Chi-Ka-HoSapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway (Chi-Ka-Ho)

Section: Between Sapporo Station and Odori Station on the Subway Namboku Line
Length: approx. 520 m (including the 160-meter national highway section)
Width: 20 m (walking space: 12 m + relaxation spaces: 4 m × 2)


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Opened in March 2011, this underground walkway provides pedestrians with a safe and convenient all-season way to walk around central Sapporo, which is covered with snow for nearly half the year. The subterranean connection it provides between the Sapporo Station area and the Odori/Susukino areas makes it easy to get around the city.
Intersection plazas, relaxation spaces and other areas of the walkway help to create an atmosphere of energy and excitement, staging sales promotions, product PR drives and other commercial events as well as hosting live performances, music and other events, art exhibitions, public communication activities and a range of similar initiatives.

Red BrickFormer Hokkaido Government Office Building (Red Brick)

Address: Kita 3-jo Nishi 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Opening hours: 8:45 – 18:00
Closed: year-end/New Year holidays (from December 29 to January 3)


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Former Hokkaido Government Office Building (Red Brick)
Completed in 1888 against a beautiful background of vivid seasonal landscapes, this building is popularly known as Red Brick. It was designed by a Hokkaido Government team headed by renowned engineer Seijiro Hirai and built using brick in the American neo-baroque style. The brick, soft stone, timber and many other materials used in its construction were produced in Hokkaido. The facility served as the nerve center of the Hokkaido Government and a hub of local activity for 80 years until a new government building was completed.
Red Brick is one of only a few outstanding Western-style structures remaining from Japan’s Meiji Period (1868 – 1912), and was designated as a National Important Cultural Property in 1969.

Sapporo Odori 500-m Underground Walkway GallerySapporo Odori 500-m Underground Walkway Gallery

Address: Odori Nishi 1-chome – Odori Higashi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
(Inside the underground concourse connecting Odori and Bus Center subway stations down to the second basement level)
Opening hours: 7:30 – 22:00 (lighting hours)
Closed: N/A; open 7 days a week



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The walkway gallery was opened as a permanent facility in November 2011. This underground space – a regional characteristic of Sapporo – is used as a platform for local creativity to promote the city’s cultural and artistic activities in Japan and overseas. It is also used to showcase works by Japanese and international artists in order to provide locals with opportunities to come in contact with a variety of artworks.
The gallery, which is Japan’s longest station passage facility, won the Japan Institute of Design Promotion’s Good Design Award 2012 in combination with the Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway (Chi-Ka-Ho).

ShiryokanFormer Sapporo Court of Appeals (Shiryokan)

Address: Odori Nishi 13-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Opening hours: 9:00 – 19:00
Closed: Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday) and year-end/New Year holidays (from December 29 to January 3)


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This building was constructed in 1926 to serve as the Sapporo Court of Appeals (later the Sapporo High Court). Following the court’s relocation in March 1973, the building became the property of the City of Sapporo in November of the same year and was opened as the Shiryokan archive museum.
Its national value as a structure made of Sapporo soft stone led to its designation as a National Tangible Cultural Property in May 1997. The facility embodies the history of Sapporo and has long been a popular spot for visitors.

Sapporo Education and Culture HallSapporo Education and Culture Hall

Address: Kita 1-jo Nishi 13-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Opening hours: 8:45 – 21:00
Closed: second and fourth Mondays of each month (or Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday) and year-end/New Year holidays (from December 29 to January 3)


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This hall was opened in July 1977 as a hub facility for artistic and cultural activities in the city.
It houses two multipurpose halls (large and small), nine seminar rooms, rehearsal/practice rooms for chorus, dance and plays, and a gallery/exhibition space.
Its convenient location five minutes on foot from Nishi Juitchome Subway Station makes it a popular venue for a variety of events that attract visitors from around Hokkaido and elsewhere.

