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[Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo] Tasty Beer Can Be Tasted for Reasonable Price at Only Museum of Beer in Japan

August 17th, 2019

Sapporo Garden Park

Sapporo Garden Park (サッポロガーデンパーク) is a commercial complex near Naebo Station in Higashi ward, Sapporo city. Sapporo Beer Garden (サッポロビール園), Sapporo Beer Museum (サッポロビール博物館), Ario Sapporo (アリオ札幌), Hokkaido Nipponham Fighters Indoor Practice Facility (北海道日本ハムファイターズ屋内練習場) and Sapporo Shrine (札幌神社) are built at the site of about 4,300 m2. The Sapporo Beer Garden and the Sapporo Beer Museum open a business at red brick buildings that are famous as an icon. The red brick buildings built in 1890 had been used by Sapporo Beer Brewery (札幌麦酒会社), the predecessor of Sapporo Breweries Limited (サッポロビール). The appearance with an atmosphere of Meiji period looks stylish. They rejected an offer of a national important cultural property from Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Red Brick Building in Spring
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Red Brick Building in Summer
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Red Brick Building in Winter
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Large Brew Kettle
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

The Sapporo Beer Garden has Kaitakushi-kan (開拓使館), Poplar-kan (ポプラ館), Lilac (ライラック), Garden Grill (ガーデングリル) and Garden Shop (ガーデンショップ), and is one of the major tourist attractions in the Sapporo. Savoring Mutton Barbecue (Genghis Khan) and beer is popular with tourists, and 600 thousand come. The Ario Sapporo is a 3-story commercial facility run by Ito-Yokado, and about 120 tenants open a bsuiness. It is crowded with local people. The Hokkaido Nipponham Fighters Indoor Practice Facility is an indoor small baseball ground for professional baseball players. Unfortunately, their practice do not open to the public. A dormitory for young professional baseball players is also built beside it, so a lot of fans seems to wait for them to come out.

Sapporo Beer Garden
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Hokkaido Nipponham Fighters Indoor Practice Facility
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Sapporo Shrine
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Ario Sapporo
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Beer
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Mutton Barbecue (Genghis Khan)
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

Some events are held at the Sapporo Garden Park. Yosakoi Soran Festival (YOSAKOIソーラン祭り) is held in early June, and Sapporo Beer Dosanko Appreciation DAY (サッポロビール道産子感謝DAY) is held between 2days in early July, and Sapporo Garden Park Winter Illumination (サッポロガーデンパークウィンターイルミネーション) is held from November to March.

Sapporo Beer Dosanko Appreciation DAY
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

Yosakoi Soran Festival

Yosakoi Soran Festival (YOSAKOIソーラン祭り) in Sapporo is a dance event mixed "Yosakoi Festival (よさこい祭)" in Kochi with a song of the herring fishing "Soran Bushi (ソーラン節 * Folk Tune Interjected as the Refrain of Soran)" familiar to Hokkaido people. Mr. Gaku Hasegawa (長谷川岳) was moved by the vibtrant Yosakoi Festival in the Kochi, and planned and designed the same dance event in the Hokkaido. The event was held for the first time in 1992, and audience was about 20,000. But it becomes a big event that about 2 million tourists visit the Sapporo at present. Open period is early June, and about 300 dance teams dance to win Yosakoi Soran Champion (YOSAKOIソーラン大賞) during 5 days in about 20 venues including Odori Park (大通公園), a main venue, in the Sapporo. Article is here

Yosakoi Soran Festival
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival

SAPPORO

Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Article is here

Sapporo
札幌

Sapporo Beer Museum

The Sapporo Beer Museum is a museum of the beer at the Kita-8jo street side of the former factory, and has opened a business since 1987. It is said that it is the only museum of the beer in Japan. The museum is divided into 3 floors, and visitors go up to the 3rd floor, and go down the floor. Waiting Lounge (ウェイティングラウンジ) and Premium Theater (プレミアムシアター) are on the 3rd floor, and Sapporo Gallery (サッポロギャラリー) is on the 2nd floor, and Star Hall and Museum Shop are on the 1st floor. Admission free. Premium Tour is held for a charge. Adult: JPY 500.

Entrance of 3rd Floor
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

The 3rd floor is named "Space of Dark and Impression (『暗』と感動の空間)". Only premium tour members can enter the Waiting Lounge and the Premium Theater. Ordinary visitors go down to the 2nd floor on foot while seeing a large bronze kettle for the beer, a diameter of about 6.1 m and the height of about 10 m.

