When it comes to Hokkaido travel, I think many people have the myth that it is more convenient to “drive” or “go with a tour group”. But I’m telling you, if you like to travel freely, Sapporo is the best choice for you! Sapporo is located at the hub of transportation, and it is very convenient to go to Hokkaido University and Beaver Path shopping street, so what are the other must-see attractions in Sapporo?
- 1 1.Hokkaido Shrine
- 2 2. Hokkaido University
- 3 3.Odori park
- 4 4. Shiroi Koibito Park
- 5 5. sapporo beer museum
- 6 6. The Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill
- 7 7. Mt. Moiwa Observatory
- 8 8. Jogai market
- 9 9. The former main building of the Hokkaido Government (the Akarenga Building, the former main building of the Hokkaido Government)
- 10 10. Beaver Path Shopping Street
When it comes to shrines in Hokkaido, you can’t go wrong with Hokkaido Shrine! Located near downtown Sapporo, Hokkaido Shrine is easily accessible and has a very peaceful environment. In addition, the local Rilakuma and Kitty Gosho shrines attract many people!
Address: 474 Miyajigaoka, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Access: Approximately 15 minutes on foot from Tozai Subway Line Toyama Park Station
Opening hours: 7:00 – 16:00 (opening hours vary, based on the official website)
Detailed information: Hokkaido Shrine
2. Hokkaido University
Hokkaido is not only beautiful, but the university is also amazingly beautiful! Hokkaido University in Sapporo covers a large area with elegant European-style buildings, farms and woods, making it a perfect place to spend a morning strolling around the campus.
Note: Since Hokkaido University is a teaching area, you should keep the volume down when visiting so as not to disturb the local students!
Address: Kita 8-Nishi 5-chome, Kita-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Access: Sapporo Station Central North Exit is about a 10-minute walk away.
Sapporo TV Tower Observation Deck (Sapporo TV Tower)
Address: 1-chome, Odori-Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City
Access: Sapporo Station B1, Hakuno Station and Underground Street are connected to the tower.
Hours of operation: 9:00 – 22:00 (see the website for the holidays)
Admission: 720 yen (adults)
Sapporo TV Tower official website
4. Shiroi Koibito Park
One of Hokkaido’s most famous souvenirs is “White Lovers” chocolate chip cookies, which are a must-buy when you visit Japan. Not only can you visit the factory, but you can also make your own “White Lovers” at White Lovers Park. There are also staff who speak Chinese and English, so communication is not a problem at all.
Address: Miyazawa 2-jo 2-Chome, Nishi-ku, Sapporo City (Address: 43.087896, 141.269990)
Access: Get off at Miyazawa Station on the Tozai Subway Line
Hours of operation
9:00 – 18:00 (final admission is at 17:00)
9:00 – 19:00 (Piccadilly Shop, Labo Candy Shop)
Admission: 600 yen (high school students and above) 200 yen (under junior high school students) Free (under 3 years old)
Detailed information: White Lovers Park official website
5. sapporo beer museum
The Sapporo Beer Museum is the only beer museum in Japan, and the red brick building has been designated as a Hokkaido Cultural Property. Admission to the museum is free, and you can learn about the history of various beers and the brewing process. In addition, there is a tasting area on the first floor where you can taste various rare beers, but note that there is an additional charge for beer tasting.
Address: 1-1, Kita 7-jo Higashi 9-chome, Higashi-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Access: About a 10-minute walk from Higashi-Yakusho-mae Station on the Toho Subway Line
Hours of operation: 11:30 – 20:00 (Closed on Mondays)
Admission: Free (free admission and 500 yen for paid admission)
Detailed information: Sapporo Beer Museum website
6. The Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill
You can see the entire Sapporo streetscape and the wide Ishikari Plain from the Sheep’s Mound Observation Deck, the silver Sapporo Dome, and the cute sheep baa’s grazing at their leisure. Most importantly, make sure to take a picture in front of the statue of Dr. Clark, the father of Hokkaido, in the same pose, while shouting “Boys, be ambitious! You can also visit the Sapporo Snow Festival Museum and the Sapporo Blaupacki Church, a popular wedding shrine.
Address: 1 Yama-no-migaoka, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Access: Take a bus from Fukuzumi Station on the Toho Subway Line and transfer to the Fukuzu 84-Yamnochu Line to the final stop at the Yamnochu Observatory.
Hours of operation
8:30 – 18:00 (May and June)
8：30 – 19：00（July and August)
8：30 – 18：00（September)
9：00 – 17：00（October to April)
Admission: 520 yen (adults) 300 yen (elementary and junior high school students) Preschool children free
Detailed information: Sheep Knoll Observation Deck official website
7. Mt. Moiwa Observatory
I believe many people know that Hakodate is famous for its night view, but I’m telling you that Sapporo’s Mt. You can see the entire city of Sapporo from the top of Mt. On the observation deck is the Happiness Clock, which is known as a sacred place for lovers. Couples can hang their love locks on the railing next to the clock and enjoy the romantic night view of Sapporo together.
Address: 5-3-7, Fushimi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Access: Walk from Odori Subway Station to Sapporo Shiden Nishi 4-chome Station, take Sapporo Shiden to the entrance of Ropuwai, and then take the shuttle bus Minami 19 Nishi 15
Hours: 10:30 – 22:00 (April 1 to November 20) 11:00 – 22:00 (December 1 to March 31)
Closed：November 21 to November 30
Admission: 1700 yen (adult) for a round trip to the cable car Nakagibi station + the summit station 850 yen (child)
Detailed information: Mt. Moiwa official website
8. Jogai market
If you go to Tokyo, you must go to Tsukiji, if you go to Osaka, you must go to Kuromen Market, but what about Sapporo? Of course, you have to go to the market outside the field! You can find Hokkaido’s famous king crab and hairy crab here, and you must buy fruits such as sweet cantaloupe, and almost all of the stores offer tastings, so you can try them before you buy.
Address: Kita 11 Nishi 21-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City
Access: 10 minutes walk from the west exit of Kuwabara Station on JR or a 7-minute walk from Exit 5 of Kiseiken Station on the subway.
Hours of operation: 6:00 – 17:00 (food store opens at 7:00)
9. The former main building of the Hokkaido Government (the Akarenga Building, the former main building of the Hokkaido Government)
The old main office building of the Hokkaido Office, located near Sapporo Station, used to house the highest administrative office in Hokkaido. The American-style neo-baroque building is so distinctive that it has even been designated as a National Important Cultural Property. The museum exhibits materials on Hokkaido’s history, enabling us to gain a deeper understanding of Hokkaido.
Address: 6, Kita 3jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Access: About a 10-minute walk from JR Sapporo Station or Odori Subway Station
Hours of operation: 08:45 – 18:00
Admission: Free admission
10. Beaver Path Shopping Street
Last but not least, how can we come to Japan without shopping? Sapporo’s Beaver Path shopping street is not only full of delicious restaurants, but also a lot of drug stores where we can compare prices. I believe that Beaver Path shopping street is the best choice for shopping.
Address: Nishi 1-chome to Nishi 7-chome, between Minami 2jo and Minami 3jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Access：Approx. a 3-minute walk from Hakuno Station on the North-South Subway Line or Odori Station on the North-South and East-West Subway Lines of Sapporo City.
Hours of operation: Hours vary depending on the merchant
For more information: Beaver Path Shopping District website