Summary of Recommended Sightseeing Spots and Seasonal Events in Sapporo!

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Sapporo is located in the heart of Hokkaido. It’s an amazing location where both big cities and abundant nature exist in harmony, making it a popular tourist destination. No matter what season you visit during, there are always plenty of fun activities to enjoy! This article will introduce our carefully selected spots and events for you to enjoy in Sapporo!

1. Scenery You can Only See in Sapporo

Hokkaido is packed with amazing sightseeing spots, including Sapporo, which has been ranked as one of Japan’s top three night-view locations, and theme parks run by Hokkaido confectioners where you can make your own sweets!

Hill of the Buddha

Designed by world-famous architect Tadao Ando, Hill of the Buddha is an enormous statue of the Buddha nestled inside a hill covered in lavender at Makomanai Takino Cemetery. The giant statue is unique in that only its head peeks out from inside of the hill. No matter what angle you photograph it from, it’s certain to be a hit on social media!

The enormous Buddha is 13.5 meters tall
The enormous Buddha is 13.5 meters tall

Basic Information on the Great Buddha of Makomanai Takino Cemetery

Address
2 Takino, Minami-ku, Sapporo City
Tel
011-592-1223
Hours
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Nov.-Mar. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Admission
¥300
Closed
End-of-year and New Year holidays and on maintenance days
Credit Cards
Not accepted
URL(Japanese)
http://takinoreien.com

Hokkaido Shrine

In both name and in reality, this is Hokkaido’s best shrine. It has been recognized since the Meiji period as a spiritual foundation for Hokkaido’s settlers.
The omikuji (fortunes) that you draw at the shrine supposedly contain the advice you need to live a good life at the present time. The fortune window also offers fortunes in English and traditional Chinese, so be sure to give it a try.

Hokkaido Shrine stands next to a primeval forest
Hokkaido Shrine stands next to a primeval forest

“Hangansama” is a pastry available only at this shrine, and you can purchase it at the shrine’s visitor rest area. It’s a hot-off-the-grill mochi rice cake filled with coarse red bean paste.

“Hangansama” 100 yen each
“Hangansama” 100 yen each

Basic Information on Hokkaido Shrine

Address
474 Miyagaoka, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City
Tel
011-611-0261
Hours
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Admission
Free
Closed
Open 365 days
Credit Cards
Not accepted
URL(Japanese)
http://www.hokkaidojingu.or.jp/

Shiroi Koibito Park

This factory makes the popular Hokkaido cookie “Shiroi Koibito” (which means “white lover”). Here you can observe the detailed artisanal skills that the Japanese people are known for on the sweets production line, where you can watch the workers’ performance-like making of candy.

Beautiful roses bloom in the park garden in summer
Beautiful roses bloom in the park garden in summer

Here you can also enjoy the unique experience of printing a photo you bring onto the tin of the popular souvenir Shiroi Koibito cookies! The printing takes about 30 minutes.

You can create your own one-of-a-kind tin for “Shiroi Koibito”!
You can create your own one-of-a-kind tin for “Shiroi Koibito”!
Soft-serve ice cream made using Shiroi Koibito chocolate
Soft-serve ice cream made using Shiroi Koibito chocolate

Basic Information on Shiroi Koibito Park

Address
2-11-36 Miyanosawa-nijo, Nishi-ku, Sapporo City
Tel
011-666-1481
Hours
9:00 am - 8:00 pm (after Apr. 2019: until 6:00 pm)
Note: Parts of the park are sometimes closed for renovations.
Admission
Free (There will be a charge beginning in June 2019.)
Closed
Open 365 days
Credit Cards
Not accepted
URL(English)
http://www.shiroikoibitopark.jp/english/

Okurayama Viewing Point

This is the ski-jumping venue that was used in the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics. It is still used for skiing competitions, and world-class ski jumpers aspire to compete here. Visitors can enjoy both the excellent view and tour the connected Olympic Museum.
Enjoy the thrill of watching the competitions up close from the starting point!

