Shinkawa River runs through both Sapporo City and Otaru City where it meets the Sea of Japan. This is an artificial river and was built in 1886 to control flooding. On both sides of the Sapporo section of the river, roads run along the banks. The roads are called Shinkawa-dori Street. Long promenades are also on both sides of the river. Residents around the river started to plant a lot of cherry trees consisting of different species. In the sakura season in mid spring, drivers can feel as if there is a long pink wall which is 10.5 kilometers in length.
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We compile information on “0 yen tourist spots” and “must-see paid spots with extra benefits” and then keep them in our blog as archives for your convenience. We also introduce the food of Hokkaido and interesting souvenirs to take home.
The Civil Engineering Research Institute for Cold Regions is located in Toyohira-ku, Sapporo. Many Chishima-zakura trees - a cherry tree species which only grows in relatively cold regions such as Hokkaido - are planted on the land surrounding the center. To assist in environmental maintenance, 200 trees were brought to the center from Kiritappu in eastern Hokkaido in 1984. This national research center is closed to the public, but they open their doors to the public when the sakura flowers are in season. This is usually for about a week at the end of April or the beginning of May. There is a small river and it makes for a beautiful setting.
Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku has eight popular ramen noodle specialty shops representing different areas of Hokkaido (as of April 2015, there is one shop from Asahikawa, Mori, Otaru, Hakodate; and four shops from Sapporo). The shops sometimes change without notice, and 43 shops have been there since the opening of the venue in October 2004. This place is like a theme-park of ramen noodles and this facility is designed like a town – despite being on the 10th floor of Esta building. Kyowakoku translates to ‘republic’ in English. The ramen is of course not free, but admission is free to explore this themed facility. Opening hours are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., 365 days a year.
Canon Gallery holds free photo exhibitions throughout the year. As they sometimes close to change exhibitions, please check the schedule on their website below. Canon Inc. manufacturers a wide range of precision instruments and machines such as digital cameras, video recorders, and copying machines. Canon has been one of Japan’s global renowned companies for many years. In the gallery, award winning photos taken by both amateurs and professionals are on display. Entrance to the gallery is free of charge. Canon has seven galleries in Japan: Sapporo, Shinagawa (Tokyo), Ginza (Tokyo), Sendai, Umeda (Osaka), Nagoya, and Fukuoka.
Fuji Photo Salon (Sapporo City, Chuo-ku) holds free photo exhibitions throughout the year. This venue is managed by Fujifilm Corporation, which was one of the largest photo film companies in the world in past years. In recent years, Fujifilm has created business entities separate from photography, such as cosmetics, but it continues it's photo activity through this salon. The exhibitions are changed periodically, and the photos are always very impressive. More information on the exhibition on show, and those being prepared can be found on their website. (which is all in Japanese)
Sapporo Pirka Kotan is a large educational museum for learning about and experiencing Ainu (Hokkaido's indigenous people) lifestyle, culture, and history. Pirka Kotan means "a beautiful village in Sapporo" in Ainu language. There are a number of restored houses used by Ainu many years ago. Only the exhibition room has a small charge for entry. (Adults 200 yen. Junior high school age down is free). In the exhibition room, most of the exhibits such as Ainu musical and cooking instruments can be handled by visitors. Pirka Kotan, located near Jozankei Hot Springs, is a fun place to visit and enjoy.
Shiroi Koibito (which translates to White Lover) is Ishiya Confectionery's famous chocolate cookie. Shiroi Koibito is one of the most famous souvenirs of Hokkaido. There is a big factory and exhibition venue called Shiroi Koibito Park in Miyanosawa, Sapporo. There is a fee to enter the factory to observe the production of the famous cookie, and other interesting chocolate-related activity. The outdoor park is free of charge. In winter, the park is illuminated. In the park, there is a big mechanical trick clock which moves on the hour from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. called Chocolate Carnival. There is also an exhibition room of old toys and merchandise. Both are free.
Imagawayaki, which is a sweet Japanese snack, comes in the shape of Sapporo TV Tower’s mascot - TV Tosan. The name is a pun. 'Tosan' means father, 'tou' means tower, and 'san' is like 'Mr.' This snack is only sold at the shop on the basement floor of Sapporo TV Tower. Red bean and vanilla custard Imagawayaki are only 140 yen. It is ok to eat in front of the shop, or it is possible to take your sweets to the 3rd floor which has a free resting place. This snack will give you lots of energy to walk around Sapporo exploring.
Hokkaido Ainu Center showcases how Ainu people lived in earlier times. The Ainu are the aboriginal people of Hokkaido. This exhibition was established to preserve and pass Ainu culture down from generation to generation. Visitors can learn everything from traditional Ainu costume to their lifestyle. A pair of stuffed higuma (brown bear) are on show too. The Center is located on the 7th floor of Kaderu 2.7 Building. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday except Sundays, public holidays and the New Year break. This is the only place in downtown Sapporo to see Ainu culture, and entrance is free of charge.
投稿者 Hokkaido Travel Tips 時刻: 16:03
ラベル: Educational or Interactive facilities and Other Museums, Sapporo City Chuo-ku, 札幌市中央區, 觀光設施(觀賞、學習)、其他的博物館
Sapporo Odori 500-m Underground Walkway Gallery has been open since 2012. As the name suggests, it is about 500 meters long. This gallery is located between Sapporo Subway's Odori Station and Bus Center Mae Station, and this is the longest gallery space in all transportation stations in Japan. There is a lot of artwork created by artists who are actively working, mainly in Sapporo. The artwork displayed is changed periodically. People can look the gallery while walking. Bus Center Mae Station is the closest station to Sapporo Factory which is a huge shopping mall. It is lit from 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., and is open 365 days of the year.
Hokkaido Shrine was built in 1869, which coincided with the start of Hokkaido’s prosperity. Omikuji, which means fortune slip, have English and Japanese versions. There are a variety of omamori, or good luck charms, for such things as ease of delivering babies, and protection from car accidents. Hokkaido Shrine's grounds are large, and Maruyama Zoo is located nearby. As the grounds of the shrine are covered with trees, walking through this wooded area is enjoyable, especially in summer. The shrine's festival is held from June 14-16 every year at both the shrine and Nakajima Park. Food stands and other temporary shops and stands are there, and people have a good time eating, and buying souvenirs.
The Sapporo Shiryokan building used to house the Sapporo Court of Appeal. It was constructed in 1926 using rare and distinguished soft stone. This stone is called Sapporo Nanseki, which means soft stone quarried in Sapporo. The building is now designated as one of Japan's tangible cultural properties. In 1973, the building was reopened as a museum. Visitors can see the restored courtroom as it used to be. There is also an exhibition room presenting Hiroshi Ooba, who was a famous manga artist who passed away in 1988. There are also some rooms used as public galleries.
Nakajima Park is next to Susukino, which is famous for having the best nightlife in northern Japan. Nakajima Park has many facilities and highlights to help you have a fun time, and also relax. Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara, Sapporo Astronomical Observatory, Hoheikan (Historical Guest House), and a big pond where visitors can enjoy paddling boats are some of the features of the park. As the park is located near the center of Sapporo, it is convenient for tourists to visit, and in the morning it is quiet and calm. In winter, visitors can borrow snow shoes to walk. At the beginning of summer, a big festival is held there.