30 Things to do in Sapporo

30 Things to do and to see in Sapporo

Sapporo, the capital of the mountainous northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, is well known for its beer, winter sports, and yearly Sapporo Snow Festival including gigantic ice figures.

Sapporo is one of the Japan’s newest urban communities, its population has developed from seven in 1857 to almost 2 million today, transforming itself into the Japan’s fifth-biggest city, and the prefectural capital of Hokkaidō, Sapporo (札幌) is a surprisingly dynamic and cosmopolitan city center that bustle with energy.

The city is composed by European and American architects in the late nineteenth century, Sapporo is molded by its wide matrix of tree-lined streets and sufficient public parks, which add to the city’s astounding level of liveability. After a day of having fun in the city, you can recover your vitality over a warm meal, an awesome suggestion given Sapporo’s entirely merited gastronomic notoriety.

Below is my 30 lists of places to go in Sapporo, I don’t put the “top” in my title because I love every place in the list especially the number 30th where I will sure return one day.

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1) 豊平峡ダム Hoheikyo Dam.

Rest house Hoheikyo Dam.
Rest house Hoheikyo Dam.

Houheikyo is a valley found in the upper reaches of the Toyohira river, in the northern area of the Shikotsu Toya National park, southern-west to the Sapporo city. This area is abundant with beautiful views as Hoheikyo Dam is surrounded by the natural scenery of the blue lake and green mountains.

2) モエレ沼公園 Moerenuma park.

Moerenuma hill.
Moerenuma hill.

Moerenuma park is a comprehensive recreation area that intended to be the base of the “Circular Greenbelt Concept” that combines the green spaces of the city of Sapporo inside a loop which is found in the northeastern part of Sapporo.

3) JRタワー展望室 T38 JR Tower observation deck.

View from the observatory T38.
View from the observatory T38.

An elegant observation deck located 160 meters above ground and offering stunning views even from its restroom.

4) 北海道大学&植物園  Hokkaido University and the Botanical Gardens.

Ginkgo Avenue in the Hokkaido University in Autumn.
Ginkgo Avenue in the Hokkaido University in Autumn.

On the north of the Botanical garden, The main gate of Hokkaido University is approximate seven minutes walk from the Sapporo Station. The buildings from the Agricultural College era which built in the Meiji Era, are being used as school building even today.

5) 中島公園 Nakajima Park.

Nakajima park in Autumn.
Nakajima park in Autumn.

Nakajima park is an urban park that has ethical facilities and historical properties. Offering a great place to feel the seasons.

6) 北海道神宮 Hokkaido Jingu (shrine).

Hokkaido Jingu.
Hokkaido Jingu.

The Hokkaido Jingu reveres three gods for the recovery of Hokkaido. The recovery of Hokkaido was started when the Meiji Restoration succeeded. Sovereign Meiji chose the guardian of the recovery of Hokkaido and revered them in this sanctuary in 1869.

7) もいわ山展望台 Moiwa Mountain observatory.

The night view on the rope way of Moiwayama.
The night view on the ropeway of Moiwayama.

Moiwa Yama is a characteristic landmark mountain secured by the Moiwa Primeval Forest. Bird view of Ishikari Bay and mountain from the observation deck.

8) サッポロビール博物 Sapporo Beer Museum.

Sapporo Beer Museum in winter.
Sapporo Beer Museum in winter.

Sapporo Beer Museum, the one and only beer museum in Japan and this red block building was raised initially as a factory of the Sapporo Sugar Company in 1890. It later opened as a museum in July 1987 to furnish guests with various information of beer brewing. The building also houses the Sapporo Beer Garden in the south wing.

9) 中央卸売市場 場外市場  Central Wholesale Market curb market.

Fresh seafood in the market.
Fresh seafood in the market.

Every day, fresh marine items and farming products of Hokkaido are purchased in from the next Sapporo Central Wholesale Market, and they offer them(product) at a shabby cost, with respect to the Sapporo crab showcase, around 60 stores are firmly situated in 2 lines.

10) 狸小路商店街 Tanukikoji mall.

My favorite shopping district in Sapporo.
My favorite shopping district in Sapporo.

Tanukikoji Mall is a shopping arcade that has been in operation since the frontier time frame which is a roughly 1km-long arcade with around 200 shops that runs east to west in downtown. The roofed arcade begins at Nishi-1-chome and ends at Nishi-7-chome. It can be used regardless of the weather and It’s an extraordinary place to purchase Hokkaido souvenirs!

11) 北海道開拓の村  Historical village of Hokkaido.

Hokkaido historical village.
Hokkaido historical village.

