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Sapporo Tourist Information


Sapporo Tourist Association
North 1, West 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Tel: +81-11-211-3341
Business Hours: 8:45a.m.~5:15p.m.
Regular Closed Day: Sat. Sun. National holiday
Sapporo Tourist Association

Prominent Sightseeing Locations in Sapporo
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Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill

With the statue of Dr. Clark the father to the opening up of Hokkaido
<Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill>
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The fountains in Sapporo's central Odori Park

The fountains in Sapporo's central Odori Park

Sappro Clock Tower

A symbol of Sapporo
<Sappro Clock Tower>

Former Hokkaido Government Office Building

Known for its endearing red bricks
<Former Hokkaido Government Office Building>

Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade

Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade

Corn on the cob vendor

A famous food stall in Odori Park
<Corn on the cob vendor>

Glass Pyramid

Moerenuma park, comprehensive park, which was designed by international landscape architect Isamu Noguchi
<Glass Pyramid>

Hoheikan

Located inside of Nakajima Park and the south of Susukino, the famous downtown area of Sapporo city<Hoheikan>

Sapporo Tourist Association
Tourist Information Center
Hokkaido-Sapporo Tourist Information Center ■Hokkaido-Sapporo Tourist Information Center

Available Languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean

AddressJR Sapporo West Concourse, Kita 6-jyo 4-chome, Kita-ku, Sapporo
Business Hours8:30a.m.~8:00p.m.
(JR General Information Center 8:30a.m.~7:00p.m.)
HolidaysOpen all year
InquiriesTEL +81-11-213-5088

Odori Information Station ■Odori Information Station

Available Languages: Japanese, English

AddressOdori Station on the Tozai Line (Subway), Basement Concourse, Next to the Hokkaido Bank (Odori Nishi 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi)
Business Hours8:30a.m.~8:00p.m.
10:00a.m.~8:00p.m.
(Sunday & National Holidays: open till 7:00p.m.)
HolidaysDecember 29–January 1

Sapporo International Communication Plaza ■Sapporo International Communication Plaza

Available Languages: Japanese, English

AddressAddress: MN-Bldg. 3F, Kita 1-jo Nishi 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 060-0001, JAPAN (Inside Sapporo International Communication Plaza Foundation Building)
Business Hours9:00a.m.~5:30p.m.
HolidaysSunday, National Holiday、December 28–January 4
InquiriesTEL +81-11-211-3678

Odori Park Tourist Information ■Odori Park Tourist Information

Available Language: Japanese

AddressOdori Nishi 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Business HoursJune–August:
9:00a.m.~6:00p.m.
April, May, September and October: 9:30a.m.~5:30p.m.
HolidaysOpen all year
(November-March )
※Closed for bad weather on occasion
InquiriesTEL +81-11-211-2376
Video Introduction

Video to introduce the Sapporo
▶Video to introduce the Sapporo

Hot Springs of Sapporo

Hot Springs of Sapporo
▶Jozankei Hot Springs

Welcome to Sapporo, the city which impresses and gives happiness to every visitor.

Sapporo is an attractive city throughout the four seasons. Sapporo is the center of the culture of Hokkaido. The city was first cultivated from the corner of a massive Ishikari Plain in the Meiji era and now the modern cityscape is beautifully aligned. Sapporo is the fifth biggest city in Japan, yet filled with rich nature and is considered "a Northern Paradise". It is the city of "food" where all the fresh ingredients gather from all over Hokkaido, the city of "romance" which passes on the beautiful culture left by Ainu people and the city of "blessing" which has high quality meltwater to moisten the lands, and it is the city of "hospitality", where people are warm hearted.

You can make new discoveries anytime you visit Sapporo. You can find tourist spots like "Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill" which allow tourists to enjoy the vastness of nature while staying in the big city, fresh seafood, varieties of sweets made from Hokkaido's dairy products produced by Hokkaido's rich nature and hot spring spots with an ample supply of water. You can make highly satisfying memories with "going out", "eating" and "lodging" while you visit Sapporo.


