Sapporo’s most famous park across the city center, this 1.5km-long pleasant oasis is planted with trees and colorful flowers. The city’s major events and festivals are held in this park throughout the year.
大通公園 / Odori West 1 to Odori West 12
Sapporo’s most famous park across the city center, Odori Park (meaning ‘large street’) was developed as a firebreak in 1871. Locals enjoying a picnic on the lawns with snacks and drinks from food stands on a comfortable day.
Situated between West 8 and West 9 in Odori Park (on the former city road), this granite sculpture was designed by Isamu Noguchi.
Sapporo TV Tower
さっぽろテレビ塔 / W1 Odori, Chuo-ku / 9am-10pm / Closed 1 Jan / Observation deck ¥720 / www.tv-tower.co.jp
The 147m-high Sapporo TV Tower, located at the eastern end of Odori Park, is reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower. It was designed by Naito Tachu (designer of Tokyo Tower) and built in 1957. At the observation deck (at 90m) offers an urben view, especially early evening. It is connected to exit 27 of Odori subway station.
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Sapporo Clock Tower
札幌市時計台 / N1W2 Chuo-ku / 8.45am-5.10pm / Closed 4th Mon of Nov & Jan-Apr, 1-3 Jan / ¥200 / sapporoshi-tokeidai.jp
Built for a drill hall of Sapporo Agricultural School in 1878, this classically American-style wooden building (Tokeidai) is one of the most important landmarks of the city. Some of the archives are displayed inside. The bell is ringing on the hour.
Sapporo City Hall Tenbo Decks
札幌市役所展望回廊 / N1S2 Chuo-ku / 9.30am-4.30pm May-late Oct except rainy day & Snow Festival season / FREE
During the day and weather permitting, you can see the city center through windows from the 19th-floor of the city hall. There are two open-top decks on the north side and the south side here. Take an elevator from the ground floor. The decks are open on weekdays from May to late October except rainy days. opposite the Clock Tower across Route 12.
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Sapporo City Museum
札幌市資料館 / Sapporo-shi Shiryokan / W13 Odori, Chuo-ku / 9am-7pm / Closed Mon, 29 Dec-3 Jan / FREE / www.s-shiryokan.jp
If you walk to the western end of Odori Park, take a break at this 1926 old Sapporo Court of Appeals building using local freestones. The exhibition contains a history of Odori Park, restored courtroom, permanent gallery of local cartoonist Oba Hiroshi (1921-1988) and resting room overlooking the park.
It is a 2-minute walk from Nishi-juitchome Station (exit 1) on the Tozai subway line. Note that the building will be renovation after 2020 Sapporo International Art Festival.
Odori Park Map
Odori Park is a 10-minute walk south of Sapporo Station along Sapporo-ekimae-dori or Chikaho underground walkway (5.45am-0.30am). The underground shopping mall Pole Town connects Odori Park with Susukino via Tanuki-koji, as well as Bus Center-mae Station.
Nishi-juichome Station (Odori West 11), one stop west of Odori on the Tozai subway line, is the nearest station of Sapporo City Museum.