Odori Park on Sapporo main street is an immensely popular recreation space for locals, and also hosts several notable festivals annually.
Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade stands out as an alternative to big brand stores by remaining intimate and inviting, featuring second-hand shops and record stores – the perfect way to experience Japan after dark! Perth to Sapporo Cathay Pacific flights are available for all who are interested.
Odori Park (dri koen in Japanese), one of the city’s most beloved spots and an area that runs east-to-west for 1.5 kilometers through its center is one of its most beloved spots – both as an outdoor place where residents come to relax as well as an event site hosting numerous festivals such as Japan’s largest snow festival.
This park is divided into 13 blocks called “chome”, from Nishi 1 at its eastern end to Nishi 12 on its western edge, offering a variety of attractions – from famous landmarks such as Sapporo TV Tower and Museum to parks filled with beautiful roses, fountains, and more – making for an enjoyable visit every springtime! The best time of year to experience it? When flowers bloom.
Summer visitors to the park can relax in its open spaces with a picnic or stroll along its paths; autumn visitors are drawn by its vibrant autumn leaves changing to their orangish and brown shades.
Odori Park can be enjoyed independently, but an even better way to explore this central city park is on a half- or full-day Sapporo sightseeing tour. On these excursions you can see not only Odori Park but also other key city sites such as Sapporo TV Tower, Former Government Building Clock Tower and even Sapporo Beer Museum!
Odori Park provides visitors with an ideal way to gain an understanding of the history and people behind Sapporo. The park features monuments dedicated to prominent figures like Kiyotaka Kuroda and Horace Capron as well as a 23-meter Maibaum decorated pole from Munich donated from Germany.
Sapporo Park is a beloved location for both residents and visitors of Sapporo alike, featuring restaurants and cafes, event spaces (such as an outdoor stage) as well as its 4,700 trees spanning 92 species – many of them blooming lilacs – that make for a picturesque sight in spring.
Mount Moiwa is an impressive mountain situated just southwest of Sapporo and makes for a popular sightseeing spot, offering spectacular views from its observation deck of Sapporo city and beyond. At nighttime it becomes even more stunning as city lights reflect off mountains and natural surroundings to create breathtaking images – autumn or winter are optimal times for viewing this breathtaking sight!
To reach the summit, two options exist to you for transportation – ropeway or Morris car (mini cable car). Both options provide passage from base of mountain to middle and top respectively, with amazing views that even include Sea of Japan from these vantage points.
Mount Fuji boasts a “Happy Bell,” believed to bring good fortune and romantic love. Couples often visit this spot together in order to express their affection by writing their names on a padlock purchased at one of the shops there and attaching it to the handrail of Mount Fuji.
On this mountain, visitors can indulge in various activities, including hiking and snowboarding. With five trails that range in distance from 1.5 to 2.8 miles and several restaurants as well as a planetarium located within its boundaries, this mountain offers visitors plenty of recreational options. Furthermore, its own mascot Mo-risu from My Neighbor Totoro gives it an authentic charm.
Sapporo Mountain is one of the city’s premier tourist spots, especially when illuminated at night. A visit here offers visitors an ideal respite from city life while taking in nature at its best – take in breathtaking sights while feeling serenity that cannot be found elsewhere in a city; an experience which will remain with them long after leaving Sapporo! When planning your visit make sure it coincides with optimal times of year so as to support local customs and culture when visiting it – your trip won’t soon forgettable!
Shiraoi, located southwest of New Chitose Airport and part of Shikotsu-Toya National Park, boasts many stunning natural and cultural attractions. Most notably is its Ainu Museum (Porotokotan), where visitors can learn more about Ainu culture through both an outdoor replica of an Ainu village as well as conventional museum buildings.
This facility in Japan was the first facility dedicated to teaching about the Ainu people from northern Hokkaido, using signs written in Ainu language as well as design patterns to teach about them. Opened in 2020 and situated near Lake Poroto.
Visitors have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Ainu history and culture through an outdoor reconstruction of a small Ainu village, featuring traditional wooden houses with English translations provided. You can interact with Ainu-themed mannequins that represent them for added insight into their culture – even travelers unfamiliar with Ainu culture are sure to gain something out of visiting here!
Visits to the museum provide an opportunity to sample some local specialties. There is a restaurant within the museum where guests can sample Ainu cuisine such as pork and chicken stew, roasted duck, and pork chops – the restaurant is open daily with seating capacity for about 80 guests.
At the museum, you can purchase Ainu-made products like handwoven baskets and hats. Additionally, staff at the information center can help answer any queries that arise regarding Ainu culture and Shiraoi itself.
The information center boasts two foreign staff members from Vietnam and China; Ms Hien of Vietnam and Ms Zheng from China are on hand to give helpful tips about exploring Shiraoi and planning your visit there. They can assist with booking tours, finding accommodation or providing transportation solutions. Their office hours are 8 am to 5 pm every day except public holidays when it will close early.
Kaitaku-mura, commonly referred to as the Historic Village of Hokkaido, is an open air museum situated within Nopporo Forest Park and named the “Historic Village of Hokkaido.” This cultural facility comprises four areas – city, farm, mountain, and fishing. Each section depicts traditional lifestyles of their respective times with farmhouses, storehouses and even tomariya (a type of lodge where men would gather and drink sake in past times) visible throughout.
For those curious to gain more knowledge about Hokkaido’s indigenous population, known as Ainu, this museum provides many galleries showcasing different aspects of their culture and history. There is even an area dedicated to Ainu costumes from historical images as well as artifacts found around Hokkaido islands as well as an exact recreation of their home called kuwanomi! As a souvenir from your visit why not bring back some delicious Kuwanomi Jam made from Souen-grown berries!
No visit to Sapporo would be complete without visiting the annual Snow Festival, first held in 1972 and now drawing over two million visitors annually. The huge winter celebration offers entertainment in the form of ice sculptures, performances by musicians, entertainment performers and more than two miles of ski jump slope on Okura-yama Mountain which has been built specially for this festival; you can even test out your skills using simulators!
Notable attractions to visit in the area include Sapporo Beer Garden, which is a favorite spot among couples and offers an assortment of local beers as well as snacks. Or head to Asahiyama Park which boasts an enormous tower and colorful flower gardens that bloom into vibrant orange blooms by autumn – ideal for romantic walks!