|Admission||Ropeway + Morris Car (Round trip):
Mini Bus ¥1340
10:30 – 22:00
(last departure 21:30)
11:00 – 22:00
(last departure 21:30)
Summer Season 10:30 – 22:00
(last admission 21:30)
|1 Moiwayama, Minami-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 005-0041, Japan|
Mt Moiwa reaches a height of 531 metres and is located on the south east range overlooking Sapporo. Its Ainu name is “Inkarushibe” and it was explored by Takeshiro Matsuura in the late-Edo period where he noted “Mt. Moiwa was not only a mountain upon which to command a view of the surroundings, but was also held as a sacred mountain where the gods dwell by the Ainu people.”
The summit offers spectacular views of Sapporo and its outlying towns and the breathtaking night views of the illuminated cityscape below are not to be missed. From the base of the mountain the ropeway will steadily climb to the halfway point. From there visitors will change and take the “Morris Car”, the world’s first drive-type mini cable car to the summit.
For those wishing to wine and dine or even to have a special luncheon then JEWELS restaurant offers lunches and dinners on the summit. To make sure you get the best seats in the house with views through the floor to ceiling windows, booking in advance is a good idea. The halfway station has a souvenir shop and also houses a planetarium and theater. The planetarium holds nature documentaries that correspond with the seasons.
Take the JR bus Ropeway Sen from the 2nd exit of the Maruyama Park Station which is on the Tozai line (orange line), then get off at the stop Moiwa Sanroku Eki (Mt. Moiwa Base Station).
From Susukino or Odori stations, take the streetcar line to “Ropeway Iriguchi” station (25 minutes, 170 yen, frequent departures). From there, a free shuttle bus operates to the lower ropeway station (5 minutes, departs every 20 minutes). Alternatively, the Mount Moiwa Ropeway can be reached in a five minute walk from the Ropeway Iriguchi streetcar stop.
(The streetcar comes at 6 minute intervals during the day, making it more convenient than the bus.)
Approximately 1,500 yen from the city center to the Moiwa Sanroku Eki (Mt. Moiwa Base Station).
Sanroku Eki (Mt. Moiwa Base Station): 120 cars (Free)
This mountain is a popular climbing destination for the citizens of Sapporo: the five mountain trails (shortest 2.4km; longest 4.5km) are hike-able in casual clothing and are popular with mountain climbers during the summer weekends.