Sapporo and Shakotan Visit Campaign (The campaign duration has been extended until October 31th, 2023!)

Check in with your smartphone to receive a gift!

◆Event Date

Sep.12th (Tue) – Oct.31th (Tue), 2023

*We have extended the duration.

Gift Check Point

Check in with your smartphone at each location to receive a gift!

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Hokkaido Sapporo Tourist Information Center
【Address】JR Sapporo West Concourse, Kita 6-jyo Nishi 4-chome, Kita-ku, Sapporo, at the Hokkaido Sapporo Food & Tourism Information Center
【Business Hours】8:30 to 20:00
100 yen discount coupon for Shakotan Blend Coffee
(Available for use at the Hokkaido Sapporo Tourist Information Center and Shakotan Produce Market)
【Pickup Location】Hokkaido Sapporo Tourist Information Center

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Kamui Banya
【Address】Kamui Banya Restaurant, 92 kozakicho Shakotan, Shakotan District, Hokkaido
【Business Hours】11:00 to 17:00
Arrival certificate
Folding fan *limited to the first 20 people
【Pickup Location】Shakotan Gift Shop and Kamui Banya Restaurant

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Shakotan Sightseeing Association
【Address】Funama-380-6 Bikunicho, Shakotan, Shakotan District,
at the Shakotan Tourism Center
【Business Hours】8:00 to 17:00
Arrival certificate
Blue soft serve ice cream *limited to the first 20 people
【Pickup Location】Shakotan Sightseeing Association

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Shokudo Rinkou
【Address】209 Irikachō, Shakotan, Shakotan District, Hokkaido
【Business Hours】7:00 to 18:00
Arrival certificate
Reusable bag *limited to the first 20 people
【Pickup Location】Shokudo Rinko

↓You can see the Check point from this “Google Map”.↓

How to receive a gift?

(1)Scan the QR code at each check point.

(2)Go to pick up location and show your smartphone to the staff.
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(3)Receive a great gift at each location!

Contact us

Shakotan Sightseeing Association 0135-44-3715

「National Highway 230」Guide

The “National Highway 230 Outing Map” created by the National Highway 230 Collaborative Road Management Study Group has been updated.
Please check below.

The National Highway 230

【For inquiries, please contact:】
Hokkaido Development Bureau
Sapporo Development and Construction Department
TEL: 011-611-0111

The Gem of the North ~Sapporo Media Library

Sapporo, a city where rich nature and urban functionality are in harmony

Sapporo, the host city for the Tokyo Olympic Marathon ,race walk and football, is a city with abundant nature in every season, a comfortable urban environment, and a cultured, sophisticated lifestyle. Residents and visitors are enchanted by Sapporo, with this popular city ranked as one of the top 3 most attractive cities in Japan.

Olympic Competitions in Sapporo


  • ●Aug.7(Sat) 7:00~ Women’s Final @ Sapporo Odori Park
  • ●Aug.8(Sun) 7:00~ Men’s Final @ Sapporo Odori Park

The marathon course is a mostly flat, irregular circuit course that starts and finishes at Odori Park in the city center, and includes sightseeing spots throughout Sapporo.
After the start, it makes a large 20km north to south lap around Odori Park,  and then two 10 km laps of the north side of the course including Hokkaido University.
Then, return to Odori Park to finish the race.

【Odori Park】An urban oasis surrounded by 5,000 trees in the city center

Odori Park, the start-finish point of the Marathon, is an urban oasis home to approximately 5,000 trees that stretches 1.5km east to west through the city center. Various events, such as the world-famous Sapporo Snow Festival, are hosted in this park all year round.

【Sapporo Clock Tower】The Clock Tower that continues to mark the history of Sapporo

Just off the course is Sapporo’s most famous tourist spot, the Sapporo Clock Tower. Built in 1878 as a military drill hall for the Sapporo Agricultural College, the predecessor of Hokkaido University, the clock tower has been used for various purposes over the years, but today, as the oldest existing clock tower in Japan, it rings every hour of the day on the hour in Sapporo.

【Susukino】The largest entertainment district in northern Japan

Athletes will run through the center of Susukino, the largest entertainment district in northern Japan, filled with about 3,500 restaurants, bars and entertainment facilities.