Nitori Culture HallSapporo Geibunkan (Sapporo Art and Culture Hall), Nitori Culture Hall

Address: Kita 1-jo Nishi 12-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Opening hours: 9:00 – 21:00
Closed: N/A; open 7 days a week


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Opened in 1971, this 2,300-seat hall is one of Hokkaido’s largest, and hosts a broad array of performances. These include prime performing arts (such as full-scale opera and ballet), national tour concerts and other live entertainment events, academic conferences, national conventions and commemorative events (such as entrance and graduation ceremonies). It welcomes approximately 400,000 visitors every year.
This public facility (previously known as Hokkaido Kosei Nenkin Kaikan) is held in such affection by locals and artists that when it was put up for sale, a committee was set up to save it. As part of related efforts, charity concerts and a fundraising campaign were arranged. In this way, the hall has acted as a cultural and artistic hub for Sapporo and Hokkaido as a whole for more than 40 years.

Hokkaido Museum of Modern ArtHokkaido Museum of Modern Art

Address: Kita 1-jo Nishi 17-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Opening hours: 9:30 – 17:00
Closed: Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday), during exhibition change periods, etc.


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The management of this museum, which was opened in July 1977, seeks to enhance its collections, host various unique exhibitions and provide a broad array of educational and information services with focus on Hokkaido’s regional characteristics and international aspects. Based on the fundamental principles of accessibility to local communities and cultivation of local fine-art culture, museum staff will work to achieve further development of the facility as a cultural hub for Hokkaido.

Sapporo Art MuseumSapporo Art Museum

Address: Geijutsu-no-mori 2-chome 75, Minami-ku, Sapporo
Opening hours: 9:45 – 17:00
Closed: Mondays between November 4 and April 28 (or Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday)


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Opened in September 1990, this museum is nestled in the Sapporo Art Park cultural complex in a verdant hilly area of southern Sapporo, Hokkaido.
The museum’s main collections include works by artists associated with Sapporo and Hokkaido and modern/contemporary art from Japan and overseas. It hosts five to seven special exhibitions of varied content annually and supports art-related research and investigation. The museum compound also includes the Sculpture Garden, with its permanent exhibition of 74 sculptures, and the Sato Churyo Children’s Atelier, where young visitors can engage in creative activities. It also provides locals with opportunities for lifelong learning based on its rich natural environment and programs run in conjunction with nearby educational and research organizations.
The goal of the Sapporo Art Museum is to help develop communities where members can live spiritually rich lives in its role as a facility playing an essential part in artistic/cultural promotion in the Creative City of Sapporo.

Moerenuma ParkMoerenuma Park

Address: Moerenuma Koen 1-1, Higashi-ku, Sapporo
Opening hours (east entrance gate): 7:00 – 22:00 (Gate closes at 21:00.)
Closed: N/A; open 7 days a week (Park facilities have individual schedules.)


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Opened in July 2005, the park’s development was based on a dynamic concept created by world-renowned late sculptor Isamu Noguchi that envisioned the entire park as a complete sculpture. It was planned as a core urban park located in a northern area of greenery under Sapporo’s Circular Green Belt Concept.
The park features the Forest of Cherry Trees, where cherry blossoms bloom in May, Moere Beach, which is open from June to September, and seven play areas with over 120 pieces of playground equipment designed by Noguchi. It is also home to the 30-meter-high Play Mountain and the 50-meter-high Moere Mountain, which affords sweeping views of peaks around the Ishikari Plain. Sports facilities include 15 tennis courts, a baseball stadium and a track and field stadium, and event facilities include an open-air stage and a musical stage known as the Music Shell. The park provides year-round opportunities for a range of activities, and is a site for cross-country skiing, snowboarding and sledding in winter.


Routes to Sapporo

The main air routes and the approximate flight times
Tokyo (Haneda) – Sapporo
Narita – Sapporo
Osaka (Itami) – Sapporo
Fukuoka – Sapporo
Chubu – Sapporo
Naha – Sapporo

Trains and buses connect the New Chitose Airport with Sapporo

The rapid-transit train operated by Japan Railways departs New Chitose Airport station every 15 minutes, and the commute to JR Sapporo station takes 36 minutes. By bus, even the center of downtown Sapporo is only about 60 minutes away via expressway.

Airports with direct flights to Chitose (Sapporo)
  • Incheon International Airport (Seoul, Korea)
  • Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • Beijing Capital International Airport (Beijing, China)
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport (Shanghai, China)
  • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport (Dalian, China)
  • Hong Kong International Airport (Hong Kong, China)
  • Guam International Airport (Guam, U.S.)
  • Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia)
  • Honolulu International Airport (Hawaii, U.S.)
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok, Thailand)