The Historical Village Hokkaido was opened in April 1983 with the goal of giving an experiential understanding of the lifestyle of the pioneer days and preserving the building’s representative of periodic cultures for children.

12) 滝野すずらん丘陵公園 Takino Suzuran Hillside Park.

Snow world in the Takino Suzuran park.
Snow world in the Takino Suzuran park.

Takino Suzuran Hillside Park is one of the National Government park in Hokkaido, situated around 50 minutes drive south of central Sapporo. This park highlights a delightful grounds surrounded by a rich natural scene. In summer the numerous flowers blossom and waterfalls in the park make the ideal scenery for fishing, cycling, or camping. Admission is free during the cold winter.

13) 平岡公園 Hiraokakoen.

Hiraoka Koen is just an ordinary park that loved by local. However, it transform into an outstanding travel sport during the Plum season.
Hiraoka Koen is just an ordinary park that loved by local. However, it transforms into an outstanding travel sport during the Plum season.

If you like to walk in a forest-like park, then I will recommend the Hiraoka Koen to you, you will feel refreshed when walking through the forest park.

Hiraoka Park is a 66.4hectare woodland park sitting about 11kilometers southeast of central Sapporo.More than half of the recreation center is wooded and functions as a habitat for various wild birds including the Great Spotted Woodpecker and bugs, such as Miyama Stag Beetle and Anotogaster Sieboldii (Oniyanma dragonfly). Moreover, these 6.5hectare woods come with around 1,200 plum trees and The proportion of red to white-blossomed plum trees is 4 to 6.

14) 定山渓  Jozankei.

Jozankei is the onsen territory.
Jozankei is the onsen territory.

Jozankei is situated on the southern tip of Sapporo and it is a well known hot spring resorts territory that accompanies with the Kappa legend. The symbol of Jozankei is the water sprite known as the “kappa”, the kappa is a nonexistent Japanese animal that lives both on land and in water. It is an interesting goblin-like creature, with a plate on its head, webbed hands and feet, and a duck-like mouth. It turned into the guardian soul of this place as the aftereffect of a legend about a young boy who should have been taken off to the place of kappa, where he lived joyfully. More than 20 kappa statues remain in different postures around the spa town, including the “great Kappa King”.

15) 百合が原公園 Yurigahara Park.

The Yurigahara park offering you the beauty of flower.
The Yurigahara park offering you the beauty of flower.

Yurigahara Park is located in the north region of Sapporo city and was established in 1983.More than 3500 perennial plants and trees, for example, Lily, Rose, Lilac, Dahlia and so on are planted, and visitors can enjoy seeing lovely blooms.

16) 旭山記念公園 Asahiyama Memorial Park.

Asahiyama is another best strolling park in Sapporo.
Asahiyama memorial park is another best strolling park in Sapporo.

Asahiyama Memorial Park is Located at the west end of Sapporo, the park’s lookout, sitting 137.5 meters above sea level, surrounded by sculpted gardens with a large lawn, fountain, a terraced Italian flowerbed, French geometric garden and Chinese arbor. The outer layer of the park is the Learning Forest, which offers hiking ways, with the background of Ezo alder, Ezo spruce, magnolia and false acacia trees.

17) 札幌ウィンタースポーツミュージアム Sapporo Winter Sports Museum.

Old ski equipment in the winter sport museum.
Old ski equipment in the winter sport museum.

The Sapporo Winter Sports Museum is sitting at the foot of the Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium, where the expensive hill ski jump challenges were held during the Sapporo Winter Olympics in 1972, furthermore, it is a place where can overlook downtown Sapporo.

18) 札幌競馬場 Sapporo Racecourse.

Sapporo racecourse is more than a typical racecourse.
Sapporo racecourse is more than a typical racecourse.

Sapporo Racecourse is situated in Chūō-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. It was implicit 1907 for horse racing use. It has 12,000 seats, with a limit of 30,000. This racecourse has two race gatherings every year (Each race meeting, for the most part, has six to twelve days).

19) ノースサファリ サッポロ North Safari Sapporo.

North Safari Sapporo, where you can befriend with various animals.

North Safari Sapporo is an interactive zoo where you can interface with animals. Interacted with a variety of animals! “Huge snake around your neck” experience is extremely popular!

20) 大通公園 Odori Park.

The Odori park, view from the TV tower.
The Odori park, view from the TV tower.

Odori Park is an oasis in the city center and extends 1.5 km from east to west. The history of Odori Park started in 1871 when it was developed as a large-scale firebreak to separate the downtown area to the administrative district in the north and the residential and commercial district in the south.

