Sousei River Park
A waterside urban promenade with art and flowers
Sousei River Park, which runs along the Souseigawadori, which divides central Sapporo into its eastern and western halves, was completed in 2011. Sousei River was formerly the irrigation channel Otomo-bori, which was made in the Edo era. In the early Showa era, the riverbanks were filled with circus tents and street stalls. The 820-meters-long Sousei River Park, which runs from Minami 8-jo to Kita 1-jo, and its promenade, is a successor to the Otomo-bori. The park also provides stairs so visitors can walk down to the water. The promenade is lined with colorful lilacs and dotted with Eiki Danzuka’s brick artworks, which makes the promenade feel like an outdoor museum. Each section of the promenade differs from the next, so you’ll never get bored. Park staff gives free, guided tours.