March 1, 2017
The Best 10 Things to Do in Sapporo, Hokkaido
Hokkaido is called the “Northern Earth” as its nickname. You can enjoy Mother Nature and the grand sceneries. The Sapporo city is the gateway for visiting Hokkaido. The city has a lot of nice places to see and a lot of delicious foods to taste. It may make you hesitate to decide where to go! Here are the most recommended 10 places to visit in Sapporo.
1. Sapporo Dome
The Sapporo Dome has been well known as the base for the baseball team, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and the football team, Consadole Sapporo. It is just like the Mecca for sports in Hokkaido. When the games are not on, the Dome Tour takes place to see the other interesting sights and activities in the ground.
You could watch the baseball game or the football games in the Dome, but the Dome Tour is a more precious experience. The date of the Dome Tour differs depending on the other events. So, please check it on their official HP before setting off.
Name: Sapporo Dome
Address: Hitsujigaoka, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Opening hours: [Dome Tour] 10:00 – 16:00 (differs depending on events)
Access: a 15-minute-walk from the Fukuzumi station
2. Mt. Moiwa Observation Deck
Starting at Hakodate, Hokkaido is famous for some fantastic views in Japan. An especially recommended one is the Mt. Moiwa Observation Deck in Sapporo.
From there, you can see clear across the Sapporo city as well as the landscape (in daytime) and the night view of the Ishikari Bay. It is one of the most beautiful 3 night spots in Hokkaido. You can enjoy a delicious meal at the restaurant on the top of the mountain, viewing the terrific night view. You may want to stay there overnight!
Name: Sapporo Moiwayama Tenbodai
Address: 1956, Kitanosawa, Minami-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Access: just a short walk from the Moiwasancho station
3. Odori Park
The “Odori Park” is a very long shaped park from the east to the west in central Sapporo. Usually, it is a park full of nature where many people visit to relax. The biggest attraction is held there in winter. It is the winter pageant, the “Sapporo Snow Festival”.
In the severe winter in Hokkaido, the big scale snow statues and the visual image snow works are gathered there. There is no doubt that you will be hugely impressed with them. They have various events running along with the snow works. Please wrap yourself up well and enjoy this unique and fantastic snow festival.
Name: Odori Park
Address: Odori-nishi, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Access: a 1-minute-walk from Oodori station on the underground-line
4. Hitsujigaoka Observation Deck
Sapporo reminds us, Japanese people of the famous lines, “Boys, be ambitious!” from Dr. Clark. From there, you can see the vast Ishikari Plain and the huge meadow.
This place offers a good photo opportunity of the grand landscape as well as the one with Dr. Clark’s statue. The American educator, William Smith Clark was the first vice-principal of the Hokkaido University.
Name: Hitsujigaoaka Tenbodai
Address: 1, Hitsujigaoka, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Opening hours[May – June]: 8:30 – 18:00
Opening hours[July – Sept.]: 8:30 – 19:00
Opening hours[Oct. – April]: 9:00 – 17:00
Access(1): a 30-minute-ride in a car from the JR Sapporo station
Access(2): a 10-minute-ride on a bus from the Fukuzumi station on the underground Toho-line
5. Chuo Fish Market and Jogai Market
Gourmet in Hokkaido is renowned. You can enjoy the fresh sea products as well as the fresh local vegetables. There are many shops where you can enjoy those fresh ingredients.
The “Jogai Market” houses the simple restaurants where you can enjoy a wonderful taste of foods for the cheap price in the same site of the Chuo Fish Market. They directly buy the fresh ingredients for their cooking from the Chuo Fish Market.
The Chuo Fish Market is the kitchen for the Sapporo citizens. They are surprisingly fresh, so you can experience the luxurious taste of the products. You will notice that the fresh sea products have a different texture.
Name: Chuo-oroshiuri-ichiba , Jogai-ichiba
Address: Kita 11 Nishi 21, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Access: a 15-minute-ride on a bus from the Sapporo station
6. Sapporo Beer Museum
The Sapporo Beer has a logo of a golden star. It is famous worldwide. The only beer museum in Japan has been run by the Sapporo Beer Company. Not only beer-lovers but also non-drinkers can enjoy the place.
You can learn the history of beer-making and can see the manufacturing process of beer. Are you thinking of tasting beer? Yes, of course you can taste some!
Name: Sapporo Beer Museum
Address: 9-1-1, Kita 7-jo, Higashi, Higashi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Opening hours: 10:30 – 18:30
Closed: Mondays / the end and the beginning of the year / temporary
Access: a 20-minute-walk from the Naebo station
7. JR Tower Observation Room T38
It is directly connected to the Sapporo station, so you can use your spare hours or unfortunate rainy day to visit there.
If you go there, the recommended hours are from early evening until night. You’ll never forget the illuminations of the Sapporo city from 160m above the ground.
Name: JR Tower Tenboshitsu T38
Address: 2-5, Kita 5-jo, Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Opening hours: 10:00 – 23:00
Access: direct from the JR Sapporo station
8. Maruyama Zoo
The Zoo has 160 different species of animals which you can enjoy seeing.
Apart from the Zoo, the “Maruyama Children World Kids’ Land” has been attached to it. It pleases families with their children. Also, it is a nice dating or romantic spot for young couples or married couples.
Name: Maruyama Zoo
Address: 3-1, Miyagaoka, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Opening hours[Feb. – Oct.]: 9:00 – 17:00
Opening hours[Nov. – Jan.]: 9:00 – 16:00
Access(1): a 15-minute-walk from the Maruyama-koen station on the underground-line
Access(2): just a short walk from the Dobutsuen-mae station using the JR bus Dobutsuen-line [Maru 15]
9. Shiroi Koibito Park (White Lover Park)
There are few people who don’t know the chocolate, “white lovers”. They are popular as Hokkaido sweets and as souvenirs. The “White Lover Park “ is the chocolate factory which has been run by the Ishiya Co., Ltd. The beautiful appearance of the building looks like a castle in a fairy tale. The illumination at night is a fantasy on its own.
There are various exhibits related to chocolates. You can join the factory tour and can experience the making of cookies. It is a promise that you will have a wonderful time there.
Name: Shiroi Koibito Park
Address: 2-2-11-36, Miyanosawa, Nishi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Opening hours[Shiroi Koibito Park]: 9:00 – 18:00
Opening hours[shop Piccadilly]: 9:00 – 19:00
Access(1): a 7-minute-walk from the Miyanosawa station on the underground Tozai-line
Access(2): a 20-minute-walk from the Oodori station
10. Sapporo-city Clock Tower
As a town symbol, this clock tower has been close to the hearts of Sapporo locals. It has been appointed as a national important cultural asset. Because it is a historical clock which has been marking the march of time for 130 years.
Many visitors to Sapporo take photos of this clock tower in their background shot. You can walk there from the Sapporo station. You can’t go home without visiting it!
Name: Sapporo Clock Tower
Address: 2-chome, Kita 1-jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Opening hours: 8:45 – 17:10
Closed: the 4th Mondays / the end and the beginning of the year
Access: a 10-minute-walk from the South Exit of the JR Sapporo station
Let’s Enojoy the Tourist Attractions in Sapporo!
There are various sightseeing spots in Sapporo from the magnificent viewing spots to the delicious foods blessed by nature. It’s hard to decide where to go, isn’t it? I know. But I’d like you to enjoy exploring those “must spots” on your Sapporo trip.