Otaru & Sapporo 5-Day Itinerary: Unveiling Hokkaido's Charms

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April 22, 2024 · 4 min read

Otaru Sapporo 5 Days Itinerary

Embark on a 5-day adventure through the enchanting cities of Otaru and Sapporo, where history, culture, and natural beauty blend seamlessly. Begin your journey in Sapporo with a visit to the whimsical Shiroi Koibito Park, a theme park dedicated to sweets, followed by panoramic city views from JR Tower Observatory T38. Step back in time at the Sapporo Clock Tower and unwind at the lush Odori Park. Day 2 invites you to shop at the lively Tanukikoji Shopping Street and indulge in the local brew at Sapporo Beer Garden and Museum. The serenity of Maruyama Park awaits on Day 3, along with the spiritual tranquility of Hokkaido Jingu and the diverse wildlife at Sapporo City Maruyama Zoo. Don't miss the Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine for a touch of spiritualism. Day 4 is a thrilling escape to Sapporo Teine for skiing adventures, followed by a relaxing soak at Jozankei Onsen. Conclude your trip in Otaru on Day 5, with a visit to the panoramic Tenguyama, the melodious Otaru Music Box Museum, the artisanal Kitaichi Glass Otaru, and the picturesque Otaru Canal. This itinerary promises a blend of urban exploration and natural wonders, ensuring memories that will last a lifetime.

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Day 1: Enchanting Sapporo - A Blend of Sweet Delights and Sky-High Sights

1

Shiroi Koibito Park

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Begin your Sapporo adventure with a sweet start at Shiroi Koibito Park, a whimsical attraction that combines the charm of a city park with the allure of a theme park. Spend an hour indulging in the fairy-tale ambiance of this confectionery wonderland, located at 2 Chome-11-36 Miyanosawa 2 Jo, Nishi Ward. Here, you can witness the magic of chocolate-making and maybe even treat yourself to a taste of the famous Shiroi Koibito cookies, a local specialty that's as delightful to the palate as the park is to the eyes.

Attraction Info

  • 2 Chome-11-36 Miyanosawa 2 Jo, Nishi Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 063-0052, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-3 hour
  • Open from 10:00am-6:00pm

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2

JR Tower Observatory T38

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Elevate your day to new heights at the JR Tower Observatory T38, where you'll spend an hour gazing over Sapporo from the 38th floor of JR Tower. The observatory offers a panoramic view that stretches to the horizon, providing a unique perspective of the city's urban landscape. Located in the heart of Sapporo at Kita 5 Jōnishi, this sky-high experience is a must-visit for anyone looking to capture the essence of the city from above.

Attraction Info

  • Japan, 〒060-0005 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Kita 5 Jōnishi, 2-chōme−5−番地 JRタワ 38F 受付:JRタワーイースト6F(札幌ステラプレイス イースト6F
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open from 10:00am-10:00pm

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3

Sapporo Clock Tower

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Step back in time with a visit to the iconic Sapporo Clock Tower, a historical building that stands as a testament to Sapporo's past. Spend an hour exploring this monument, located at 2 Chome Kita 1 Jonishi, Chuo Ward. The clock tower's charming architecture and the gentle ticking of time provide a serene backdrop to reflect on the city's history and the moments that have shaped it.

Attraction Info

  • 2 Chome Kita 1 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0001, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 1 hour
  • Open from 8:45am-5:10pm
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4

Odori Park

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Conclude your first day in Sapporo with a leisurely stroll through Odori Park, the city's verdant heart. This expansive city park, nestled at 7-chome, Odori Nishi, Chuo-ku, offers a refreshing escape with its beautifully manicured gardens and seasonal flowers. Spend an hour here unwinding amidst nature, and if you're lucky, you might catch one of the many festivals or events that bring this park to life.

