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  • 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.
  • Makomanai Sekisui Heim Ice Arena
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    4.0
    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.

    札幌市街地からは少し離れています。私はタクシーで行きましたが、真駒内駅からバスでも行けるようです。ライブなどで大人数が来る日は臨時バスも出ているようですので、調べてから行くことをおすすめします。

  • 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.
  • Hokkaido Museum
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Atsubetsu-ku Atsubetsuchou Konopporo 53-2
    Also known affectionately as “Mori no Charenga,” Hokkaido Museum preserves research reports and historical materials relating to Hokkaido’s natural environment and the relationship between this environment and the people who live here, the culture of the Ainu people, the lives of the people who migrated to Hokkaido from Honshu, etc., and has displays on five key themes. To reach the Museum, take the Hokkaido Bus service to Hokkaido Kaitaku-no-mura (Historical Village of Hokkaido) from JR Shin-Sapporo Station and get off at the Hokkaido Hakubutsukan (Hokkaido Museum) bus stop; the journey from the Station takes approximately 15 minutes.
  • Statue of William Smith Clark
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Toyohira-ku Hitsujigaoka 1 Sapporo Yankegaoka Observatory
    A statue of American professor William Smith Clark, famous in Japan for the phrase, Boys, be ambitious. The professor's statue on the grounds of Hokkaido University was famous, but due to the numerous visitors obstructing campus business, a new statue was erected on the tourist destination of Hitsujigaoka. Today, this statue is now the more famous of the two. Clark's pose, pointing far off into the distance with his outstretched right hand, has become a symbol of Hokkaido tourism.
  • "Sapporo Ainu Cultural Promotion Center ""Sapporo Pirka Kotan"""
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Minami-ku Koganeyu 27
    A center dedicated to indigenous Ainu culture. The concrete exterior walls of the facility are decorated with Ainu patterns. The facility was built so that local residents could learn about Ainu culture and history as well as to pass on and deepen understanding of Ainu culture. Some 300 pieces of traditional Ainu clothing, ritual tools, and items used in daily life are displayed inside the museum. There's also an information corner where you can peruse videos and books. Outside, there are recreations of a traditional Ainu home, grain cellar, and pen used to keep bear cubs.

    Interesting and diverse collection of objects related to the Ainu heritage in a relatively small but well organised and very nice space. Some more information in English would be helpful.

  • Nishino-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Nishi-ku Heiwaichijou 3
    A Shinto shrine located in Sapporo City's Nishi Ward dedicated to the gods Toyotama-hime no Mikoto and Ugayafukiaezu no Mikoto, and Emperor Ojin. The shrine has been selected by the Sapporo Tourist Association as one of its top five recommended mystical power spots. Toyotama-hime no Mikoto is a goddess of marriage, easy childbirth, and childrearing, and tours for women looking to get married even stop to worship here. It is said that rubbing a Japanese pagoda tree on the left side of the approach to the shrine on the grounds while vowing to get married will bring one luck in finding a suitable match.

    福山雅治がお参りした後に結婚したことから、恋愛・結婚にご利益があると地元民には有名な神社です。 住宅街の中にありますが、静観な感じでゆったりできます。 おみくじを引きましたが、なんとQRコード付き!最近のおみくじはそんな仕掛けになってるんですね。ちなみに、凶でした。。 親子のお戌の像は、子宝、安産、健康などにご利益があるそうで、そちらも賑わっていました。 札幌中心部からは遠いですが、観光できても楽...

  • Sapporo Science Center
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Atsubetsu-ku Atsubetsuchuouichijou 5-2-20
    Science Center in Sapporo, Atsubetsu Ward. View exhibitions such as the Cold Exhibition with snow from extremely cold regions and their artificial snow machines. There's also a planetarium, robot corner, science show, and other activities. Children and adults alike will love the exhibitions and demonstrations.

    We go to science museums on almost every trip we take so have visited several from London to Zurich to Shanghai. This was probably the best we have been to yet! We were greeted by a lady who had...

  • Historical Village of Hokkaido
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    4.5
    478 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Atsubetsu-ku Atsubetsuchou Konopporo 50-1
    The Historical Village of Hokkaido is an outdoor museum which reproduces the frontier days of Hokkaido where you can learn about frontier history. There are four separate areas which are the Farm Village, the Sea Village, the Mountain Village and the City and you can walk through each village to experience the different atmospheres. At the Frontier Village Restaurant in the museum, you can eat the simple but delicious “Imo Mochi” and the restaurant’s original Tondenhei (Settlers’) Set Meal.

