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[Hokkaido ]One-day trip to Sapporo for solo travelers!

[Hokkaido ]One-day trip to Sapporo for solo travelers!


Sapporo Clock Tower

Sapporo, which shows completely different faces in each of the four seasons, is a very popular spot that consistently ranks high in numerous popular tourist destination rankings.

You can enjoy the orderly beauty of the area, which was systematically developed as the capital of the province after the establishment of the Settlement Office at the beginning of the Meiji period (1868-1912). There are many gourmet foods, historic sights, and photogenic spots that are unique to Hokkaido. In this issue, we introduce a model course recommended for [one-day trip alone ]to enjoy Sapporo from other prefectures!
Please use this article as a guide to visit Sapporo as a summer getaway tourism destination.

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[10:00] Start your trip from New Chitose Airport

New Chitose Airport Center Plaza

New Chitose Airport is the gateway to Sapporo tourism. Surprisingly, it is a tourist destination with excellent access from central Tokyo, about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Haneda Airport and 1 hour and 50 minutes from Itami Airport. As a hub airport with an international terminal, the number of flights to various destinations and the number of airlines operating there are many.

Biei Cornbread is now attracting attention at New Chitose Airport.
The bread is sold by JA Biei, which has a store inside the airport. You can purchase seasonal agricultural products selected by JA Biei for their freshness and quality, such as corn, tomatoes, asparagus, and potatoes grown in the land of Biei.

There are also many breads available only at New Chitose Airport, such as the airport-only breads made in collaboration with Boulangerie "VIRON "(VIRON). Among them, "Biei no Kohnpan "and "Biei no Mamepan "are very popular as airport-only breads. The popularity of these breads has spread through the media and word of mouth, with huge lines forming in the morning for freshly baked bread.

Often, even if you visit the airport first thing in the morning, you will not be able to buy one. If you want to buy, try to buy at the beginning of your trip, not at the end!

"Facility Information "
Name: New Chitose Airport
Address:〒066-0012 Chitose City, Hokkaido, U.S.A.
Access: Approx. 37 min. by JR rapid airport train from Sapporo Station
Parking lot; available
Tel: 0123-23-0111 (Airport General Information)

[12:00]Arrive at Sapporo Station

JR Sapporo Station

JR Sapporo Station is the center of sightseeing in Sapporo. It is also known as "Sapporo Station" by the locals. Sapporo Station is home to not only JR, subway, and bus services, but also shopping malls, restaurants, and souvenir shops. There are also many attractive sightseeing spots and attractions within the prefecture that are only 20 minutes away one way on foot or by public transportation!
It is an ideal place for day-trip sightseeing as well as for solo female travelers for whom accessibility is important. It is the perfect place for those who have a little free time and want to enjoy Hokkaido's unique scenery and nature.

"Facility Information "
Name; Sapporo Station
Address; 〒060-0806 4-chome, Kita 6-jo Nishi, Kita-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

[13:00]Lunch at Nijo Market

Nijo Market

Here at Nijo Market, you can enjoy the luxury of fresh seafood from all over Hokkaido, a treasure trove of seafood. About 15 fishery companies and fresh fish stores line the market, selling the freshest seafood purchased that day. Crabs, hokke, scallops, and other seafood are lined up in a dazzling array. Each store sells different kinds of seafood, and it is fun to compare them.

Inside Nijo Market "Donburi Teahouse "

It is an easy 20-minute walk from Sapporo Station and a 5-minute walk from Odori Station, so you can explore the Sapporo Station area and leave your stomach hungry for a delicious seafood bowl!

Name: Futajo Market
Address: Minami 3-jo Higashi 1-chome to 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Business hours: 7:00-18:00 *Varies by store
Closed:depends on the store
Parking: Contract parking available (discount service for purchases over 2,000 yen, etc.)
Tel: 011-222-5308

[14:00] Sapporo City Walking Tour

All of the sightseeing spots in Sapporo are very accessible and can be visited on foot as well as by train or bus. This is perfect for when you have a little free time in your trip or when you want to visit many sightseeing spots in a short time! Let's enjoy sightseeing in the best parts of Hokkaido.

