Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

AdmissionAdults ¥510 High School and University Students ¥250
Opening Hours9:30 - 17:00 daily
ClosedMondays, Exhibit changing days and New Year Holidays
NotesWheelchair access
No parking
Location /
Getting There
Japan, 〒060-0001 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Kita 1 Jōnishi, 17 Chome−2−1 北海道立近代美術館

5-minute walk from Nishi Juhatchome Station on the Subway Tozai Line

2nd floor views

Opened in 1977, the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art has built up an extensive collection of art, with as many as 4,800 works, both domestic and international. These are centered around the three themes of Jules Pascin and the École de Paris, art associated with Hokkaido, and glassware representing periods from Art Nouveau, through to contemporary works. Along with these artworks, there are workshops and presentations held by the art gallery. Other works encompass Japanese modern art, European prints and Ukiyoe prints.

Outside sculpture

The permanent Museum Collection exhibition is held on the first and second floors of Gallery A, which are connected by a large spiral staircase. The artworks from the museum’s collection are displayed and changed seasonally, four times a year. The second floor also houses a small restaurant that serves up a healthy menu, making use of Hokkaido-grown vegetables. A special menu offered during exhibition periods allows visitors to enjoy delicious meals. The outside grounds of the Hokkaido gallery are a pleasant place to walk around and take in some of the impressive sculptures there. To make a day of it, across the road is the Hokkaido Governor’s Residence which is also well worth a look!

To get to the museum, it’s a 5 minute walk from the Nishi Juhatchome Station on the Subway Tozai Line, exit no.4. From Sapporo Station on the JR Line and Subway Namboku and Toho Lines, take the Chuo Bus or JR Hokkaido Bus (42, 55, 64, 57, 66, 80, 62, 63) and get off at “Doritsu Kindai Bijutsukan” bus stop.

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Hokkaido Guide contributor and editor. Keen photographer with a love of travel, the great outdoors and all things Hokkaido, Japan. Matt Holloway is a professional photographer and holds exhibitions around Sapporo, Hokkaido and Sydney Australia.