The top of Okurayama Lookout offers a breathtaking view of Sapporo’s townscape
The top of Okurayama Lookout offers a breathtaking view of Sapporo’s townscape

Basic Information on Okurayama Viewing Point

Address
1274 Miyanomori, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City
Tel
011-641-8585 (Okurayama General Information)
Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Apr. 27-Nov. 4, 2019: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm)
Price
Round-trip lift fare 500 yen
Closed
Early- to mid-April, during competitions and formal practices, and during bad weather. Ask the facility staff.
Credit Cards
Not accepted
URL(Japanese)
http://okura.sapporo-dc.co.jp/index.html

Mt. Moiwa Ropeway

The lookout point on this mountain, located 531 meters above sea level, is a famous iconic spot for seeing Sapporo’s night view, which has been named as one of the “top three night views in Japan.” Its awe-inspiring view includes the city of Sapporo as well as Ishikari Bay behind it. The summit also features the world’s highest elevation planetarium, a must-see!

We recommend arriving at the scenic viewpoint early so you can enjoy the sunset
We recommend arriving at the scenic viewpoint early so you can enjoy the sunset
We also recommend the 360-degree panoramic daytime view
We also recommend the 360-degree panoramic daytime view
It takes about 2 minutes by Morris Car to reach the Summit Station from Moiwa Midway Station
It takes about 2 minutes by Morris Car to reach the Summit Station from Moiwa Midway Station

Basic Information on Mt. Moiwa Ropeway

Address
5-3-7 Fushimi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City
Tel
011-561-8177 (Mt. Moiwa Ropeway)
Hours
10:30 am - 10:00 pm (Dec.-Mar.: opens at 11:00 am)
Price
Ropeway+Morris Car round-trip fee 1700 yen
For both transports, the final ascent is at 9:30 pm. May change without warning.
Closed
During bad weather or improvements. (Check the website.)
Credit Cards
Available at some locations. (Ask for details.)
URL(Japanese)
http://moiwa.sapporo-dc.co.jp/

2. Sapporo-Only Events

There are a wide variety of events held in Sapporo in each season. If you add in some sightseeing locations to these events, you can discover an all-new Sapporo.

<Mid-May~Early June> Sapporo Lilac Festival

This event is held when lilacs, the city tree of Sapporo, are in bloom.

Around 400 lilac trees go into full bloom in Odori Park
Around 400 lilac trees go into full bloom in Odori Park

<June> YOSAKOI Soran Festival

More than 300 teams perform Soran Bushi (a traditional Hokkaido fishery workers' song) while playing clappers.

Enjoy the powerful performance from up close!
Enjoy the powerful performance from up close!

<Mid-July~Mid-August> Sapporo Summer Festival

A beer garden and the Hokkai Bon-Odori dance are held at Odori Park.

A bustling large-scale beer garden
A bustling large-scale beer garden

<September> Sapporo Autumn Fest

This large event with the theme "Hokkaido-Sapporo foods" assembles local culinary delights.

Delicious foods gather together in autumn in Sapporo!
Delicious foods gather together in autumn in Sapporo!

<Late November~December> Munich Christmas Market in Sapporo

The Christmas Market of Sapporo’s sister city, Munich, is re-created at Odori Park. Gourmet food stalls line the park.

Take a commemorative photo if you’re lucky enough to meet Santa!
Take a commemorative photo if you’re lucky enough to meet Santa!

<Late November~Mid-March> Sapporo White Illumination

A familiar winter event in Sapporo during which some 800,000 lights adorn the city.

The combination of lights and snow create a fantastical scene
The combination of lights and snow create a fantastical scene

<End of January~Start of February> Sapporo Snow Festival

A famous Sapporo winter festival attended by more than 2 million people. Elaborate snow sculptures are put on display.

A large snow sculpture of Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral). ©Hokkaido Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
A large snow sculpture of Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral).
©Hokkaido Broadcasting Co., Ltd.

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