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SAPPORO ITINERARIES

3 Days in SAPPORO Itinerary.

This is a sample itinerary for 2-3 nights staying at the closest accommodation to the stadium. Why not go sightseeing around the neighboring area while staying a while before and after the match?

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Sapporo
    Walking
    Odori Station
    Subway
    Maruyama-Koen Station
    Walking

    Hokkaido Shrine

    In the northernmost part of Hokkaido, which was long known as Ezochi (Ezo region), there was once a large evergreen forest. Because of the forest, it was difficult for people to develop the area and live there. The Hokkaido Shrine was established in 1869 in order to encourage settlers who lived in the harsh land and to wish for reclamation and development. During the Meiji Period, it was decided to make this place a serious settlement, so the shrine was dedicated to the brave settlers who lived there. At the time of it's establishment, "Kaitaku Sanjin" (the three deities of the Hokkaido reclamation), were enshrined, but in 1964 the "God of Emperor Meiji" was also enshrined here, which effectively meant that the four pillars of God were enshrined at the Hokkaido Shrine. This nature rich precinct is also well known as the best power spot in Hokkaido, and is beloved by many citizens. During the time of Hastumoude (the practice of visiting a shrine or a temple during the New Year), and cherry blossom-viewing, it is crowded with many people. Moreover, it is said that those who visit the shrine will be granted luck in their businesses, prosperity of their descendants, and good fortune with their money, since the god of cultivation is enshrined here.
    Jingu-mae Bus Stop
    Bus

    Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium

    Sapporo City is famous as the place where the first Winter Olympic Games were held in Japan in 1972. The Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium was the place where the skiing competition was held, and the ski jump base is now a symbol of sports in Sapporo. Even after the Olympic Games, there are facilities which allow visitors and locals alike to try their hand at ski jumping, even in the summer, or at night! Many ski jump competitions are held to this day. In addition to being a stadium, it is also offers the best view in Sapporo, and from the observatory, with an altitude of 307 metres, you can see not only the city centre of Sapporo but also the Ishikari Plain and Ishikari Bay. You can easily reach the top by riding a two-seater lift and you can experience the jumping competitor's point of view while watching the steep course.
    Okurayama-kyogijomae Bus Stop
    Bus
    Maruyama-Koen Station
    Subway
    Odori Station
    Walking

    Have Lunch in Sapporo

    There are several local delicacies which represent Sapporo, and one of the most famous is Sapporo Ramen. Sapporo Ramen uses a type of thickened curly noodles, and soy sauce flavour or miso flavor uis the standard for pork bone-based soup. As ingredients, they often use vegetables fried with bamboo shoots and chashu pork as well as leeks, and there are many shops which offer butter and corn toppings as well. Another Sapporo local delicacy is soup curry. Soup curry is a curry with a distinctive flavour "characterized by a large amount of ingredients in a smooth soup with a spicy aftertaste" this meal originated in Sapporo. Please sample the deliciousness, which is a bit different from the general curry in Japan, while visiting Sapporro.
    Walking

    Sapporo City (in Daytime)

    Sapporo Odori Park, located in the centre of Sapporo, is a unique little park that is also a main street, despite being a park. There are 92 types of trees planted in the park and the lawn and flowerbeds are maintained. There are about 4,700 trees, and it is a place of relaxation where you can feel nature from the centre of the city. In addition, it is also a place where many events are held, and at the time of RWC in 2019, they will have a festival of food and liquor called the "Sapporo Autumn Festival." In September there will be a match held in Sapporo so please stop by. Also in Sapporo there is the famous Sapporo Clock Tower, which features a large watch on a triangular roof, and the Old Hokkaido Government Building, which was made using brick style western architecture also called Akarenga (Red Bricks). Both are designated as Important Cultural Properties of the country, and many tourists stop by.
    4-Chome Station
    Tram
    Ropeway Iriguchi Station
    Walking
    Mount Moiwa Ropeway
    Ropeway

    Mount Moiwa

    Recently, Sapporo City was selected as one of "New Three Major Night Views of Japan." Not only Mount Okura, which was introduced earlier, but also the Sapporo TV Tower offer beautiful views of Sapporo City. The most wonderful night view, however, is Mount Moiwa. The top of Mount Moiwa, which can be easily reached using a ropeway and mini cable car, is 531 metres in altitude and not only overlooks Sapporo, but also overlooks the Ishikari Plain, Ishikari Bay, and Mashike Mountains. Because many of Sapporo's street lights are sodium vapor lamps, the warm color scheme is strong, it is also described as "carpet lights" or a "jewelry box,"and is very romantic. Also, at Mount Moiwa, which was chosen as "JAPAN 100 Moon," you can enjoy a beautiful collaboration of night view and moonlight on a clear night.
    Ropeway
    Mount Moiwa Ropeway
    Wallking
    Ropeway Iriguchi Station
    Tram
    Susukino Station

