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Sapporo Has Many Tourist Attractions and Famous Events

March 24th, 2014

SAPPORO

Sapporo (札幌) that 1.91 million people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. An origin of its name means "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the fifth largest city in japan. Besides, the population accounts for 30% of Hokkaido's population. As for climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall has more than 1 m.

Odori Park
Sapporo

Many tourist attractions gather in the downtown, and it is one of Sapporo's good points that tourists can move in a relatively short time. There are a lot of famous tourist attractions and restraunts with tasty foods between Sapporo Station Square (札幌駅前) to Odori Park (大通公園). In addition, in spite of such the large city, it takes 30 minutes to reach to the tourist attractions with full of nature such as Mt. Okura (大倉山), Mt. Moiwa (藻岩山) and Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill (羊ケ丘公園). Furthermore, tourists can go to even Otaru city and Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) for a hour. Because a transportation network to the whole Hokkaido develops, Sapporo is convenient for a sightseeing base.

Winter Illumination
Sapporo

In most cases, traveling sightseeing spots take time in Hokkaido, and means of transportation are limited. Only Sapporo has a suway in Hokkaido, and it is one of the good points that tourists do not have toruble with the means of transportation even in a summer and a winter. The subway seems to be rare in a snowy region globally.

Streetcar
Sapporo

Speaking of local specialities of Sapporo, there are many kinds including Soup Curry (スープカレー), Beer Halls, Mongolian Barbecue (ジンギスカン * Jingisukan), Sapporo Ramen, Crab and Fish, Vegetables. Many cooking ingredients produced in Hokkaido gather to Sapporo. As for restraunts and shops, I think that they serve fresh and reasonable dishes. Furthermore, famous confectioner's shops and antenna-into-the-future shops gather from all over Hokkaido, and tourists can eat tasty foods from all over Hokkaido even in Sapporo. I often hear that tourists gain weight to eat too much while staying in Sapporo. Everybody, please be careful of overeating!

Sashimi Boat of Tecchan
Sapporo
Soup Curry of Soul Store
Sapporo

I introduce about standard tourist attractions around Sapporo Station on the first page and introduce about tourist attractions in the suburbs of Sapporo and events on the second page.

A page of Sapporo foods and onsen is this

Sapporo Foods and Onsen

Standard Tourist Attractions around Sapporo Station

Let me briefly explain about standard tourist attractions around Sapporo Station. At first, tourists get off a train in "A: Sapporo Station" and go to "B: JR tower". At the JR tower, 360-degree view of whole Sapporo city can be looked over. Then, go to Hokkaido University. To observe typical plants of Hokkaido at "C: Poplar Trees Lined along Hokudai Avenue". Afterwards, to move to "D: Bust of Dr. W.S. Clark". A representing famous foreigner of Sapporo can be known. From there, to go to "E: Former Hokkaido Government Office", and let's photograph a red brick building. Then let's go to "F: Hokkaido University Botanical Garden" or "G: Sapporo City Museum" to your liking because those are not famous. Then let's take a rest at "H: Odori Park and Sapporo TV Tower", and You can eat a boiled or grilled corn and an ice cream from a wagon sale, and let's refresh yourself. Finally, it passes for 4-5 hours generally after going to see "I: Sapporo Clock Tower".

There are many restrauns and shops that tourists can enjoy eating around Odori Park. For example, "Aji-no-Sanpei (味の三平)" is said to be an originator of Sapporo Miso Ramen, and "Aji-no-Tokeidai (味の時計台)" is known for having many signature boards of celebrities, "Matsuo Jingisukan (松尾ジンギスカン)", famous mongolian barbecue (Jingisukan) restraunt, open a business. In addition, there are famous Soup Curry (スープカレー) restraunts in a neighborhood of the Odori Park.

