This is Edmond from Hokkaido Government Representative Office. I would like to share with you all the experience of my travels in Hokkaido during November. First, let me introduce to you the various places you should explore during autumn in Sapporo city.
During autumn, many trees in the city will be filled with autumn leaves, however if you head to Hokkaido University Ginkgo Avenue, you will be treated to beautiful rows of trees with golden leaves. Hokkaido University Ginkgo Avenue is only a 15 minutes’ walk from JR Sapporo station.
Rows of beautiful golden leaves
Golden leaves at Hokkaido University Ginkgo Avenue
When in Sapporo, your eyes would definitely not miss the eye catching Former Hokkaido Government Office Building “the redbrick”, situated right in the center of Sapporo. Although it is currently temporary closed for renovations from 1st Oct 2019 and will take an estimated 3 years to complete, I was still lucky enough to be able to take a picture of it from the outside. There was even a small area where you can see some autumn foliage.
The Former Hokkaido Government Office Building
Pond with autumn foliage within the grounds of the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building
Taking another short walk and you will be able to reach the Sapporo Clock Tower and the Odori park area. Sapporo Clock Tower was built in 1878 as a military drill hall for the Sapporo Agricultural College and is currently the oldest clock tower in Japan. Today the tower serves as a museum for visitors and is also an eye catching spot to take pictures.
Sapporo Clock Tower
Odori Park is just round the corner from the clock tower, where the park divides the city into North and South sections. The most prominent object you will see is the Sapporo TV tower, which has a similar shape to the Tokyo tower in Tokyo. It is highly recommended to head to the observatory and catch a bird’s eye view of the park and the cityscape of Sapporo.
Sapporo cityscape, viewed from the top of Sapporo TV Tower
Sapporo TV Tower, viewed from Odori Park
Finally as the sun is setting, it is time to head to Mt. Moiwa. The view from the top of Mt. Moiwa was previously selected as one of the top 3 night views in Japan. There is a ropeway that will bring you all the way to the summit and at the top. Aside from the spectacular panoramic view of Sapporo city, there is also a “Satellite of Lover’s Sanctuary”, where there is a fortune bell and a place to purchase padlocks, where you can leave your messages/well wishes along the handrails on the top of the mountain. The access to the ropeway takes about 30 minutes from Odori Park via the Sapporo streetcar or bus.
Mt. Moiwa access site: http://moiwa.sapporo-dc.co.jp/
Fortune bell at the top of Mt. Moiwa
Padlocks with well-wishes along the railings
View from the top of Mt. Moiwa
My trip to Sapporo during autumn was truly eye-catching and I wished that I have more time to truly take in this beautiful city! Aside from these places that I have visited, Sapporo still has many more attractions for everyone to enjoy.
Please come down and experience Sapporo for yourselves.