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Hokkaido in JAPAN -Sapporo- in English

Have you ever been to Hokkaido?I highly recommend going there when you come to Japan. Hokkaido is the biggest prefecture in Japan and is located in the northernmost part. It’s cold temperature all year around but especially the average temperature during the winter is about zero degrees Celsius so Hokkaido is famous for ski areas, snow festival, hot springs and light displays. In addition, there are a lot of park and farm surrounded by beautiful nature and also it is famous for its delicious food such as Ramen, Soup Curry, Ishikari Nabe, Crab, Seafood, Yubari King Melon and beer.

Hokkaido is too huge that it won’t be able to see all the sights in one day, First, I will introduce Sapporo, capital of the Hokkaido which you will probably go to when you come to Hokkaido.

Clock Tower

The Clock Tower was constructed in 1878 as a hall of agricultural college by the plan of William Smith Clark, the first vice-principal at Sapporo Agricultural School and Known for Boys be ambitious and was used for an entrance ceremony and graduation ceremony.

The Clock Tower has been restored several times and was designed as an Important Cultural Property in June 1970. The exterior of the clock tower is very beautiful and tourist can enjoy the inside the tower as well. When it gets night, you can see the illumination every 30 minutes until 9:30 pm and even currently, the bell rings every hour on the hour.

Access

10 minutes walk from JR Sapporo Station Southern entrance
5 minutes walk from Odori Station on the subway

Open

8:45 am to 5:10 pm (admission until 5:00 pm)

Admission Fee

Hokkaido
Adult ¥200
Free for high school students or under

Closed

New Year Holidays(Jan 1 – Jan 3)

Parking

No parking

SAPPORO TV TOWER

The Sapporo TV Tower is a located in the middle of Sapporo city and was completed in 1956 with a total cost of 170 million and then started transmitting radio waves in the following year.
The Sapporo TV Tower is 147.2 meters tall and is 90.38 meters wide and can get a nice view from Odori park.
You can go inside the tower and there are a lot of restaurants and souvenir shops inside. If you’re not afraid of heights it’s good idea to overlook the city of Sapporo from the observation deck.

Access

15 minutes walk from JR Sapporo Station Southern entrance
5 minutes walk from Odori Station on the subway

Open

9:00 am to 10:00 pm (admission until 9:50 pm)

Observatory Admission Fee

Adult ¥800(¥600 for group of 15 or more)
Elementary and Junior high school students
¥400(¥300 for group of 15 or more)
Discount price ¥400 for group of 4 or more high school students
Discount price ¥300 for group of 4 or more junior high school students
Discount price ¥300 for group of 4 or more elementary school students

Closed

The TV Tower has irregular holidays
Please check the website

Parking

No parking

Odori Park

Odori Park stretches 1.5 kilometers from east to west and is surrounded by about 4,700 trees. There are fountains and beautiful flower beds and various events such as Snow festival, YOSAKOI Soren festival and Beer Garden will be held depending on the season.

Access

In front of Odori Station on the subway

Former Hokkaido Government Office Building (Red Brick Office)

If you walking in a westward on Kita 3-Jo dori you will see the impressive government office building with red bricks.
The building was constructed in 1888 and has about 1000 trees planted around it. In the front garden of the building is spectacular with a footbridge, flower beds and ponds where ducks are swimming.

Access

7 minutes walk from JR Sapporo Station Southern entrance

Open

Red Brick Office/ 8:45 am to 6:00 pm
Garden/ 7:00 am to 9:00 pm

Admission Fee

Free

Closed

Dec 29 – Jan 3
It will be closed from October 1, 2019 to 2022 due to renovation work

Parking

No parking

JR Tower Observation T38

The tower is 160 meters high on the 38th floor and you can enjoy a panoramic view of Sapporo from the observation. There are many clothing store and general store in Sapporo Stellar Place and other shops inside JR Tower, Besides that, there are a cinema and the Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku.

