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SAPPORO

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

SAPPORO MAIN ATTRACTIONS




Historical Museum of Hokkaido
Historical Village of Hokkaido
Centennial Memorial Tower

These three attractions offer a great insight into past eras of Hokkaido and are a highly recommended part of your tour.

Hokkaido Historical Museum Sapporo The Historical Museum of Hokkaido has seven permanent exhibits which are based around differing themes. The museum has a lot of signage in English and it is also possible to get a guided tour in English (You may have to call and book ahead). There are also special exhibitions held a few times a year at irregular schedules. Call the museum directly for further details. Please note that the entry fees for special exhibitions may differ from the usual admission fees. Top
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The Historical Village of Hokkaido is a great way to see some of the older style Meji and Taisho era buildings. They have all been restored and moved to this current, permanent location. There are more than 20 buildings of different kinds which give you a good perspective of the old Japanese life. There are various special events throughout the year and also craft demonstrations on occasion to be enjoyed. There is also an English pamphlet available. Top

Centennial Memorial Tower in Nopporo Forest The Centennial Memorial Tower and the surrounding 20 square kilometer Forest Park were created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Hokkaido. There is an observation deck at the top of the tower which gives a commanding view of the surrounding area and Ishikari Plain. Top
AdmissionHistorical Museum of Hokkaido : Permanent Exhibition Adults ¥450 High School and University Students ¥150 Historical Village of Hokkaido : Adults ¥830 (¥680 December to March) High School and University Students ¥610 (¥550 December to March)
Opening HoursHistorical Museum of Hokkaido : 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily Historical Village of Hokkaido : 9:30 am to 4:30 pm : October to May 9 am to 5 pm : June to September
ClosedHistorical Museum of Hokkaido : Mondays, National Holidays and New Year Holidays
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Japan, 〒004-0006 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Atsubetsu-ku, Atsubetsuchō Konopporo, 50−1 北海道開拓の村


Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill
Included in many tourist bus trips this observation area is not the greatest highlight of Sapporo but does offer a nice general view to the city. There is a famous statue of Dr William S. Clark the founder of Hokkaido University and opened in January 2001the Sapporo Snow Festival Information Hall. For those who are thinking of getting married there is also a chapel which is situated in a nice setting near the fields of sheep. Top
AdmissionHigh School and above ¥500 Junior High and under ¥300
Opening HoursOctober to May : 9 am to 5 pm daily.
June to September : 9 am to 9 pm daily.
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10 Chome-11-8 Fukuzumi 3 Jō, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 062-0043, Japan


Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
No image availableThis facility has permanent famous works of modern art with a focus on paintings and sculptures produced by artists in Hokkaido. There are also a large number of special exhibitions from Japanese and foreign artists held here. Top
AdmissionAdults ¥450 High School and University Students ¥220
Opening Hours9:30 am to 5 pm daily
ClosedMondays, Exhibit changing days and New Year Holidays
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Japan, 〒060-0001 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Kita 1 Jōnishi, 17 Chome−2−1 北海道立近代美術館


Hokkaido University
Hokkaido University in Sapporo

Beautiful in the autumn

Hokkaido University was inaugurated in 1876 and was originally called  Sapporo Agricultural College. The university is famous among Japanese as being the first Agricultural College and has one of the largest campuses in Japan. Current enrollment numbers at the university have almost reached 20,000. The University is perhaps most beautiful in the summer and autumn months. The summer is a pleasant time to wander around the university and view some of the older buildings and also the all important bust of Dr William Clark, the first chancellor of the university. During the autumn the many poplar trees, showing beautiful autumn colors, are a favorite amongst amateur photographers. Top

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Opening HoursBest times to visit are during the daylight hours in summer and autumn.
*(It is however possible to visit the university at any time, but there is very little lighting, so some areas can be almost pitch black during the evening.)
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5 Chome-3-10 Kita 16 Jōnishi, Kita-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 001-0016, Japan


Jozankei Hot Spring Baths
No image availableJozankei is one of the most famous hot-spring bath areas in Hokkaido. There are many hotels catering to all types of budgets. There is also a free “Ashi-yu” or “feet-hot-spring” bath toward the east end of the town. (Make sure to wash your feet at the tap provided before putting your toes in the water! Also use caution as the water can be quite hot.)  Top
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Jozankei, Minami-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō, Japan


