Cityscape of Sapporo at odori Park, Japan

Getty Images/Moment Open


Top choice in Sapporo

This haven in the heart of the city is fully 13 blocks (1.5km) long, with the TV Tower at its eastern end. Among the green lawns and flower gardens are benches, fountains and sculptures; don't miss Noguchi Isamu's elegant Black Slide Mantra. This is also where many of the city's major events and festivals take place.

The park is a 10-minute walk south from JR Sapporo Station along Eki-mae-dōri.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Sapporo attractions

1. Sapporo TV Tower

0.12 MILES

Beating Tokyo Tower by two years, Sapporo TV Tower (147m) arrived in 1956, bringing with it the modern television age. It was designed by 'Dr Tower' Naitō…

2. Sapporo Clock Tower

0.12 MILES

No Japanese tourist can leave Sapporo without snapping a photo of the city's signature landmark and oldest building, the clock tower. Built in 1878, the…

4. Hokkaidō Ainu Center

0.47 MILES

In an office building across the street from Hokkaidō University Botanical Garden, this cultural centre is run by the Hokkaidō Ainu Association and has a…

5. Chitosetsuru Sake Museum


Fans of Japan's national drink will enjoy this museum, which – though English signage is lacking – has visually understandable displays about the history…

6. Tower Three-Eight


Defeating Sapporo TV Tower when it comes to views and class (but not cultural significance!), the 38-floor JR Tower (173m) has a spacious observatory with…

7. Black Slide Mantra

0.51 MILES

This sculpture in Ōdōri-kōen by Japanese-American artist Noguchi Isamu is hands-on art at its best: made of black stone to stand out in the snow, the…

8. Hokkaidō University Botanical Garden

0.56 MILES

Among the highlights of this meandering, 14-hectare outdoor garden maintained by Hokkaidō University, is a collection of 200 plants and herbs historically…