Access

Directly connect to JR Sapporo station and subway

Open

Observatory
10:00 am to 10:00 pm(admission until 9:30 pm)
T’SHOP
10:00 am to 9:00 pm
T’CAFE
10:00 am to 10:00 pm(Food 9:30 pm/ Drink 9:45pm)

Observatory Admission Fee

Adult ¥740(¥640 for group of 10 or more)
Junior high and high school students
¥520(¥420 for group of 10 or more, and person with a disability ¥260)
Elementary school students and children ¥320 (¥220 for group of 10 or more, and person with a disability ¥160)
Free for children under 3 years old
¥640 for over 60 years of age

Closed

Nothing

Susukino

Susukino is largest entertainment district north of Tokyo. It is packed with restaurants, bars ,cafes, shops, hotels, karaoke and red-light establishments. If you like Ramen, don’t miss out on the Ramen Yokocho.

Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade

Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade is oldest shopping arcade in Hokkaido and it’s over 900 meters from 1 Chome to 7 Chome. There are a lot of restaurants, general store, amusement arcade and Hotel.

This boba tea shop is really delicious and I highly recommend going there. Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade is close to the Odori Park and if you’re tired because of walking, it’s good idea to take a break at a cafe in the arcade.

Access

5 minutes walk from Odori Station on the subway

Sapporo Beer Museum

Have you ever drunk Sapporo Beer?The Sapporo Beer is a very famous beer in Japan and taste is very rich and savory. The Sapporo Beer Museum is only Beer Museum in Japan and is reuse the site of the factory which was closed in 2003. The Sapporo Beer history is rich and The Sapporo Kaitakushi beer brewery was founded in 1876 by Nakagawa Seibei who learned beer brewing techniques in Germany, then it was constructed in 1890 as the Sapporo Sugar manufacturing factory and It has been used for a long time as factory of Sapporo Breweries Company since 1905.

The Sapporo Beer Museum was registered as one of the Hokkaido Heritage sites in 2004 and it is one of the important places to know the history of Hokkaido.

You can take a tour of the inside of the museum and you can drink a Sapporo beer. If you can’t drink alcohol, there are some non alcoholic beer or soft drink. You can also enjoy Genghis khan which is famous in Hokkaido at the Lilac or garden grill next to the museum.

Access

15 minutes walk from Higashi Kuyakusho-Mae Station on the Toho Line of the Sapporo Subway

Bus
Get on the Factory Line (Loop-Line 88) from the south exit of Tokyu Department Store and get off at the last stop.
※It takes about 15-20 minutes

Get on the Sapporo Beer Garden Ario Line (Line 88) from the south exit of Sapporo station and get off at the last stop.
※It takes about 10-15 minutes

Open

Sapporo Beer Museum
11:00 am to 8:00 pm(admission until 7:30 pm)
Sapporo Beer Garden
11:30 am to 10:00 pm(last order 9:30 pm)

Closed

Sapporo Beer Museum
closed on Mondays and December 31
(Tuesday if the Monday is a national holiday)
Sapporo Beer Garden
December 31

Parking

Free

Mt. Okura Observation Deck/ Sapporo Olympic Museum

Mt. Okura Ski Jump Stadium is breathtaking and overwhelmed by the size of it.A chair lift takes tourists to the observatory on top of the mountain in five minutes while amazing experience of climbing along the Jump stand.

The viewing Lounge and Cafe is 307 meters-high and tourists can overlook some tourist sights of Sapporo such as the TV Tower and Sapporo Dome.

Access

Get on the Hokkaido Bus (円14) from “Maruyama Koen” on the subway Tozai Line from and get off at the “Okurayama Kyogijo iriguchi” then walk for 10-minutes from bus stop.
Mt. Okura Observation Deck/ Sapporo Olympic Museum is approximately 10-minutes from Maruyama Koen subway station by Taxi and is approximately 20-minutes from The Sapporo Station

Open

Summer(April 29 – October 31) 8:30 am to 9:00 pm
Winter (November 1 – March 31 and April 1- April 28) 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
※Tickets sales end 30 minutes before the lift stop operating

Lift Fee

Adult ¥1000(¥800 for group of 15 or more)
Elementary school students and children ¥500 (¥400 for group of 15 or more)
・¥800 for over 65 years of age

Olympic Museum Admission Fee

Adult ¥600(¥540 for group of 15 or more)
¥450 for over 65 years of age
Free for Junior high school students and under

Parking

Free