Rooms Only for Premium Tour Members Are Allowed to Enter
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Stained Glass
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Large Kettle for Beer
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Atrium
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Large Kettle for Beer
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

The 2nd floor is named "Space of Light and Communication (『明』とコミュニケーションの空間)". 12 exhibition booths and a movie can be watched at the Sapporo Gallery, and ingredients and history of the beer can be known.

Device for Something
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Sapporo Gallery
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Posters
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Staircase to 1st Floor
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Logo Mark
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

The 1st floor is named "Space of Delicious More Toast (『乾杯をもっとおいしく』空間)". Fresh beer delivered from Sapporo Beer Hokkaido Factory and Sapporo Kaitakushi Beer Brewery can be tasted. As for prices, Sapporo Draft Beer Black Label (サッポロ生ビール黒ラベル) and Sapporo Classic (サッポロクラシック) are JPY 300, and Kaitakushi Beer (開拓使麦酒) is JPY 350. 3 Beer Tasting Set is also provided for good value price. Non-alcoholic beer and soft drinks are served, too. * Monday is a regular closing day, and if the Monday is a national holiday, the next day is a closing day.

Star Hall
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

I would savor the 3 Beer Tasting Set. I bought a ticket via a ticket vender, and gave my ticket to a staff at a counter in person. Then the staff poured the beer from beer cocks into glass cups.

Beer Is Poured from Beer Cock into Glass
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

I moved to a table. Even on weekdays, the Star Hall was crowded with people, and a lot of oversea tourists came, too. Colors of 3 types of the beer looked like those have no difference. All of the beer looked tasty. I was licking my chaps.

3 Beer Tasting Set
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

First, I held a glass cup of the Sapporo Draft Beer Black Label. A bit bitter was tasty. Second I held a glass cup of the Sapporo Classic. It tasted clear. Last I savored the Kaitakushi Beer. It kind of tasted thick, and included various tastes. My favorite is the Sapporo Classic.

Sapporo Draft Beer Black Label
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
3 Beer Tasting Set with Snack
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Female Staff Explains About Beer
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Museum Shop
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Beer Cardboard for Commemorative Photo
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

Movie of Sapporo Beer Museum

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (200 cars)
Business hour 11:00-20:00
Regular closing day New year holidays
Telephone number +81-11-748-1876
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 9 554 290*62

List of Events

The Yosakoi Soran Festival, the Sapporo Beer Dosanko Appreciation DAY and the Sapporo Garden Park Winter Illumination are held. My visited events are as follows.

Movie of YOSAKOI Soran Festival

Sapporo Beer Dosanko Appreciation DAY

The Sapporo Beer Dosanko Appreciation DAY is a gourmet event sponsored by the Sapporo Breweries Limited, and is well-known for serving the Sapporo Classic, Hokkaido exclusive, for JPY 200 to express Hokkaido people gratitude. I visited only the Sapporo Garden Park Venue, but 4 venues related to the Sapporo Beer were held. In 2019, Sapporo Beer Festival (札幌麦酒祭り) was held between 2days in early July at the Sapporo Garden Park Venue and Sapporo Factory Venue, the Sapporo, and Onko Festival (おんこ祭り) was held only in a day, early July at Hokkaido Sapporo Beer Factory Venue, Eniwa city, and a festival was held only in a day, early July at Kamifurano Venue.

Sapporo Beer Dosanko Appreciation DAY
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

The venue was crowded with visitors, and it seems that a lot of visitors come every year. About 36 food stalls opened a business, and served fresh seafood such as grilled scallops and grilled oysters and fresh meat for JPY 500. In addition, other food stalls also opened a business, and beer stalls served the beer for JPY 200 here and there. I was going to have a drink because of reasonable price. I drunk 6 cups of the beer finally, and was very satisfied.

Venue Is Crowded with Visitors
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Local Food Stalls
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Local Foods of 36 Regions Can Be Savored
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Staffs Keep Pouring Beer from Beer Cocks into Plastic Cups One After Another
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Sapporo Classic!
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Grilled Chicken!
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Sapporo Beer
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

Some events were held on the stage. Yosakoi Soran Dance, Traditional Ainu Dance and public talk were shown. A slightly strange event was a performance that Mr. Hideya Takashima (高島英也), the president of the Sapporo Breweries Limited, pourd the beer from a beer cock into plastic cups in successive. He worked at beer factories, and was familiar with the beer, so a long line was formed to want his beer.