【Nakajima Park】Sapporo’s Historical and Cultural Center

After passing through Susukino, you will come across Nakajima Park, surrounded by rich nature with a different look every season. The park has a Japanese garden with a teahouse and a concert hall that is the pride of Sapporo, making it a cultural center in the city. The runners will continue southward along the park.

【Toyohira River】Sapporo’s mother river where salmon come to spawn

The Toyohira River, known as the river where salmon return to every fall, serves as a valuable example of the harmonious combination of rich nature and urban functionality. The riverside path is also a popular running course for local runners.

【Soseigawa-dori Avenue】Highway that runs north-south through the city center

Soseigawa-dori, which runs north to south through the city center, is a 3-kilometer long straight road. In the median strip, there is an 820-meter-long promenade with art works, making it a place of relaxation like an open-air museum.

【Sapporo TV Tower】Sapporo’s Landmark Tower

The Sapporo TV Tower is a 147.2m tall radio tower built in 1956 to mark the start of TV broadcasting in Sapporo. From the observation deck, which is about 90 meters off the ground, you can enjoy a spectacular view of Odori Park, which changes its appearance with each season and event, making it a popular tourist attraction in Sapporo.

【Hokkaido University】National University with a beautiful verdant campus

First opened in 1876 as the Sapporo Agricultural College, Hokkaido University is a national university with a long history. Athletes will run in the shade of trees such as elm and ginkgo while looking at the historic buildings and museums that still exist today on the vast and beautiful campus, providing them with the best competition environment.

【Former Hokkaido Government Office Building】A symbol of Hokkaido popular as a tourist spot

A brick building built in 1888 as the government office of Hokkaido, the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building is a symbol of Hokkaido that has been designated as a national important cultural property. This point, where athletes will run against the backdrop of the red brick, will be one of the main spots for Sapporo scenery in the course.
After this, runners will head to the finish point at Odori Park.

Race Walk

  • ●Aug.5(Thu) 16:30~ Men’s 20km Final @ Sapporo Odori Park
  • ●Aug.6(Fri) 5:30~ Men’s 50km Final @ Sapporo Odori Park
  • ●Aug.6(Fri) 16:30~ Women’s 20km Final @ Sapporo Odori Park

The race walk will go around main street “Ekimae-dori”, the face of Sapporo.
The race will be held in the city center where Sapporo’s charms are concentrated, such as areas lined with commercial facilities and office buildings,  Odori Park filled with greenery, and the lively entertainment district, Susukino.

Marathon and Race Walk Course Introduction


The Sapporo Dome, the venue of football competition in Sapporo, serves as a year-round, all-purpose space for sporting and various events.
The world’s first “special hovering technology” allows natural and artificial turf to be easily interchanged to accommodate a variety of large-scale of events, such as Rugby World Cup 2019TM and the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games.
It is also home to a pro football team and a pro baseball team.

Sapporo Olympic Winter Games (1972)

We follow the trajectory of the Sapporo Olympic Winter Games.
The Olympic facilities inside Sapporo city retain the atmosphere of the time.

The Sapporo Olympics (The 11th Winter Olympiad) was held from February 3 to 13, 1972. Events were organized in and around Sapporo city, including Makomanai Park, where the opening and closing ceremonies were staged, and the atmosphere of that time remains today all through the seasons.

Sapporo Tourism Photo Library

Odori Park(11items)


Odori Park(Sapporo   Snow Festival(10items)


Sapporo clock Tower (6items)




Nakajima Park(6items)


Soseigawa-dori Ave.(5items)


Sapporo TV Tower(5items)


Former Hokkaido Government Office Building(7items)


If you would like other images, go to the “Sapporo sightseeing photo Library”.

Please be sure to read the following important information.

Copyrights for the picture files belong to the city of Sapporo. Please observe the following guidelines when using the images.

・Image use is limited to that which positively contributes to the tourism promotion of Sapporo.
・Picture files can be used for commercial or individual use.
・There is no application procedure required for use, and credit does not need to be given.
・Commercial use of images as products (photographic collections or libraries, picture postcards, etc.) is prohibited. ・Redistribution of images is prohibited.