Attraction Info

  • 7-chome, Odori Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open 24 hours
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Day 2: Otaru Sapporo - From Retail Therapy to Beer Paradise

1

Tanukikoji Shopping Street

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Kicking off the second day in Otaru Sapporo, immerse yourself in the bustling energy of Tanukikoji Shopping Street. This characteristic neighborhood is a vibrant tapestry of Sapporo's culture, offering a plethora of shops that line the arcade for seven blocks. Whether you're on the hunt for unique souvenirs, fashion, or local delicacies, the eclectic mix of old and new establishments here promises a shopping experience that's as diverse as it is delightful. Set aside a good three hours to meander through the lively street, soak up the atmosphere, and discover hidden gems at every turn.

Attraction Info

  • Japan, 〒060-0062 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Minami 2 Jōnishi, 5-chōme, 南2・3条西1~7丁目
  • Suggested tour duration: 3-6 hour

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2

Sapporo Beer Garden

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After indulging in retail delights, the Sapporo Beer Garden awaits as your next stop. This iconic winery is a haven for beer enthusiasts and a testament to Sapporo's rich brewing heritage. Spend an hour in this convivial setting, where you can savor the crisp, refreshing taste of locally brewed beer. The Beer Garden is not just about the drinks; it's an experience that combines history, culture, and the joy of good company. Don't miss the chance to clink glasses in one of Sapporo's most cherished social spots.

Attraction Info

  • 9-2-10, Kita 7 Johigashi, Higashi-ku, Sapporo
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open from 11:30am-9:00pm

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3

Sapporo Beer Museum

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Continue your beer-centric journey with a visit to the Sapporo Beer Museum, a short stroll from the Beer Garden. This museum is a tribute to the art of brewing and the storied past of one of Japan's most famous beer brands. Allocate an hour to explore the exhibits that chronicle the evolution of beer in the region, and perhaps, partake in a tasting session to truly appreciate the craft behind the brew. The Sapporo Beer Museum is more than just a showcase; it's an educational foray into the world of hops and barley, steeped in tradition and flavor.

Attraction Info

  • 9-chōme-1-1 Kita 7 Jōhigashi, Higashi Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 065-8633, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 1 hour
  • Open on Tue-Sun,11:00am-6:00pm
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Day 3: Embracing Nature and Spirituality in Otaru Sapporo

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Maruyama Park

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Kickstart your third day with a serene morning at Maruyama Park, a verdant oasis nestled in the heart of Sapporo. As the first stop of the day, this city park offers a tranquil escape with its lush greenery and peaceful walking paths. Spend a couple of hours meandering through the scenic landscapes, where the blend of local flora and meticulously maintained gardens provides a perfect backdrop for both relaxation and photography.

Attraction Info

  • Japan, 〒064-0959 北海道札幌市中央区宮ケ丘3
  • Suggested tour duration: 2-3 hour
  • Open 24 hours

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2

Hokkaido Jingu

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Following the natural tranquility of Maruyama Park, a short stroll leads you to the sacred grounds of Hokkaido Jingu. This temple is not only a spiritual center but also a cultural treasure of Sapporo. Spend an hour immersing yourself in the temple's serene atmosphere, admiring its traditional architecture, and perhaps even witnessing local religious practices. It's a reflective experience that connects you with the region's spiritual heritage.

Attraction Info

  • 474 Miyagaoka, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-8505, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 1 hour
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3

Sapporo City Maruyama Zoo

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Continue your exploration of Sapporo's natural wonders with a visit to the Sapporo City Maruyama Zoo. As your third destination for the day, this zoo promises an engaging experience for animal lovers and families alike. Allocate around three hours to discover a variety of species from around the globe, learn about wildlife conservation, and enjoy interactive exhibits that bring you closer to nature's marvels.

Attraction Info

  • 3番地1 Miyagaoka, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-0959, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 3-4 hour
  • Open on Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun,9:30am-4:30pm
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4

Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine

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Conclude your day's journey with a touch of mystique at the Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine. This Taoist temple, with its vibrant vermillion torii gates, offers a unique spiritual experience. Dedicate an hour to wander through the gates, which create a mesmerizing pathway, and soak in the tranquil ambiance. It's a fitting end to a day filled with the beauty of Sapporo's natural and spiritual landscapes.