Odori Park

Odori Park is located in the very center of Sapporo city and is located between Sapporo station and Susukino. There are offices and commercial facilities around the Odori Park, but the Odori Park has rich plants and is a comfortable place. The Odori Park stretches 1.5 km from east to west, and there is Sapporo TV Tower (テレビ塔) on the easternmost tip of the Odori Park and is Sapporo Shiryokan (札幌市資料館 * Former Sapporo Court of Appeals) on the westernmost tip of the Odori Park. grilled corns with seasoned soy sauce or boiled corns are sold at wagon sales in a summer. Please eat the local speciality foods. Article is here

Odori Park and Sapporo TV Tower
Odori Park and Sapporo TV Tower

Sapporo TV Tower

Sapporo TV Tower (札幌テレビ塔) is a tower for broadcasting in the east end of Odori Park in Sapporo and its height is 147.2 m. It was built for TV waves of NHK (日本放送協会) adjacent to the Sapporo TV Tower in 1956 and has been known as a landmark of Sapporo and one of famous school trip spots. It becomes more popular a night view spot as well as a daytime view spot because Sapporo has been chosen Top 3 Night Views in Japan with Nagasaki (長崎) and Kobe (神戸). By the way, a bungee jumping commemorated 60 the anniversary is held. Participants can junp from a place at 30 m above sea level. An only observation deck is chraged. Article is here

Odori Park from Observation Deck
Sapporo TV Tower

Atmosphere of Sapporo TV Tower Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sapporo TV Tower

JR Tower Observation Deck T38

JR Tower (JRタワー) is a shopping and office complex united with Sapporo Station. The commercial complex named Sapporo Stellar Place (札幌ステラプレイス) is famous for enjoying the shopping and tasty foods. The JR Tower built in 2003 has became a new famous tourist attraction in Sapporo. It is a special feature that tourists get off a train at the Sapporo Station and can reach to the tower immediately. Without going out from station buildings, the tourists can go to an obseravatory deck at 160 m above sea level. I was interested in superb views like miniatures from the tallest building in Hokkaido. A night view can be enjoyed in the evening, too. Admission fee was JPY 720. Article is here

JR Tower
JR Tower

Atmosphere of JR Tower Observation Deck T38 Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of JR Tower Observation Deck T38

Former Hokkaido Government Office

Former Hokkaido Government Office (北海道道庁旧本庁舎) is a historical building in chuo ward, Sapporo city and has an another name "Akarenga (赤レンガ * Red Brick)", and its name is popular name, too. It was built as a neo-baroque style building with a lot of redbricks in 1888 and has designed as a national important cultural property. Bureau of Hokkaido Development was established here once and has been the center of the Hokkaido politics since the old days. There are a garden as well as Present Hokkaido Government Office at the site, too, so here is a place of rest and relaxation for Sapporo people. It is famous as a popular photo spot because of photogenic appearance. Relevant documents are displayed at the building from that period. Admission free. The Former Hokkaido Government Office is relatively near Sapporo Station. In a spring, cherry blossoms can be enjoyed, and ginkgo trees can be enjoyed in an autumn, too. Article is here

Former Hokkaido Government Office
Former Hokkaido Government Office

Atmosphere of Former Hokkaido Government Office Can Be Watched on Youtube

Moive of Former Hokkaido Government Office

Hokkaido University Botanical Garden

Hokkaido University Botanical Garden (北海道大学植物園) is a botanical garden that tourists can appreciate approximately 4,000 kinds of plants and is a little-known spot in the Sapporo tourists attractions. Admission charged. I think that this is a typical Hokkaido tourists attraction with vast area in the downtown. A garden is cared for neatly, and a view is comfortable. Article is here

Atmosphere of Hokkaido University Botanical Garden Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hokkaido University Botanical Garden