Promotional Video&Free Video Material

Promotional Video

The Capital Of The North (All Seasons vers.)
The Capital Of The North (Summer vers.)
The Capital Of The North (Winter vers.)

Free Video Material

If you wish to use the following video materials, please submit the application form by e-mail.
After that, we will e-mail back the download URL to you.

Submission destination:Sports Affairs Bureau , City of Sapporo
e-mail address : t-2020(at)

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Town Scape
Helicopter Shot
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower
Nakajima Park
Former Hokkaido Government Office Building
Sapporo Dome

Notice of Hokkaido-Sapporo Tourist Information Center (Hokkaido-Sapporo “Food and Tourism” Information Center) Reopening

The Hokkaido-Sapporo Tourist Information Center has been closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but from Monday, June 1, for the time being, services will be resuming with reduced hours. Some opening hours for the shops in the “Food and Tourism” Information Center will also change.

【Opening hours】 until further notice
10:00 AM – 5:30 PM (including weekends)

【Opening hours for shops in the “Food and Tourism” Information Center】 until further notice

Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza  10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Weekends: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM)

CAFÉ NORTE Sapporo  10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Weekends: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM)

Genki Shop Iko~ru  10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (closed on weekends) until June 7, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (open on weekends) from June 8 onwards

JR Information Desk   8:30 AM – 7:00 PM (no changes)

※1. These details are subject to change depending on the situation.
※2. These changes will be relayed via announcements posted at the “Food and Tourism” Information Center’s entrance and the Tourist Information Center’s website, as well as via digital signage throughout the Information Center.

Closing information for tourist facilities in Sapporo as of March 18th, 2020

As of 11:00 PM on March 18th, 2020

This is information about temporary facility closures and changes to opening hours to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. Please check the official website for each facility for the latest information.
※Periods are subject to change

Please check the website below for closing information for other facilities.
City of Sapporo 『Closing information for city-owned facilities』

  • Moerenuma Park (Glass Pyramid)
    Closed from Sunday, March 1st to Thursday, March 31th
  • Mount Moiwa Ropeway
    Opening hours from March 3 – 15 will be changed to 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM, with the last cable car up at 9:30 PM.
    ※The ropeway will be closed March 16th to April 24th for maintenance.
  • Sapporo Beer Museum
    Closed from Tuesday, February 25th until further notice
  • Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park
    Closed from Tuesday, March 3rd to Sunday, March 22th
  • Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill
    Closed from Monday, March 2nd to Thursday, March 31th
  • Sapporo TV Tower
    Closed from Monday, March 2nd to Thursday, March 31th
    ※Resumed business from March 20 for the 1st to 3rd floor
  • Sapporo Maruyama Zoo
    Closed from Sunday, March 1st to Thursday, March 31th
  • Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium (Observation Deck lift and Sapporo Olympic Museum)
    Closed from Sunday, March 1st to Thursday, March 31th
  • Shiroi Koibito Park
    Closed from Saturday, February 25th to Tuesday, March 31th
  • Historical Village of Hokkaido
    Closed from Saturday, February 25th to Thursday, March 31th
  • Hokkaido Museum
    Closed from Saturday, February 25th to Thursday, March 31th

Sapporo Smile Promo Video on Seasonal Charm Now Available

The City of Sapporo is carrying out a city promotion campaign on the theme of “smiles”.
This video is packed with seasonal Sapporo charms such as rich nature and fun events.

【For safe travels in Japan】Guide for when you are feeling ill

to prepare for this,we have created a website to help you receive medeical care in Japan.
Please add it to your bookmarks to use in the event of an emergency.

Guide for when you are feeling ill

City music festival “NoMaps MUSIC PARTY” will be entrance free for foreign visitors and residence.

NoMaps MUSIC FESTIVAL is one of the best music festivals in Sapporo, which will be held on October 12, Saturday at six venues located around the central city. The festival features 36 live acts playing variety of genres as dance, electronic, hip hop, R&B, rock, idol(girl pop band) etc. through day and night.

As part of Sapporo city tourism promotion program, this event is admission free for foreign visitors and also residents. NoMaps committee, who organizes this festival, sees that this trial will be a good opportunity to provide evening entertainment but to promote Japanese music to foreign people.

