visitor needs to see
laid-back city of Sapporo,
here are seven ways to get the best out of this Japanese gem.
The observation hill offers commanding views of downtown Sapporo and on sunny days the view extends as far as Mt. Shokanbetsu in the distance beyond the Ishikari plain. Here, you will also find the Hitsujigaoka Rest House, which serves jingisukan featuring different types of meat, Sapporo Snow Festival Museum, where you can check out mock-ups of ice sculptures, Hitsujigaoka Footbath, where you can enjoy hot springs from across Hokkaido, and Austria House, which sells souvenirs and original soft serve ice cream flavors. Various events are also held throughout the four seasons, including sheep shearing, lavender picking, and gourmet events showcasing seasonal tastes.
The Sapporo Beer Museum just reopened to the public in April 2016 after undergoing a complete renovation. The museum also offers a premium tour where you can sample “Fukkoku Sapporo Bakushu”, a unique beer brewed according to the methods used back in 1881. Having the chance to discover the passion that the Japanese forefathers of beer put into their work makes the end product taste that much better.
“Sapporo’s Annex” — The valley in the hot springs district with history and popularity that continues to charm The history of the Jozankei Hot Springs dates back to 1866, when Miizumi Jozan, an ascetic monk, discovered the hot springs and opened a healing spa. Jozankei is also famous for its scenic beauty. Visitors will be treated to picturesque views during every season at Shiraito Fall, Yunotaki and the Pool of Maizuru. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the world: take a leisurely walk in nature and enjoy the hot springs.
The Hokkaido Shrine was built in 1869 after the Meiji Emperor decreed that the “three pioneering gods” be enshrined to uplift the spirit of the pioneers. The protective deities, who have overseen the development of Hokkaido and the happiness of its people, continue to play an important part in Hokkaido citizens’ lives — particularly on New Year’s Day, the day before the start of spring, and during exorcisms and weddings. The nature-rich shrine, where visitors are likely to see wild squirrels, draws many visitors in the spring when cherry and plum blossoms bloom simultaneously.
From the starting point of the jump, which is located 307 meters above sea level, one can see a panoramic view of downtown Sapporo, Ishikari Plains, and the Miyanomori Ski Jump Stadium, where 70-meter jumps are held. In the winter, visitors can take in the snow-covered landscape and experience the perspective of the ski jumper from the “Viewing Lounge” on days without competitions.
Nijo Market is said to have developed in the early Meiji Period, when fishermen from Ishikari Bay started selling fresh fish there. Over a century later, the market continues to serve local residents’ culinary needs. Owing in part to its central location, the market is also popular among tourists, who come in search of Hokkaido souvenirs such as crabs and scallops.
Mt. Moiwa at 531m high is located close to the center of Sapporo. It is very popular among Sapporo citizens because it can be climbed with ease. There are 5 courses which can be completed even in light clothing (shortest course 2.4km, longest course 4.5km) and the mountain is bustling with trekkers on the weekend in summer. The peak features a panoramic view of Sapporo downtown, the Ishikari Bay in the Sea of Japan and the Mashike Shokanbetsu Mountains. Along with offering a great view during the day, the nighttime view is a must-see.
Completed in 1956, Sapporo TV Tower is located in Nishi 1-chome, or the eastern edge of Odori Park, which divides central Sapporo into northern and southern zones. It has been a Sapporo landmark and witnessed the development of the city for more than half a century. From the observation deck, which is approximately 90 meters above ground, visitors can enjoy beautiful seasonal views of Odori Park and various events carried out in the park. When the sky is clear, one can see as far as Ishikari Plain and the Sea of Japan.