Best Night Views in Sapporo
When you think of Sapporo what kind of images come to mind? Events such as the Sapporo snow festival or YOSAKAI soran festival? Or rather, iconic buildings such as the Sapporo clock tower or TV tower? In 2015, the night view of Sapporo was voted as one ‘Japan’s New Top Three Night Views’ alongside Nagasaki and Kobe in a questionnaire survey conducted by the Night View Tourism Convention Bureau. A total of 4,500 night viewing spots were elected in order to introduce them to Japanese and overseas tourists.
In today’s blog we will be introduce several places to enjoy night views in Sapporo.
1. Mt Moiwa
When choosing a great place to view the city at night, Mt Moiwa should be on top of everyone’s list. The top of the mountains offers spectacular 360 degree views of the city down below. With 1.9 million people living in the city, the lights shine beautiful. The top of the mountain can get windy though so be sure to bring a jacket!
2. Sapporo TV Tower
This is a prominent landmark in Sapporo and is a must see for visitors. The tower stands at 90 meters and is situated in the heart of Sapporo, Odori Park. Ride the elevator up to the top and enjoy the view of Odori Park throughout the different seasons, and the mountains in the far off distance.
3. JR Tower
At 160 meters, the JR Tower is higher than the before mentioned TV Tower. Arriving in the late evening is the perfect time to sit in the observatory restaurant and have a coffee while you watch the daylight fade away into twilight. We recommend looking toward Odori Park, and the bright lights of the Susukino district. For the guys, there is also a hidden gem in the restroom. There is a urinal that offers the same view as the observation deck while you do your business. Thankfully people can’ see through the tinted windows from the outside!
4. NORBESA Ferris Wheel
It is hard to miss the big Ferris wheel at the top of NORBESA, a complex commercial facility with numerous shops and restaurants. As you ride the Ferris wheel up to the top, the scenery changes from the streets of Susukino to the rest of Sapporo. The big glass windows offer great views of the city. During the winter months, it becomes illuminated and is a great destination for taking photos.
5. Yozora no Jingiskan (lamb barbeque restaurant)
This one is for those who like to enjoy a beautiful night view whilst eating equally delicious gourmet food. This Susukino restaurant has giant glass windows so you can see the outside world with ease. Enjoy the lit up streets of Susukino while you enjoy lamb or venison barbeque.
While all the spots mentioned above are great night viewing spots, you can also enjoy them at any time throughout any season. The view will be completely different throughout the winter months.
Mt Moiwa Ropeway
Summer Season: 10:30 - 22:00 (last departure: 21:30)
Winter Season: 11:00 - 22:00 (last departure: 21:30)
Sapporo TV Tower
2018/4/1 (Sun.) ～ 2019/3/31 (Sun.)
Normal opening hours 9:00～22:00
Normal opening hours 10:00～23:00 (last entry 22:30)
Summer business hours (July 1 to September 30) 09:30～23:00 (last entry 22:30)
Sunday to Thursday from 11:00～23:00, Friday/Saturday/Holiday 11:00～03:00
Yozora no Jingiskan
Opening hours 17:00～01:00 (last order 00:30)