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Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium
Address Miyanomori 1274, Chuo-ku (011-641-1972)
Description Okurayama Ski Jump StadiumCommanding views across the vast Ishikari Plain can be seen from the start point (elev.: 300 m), which is gaining in popularity with tourists. The Sapporo Winter Sports Museum is also housed on the premises here to introduce the history of winter sports. It also has simulators in which visitors can experience winter sports.
Hours [Lift]
  • April 16 – 30: 9:00 – 17:00
  • May 1 – October 31: 8:30 – 18:00 (June – September: 8:30 – 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
  • November 1 - April 30: 9:00 – 17:00
Closed April 1 – 15 (for maintenance)
Lift fees O/W 250 yen, R/T 500 yen for junior high school students and older O/W 150 yen, R/T 300 yen for elementary school students
* Preschoolers must ride with a parent or guardian.
Access Ride the JR Bus (Maru 014) Araiyama sen from Maruyama koen Subway Station (Tozai Line[T06]) to Okurayama jump kyogijo iriguchi bus stop and walk about 10 minutes.
* Circular buses are available from the Sapporo Station Bus Terminal everyday between April 29 and November 3 (fare required).


Miyanomori Ski Jump Stadium
Address Miyanomori 1-jo 18-chome, Chuo-ku (011-642-1972)
Description The Winter Olympic Games in 1972 reached their peak at the 70-m ski jump, as Japanese jumpers swept the gold, silver and bronze at this ski jump stadium. Visitors can go close to the platform, and take pictures. Please note that ordinary visitors cannot use the lifts to the top.
Hours 9:00 – 17:00
Access From Maruyama koen Subway Station (Tozai Line[T06]), take the Maru 14 JR Hokkaido Bus Araiyama sen to the Miyanomori Schanze mae bus stop, and then walk 10 minutes.


Mt. Moiwa

Mt. Moiwa Ropeway (011-561-8177)

[Access to the Ropeway Sanroku Streetcar Stop]

  • Car: Drive on Ishiyama-dori (Route 230) from the downtown area to the Jozankei area, and turn right at the crossing of Minami 19-jo toward the Ropeway Sanroku Station (Approx. 12 minutes)
  • Taxi: The taxi fare is about 1,500 yen from Susukino (a medium-sized taxi)
  • Streetcar: Get off at Ropeway Iriguchi Streetcar Stop, and walk west for 7 minutes (Approx. 20 minutes by streetcar)
  • Subway, bus: Get off at the Maruyama koen Subway Station[T06], take the JR Bus (Maru 10 or 11) Ropeway sen at the Maruyama Bus Terminal to the Ropeway mae bus stop and walk 3 minutes (Approx. 11 minutes by bus)

[Time required for the ropeway]
It takes approximately 5 minutes by ropeway, approximately 3 to 5 minutes by microbus and approximately 12 minutes from Sanroku Station to the top of the mountain including transfer times. Roughly an hour is required, including time spent enjoying the view.

The ropeway departs every 15 minutes.

[Ropeway operation times]
April 9 – May 31: 10:30 – 21:30
June 1 – September 30: 10:30 – 22:00
October 1 – November 19: 10:30 – 21:30
December 10 – March 31: 11:00 – 20:00
December 31: 11:00 – 15:00
January 1: 5:00 – 12:00
During the Snow Festival and Christmas seasons: 11:00 – 21:00

[Ropeway fees]
600 yen
1,100 yen
300 yen
550 yen
* Closed: April 1 – 8, November 20 – December 9


Observation deck

The observation deck at the summit commands a splendid view of the Ishikari Plain, the Ishikari River, Ishikari Bay and Mt. Eniwadake in the vicinity of Lake Shikotsu.
April 9 – May 31: 9:00 – 21:30
June 1 – September 30: 9:00 – 22:30
October 1 – November 19: 9:00 – 21:30
December 10 – March 31: 11:00 – 19:30
December 31: 11:00 – 14:30
January 1: 5:00 – 11:30
During the Snow Festival: 11:00 – 20:30
* Closed: December 1 – 9 and April 1 – 8


Mt. Moiwa Sightseeing Road (011-571-7131)

Approximately 4-km-long route passing longitudinally through the south side of Mt. Moiwa.

[Route to the entrance of Mt. Moiwa Sightseeing Road.]
Drive along Ishiyama dori (Route 230) from central Sapporo toward Jozankei. At the intersection marked Kawazoe 1-1, bear right on Kawazoe chuo dori; turn right at the first traffic signal onto Kitanosawa yamanote sen and drive for approximately 1 km to the tollgate on the right side.

