardens (Hokkaido Shokubutsuen)
No image availableRun by the Hokkaido University, covering approximately 15 hectares and housing over 5000 varieties of plants, this is a great venue for nature lovers and those wishing to pass some time in a pleasant atmosphere. There is also a greenhouse which can be entered but for an additional fee of \110. The Fauna museum in the garden is Japans oldest and was built in 1882. It houses a large number of stuffed animals that can be found in the Hokkaido region. There is also a small Ainu Museum located near the main gate housing tools, household utensils, ceremonial objects and clothing. Top
AdmissionAdults ¥400
Greenhouse ¥110
Opening Hours9 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Sunday : late April to late September. 9 am to 3 pm Tuesday to Sunday : October to early November. * From early November to April only the greenhouse is open to the Public.
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10 Chome-2 Kita 2 Jōnishi, Chūō-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 060-0002, Japan


Chizaki Rose Garden
No image availableThe rose garden boasts more than 200 varieties of roses and is immaculately kept and maintained. The best viewing season for the roses is June to August. There is also a commanding view of Sapporo from the top and the aptly names “Café Rose” serves relatively cheap food and also the house special – rose ice cream. Said to be made from the roses in the garden itself this ice cream is quite unique and delicious. Unfortunately if you come by bus to the hill the bus stop is located at the bottom of the hill. The walk up is quite steep and not for the physically challenged. Fortunately there are usually taxis available to take you up the rest of the way. Top
AdmissionAdults ¥500
Children ¥300
Opening Hours9 am to 5 pm daily : May 1st to October 15th
ClosedOctober 16th to April 30th
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Clock Tower (Tokedai) 

Clock Tower

Clock Tower

Built in 1878 as a drill hall for the Sapporo Agricultural College, it is a two story American style wooden structure housing a clock. Although now dwarfed by the surrounding buildings it is never the less constantly surrounded by Japanese and other tourists all year round and is the symbol of Sapporo. Renovated in 1998 to house a small museum of local history, it is reported that the Boston made 19th century clock has been so well maintained that it has not only never needed restoration work but also that the clock has never been late in tolling the hour. Top

AdmissionAdults ¥200
Opening Hours9 am to 5 pm Daily
ClosedJanuary 1st to January 3rd
Contact011-231-0838
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Japan, 〒060-0001 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Kita 1 Jōnishi, 2 Chome 札幌市時計台


Daimaru Department Store

Daimaru in evening

Conjointly developed along with Stella Place, Daimaru is built squarely on top of Sapporo Station. It is a huge department store housing specialty shops and the Daimaru shopping center on 6 levels. It also contains many great restaurants and a huge book store. Shops range from make-up and beauty counters, high end brand name stores (Gucci, Hermes, Tiffany & Co. etc.) to shoe stores and casual wear. Top

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Opening HoursShops : 10 am to 9 pm
Restaurants : 11 am to 11 pm
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4 Chome-7 Kita 5 Jōnishi, Chūō-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 060-0005, Japan
West Section of Sapporo Station.


Hassoan (Japanese Tea House)

Found in the Japanese gardens

Found in the Japanese gardens

Named a National Cultural Asset, this building was built during the early days of the Edo Period by the famous Enshu Kobori, an artist and grand master of gardening. This building is housed in a walled Japanese garden close to the north end of the park and is only observable from the outside. Top

AdmissionFree
Opening Hours9 am to 4 pm late April to early November.
ClosedAll Winter
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Japan, 〒064-0931 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Nakajimakōen, 1 八窓庵
Take the Nanbokusen subway (Green line) to Nakajima Park Station. The tea house is in the walled garden on the north-east of the park.


Hoeikan 

Found in Sapporo Nakajima park

A popular spot for weddings

Built in 1880 it was originally a western style hotel under
the direct control of the “Kaitakushi” or the Colonial Development Office. This building was moved to Nakajima Park in 1958 and named as a National Cultural Asset.Top

AdmissionFree
Opening Hours9 am to 5 pm daily
ClosedDecember 29th to January 3rd
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Hōheikan, 1-20 Nakajimakōen, Chūō-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 064-0931, Japan
Take the Naboku subway (Green line) to Nakajima Park station. It is about a 5 min walk on the east side.


Hokkaido Museum of Literature
No image available Located about halfway along the park near the eastern entrance, this museum introduces Hokkaido’s literary history and some of the more famous writers that have come from this region. There are various historical materials to be viewed. Top
AdmissionAdults ¥400 High School and University Students ¥200 Elementary and Junior High School Students Free.
Opening Hours9:30 am to 5 pm daily
ClosedMondays, December 27th to January 4th and occasional irregular closure
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Japan, 〒064-0931 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Nakajimakōen, 1−4 北海道立文学館
Take the Nanboku subway (Green line) to the Nakajima Park station. The museum is in the middle of the park, on the west side.


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