Discover Many Attractions in Sapporo City, Hokkaido

ATT.JAPAN × JapanUp! magazine

April 2022 (vol. 174)

Discover Many Attractions in

Sapporo City, Hokkaido

Sapporo is a large city with the population of 1.95 million, yet blessed with a rich natural environment. The city is also the hub of tourism in Hokkaido where urban life and nature coexist in harmony.

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Odori Park and Sapporo TV Tower

Odori Park, which divides the city center into north and south sections, is an oasis filled with flowers and greenery for local people and visitors, and is the venue for various events throughout the year. Spring in Sapporo starts around the end of April and colorful flowers such as cherry blossoms and lilacs are full in bloom. The Sapporo TV Tower, the city’s symbol, has an observatory where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Sapporo.

Odori Park
Address: Odori Nishi 1-chome to 12-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City
Access: Subway Tozai Line Odori Sta. / Nishi juitchome Sta.

Sapporo TV Tower
Address: Odori Nishi 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City
Access: Subway Tozai Line / Namboku Line Odori Sta., JR Sapporo Sta.

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Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park

You will love the range of colors of the 800 plants including suzuran (lilies of the valley), which the park was named after. In the Country Garden, which represents Hokkaido’s idyllic pastoral landscape, you will admire the spectacular site of 250 thousand tulips in bloom in late May. The park also has waterfalls and streams. Stroll around to see the Hokkaido’s flowers inside while listening to the sound of streams and birds.

Address: 247 Takino, Minami-ku, Sapporo City
Access: By bus from Subway Namboku Line Makomanai Sta.

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Best Eats in Spring

A large producer of milk, butter, wheat and fruits, Hokkaido is the best place for Western style confectionery. All these ingredients for sweets come to Sapporo, which just makes it a city of sweets. “Shime-parfait,” eating a parfait after meal or drinks in the evening, is the latest trend here.

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Moerenuma Park

Once inside the park, you will feel like stepping into a sculpture world. There are restaurants and souvenir shops in the “Glass Pyramid,” the park’s symbol. In summer, a small beach is installed to provide a recreation space for residents in the community.  

Address: 1-1 Moerenuma-koen, Higashi-ku, Sapporo City
Access: By bus from Subway Toho Line, Kanjo dori higashi Sta. / Shindo higashi Sta.

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Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill

The rolling hills provide the view of sheep quietly grazing in the grass with the downtown Sapporo in the background. The splendid lavender field in bloom is a sight to see in summer. This site is also known for the statue of Dr. Clark, who is considered as the pioneering father of Hokkaido and left his parting words “Boys be ambitious!”

Address: 1 Hitsujigaoka, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo City
Access: By bus from Subway Toho Line Fukuzumi Sta.

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Activities

The outskirt of Sapporo has nature in abundance and provides a variety of activities in the mountains as well as in the rivers, such as horse trekking in the forest and plain, and fruits picking in orchards. Rafting in the Toyohira River and Jozankei Valley is also highly recommended. You can experience a strong torrent from April to June when the water level increases due to melting snow and a mellow rubber rafting in the clean water in summer.

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Best Eats in Summer

“Jingisukan” is Hokkaido’s trademark dish which consists of lamb and vegetables grilled in a convex iron skillet, served with sweet and savory sauce. There are many Jingisukan restaurants in the city. Susukino is the largest nightlife district in Sapporo with a great number of restaurants and izakaya (Japanese style pubs) where you can enjoy all kinds of foods such as Japanese, Chinese and Western styles.  

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Jozankei Onsen

Jozankei Onsen is a popular hot spring spot that opened in 1866. One hour by car from the downtown Sapporo, it is located alongside the river and surrounded by the mountains. The area is famous for the autumn leaves watching, especially when the whole mountains are covered with red and yellow leaves in mid-October. The cliff and beautiful valley of the Toyohira River have a tremendous impact. The open-air baths offer you the amazing views of colored leaves in autumn and snow in winter.

Access: 100 min by non-stop bus from New Chitose Airport
60 min by non-stop bus “Kappa Liner” from JR Sapporo Sta.
75 min by local bus Jozankei Line from JR Sapporo Sta.

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Shopping

Sapporo has all kinds of shops, from drugstores and electronic retail stores through department stores and boutiques carrying high brand items. Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade is the busiest shopping district in Sapporo with 200 shops. You can find local agricultural products, Japanese gadgets, fashion items, etc. In the area from 4-chome through 7-chome, there are numbers of eateries, perfect for your lunch or tea break.  

Access: Sapporo Streetcar Tanukikoji Sta.

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Best Eats in Autumn

Japanese people love curry-rice and ramen. In Hokkaido, these dishes have differently evolved. “Soup Curry” which was invented in Sapporo, has become one of the “soul foods” in Hokkaido. You dip rice in your spicy, thin, chunky curry soup. “Sapporo Ramen” is usually consists of thick, sticky noodles and soup which is mainly miso-flavored. However, some famous ramen restaurants offer ramen in their specialty salt or soy sauce-flavored soups. You will find your own favorite type of ramen.

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Skiing

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Hokkaido is the best place for winter sports because of its cold temperature and high volume of snow. You can enjoy the fine powder snow there. In 1972, Sapporo served as the first Japanese city to host the Olympic winter games. Many ski areas are located 20 to 60 minutes by car from the downtown Sapporo. They are all powder-snowed slopes. It is thus accessible that you can casually make a day trip for skiing. Some ski resorts have rental skis, sleds and snow shoes so that you can play in the snow.

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Mt. Moiwa, Observatory

Mt. Moiwa is the mountain at 531 meters, situated on the south side of the downtown Sapporo. You can enjoy the panoramic views of Sapporo, Ishikari Plain and, in the distance, Ishikari Bay from the observatory at the top of the mountain. The night view is especially wonderful and recognized as one of the “Japan’s new top 3 cities for night views” along with Nagasaki and Kobe in October 2015.

Address: 1 Moiwayama, Minami-ku, Sapporo City
Access: By bus from Sapporo Streetcar Ropeway-iriguchi Sta.

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Shiroi Koibito Park

Shiroi Koibito is the representative treat of Hokkaido. Shiroi Koibito Park is a theme park where you can take a factory tour, purchase and taste sweets that you can get only here. You will fully enjoy the world of the famous treat.

Address: 2-2-11-36 Miyanosawa, Nishi-ku, Sapporo City
Access: Subway Tozai Line Miyanosawa Sta.

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