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  • Makomanai Sekisui Heim Ice Arena
    17 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Minami-ku Makomanaikouen 1-1
    A multipurpose facility located in Sapporo City. The stadium has ice hockey, figure skating, and other competitive sport rinks and courts. The facility also has an adjoining gymnasium where badminton and table tennis games are held. The arena is also used for sports classes and as a concert venue. Some of the arena's facilities are only available for use in summer or winter.


  • Shiroi Koibito Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Nishi-ku Miyanosawanijou 2-11-36
    Shiroi Koibito Park is a theme park where you can tour the production plant for Shiroi Koibito, a well-known confectionary that is symbolic of Sapporo (an entry fee is charged). There are also hands on activities such as a course in drawing pictures on the Shiroi Koibito, which can be enjoyed by children and adults. The Shiroi Koibito Park is packed full of areas where you can experience things first hand such as a lounge where you can enjoy the sweets in a space surrounded by English antiques as well as a candy lab where you can watch demonstrations by candy craftsmen. There is also a beautiful rose garden which presents different aspects in summer and winter.
  • Hokkaido Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Miyagaoka 474
    Hokkaido Shrine is located about 15 minutes’ walk from Maruyama Koen Station on the Tozai Line. It was erected to worship the three deities of reclamation: Okunitama no kami, the deity of reclamation and development, Onamuchi no kami, and Sukunabikona no kami. In 1955, the Meiji Emperor, who adopted Western culture and built the foundations of Japan, was newly enshrined. Hokkaido Shrine is also known as a famous place for cherry blossoms in the spring and is popular among the local people.
  • Sapporo Clock Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitaichijounishi 2-chome Former Sapporo Agricultural College Demonstration Center
    The clock tower familiarly, called “Sapporo Clock Tower” was originally constructed as a drill hall for the former Sapporo Agricultural College, the predecessor of Hokkaido University. Originally there was no bell tower but only a mechanism of pulling a rope to ring a small bell, however, the bell tower was constructed in 1881 under the direction of the Governor Kiyotaka Kuroda and since then a Howard pendulum type clock has been in use. It is about 10 minutes on foot from the nearest Odoori Station. The first floor serves as a museum displaying the history of the clock tower and on the second floor you can experience the atmosphere of the historic drill hall and view the workings of the clock.
  • Hokkaido University
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Kita-ku Kitahachijounishi 5
    Hokkaido University, which first opened as Sapporo Agriculture College in 1876. After that, it has made a great contribution not only to agriculture, but also to the development of Hokkaido. The words Professor Clark left for his students on his departure from Sapporo “Boys be ambitious!” remain as the university’s motto today. The university grounds are enormous, the Sapporo campus being approximately 1.77 million square meters, which is the size of 38 Tokyo Dome baseball stadiums. Walking around the nature-filled campus with its avenues lined with poplars and elm forests is an enjoyable experience.
  • Abashiri Prison Museum
    654 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Abashirishi Yobito 1-1
    This historic museum has preserved the former Abashiri Prison barracks as an outdoor museum. It was completely renovated in 2010. The virtual prison movie titled ''Forests Where Inmates in a Red Prison Uniform Worked'' is a must-see digital stereophonic theater experience focusing on the harsh working conditions of the erstwhile prisoners captured with the latest technology. One can explore the facility on a Guided Prison Tour, or actually eat the food the prisoners were given with the Experience Prison Food encounter. Two of the structures, 8 wards, transferred here are treasured as Japan's Important Cultural Properties.

    This place is so historiful, in here you can feel how prisoners life, you can see this old place is so unique. But one thing make this place different from another prison is this place so clean. ありがとう

  • Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 14-12
    The Kanemori Warehouses in Hakodate are a complex of warehouses now used for general purposes. There are shops, the Hakodate Beer Hall and more in the Kanemori Youbutsukan and Hakodate Street Plaza, and BAY Hakodate has cafes and a chapel. The fourth area is Kanemori Hall, which hosts concerts and other events. The warehouses are lit up at night for a totally different atmosphere from the daytime.
  • Former Hokkaido Government Office Building (Red Brick Office)
    1905 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitasanjounishi 6
    The building called “The red brick office” (aka renga chosha) is the symbol of development in Hokkaido and is a brick building that was completed in 1888. It is built in the neo-baroque American-style and is designated as a National Important Cultural Property. The building was restored to its original state in 1968 after the roof and interior were lost to fire. Many flowers such as cherry trees and tulips have been planted in the grounds making it a relaxing spot for the locals.

    The building is just so beautiful to look at both from ourside and inside. Very grand and it stands out from the rest of it’s surrounding. It’s now a museum, tourist information centre and small gift...

  • Sapporo Shiryokan (Former Sapporo Court of Appeals)
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Odorinishi 13-chome
    Sapporo Shiryokan is located to the west of Odori Park, and at the time when the building was constructed in 1926 was used as the Sapporo Court of Appeals (now the Sapporo High Court.) Made from valuable Sapporo soft stone, it has also been designated as a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property. In addition to exhibition rooms on the city’s history and the criminal court, the building also contains galleries that can be enjoyed by city residents such as the memorial hall for Sapporo-born manga artist and painter Hiroshi Ooba.
  • Sapporo Winter Sports Museum
    146 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Miyanomori 1274 Okurayama jumping stadium
    Sapporo Winter Sports Museum is located in the Okurayama Jump Stadium about 30 minutes by car from Sapporo Station. There are exhibits of many valuable materials from the Sapporo Winter Olympics held in 1972 in the museum as well as simulators that allow visitors to experience ski jumping while watching on the big screen. This is a place where you can see, touch and experience the fun of winter sports.