Sapporo Clock Tower

The Sapporo Clock Tower is the best existing clock tower in Sapporo. Its official name is "Former Sapporo Agricultural College Demonstration Hall ". It is now one of Hokkaido's most popular tourist attractions, but one of the reasons it has attracted so much attention is that it has been selected as one of the three most disappointing spots in Japan.
"The reason why I was disappointed "is, without a doubt, the size of the clock tower. With the urbanization of the surrounding area and the many skyscrapers around it, it may not seem as powerful in terms of size. However, it is a place with many attractions, such as the sound of the clock that strikes 156 times a day every hour and the historical exterior!

Main entrance

The clock tower was originally constructed in 1878 as a facility for the Sapporo Agricultural College, the predecessor of Hokkaido University, based on the conception of Dr. Clark, the first vice principal of the college. The building, which has served as an office for educational organizations, a military facility, and a municipal library in the Showa period, was designated as a National Important Cultural Property in June 1970. After undergoing several restoration works, it is now a well-known landmark of Sapporo and a beloved clock tower that tells time for the citizens of Sapporo.
Please visit the clock tower, which shows different expressions depending on the angle from which it is photographed!

"Facility Information "
Name: Sapporo Clock Tower
Address: 2-chome, Kita 1-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City
Tel: 011-231-0838
Access: 10 min. walk from JR Sapporo Station South Exit
Municipal Subway Namboku Line, Tozai Line, Toho Line "Odori Station "Get off at Shiyakusho side exit 5 min. walk
Hours: 8:45 - 17:10 (admission until 17:00)
Admission: 200 yen for adults, no admission for college students and below.
Closed: Beginning of the year (January 1 - January 3)

Sapporo TV Tower

Sapporo TV Tower

The Sapporo TV Tower is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Sapporo.
The TV Tower, which towers over the easternmost end of Odori, is a popular tourist spot and a symbol of Sapporo, catching the eye even if you are walking down the street unaware of its presence.

Of course, it is not as tall as Tokyo Tower or Sky Tree, but the spectacular view of Odori Park, the center of Sapporo divided into east and west, is so breathtaking that it cannot be underestimated.
Odori Park hosts many events each season, and you can see the various changes in the park from above!

There is also an attraction on the observatory called "Kowaso (Scary Window) "where you can play a very simple game of leaning against the glass wall from your feet to the ceiling.
This is surprisingly quite scary, so please try it and see if you are fooled.

Name: Sapporo TV Tower
Address: Odori-nishi 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0042, Japan
Observatory hours: 9:00-22:00 (last admission for observation 21:50) *Opening hours are subject to change depending on events.
Closed: April 12, 2023 / November 8, 2023 / January 1, 2024
Admission to the observatory: Adults: General admission 1,000 yen, Elementary and junior high school students: General admission 500 yen *A variety of other discount fare programs are available. For details, please visit the official website.
Access: 5 min. walk from Odori Sta. on Namboku Subway Line, 5 min. walk from Odori Sta. on Toho Subway Line, 15 min. walk from JR Sapporo Sta.

Chase Park

The vast "Odori Park "crosses about 1.5 km from east to west through the center of Sapporo. It was first built in 1871 as a large-scale firebreak dividing the city from north to south.
Surrounded by beautiful seasonal flowers, lawns, and 4,700 trees of about 90 varieties, the park is a place of recreation and relaxation for residents and visitors alike, and is also Hokkaido's premier venue for seasonal events such as the YOSAKOI Soran Festival, Snow Festival, and illumination.