President Pours Beer from Beer Cock into Plastic Cup
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Long Line for Beer Poured by President
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Cold Room for Beer
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Food Stalls
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Ario Sapporo and Stage
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

Personally, I was interested in the Traditional Ainu Dance. It is very good that the nice performance could be watched for free. I had never seen the Traditional Ainu Dance, and felt a live punch. Especailly, I admired Crane Dance (鶴の舞) because the dance looked like a real dance of the crane. A lot of playground equipments were provided, too, and families can enjoy the event.

Traditional Ainu Dance
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Crane Dance
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

Movie of Crane Dance

Garden of Sapporo Garden Park
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Rich Playground Equipment
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Patrol Car
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Pay parking is provided
Business hour 10:00-16:00 * Openning hour is changed depending on Days
Regular closing day From mid July to late June
Telephone number +81-11-748-1876
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 9 554 290*62

Sapporo Garden Park Winter Illumination

From November to March, tree at the site are decorated with illuminations, and the Sapporo Garden Park Winter Illumination is held. The buildings are lit up, too, and those look attractive in the snow. But it is cold, so you should wear warm clothes.

Illumination
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Illumination
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo
Illumination
Sapporo Beer Museum in Sapporo

Movie of Sapporo Garden Park Winter Illumination

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided
Business hour 16:30-22:30
Regular closing day From April to October
Telephone number +81-11-748-1876
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 9 554 290*62

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations near Sapporo Station. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

広告

Hotel Clubby Sapporo(ホテルクラビーサッポロ)
JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo(JRタワーホテル日航札幌)
Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo(京王プラザホテル札幌)
Mitsui Garden Hotel Sapporo(三井ガーデンホテル札幌)
City Cabin by Nikoh Refre(シティキャビン by ニコーリフレ)
Sapporo Grand Hotel(札幌グランドホテル)
New Otani Inn Sapporo(ニューオータニイン札幌)
Hotel Hokke Club Sapporo(ホテル法華クラブ札幌)
Hotel Tokeidai(ホテル時計台)
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APA Hotel TKP Sapporo Ekimae(アパホテル TKP札幌駅前)
Cross Hotel Sapporo(クロスホテル札幌)
Hotel Sapporo Garden Palace(ホテル札幌ガーデンパレス)
Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae(リッチモンドホテル札幌駅前)
Hotel Pearl City Sapporo(ホテルパールシティ札幌)
Century Royal Hotel Sapporo(センチュリーロイヤルホテル)
UNIZO Inn Sapporo(ユニゾイン札幌)
Sapporo Sumire Hotel(札幌すみれホテル)
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Hotel Gracery Sapporo(ホテルグレイスリー札幌)
Royton Sapporo Hotel(ロイトン札幌)
Hotel Route-Inn Sapporo Kitayojo(ホテルルートイン札幌北四条)
Hotel Monterey Edelhof Sapporo(ホテルモントレエーデルホフ札幌)
Nest Hotel Sapporo Ekimae(ネストホテル札幌駅前)
JR Inn Sapporo(JRイン札幌)
Nakamuraya Ryokan(中村屋旅館)
ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo(ANAクラウンプラザホテル札幌)
Sapporo Clark Hotel(札幌クラークホテル)
Hotel Mystays Sapporoeki Kitaguchi(ホテルマイステイズ札幌駅北口)
Apa Hotel TKP Sapporoeki Kitaguchi(アパホテル(TKP札幌駅北口) EXCELLENT)
Hotel Route Inn Sapporoeki Kitaguchi(ホテルルートイン 札幌駅前北口)
Toyoko Inn Sapporoeki Kitaguchi(東横イン札幌駅北口)
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Hotel My Stays Sapporo Aspen(ホテルマイステイズ札幌アスペン)
Hotel Sunroute Sapporo(ホテルサンルート札幌)
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Hotel WBF Sapporo North Gate(ホテルWBF札幌ノースゲート)
Hotel Keihan Sapporo(ホテル京阪 札幌)
Hotel Mets Sapporo(ホテルメッツ札幌)
Booking
Jalan
HOTEL LiVEMAX Sapporo-Ekimae(ホテルリブマックス札幌駅前)
Hokkaido Christian Center(北海道クリスチャンセンター)
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A page of Sapporo is here

Sapporo

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