    It takes half an hour from the centre of Sapporo to reach the “Schanze” and the museum. For a mere 1000 Yen you go up the ropeway, to the astonishing view from the top of the ski jump stadium, not...

  • Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitaichijounishi 17-chome
    Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art opened in 1977 near downtown Sapporo. It runs its activities based on the themes of Hokkaido’s regional and international characteristics. In addition to the Modern Art Collection Exhibition, which features the museum’s collection from a variety of angles, it plans and holds special exhibitions to introduce outstanding works from Japan and overseas. It has also undertaken some unique initiatives such as running traveling art museums all around Hokkaido.
  • Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples
    100 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 21-7
    Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples is located in Suehiro Town, Hakodate and introduces the lives and culture of northern peoples. Collections with high academic value on a global level are on display. They include materials formerly held by Hakodate City Museum collected by philanthropists and the Hokkaido Development Commission between 1879 and 1886 in addition to Ainu folk materials collected by Dr. Osamu Baba, a world authority on research into northern peoples.

    The museum is not particularly big but it certainly holds a lot of information. The museum is not just about the Ainu, but also other indigenous cultures. They have volunteer guides as well who...

  • Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
    521 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 11-13
    The Old Public Hall was completed in 1910 and constructed at a total cost of 58,000 yen, 50,000 yen of which was donated by Mr. Teppei Soma, a leading Hokkaido businessman. The building is impressive with its blue and yellow coloring and symmetrical colonial style. It is also famous for being the dormitory of Emperor Taisho when he was the Crown Prince. In 1974 it was designated as an Important Cultural Property of the country. It is a seven-minute walk from the “Suehiro-cho” tram stop.

    The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward is situated further up from Motomachi Park. This American colonial style two story building was constructed in 1910 after the former public hall was lost in the...

  • Former British Consulate of Hakodate
    225 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 33-14
    The former British consulate in Hokkaido. It was used as a consular office until 1934. There is an “exhibition room” where you can enjoy the state of the former British consul of the time, and an “opening port museum”, where you can learn the history of the opening of Hakodate. It was designated as a Tangible Cultural Property of Hakodate City in 1979. There is a combined shop and tea room, where you can also enjoy a British-style traditional afternoon tea.

    We went up Motoi-zaka about two hundred meters to reach the former British Consulate. This building built in 1913 served as the British Consulate until it was closed in 1934. It was later acquired by...

  • Hakodate Orthodox Church
    411 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 3-13
    With the beautiful contrast between its green roof and white walls, Hakodate Orthodox Church was Japan’s first Russian Orthodox church. It is located at the top of Daimi-saka going up from Benten Suehiro-dori Street. The current church was built in 1916 to replace the original church that was burnt down in the great fire in Hakodate in the Meiji period, and it was subsequently designated as an Important Cultural Property. In 1996, the sound of the bell in the tower was chosen as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan.

    This church is side by side with Catholic curch, so dont miss it. A small church with history on the hills Inside you can buy candle, to support the building maintenance

  • Foreigners’ Cemetery
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Funamichou 23
    The “Foreigners’ Cemetery” is located on a hill overlooking Hakodate Bay. After the opening of the port in the late Edo period many people from overseas came in and out of Hakodate and many of them died here never returning to their homeland. The first to be buried were two American sailors from Perry’s fleet and since then many foreigners from countries such as England, Russia and China, etc. who died in Hakodate are buried here.
  • Fukuyama Castle (Matsumae Castle)
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Matsumaegunmatsumaechou Matsushiro
    Fukuyama Castle (Matsumae Castle) is Japan’s northernmost castle, constructed in 1854. Matsumae Castle was built to protect Japan from the many foreign ships that appeared off the coast at that time. Part of the Matsumae castle was destroyed by fire in 1949 where a fierce battle of the Boshin War had once occurred. The tower and three stories of the castle were restored in 1961. The Honmaru Gate was designated as a National Important Cultural Property, and a selection of artifacts and many other historical materials are on display.
  • Former Nakamura Family Residence
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hiyamagunesashichou Nakautachou 22
    These historical buildings were built by Omi merchants who were engaged in the wholesale seafood business from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji period, and are representative of wholesale buildings of the time. There is a two-story gabled main building made of cypress storehouses lining the streets from the main house to the shore and a loading and unloading place called “Hanedashi” at the far end. The buildings bring the glory of the past to the present and also show displays of material related to the Kitamae ship and herring fishing industries.
  • Former Nippon Yusen K.K. Otaru Branch
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 3-7-8
    Construction of the two-story brick building of modern European revival style began in 1904 and was completed in 1906. It is now designated as a National Important Cultural Property. Otaru, once the base city of Hokkaido’s development, is now a city reminiscent of the state-of-the-art technology and works by leading architects of the time. It can be said that the representative building is “Former Nippon Yusen K.K. Otaru Branch”. It is where the Russo-Japan border demarcation meeting was held, and the meeting room where the acanthus patterned wallpaper, “gold-cordered paper (kinkara kawakami)”, reflecting the light of the chandelier is a must-see.
  • Otaru Museum canal building
    31 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 2-1-20
    This museum, just a 10-minute walk in the direction of the Otaru Canal from Otaru Station, houses a collection of Otaru's history and nature artifacts. The main depository is located just a 20-minute walk beyond the museum, for which the museum combination admission ticket is valid for 2 days. The Canal Museum was built in 1893, and redesigned from the treasured stone masonry Former Otaru Warehouse, making the museum itself a highly valued asset. In the museum, a life-size replicated broad street of Otaru during its heyday, the Taisho period (1912-1926), is on display where one can enjoy using the old-fashioned telephone and the organ.

    If you only have one chance to visit a museum in Otaru, this would be it. Quite informative, 45 mins max & 60mins if you can the Japanese description. Located right opposite the overrated Otaru...

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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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