    Susukino Area (Night Life)

    Susukino is the downtown area of Sapporo, nationally famous, it is said to be the northernmost red-light district in Asia. It is an area where many restaurants, taverns, and bars can be found crowded together. So if you want to make a toast after watching the rugby matches, it is best to go to Susukino. Because it is famous for its good public order, you can relax in safety after the match. Also, in Japan, there is something called "Shime Culture." This is the practice of offering rice or noodles at the end of a drinking session, but here in Sapporo guests will be offered "Shime Parfait"(parfait after drinking, which is rare in Japan, but is getting popular thesedays. It is a wonderful pleasure for those who like sweets. Being able to enjoy a delicious parfait, soft cream made from milk and fresh fruits in the middle of the night!
    Walking
    Hotel in Sapporo
  • Day 2

    Walking
    Odori Station
    Subway
    Nijuyon-Ken Station
    Walking

    Sapporo Central Wholesake Market

    Surrounded by vast land and sea, Hokkaido is nationally famous as a land blessed within abundance of vegetables and fruit, as well as fresh and abundant seafood. At the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market visitors can find all of these items gathered in one place. Guests can take a market tour here if they are interested, but we recommend that you go early. If you overslept and miss the Seri (Japanese original style auction), you can still visit the shops selling bidded vegetables and fishery products in the adjacent outdoor market, you can also go shopping and have fresh seafood at the restaurants nearby. If you come to Sapporo, you should not leave for home without eating the fresh seafood!
    Walking
    Nijuyon-Ken Station
    Subway
    Shin-Sapporo Station
    Bus

    Hokkaido Museum and Historical Village of Hokkaido

    There are two recommended museums if you want to know more about the history and customs of Hokkaido. One is the Hokkaido Museum which is nicknamed "Mori-no-Charenga". Hokkaido, of course, had its own unique history and culture, even before it was fully exploited after the Meiji Period. In this museum you can learn about the history of Hokkaido from before the exploitation, the culture of the Ainu race, the living of immigrants from the Main Island. Another museum is an open air museum called the Historical Village of Hokkaido. The 52 historical buildings of the Hokkaido pioneering era have been relocated or reproduced on this vast site of 54 ha (540,000 square metres), and you can experience the culture and climate of this era. You can also enjoy a horse-drawn carriage railway and horse-drawn sled in winter.
    Bus
    Shin-Sapporo Station
    Subway
    Odori Station
    Walking
    Odori-Nishi 1 Bus Stop
    Bus

    Jozankei Onsen

    Jozankei Onsen is an onsen town with many Japanese inns in the mountains, which can be reached by car from Sapporo City in about an hour. The hot springs at Jozankei Onsen, are well known as Sapporo's Okuzashiki (inner parlor.) This onsen town was formed on a slight flat land in the valley, and as its name suggests, you can look at the majestic mountains whilesoaking in the hot springs. Especially during the RWC 2019, late September in Sapporo is the season when coloured autumn leaves begin to change their colour, the peak is around mid October. If you enjoy the hot springs while admiring the autumn leaves, you will be able to clear your exhaustion from the journey and the games.
  • Day 3

    Jozankei Onsen
    Bus
    Sapporo Station
    JR
    Otaru Station
    Walking

    Stroll along Otaru Canal

    The main attraction of Otaru City is the Otaru Canal and the retro warehouses which line the canal. This harbour has developed as a gateway for the cultivation of Hokkaido, although now it has been partly reclaimed by walking streets and city gardens, the area still feels as though time is standing still. At night, the 63 gas lamps set along the walking path are lit, which creates a romantic atmosphere. It is also recommended to use Otaru Canal Cruise. Besides this, the Kitaichi Hall, which operates by the light of 167 oil lamps operated by Kitaichi Glass, is worth seeing because of its spectacular beauty. Of course, in Otaru, the city facing the sea, you must try the seafood dishes or sushi. In the evening, please find and enjoy your favorite sushi shop or seafood restaurant.
    Walking
    Otaru Station
    JR
    Sapporo Station

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