The park is divided into 12 blocks, from 1 to 12 chome, with each block separated by a pedestrian crossing. The Odori Park is approximately 1.5 km from one end to the other, and is so vast that it would take approximately 30 minutes to walk through it.

The most attractive features of Odori Park are the "fountain "and the "sculpture ". "There is a wide variety of fountains, such as the "Wall Fountain "(Nishi 2-chome), which reproduces the sound of a murmuring stream, the "Nishi 3-chome Fountain ", which repeatedly puts on a spectacular show under the theme of "The Dynamism of Life "," and the "Nishi 7-chome Fountain "on a water basin that is constantly gushing water. Many of them are lit up at night, so it is interesting to wander around and find your favorite spot!
Experience the charm of Odori Park, which is picturesque no matter where you turn.

Name: Chase Park
Address: Aurora Town, Odori Nishi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0042, Japan
Phone number: 011-251-0438 (Odori Park Management Office)
Access: 1 minute walk from Odori Station

[16:00]Sheep's Hill Observatory

"Ushigaoka Observation Hill, a sightseeing spot in Sapporo, where the famous statue of Dr. Clark is located at ". Boys, embrace your ambitions. Here, visitors can enjoy not only history but also scenery, food, and hands-on events.

Dr. Clark is well known as the father of Hokkaido's pioneering spirit, and is an indispensable figure in the history of Hokkaido, with bronze statues of him erected throughout the island.
In July 1876, he was appointed by Kiyotaka Kuroda, Commissioner of Hokkaido Development Commissioner, as the first vice principal of "Sapporo Agricultural School (now Hokkaido University) "to train future leaders of Hokkaido development. 16 first-term students were taught animal and botanical sciences as well as Christian morality in English.

"Although he stayed in Sapporo for only eight months after arriving in Hokkaido, it is said that on April 16, 1877, the following year, Dr. Clark and his students rode to Shimamatsu (Kitahiroshima City) and from horseback shouted the famous parting words, "Boys, be ambitious. These words are said to have been passed down to posterity as representative of Hokkaido's pioneering spirit.

"Facility Information "
Name: Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill
Address: 1 Hitsujigaoka, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, 062-0045, Japan
Access: 40 minutes by car from New Chitose Airport, 30 minutes by car from JR Sapporo Station, 1 hour by car from Otaru Canal
Phone number: 011-851-3080 (Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill Management Office)

[18:00]Making Last Memories at New Chitose Airport

After enjoying sightseeing in Sapporo to the fullest, you can play around in the airport until just before your flight's arrival time. New Chitose Airport is so spacious that it ranks fourth after Haneda, Narita, and Kansai International Airports in Japan in terms of airport size.

In addition to souvenir shops, you can enjoy Hokkaido's gourmet food to the fullest at "Sweets Avenue ", "Hokkaido Ramen Dojo ", and "Shiden Dori Shokudo Gai ", where you can find a collection of Hokkaido's sweets. With restaurants such as Hanabatakebaura Farm, one of Hokkaido's most popular gourmet restaurants, this is the perfect place to end your trip where you can feel Hokkaido to the very last detail.

New Chitose Airport offers a full range of facilities, such as movie theaters and hot springs, that one would not expect to find at an airport.
Among them are facilities that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from small children to adults. "Doraemon Wakuwaku Park "and "Hello Kitty Happy Flight "are popular among children, starring cute characters. "At Lloyds Chocolate World ", visitors can actually see where chocolate is made.

If you want to enjoy the entire airport, you will need more than a day to do so.
We hope you will enjoy your time at the airport as well!


In this article, we have introduced a one-day Sapporo sightseeing itinerary that can be enjoyed by a single person, centering on JR Sapporo Station. In addition to the spots introduced in this article, there are many other sightseeing spots such as Maruyama Park, Sapporo Dome, and the observatory at the top of Mt. In winter, the deep snow makes it a bit difficult for solo travelers to visit some of these spots, so please choose Hokkaido for your early summer trip!

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