Sapporo Clock Tower

Sapporo Clock Tower (札幌市時計台) is a historical building built in 1978 in Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and has designed as a national important cultural property. Its official name is "Drill Hall of Former Sapporo Agricultural College (旧札幌農学校演武場)". The Sapporo Agricultural College is the present Hokkaido University (北海道大学). The first principal is Dr. Clark (クラーク博士). He is one of the most famous foreigners in Hokkaido and is known for "Boys, be ambitious". In addition, it is known as one of Three Worst Diappointments in Japan. This is why tourists do not feel magnificent Hokkaido because the building is surrounded by large buildings. Of course, the tourists should control the expectation, so the tourists would not disappoint. For example, you should visit as if a building designed as a national important cultural property with about 20 m in height is untouched to hold against a land shark in high-rise buildings of Shinjuku (新宿). A lot of tourists take photos with a smile, so maybe here is an exhilaration spot. Admission fee is JPY 200. By the way, the tourists can look over the Sapporo Clock Tower from a rooftop of Sapporo City Hall in the summer season. Admission free. Article is here

Sapporo Clock Tower
Sapporo Clock Tower

Atmosphere of Sapporo Clock Tower Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sapporo Clock Tower

Hokkaido University

Hokkaido University (北海道大学) is famous for having "Poplar Trees Line along Avenue (ポプラ並木)", "Ginkgo Trees Line along Avenue (イチョウ並木)" and "Bust of Dr. Clark (クラーク博士の胸像)". This university has plottage of 1.77 million m2 in the downtown and stretches 4 subway station, from Sapporo Station to Kita-24Jo Station, from north to south. It takes from 30 to 60 minutes on foot, but tourists will be able to feel an idyllic impression in a scenery of green plants and the sky and school buildings.

Poplar Trees
Poplar Trees
Bust of Dr. Clark
Bust of Dr. Clark

Atmosphere of Hokkaido University Can Be Watched on Youtube

Moive of Hokkaido University

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Pay parking is provided
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open year all round
Telephone number +81-11-716-2111
Home page Home page is here

Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence

Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence (北海道知事公館) was built in the center of Sapporo city in 1936. There is very large land of 734 m2 in the downtown, and it is called an urban oasis because the ground is covered with green plants. Article is here

Cherry Blossom
Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence in Sapporo

Other Tourist Attractions in Downtown

Except a neighborhood of Sapporo Station and Odori Park, Susukino (ススキノ) and Sapporo Factory are famous town and facilities. Both are places related to liquors, but the Sapporo Factory is known as compound amusement facilities.

Susukino

Susukino that is the best entertainment district in Hokkaido is one of the 3 major entertainment districts with Kabukicho Shinjuku and Nakasu Fukuoka in Japan. Many hostess bars that women are attended are known as night sightseeing spots, but there are many restraunts and shops that tourists can enjoy drinking and eating. Ramen Yokocho (ラーメン横丁 * Susukino Ramen Street) that ramen restraunts line up, Kani Shogun (かに将軍 * General Crab), Daruma (だるま) of Jingisukan and Kirin Beer Garden. In addition, there is still a lot.

Susukino
Susukino

Furthermore, people gather to the Susukino from all over the Hokkaido and open their bars and restraunts at the Susukino. They lay in stocks of tasty cooking ingredients of their hometown every day and serve dishes using seasonal seafood and vegetables. I think that it is only susukino that tourists can eat seasonal dishes from all over the Hokkaido while staying in Sapporo.

Atmosphere of Susukino Can Be Watched on Youtube

Moive of Susukino

Sapporo Factory

Sapporo Factory (札幌ファクトリー) is ruins of the first beer factory "Hokkaido Development Commission Brewery (開拓使麦酒醸造所)" in Japan. The ruins of buildings were rebeared as amusement facilities utilized an old atomosphere. The facilities are roughly divided into 7 buildings, Renga kan, 1-Jo kan, 2-Jo kan, 3-Jo kan, Atrium, Frontier Kan and Hotel Clubby Sapporo, and there are 160 shops and facilities such as a movie theater, a shopping center, restaurants, cafes, a hotel at the those buildings. Article is here

Sapporo Factory
Sapporo Factory in Sapporo

Atmosphere of Sapporo Factory Can Be Watched on Youtube

Moive of Sapporo Factory

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Sapporo.

Booking.com

A page of Sapporo foods and onsen is this

Sapporo Foods and Onsen

The next page introduces about tourist attractions in the suburbs of Sapporo and events.

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