Must-see Tourist Attractions in Sapporo

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Clock Tower © Kuruman/Flickr

Sapporo, the largest city on the island of Hokkaido is the fourth largest Japanese city by population. It is the capital of Hokkaido Prefecture, the northernmost prefecture in Japan. The city had been chosen in the Meiji Period to serve as the administrative center of the island, but only after the organization of the Olympic Winter Games in 1972 did Sapporo became a world famous city.

Sapporo is known all around the world for the amazing Sapporo Snow Festival which is organized every winter. Besides the Snow Festival, Sapporo Brewery is also known as a symbol of the city. Even though these are the main attractions of the city, Sapporo has dozens of other sights and attractions which worth a visit. This article presents some of the must-see tourist attractions in Sapporo.


Moerenuma Park

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Glass Pyramid at Moerenuma Park © localjapantimes/Flickr

 Moerenuma is located on the outskirts of Sapporo and it is considered to be the most beautiful green area of the city. This amazing park was designed and created by Isamu Noguchi, a famous Japanese American sculptor. Moerenuma Park is a relatively new tourist attraction in Sapporo: it was opened to the public only in 2005.


Landscape from Moerenuma Park © localjapantimes/Flickr

The park is filled with interesting and amazing sculptures and creations. Some of them are the Hidamari Glass Pyramid, the Play Mountain, Sea Fountain, Mount Moere and so on. The park is open between 7.00 and 22.00 every day and the admission is free. This park is a must-see attraction for every tourist in Sapporo.


Shiroi Koibito Park

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The Chocolate Factory at Shiroi Koibito, Sapporo © goodmami/Flickr

Shiroi Koibito is a theme park owned by Ishiya, a chocolate company in Sapporo. The park is a very famous tourist destination in Sapporo not only because of its beauty, but it has so many interesting facilities inside as well. There are dozens of shops, restaurants, cafés, chocolate exhibitions, cookie workshops, etc.

If you are interested in making chocolates, you can have a look inside the world of the factory as well. Witnessing the progress of making chocolate is a very interesting experience for each and every tourist in Sapporo. You can also visit Shiroi Koibito Park between 9.00 and 18.00 every day, for an admission of 600 Yen.


Clock Tower

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Clock Tower at Sapporo © Kuruman/Flickr

Tokeidai, or the Clock Tower is a symbolic touristic sight in Sapporo. The building itself is older than 130 years, and the clock had been purchased from Boston in the early 1880s. The inside of Clock Tower serves as a museum. On the first floor of the museum you can see items about the history of Sapporo and about the Clock Tower as well. The second floor gives place to some displays about the clock.

Clock Tower also gives home to a spacious ceremony hall which has a colonial American Midwestern style. You can visit Clock Tower starting from 8.45 until 17.00 almost every day; it is closed on the fourth Monday of every month and between 29 December and 3 January. The admission is 200 Yen.

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Ceremony Hall at Clock Tower Sapporo © MIKI Yoshihito (´・ω・)/Flickr




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