Jugoshima Park
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Makomanai Park
No image availableA popular place for Sapporo residence during the summer, it also houses an ice skating rink that was used for the 1972 Olympics and a Salmon Museum. The salmon museum shows various stages of development for the fish and has some nice examples of larger fish and also an English guide pamphlet. Top
AdmissionSalmon Museum : Free
Opening Hours9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily
ClosedNational holidays and New Year Holidays
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1-2 Makomanaikōen, Minami-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 005-0017, Japan


Maruyama Koen (Maruyama Park)

Cherry blossom season

Cherry blossom season

A particular favorite among residents of Sapporo, this beautifully laid out park has within its bounds the Huge Hokkaido Shrine, a Zoo and a High school Baseball Stadium. The park is well known for its large numbers of cherry trees which in Hokkaido usually blossom for about a week during May. In this season huge numbers of Japanese will gather for “Hanami” or cherry blossom parties. The parties consist of large groups of people, BBQ’s and a lot of beer. The cherry blossom season is a celebration of the end of the long winter and the coming of summer. Maruyama Park also offers a forested area and many great walking trails for joggers and those wishing a little fresh air. Piano concerts are sometimes held in the open during the summer. Top

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3-1 Miyagaoka, Chūō-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 064-0959, Japan


Moerenuma Park

From the rooftop of the pyrmaid

Moerenuma Park was designed by world renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi. This enormous park covers some 170 ha. and combines natural settings and outdoor sculptures into a relaxing park environment. There are many different areas of play parks for the kids and open areas for picnics. There is a forest area to explore and many fountains. There are more than 5000 cherry trees in the park which makes it an excellent location for cherry bloom viewing in the spring. The area also houses soccer, baseball and athletics fields. A roller skating rink and tennis courts for the sports minded.Top

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)
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Contact011-790-1231 (Japanese only)
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1 Moerenumakōen, Higashi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 007-0011, Japan


Mt Moiwa

Mt Moiwa - Spectacular views of Sapporo.

Spectacular night views of the city

There is an exceptional view of Sapporo and surrounds to be had from the top of Mt Moiwa during the day or night. During the day, weather permitting, it is possible to see as far as Ishikari Bay and also across to Jonzenkai Spa Area. The view of Sapporo lights at night is also quite spectacular. There is also a restaurant and souvenir shop at the summit. To reach the Summit you have the choice of taking a five minute gondola ride which connects to a three minute chairlift ride or you may drive up in the summer season. There is some free parking available near the gondola station entrance. Admission to the gondola closes about one hour before full closing time. Although the road is open in November you may need snow tires or chains during this month. TopRead More

AdmissionRopeway + Morris Car (Round trip):
Adults ¥1,700
Children ¥850
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Car ¥660
Motorbike ¥320
Mini Bus ¥1340
Opening HoursSummer:
10:30 – 22:00
(last departure 21:30)
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11:00 – 22:00
(last departure 21:30)
Sightseeing road:
Summer Season 10:30 – 22:00
(last admission 21:30)
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Closed Winter
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1 Moiwayama, Minami-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 005-0041, Japan


Nakajima Park (Nakajima Koen)

Nakajima Park

The huge pond in the middle

Nakajima park is huge park south of the Susukino area and is the oldest park in Hokkaido. The park is a wonderful place to rest in the summer and is beautiful in the autumn with the changing colors of the trees. The park has a large pond in the middle where row boats can be rented. The weekends usually see the park full with families enjoying the summer and also there are often flea markets on Sundays (Note: the Japanese say ‘Free Market’ but this is just a mistake with pronunciation and the markets are not free.) There are several buildings of interest inside the park and two buildings are designated National Cultural Assets. Top
Within Nakajima Park some other attractions include : Sapporo Concert Hall (Kitara), Hoeikan, Hassoan (Japanese Tea House)Hokkaido Museum of Literature.

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Getting There1-15 Nakajimakōen, Chūō-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 064-0931, Japan.

Catch the "Nanboku-sen" (Green line) subway to Nakajima-koen station or Horohirabashi Station.


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