To attend the festival, you need to pick up free festival wristbands at pick-up spots: KRAPS HALL and COLONY. Fore more information, take a look at the event’s flyer.

Regarding the temporary closure of the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building for renovations

The Former Hokkaido Government Office Building is closing temporarily from
October 1st, 2019 for renovations.

Okurayama Observatory Lift to extend period for special nighttime business hours

At Okurayama, a certified Japan Night View Heritage site, the observation deck lift was operating on specially extended nighttime business hours from July 26th to September 30th, and in accordance with the Late Night Sapporo campaign, we will be extending the period for these nighttime hours as shown below.

Okurayama Observatory Lift Extended Nighttime Hours

〇Period: October 1st – 31st, 2019
〇Hours: 8:30 – 20:00 (Lift normally closes at 18:00)
※Tickets will be sold until 19:45.
〇Price: Adults: 500 yen / Children: 300 yen
※Tickets come with coupon for the Late Night Sapporo campaign.

Sapporo Night Tourism Service Website “Sapporo Night Package” is now open

For people planning to stay in Sapporo, there is beneficial information!

Benefits are available on the website “Sapporo Night Package” providing the information of night life in Sapporo such as night bars, restaurants and nightclubs. (excluding some establishments)

When using benefits, please show the page screen on your electronics devices.

For more details, please visit the link below.

The Sapporo Smile Bus will operate for a limited time this summer to explore tourist spots in central and suburbs of Sapporo.

The Sapporo Smile Bus will operate for a limited time this summer to explore tourist spots in central and suburbs of Sapporo.
This unlimited day tour bus departs from the downtown area (Chuo Bus Sapporo terminal, JR Sapporo Station North Exit), and runs on a route through Moerenuma Park, Sapporo Satoland Farm Park, and the Sapporo Beer Museum (Sapporo Beer Garden) before returning to central Sapporo, allowing you to get on and off freely at each stop.
In addition, you can receive special services when you present your ticket at tourist sites in Sapporo.
This year, you can also receive Chuo Bus benefits such as free use of local buses and great deals on regular sightseeing buses.
English-speaking staff and free Wi-Fi are available on board, so visitors can use this bus without worries.
Special perks also come with buying a ticket for the Smile Bus, so do take advantage of the Smile Bus for summer sightseeing in Sapporo!

■ Period of service
Thursday, August 1 – Monday, September 30, 2019
* No bus service on: Sunday, August 25 and Saturday, September 7, 2019

■ Stop locations
Chuo Bus Sapporo Terminal Bus Stop No. 10, Sapporo Station North Exit Bus Stop No. 4, Moerenuma Park, Sapporo Satoland Farm Park, Sapporo Beer Museum (Sapporo Beer Garden)

■ Price
1 day ticket
Adults: 1,000 yen
Child: 500 yen (Elementary school age and younger)
One ride
Adults: 500 yen
Child: 250 yen (Elementary school age and younger)

■ 1 day ticket sales place
Please purchase a one-day ticket at one of the following and get on the bus.
* You may not be able to get on your desired bus because it is full.

1. Purchase on board
When you get on the bus at each stop, you can purchase from the staff aboard the bus.
Payment for one-day tickets is cash only, and IC cards can be used for single trips.

2. Buy at ticket window
You can purchase a one-day ticket at the ticket window below with cash.

Chuo Bus Sapporo Terminal 1F Window (Odori Higashi 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City)
※ Opening hours 7:30-18:00

Sapporo Ekimae Terminal Central Bus Counter (Shinjo City Chuo Ward Kita 5 J West 2-Chome)
※ South Lane 15 stop
※ Opening hours 7:30-18:00

Sybe Tours Inc. (O-Dong 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo)
※ Chuo Bus Sapporo terminal the second floor
※ Opening hours from 9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays (business only on weekdays)

Hokkaido-Sapporo Tourist Information Center (6-6 Nishi 4-Chome, Kita-ku, Sapporo City)
※ JR Sapporo Station West Concourse
※ Opening hours from 8:30 to 20:00

■ Inquiries
7:30 – 18:00
TEL 0570-200-600 (General Information, Chuo Bus Sapporo Terminal)