See also the snow festival and the white illumination here.

21) さっぽろテレビ塔 Sapporo TV Tower.

The TV tower, view from the Odori park.
The TV tower, view from the Odori park.

Sapporo TV Tower, standing 147.2 meters tall, is located in the heart of the city of Sapporo, east end of the Odori park. This landmark has been a well-known travel spot since its opening in 1957. It takes around a 60-second lift ride from the third floor to the observation stage at 90.38 meters above ground.

22) 白い恋人パーク チョコレートファクトリー  Shiroi Koibito park Chocolate Factory.

Shiroi Koibito park white Illumination in winter.
Shiroi Koibito park white Illumination in winter.

Shiroi Koibito Park is an awesome space in view of the standards of scrumptiousness, fun and stories of desserts from a long time ago.

23) 円山動物園 Maruyama Zoo.

Experience the Falcon free fly in Maruyama zoo.
Experience the Falcon free fly in Maruyama zoo.

The greatest engaging point of Maruyama Zoo is to enjoy the “Good relationship with Animals”. Here are many chances for you to encounter energizing time with animals. For example, in the “Kid’s Zoo”, you can try to feed a squirrel, monkies, touching guinea pigs, rabbits or other little alluring ones.

24) 羊ヶ丘展望台 Hitsujigaoka observatory.

Boys be ambitious!
Boys be ambitious!

It is on the highest point of the gently sloping hill and has a decent view of Sapporo city. Just to the north of this hill, you can see the Sapporo Dome which is a stadium for baseball and soccer.

25) すすきの Susukino.

A very bustle Susukino street. Enjoy a ton of night life in this bustle street.
A very bustle Susukino street. Enjoy a ton of nightlife in this bustling street.

I feel wow!! (゚0゚;)(;゚0゚)Japan! Japan! when I first enter to the Susukino region. I have been seeing similar street like this in the Japanese movie, now I can finally feel it(o^ ^o). The street is extremely bustle in the evening and is beautiful with the colorful light.

26) 札幌ドーム Sapporo Dome.

The home field of Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.
The home field of Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

The Dome is a stadium located in Toyohira-Ku, Sapporo, Japan, and is mainly used for baseball and association soccer. It is the home field of the baseball group Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters and the association soccer club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo.

27) 札幌芸術の森 Sapporo Art Park.

The big apple in the art park.
The big apple in the art park.

Sapporo Art Park is a city park that has different craftsmanship related facilities, for example, an open-air gallery, an art studio, a glass studio and a music hall. While centering on exhibitions of sculptures,  contemporary art and so on, it likewise concentrates on research, study and training activity.

28) 幌見峠ラベンダー園 Horomitoge Lavender Garden.

You can see the Sapporo city from Horomitoge Lavender Garden.
You can see the Sapporo city from Horomitoge Lavender Garden.

The Lavender Garden is one of the rare gems of Sapporo with its excellent view and the extensive stretches of lavender. After a long day of walking through the purple colored flowers, you can buy the lavender essential oils for a reasonable price in the Yume Koubou Satou.

29) 札幌ファックトリ Sapporo Factory.

Sapporo Factory is a shopping complex, and it is also an ideal recreational center.
Sapporo Factory is a shopping complex, and it is also an ideal recreational center.

Sapporo Factory is a famous shopping center which thrives in the historic site where beer was initially brewed by Japanese. it is also a famous recreational place for local with about 160 stores and facilities. Have a fantastic time in this dynamic shopping arcade, where every season brings new enjoyments.

30) エスタ大食品街 ESTA the grand food court (The gluttony street).

You will hesitated when you are going to buy an Onigiri.
You will hesitate if you are going to buy an Onigiri.

The ESTA grand food court offering more than 100 types of food to choose, from lunch, cake, drinks, side dish, lunch, bakery, dessert, and also packed Hokkaido food souvenir.

3 thoughts on “30 Things to do in Sapporo

  • December 9, 2016 at 5:54 am
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    Hi, did you trying skiing and snow activities at takino suzuran park? Is it accessible in winter via public transport?

    Many thanks!

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    • December 11, 2016 at 4:10 am
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      Hello, thanks for the comment and sorry for the late reply, yes, the snow world is open during winter and public transport is available from the subway Makomanai station, but it takes some time to travel.

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    • December 11, 2016 at 4:20 am
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      Here is the English official website for the Takino Suzuran.
      If you have not seen my suzuran blog site.

      I always travel alone, so I always see how people have fun (o^ ^o). I feel a bit shy if I just go by myself.

      Reply

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