April 9 – 30: 9:00 – 22:00
May 1 – September 30: 9:00 – 23:00
October 1 – November 30: 9:00 – 22:00
* The up lane closes 30 minutes before the road closes.
* Closed: December 1 – April 8.

Motorcycle (over 125 cc): 320 yen
Passenger car: 660 yen
Small bus: 1,340 yen
Large bus, trucks: 2,000 yen



Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill
Address Hitsujigaoka 1, Toyohira-ku (011-851-3080)
May – June: 8:30 – 18:00
July – September: 8:30 – 19:00
October – April: 9:00 – 17:00
Closed Open all year
Admission fee
  • 500 yen for high school students and older
  • 300 yen for elementary and junior high school students
Access From Fukuzumi Subway Station (Toho Line[H14]), take the Chuo Bus (Fuku 84) to the Hitsujigaoka tenbodai bus stop.

Sheep graze on the hill, which affords a view of Sapporo over the grassland.  There is also a famous statue of Dr. Clark (one of the founders of Sapporo Agricultural College, the predecessor of Hokkaido University) in the area, in addition to the following highlights:

  • A rest house where you can enjoy genuine griddle-cooked lamb
  • The Australian pavilion (shop), which was built for the Winter Olympic Games in Sapporo in 1972, was then moved in its entirety to its present location.
  • Romantic wedding hall, Sapporo Blanc Birch Chapel (011-859-1112), which is surrounded by beautiful nature
  • Monument to the song "Koi no Machi Sapporo"
  • Sapporo Snow Festival Museum
  • Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Monument


JR Tower Observation Deck T38 (Tower Three Eight)
Hours 10:00 – 23:00 (Last admission: 22:30)
Closed Open all year
Admission Fee Adults 700 yen, junior high and high school students 500 yen, children 300 yen
Access Connected to JR and Subway Sapporo Station[N06,H07]. Buy a ticket at the 6th floor (Observatory Entrance Floor) of JR Tower and take a special elevator to the 38th floor.
Description This observation deck (160 m above the ground) on the top floor (38F) is the highest viewing room north of the Kanto region, and visitors can enjoy marvelous scenery.


Sapporo TV Tower
Address Nishi 1, Odori, Chuo-ku (011-241-1131)
Hours April 1 – May 31: 9:30 – 21:30
June 1 – October 12: 9:30 – 22:00
October 13 – March 31: 9:30 – 21:30
Closed November 4 (Wed), January 1 – 2, February 22 (Mon.)
* Business hours and days closed vary yearly.
Admission fee Adults: 700 yen
High school students: 600 yen
Junior high school students: 400 yen
Elementary school students: 300 yen
Children (3 years of age or older): 100 yen
Access Close to Odori Subway Station[T09,N07,H08]
Description The view from the observation deck 90.38 m above the ground affords a panorama of the symbol of Sapporo, Odori Park, the mountains around Sapporo and the Sea of Japan.


Sapporo Dome (Observation deck, Dome tour)
Address Hitsujigaoka 1, Toyohira-ku (011-850-1020)
Hours Observation deck: 10:00 – 18:00
Dome tour: 10:00 – 16:00 (hourly, for approximately 50 minutes)
Closed Please inquire at the dome. (depending on events)
Admission fee
  • Observation deck
    High school students or older: 500 yen, elementary and junior high school students: 300 yen
  • Dome tour
    High school students or older: 1,000 yen, children 4 years of age or older: 500 yen
  • Tickets for observation deck and Dome tour
    High school students or older: 1,200 yen, elementary and junior high school students: 650 yen
Access 10-minute walk from Fukuzumi Subway Station (Toho Line[H14])
Description An all-weather, multipurpose dome for large-scale sporting events, concerts and conventions.
In addition to events, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of central Sapporo from the observation deck and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dome.


Noria (A Ferris wheel on the roof of the Norbesa Bldg.)
Address Minami 3-jo, Nishi 5-chome, Chuo-ku (261-8875)
Hours 11:00 – 23:00 (weekdays, last admission: 22:50)
11:00 – 3:00 the following the day on Fridays, Saturdays, and the day before a national holiday (last admission: 2:50)
Closed Open all year
(per gondola)
600 yen per person
1,200 yen for two persons
1,800 yen for three persons
2,000 yen for four persons
400 yen for the handicapped
* Feel free to bring your own food and drink, bought from the shops in Norbesa
Access 2-minute walk from Susukino Subway Station (Namboku Line[N08])
Description This 45.5-meter-wide Ferris wheel – the first in Sapporo – stands 78 m above the ground and has a total of 32 gondolas. The four-seater gondolas take approx. 10 minutes to go round. Since all the gondolas are barrier free, people in wheelchairs can also enjoy Noria. Thanks to electric heating, visitors can enjoy "air walking" in Sapporo throughout the year.