    The third time l’ve been here. A very nice and informative museum. The museum is a lot of old buildings they’ve moved here from different places in Hokkaido, and you really get to see the 150 year...

  • Jozankei Dam Museum
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Minami-ku Jouzankei 8
    The Jozankei Dam is located on the Otarunai River, a part of the Ishikari River system, situated along the scenic Jozankei Lakeline road in Jozankei, Minami Ward, Sapporo City. Completed in 1989, the dam is used for flood control, water supply, and hydroelectric power generation. The Jozankei Dam Museum provides information on the workings of the dam and the surrounding natural environment. Other area facilities include a park downstream; an observatory; and Lake Sapporo, a dam lake. Visitors can enjoy the area's seasonal scenery, including spectacular fall foliage in autumn.

    定山渓ダムに隣接した資料館です。 ダムの駐車場から徒歩5分くらい斜面を登った上にあるので、たどり着くまでに人運動できます。 なかなか充実した資料館で、ダムの構造や発電の仕組み、周辺の虫・魚・植物などの情報もあって楽しめます。坂道を上るのはちょっと大変ですが行く価値はありますね。

  • Megmilk Snow Brand Museum / Sapporo Factory
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Sapporo-shi Higashi-ku Naebocho 6-1-1
    Located a 20-minute walk from JR Naebo Station, this museum is where you can learn about the history of dairy farming and dairy industry development. The 74 cowbells hanging in the entrance lobby are impressive and can actually be rung. The museum exhibits literature that tells the history since its foundation, newspaper articles from the time and manufacturing machines. You can easily learn the steps taken by the Japanese dairy farming in chronological order. If you make a reservation, you can tour the factory and get a taste of dairy products. At Katsugen Shrine, created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the long hit product “Katsugen,” you can pray for success or to pass exams.

    we visited the factory while we were at sapporo. Basically, its only one stop away from the sapporo subway station and after alighting, got to walk for another 15 minutes to reach the factory. They...

  • Joon-ji Temple
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    Hokkaido Sapporo-shi Nishi-ku Kotoni 3-jo 6-1-28
    This ancient temple is in Kotoni, where the first military settlers came to Hokkaido in 1875. Most of the settlers who came here to develop Hokkaido were followers of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, and records say this temple was built to satisfy settlers' calls for a place of worship. The Shourou sanmon gate was built in 1998, and is of a now-rare traditional wooden architectural style. This massive gate rests in a comfortable old residential neighborhood, and seems to have the power to stop everyone passing by in their tracks. This place is famous in Kotoni for the 108 Bell-ringing on New Year's Eve, and anyone who gets a number ticket can ring the bell themselves.
  • Seikatei
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporo-shi Kita-ku Kita 7-jo nishi 7
    This building, a fusion of western and Japanese architectural styles, was built to be a rest station for the Meiji Emperor on his 1880 visit to Hokkaido. A symbol of Hokkaido's age of development, the interior is open for tours.
  • Sapporo Art Park
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Minami-ku Geijutsunomori 2-75
    Sapporo Art Park opened in July 1986 to promote the creation of a new art and culture in the north. There are many events throughout the year as well as workshops you can use, and facilities for art and museum experiences and outdoor stages. Nursing rooms and infant facilities are also available. It is approximately 40 minutes by car from Sapporo city and approximately 15 minutes by bus from Makomanai Station on the Namboku Subway Line.

    Japanese gardens are famous for their beauty and this park is not an exceptions. The exhibition of sculptures, distributed along the park is amazing. Really nice time observing art while enjoying a...

  • Konan Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Kita-ku Tondenshichijou 6-chome 2-25
  • Hoshioki Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporo-shi Teine-ku Hoshioki Minami 1-chome 8-ban 1-go
  • Yamaguchi Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporo-shi Teine-ku Teineyamaguchi 552-ban 1
  • Toyohata Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporo-shi Higashi-ku Higashikariki Cho 361-ban no 1
  • Sanrizuka Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporo-shi Kiyota-ku Utsukushigaoka Ichijo 9-chome 2-ban 1-go
  • Shiroishi Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sapporo-shi Shiroishi-ku Hondori 14-chome Kita 1-ban 12-go

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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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