Basic Information

【Basic Information】

■Sapporo's population is about 1.92million (designated by government ordinance from 1972).
The city contains 10 wards, the fourth biggest city by its size in Japan. It has economic strength which is equivalent to a county ranked within no. 65 in the world.
■Portland is the Sister Cities of Sapporo

【Origin of the word “Sapporo”】
The leading theory is that it derivers from the Ainu (indigenous people of Japan) words “Sap (Dry) – Poro (Wide),” but another theory is that it derivers from “Sari (Wetland) -Poro (Wide) -Pe (River)” which describes the downstream basin of the Toyohira River.


【Introduction】The four seasons have clear differences. Spring arrives from April to June.
It is the season for cherry blossoms. July and August is the short summer in Hokkaido. It gets hot during daytime but it has refreshing temperature in the morning and night, a very comfortable season to spend. In October, the autumn arrives and it reaches nearly 0 degrees on some days.
The color of the mountains suddenly change to spectacular autumn leaves. December is the beginning of the long winter which creates a beautiful scenery with white snow.

【Climate of Sapporo】

SapporoJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Year
Average temperature
(℃)
-4.1-3.50.16.712.116.320.522.017.611.34.6-1.08.5
Precipitation
(mm)
110.795.780.160.955.151.467.2137.3137.6124.1102.7104.81127.6

Events of Sapporo

YOSAKOI Soran Festival  Early June

YOSAKOI Soran Festival Early June
Dancing festival which is the mixture of Yosakoi Dancing Festival in Kochi prefecture and Hokkaido's Soran Bushi, a traditional work song of Hokkaido herring fishery workers.

Hokkaido Shrine Festival  Middle of June

Hokkaido Shrine Festival Middle of June
The festival with over a century of history. There is a parade with 8 floats in the central and many street stalls are opened in Hokkaido-jingu Shrine and Nakajima Park

Sapporo Summer Festival  Middle of July-Late August

Sapporo Summer Festival Middle of July-Late August
Various events are held such as Odori Nouryo Garden (the festival to enjoy the cool evening in Summer), Hokkaido Bon Festival, various food festivals and more.

Sapporo Autumn Fest  Middle of September-Late September

Sapporo Autumn Fest Middle of September-Late September
A new autumn season event featuring 'food' of Hokkaido and Sapporo

Sapporo White Illumination Late November-Middle of Febuary

Sapporo White Illumination Late November-Middle of Febuary
Fantastic illuminations showcase in the snow is very popular. The event is held at Sapporo Ekimae Dori, the main street connecting Sapporo station and Odori park.

Sapporo Snow Festival  Early Febuary

Sapporo Snow Festival Early Febuary
International event where nations from all over the world participate. Over 300 snow sculptures from massive to small are displayed in Odori park and Susukino.