Attraction Info

  • 2 Chome-2-番17 Fushimi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-0942, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open 24 hours

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Day 4: Thrills on the Slopes and Serenity in the Springs

1

Sapporo Teine (Olympia Ski Center)

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Kicking off the fourth day of our Otaru Sapporo adventure, we head to the exhilarating Sapporo Teine, the Olympia Ski Center, where the spirit of the Winter Olympics still lingers in the air. Nestled at 593 Teinehoncho, Teine Ward, this outdoor skiing haven promises about 5 hours of snowy escapades. Whether you're carving down the meticulously groomed trails or taking your first tentative slides, Sapporo Teine offers slopes for all skill levels, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Hokkaido's rugged landscape.

Attraction Info

  • 593 Teinehoncho, Teine Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 006-0029, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 5 hour
  • Open from 9:00am-9:00pm

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2

Jozankei Onsen

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After an adrenaline-fueled morning, we'll unwind at the tranquil Jozankei Onsen. A day's stay at this hot spring retreat, located in the arms of Minami Ward's mountains, is the perfect counterbalance to the day's earlier activities. The therapeutic waters of Jozankei, sourced from deep within the volcanic earth, offer a soothing embrace, melting away the exertions of the slopes. As you soak in the mineral-rich springs, let the serene ambiance of Hokkaido's natural beauty envelop you, recharging your spirit for the final day of our journey.

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  • Saporo, 3 Chome Jozankeionsenhigashi, Minami Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 061-2302
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Day 5: Otaru's Enchanting Finale

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Tenguyama

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Begin your final day with a scenic ascent to Tenguyama, a mountain that offers breathtaking views of Otaru and the surrounding sea. Spend about 3 hours here, soaking in the panoramic vistas and perhaps enjoying some local cuisine at the mountaintop restaurant. The ropeway ride to the summit provides a thrilling start to your day, and once at the top, you can take leisurely strolls along the walking paths or simply relax and gaze out at the picturesque landscape.

Attraction Info

  • 2 Chome Tenguyama, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0012, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 3-5 hour
  • Open from 9:30am-9:00pm

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Otaru Music Box Museum

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Next, immerse yourself in the melodious world of the Otaru Music Box Museum, where you'll spend an hour surrounded by the whimsical charm of intricately crafted music boxes. This museum is not only a feast for the ears but also for the eyes, with its stunning array of music boxes ranging from classic to modern designs. It's a place where you can witness the delicate artistry of music box making and perhaps choose a melodious souvenir to remember your trip by.

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  • 〒047-0015 Hokkaido, Otaru, Sumiyoshicho, 4丁目4−1
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3

Kitaichi Glass Otaru

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After the musical interlude, take a short walk to Kitaichi Glass Otaru, a characteristic neighborhood known for its exquisite glassware. Spend an hour exploring the beautifully crafted pieces, from delicate glass ornaments to robust and colorful tableware. The area exudes a warm, artistic ambiance, inviting you to discover the rich glassblowing heritage of Otaru and maybe even try your hand at creating your own glass masterpiece.

Attraction Info

  • 7-26 Sakaimachi, Otaru 047-0027, Hokkaido
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-3 hour
  • Open from 9:00am-6:00pm
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4

Otaru Canal

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Conclude your Otaru adventure with a leisurely hour at the Otaru Canal, a historic and romantic spot that's perfect for a sunset stroll. The canal's stone warehouses, converted into shops and restaurants, reflect the city's prosperous trading past. As the day winds down, the gas lamps along the canal light up, casting a soft glow on the water and creating a magical atmosphere that's the perfect backdrop for reflecting on your journey through Otaru.

Attraction Info

  • 047-0007 Minatomachi, Otaru, Hokkaido
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-3 hour
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