Views of Sapporo That World People Admire -Okurayama Observation Deck in Sapporo-
June 18th, 2017
Okurayama Observation Deck (大倉山展望台) is a viewing point in Chuo ward, Sapporo city. In 1931, Okurayama Ski Jumping Hill (大倉山ジャンプ競技場) was built on the slope of Mt. Okurayama (大倉山) with 307 m in height. Of course, ski jumping is held in a winter. A starting poin on the mountaintop is an observation deck, so a splendid view is popular. Tripadvisor presented "20 Great Viewing Spots 2016 in Japan (行ってよかった！日本の展望スポット 2016)", and the Okurayama Observation Deck was ranked 5th, and overseas tourists gave high praise especially. I was surprised that a rank was higher than Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) and Tokyo Sky Tree (東京スカイツリー). Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Viewing Lounge (展望ラウンジ) has an observation deck in the rooftop, and Mt. Maruyama (円山), Mt. Sankakuyama (三角山), Sapporo Dome (札幌ドーム), Odori Park (大通公園) and Sapporo Station (札幌駅) come into sight. Almost landmarks of Sapporo can be seen. Views are great, so visitors will know that the Sapporo is very large. It is no wonder that the Okurayama Observation Deck has become extremely popular.
There are Okurayama Viewing Lounge Shop (大倉山展望ラウンジ売店) and a restroom at the Viewing Lounge. Since I had come to the Okurayama Observation Deck, I planned to eat a Mt. Okura specially made soft serve ice cream. I ordered a Swirl Soft Serve Ice Cream with Yubari Melon Flavor and Vanila Flavor (夕張メロンとバニラのミックス). The price was JPY 350. That was good sweet. In addition, customers are not alloed to take pictures to inside of the shop. By the way, Beware of crows when you eat it outside. They attack you to eat foods.
There are Sapporo Olympic Museum (札幌オリンピックミュージアム) and Crystal House (クリスタルハウス) as well as Okurayama Ski Jumping Hill in the site. As for the Sapporo Olympic Museum, there is a charge. The visitors can go up to the mountaintop by a ski lift. It takes about 5 minutes and costs JPY 500 round trip. The visitors can walk a trail and it takes about 20 minutes. Elementary school students climbed the mountain as an excursion when I visited here.
Atmosphere of Okurayama Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge *A ski lift fee is JPY 500|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (113 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours * The business hours of ski lift is from 09:00 to 17:00 (it changes depending on the season)|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 485 072*50|
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