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Popular Spots

Maruyama Zoo Maruyama Zoo
Open: 9:00-17:00 Admission fees/ Adults ¥ 600, Free admission for Junior High School Students or younger
Getting off at Maruyama-Koen Station → getting on Maru 15 bus for 8 minutes and getting off at Doubutsuen Mae (in front of the Zoo).
Okurayama Viewing Point Okurayama Viewing Point
●April 29–November 3 8:30a.m.〜6:00p.m.
●November 4–April 28 9:00a.m.〜5:00p.m.
*Opening hours vary by season
Round trip ticket for ski lift/ Adults ¥ 500, Children ¥ 300
Getting off at Maruyama-Koen Station → getting on Maru 14 bus for 15 minutes and getting off at Okurayama Kyogijo Iriguchi (entrance of Okurayama Jump Stadium)
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Mt. Moiwa Observation Deck Mt. Moiwa Observation Deck
Open: 10:30a.m.〜10:00p.m.
Ropeway and Morris Car (mini-cable car)
round trip set fare/ Adults ¥1,700, Children ¥850
Getting off at Maruyama-Koen Station → getting on Junkan Maru 11 (belt-line Maru 11) bus for 17 minutes and getting off at Moiwa Sanroku Station (the station at the foot of Mt. Moiwa).
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Historical Village of Hokkaido Historical Village of Hokkaido
●May - September: Open/ 9:00a.m.〜5:00p.m. Open year-round
●October-April: Open/ 9:00a.m.〜4:30p.m. Closed/ Monday (If Monday is a holiday, open on Monday, closed on Tuesday)
Admission Fees/ April - November: Adults ¥830, Students ¥610,December - March: Adults ¥680, Students ¥550 *Free admission for Junior High School Students or younger
Getting off at Shin Sapporo Sta. →Take the 22 or shin-22 bus for 15 minutes and get off at the terminal.
horse tramway fare: Adults ¥270, Children ¥130
Botanic Garden, Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere, Hokkaido University Botanic Garden, Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere, Hokkaido University
Established in 1886. There are many valuable displays including the ancient landscape with approximately 4,000 species of plants, the oldest land development bureau museum and a reference room for Ainu, Hokkaido's aboriginal people.
●April 29-September 30
Open/ 9:00a.m.〜4:30p.m. Closed/ Monday (If Monday is a holiday, open on Monday, closed on Tuesday)
Admission Fee/ Adults ¥420, Children ¥300
●October 1-November 3
Open/ 9:00a.m.〜4:00p.m. Closed/ Monday (If Monday is a holiday, open on Monday, closed on Tuesday)
Admission Fee/ Adults ¥420, Children ¥300
●November 4-April 28
Open/ (Mon.-Fri.) 10:00a.m.-3:30p.m. (Sat.) 10:00a.m.-0:30p.m.
Closed/ Sun, National Holiday, December 28-January 4
Admission Fee/ ¥120

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There are great walking hot spots recommended by locals on the maps!

We distribute maps for free at hotels in Sapporo and tourist information centers.
Distributing Hotel List

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Popular Items

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Urban Transport - information for transportation to other areas.

【Aviation Line】

●Sapporo Okadama Airport
 →Hakodate about 40mins
 →Kushiro about 45mins
 →Rishiri about 60mins
●Shin Chitose Airport
 →Hakodate about 40mins
 →Kushiro about 45mins
 →Memanbetsu Airport about 45mins
 →Wakkanai about 55mins
 →Nakashibetsu about 50mins
 →Rishiri about 60mins


【Rail Line】Required time to reach major areas from Sapporo

→Ashahikawa about 1h 30mins
→Furano about 2hs
→Wakkanai about 5hs
→Hakodate about 3h 30mins
→Muroran about 1h 20mins
→Obihiro about 2h 30mins
→Ikeda about 2h 40mins
→Kushiro about 4hs
→Nemuro about 6h 30mins
→Abashiri about 5h 20mins


【Bus Information】


Bus Information

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→Otaru 70mins One way ¥610 Round trip ¥1,140
→Yoichi 100mins One way ¥1030 Round trip ¥1,890
→Noboribetsu Onsen 100mins One way ¥1,850
→Hakodate 315mins One way ¥4,810 Round trip ¥8,580
→Furano 150mins One way ¥2,260 Round trip ¥4,150
→Asahikawa 120mins One way ¥2,060 Round trip ¥3,860
→Abashiri 350mins One way ¥6,390 Round trip ¥12,040
→Wakkanai 350mins One way ¥6,200 Round trip ¥11,300
→Obihiro 220mins One way ¥3,770 Round trip ¥7,130
→Kushiro 345mins One way ¥5,770 Round trip ¥10,490
→Nemuro 390mins One way ¥7,400 Round trip ¥13,400
→Shari 450mins One way ¥7,200 Round trip ¥13,680
→Utoro 450mins One way ¥8,230 Round trip ¥15,430
→Shin Chitose Airport 70mins One way ¥1,030
→Niseko 225mins One way ¥2,040 Round trip ¥3,640


Bus lines connecting Hokkaido

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Major tourist cities in Hokkaido





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