The coolest park in Sapporo, even when there's no snow!
Local eats, great views and ample time to relax while in Hokkaido Prefecture’s capital city: Welcome to Odori Park.
The expansive park is one of Sapporo’s most famous attractions hosting Japan’s largest snow festival, as well as being home to the Sapporo TV Tower. The park is located right in the city center. Odori Park stretches from the TV tower and up to the Maruyama neighborhood — a total of 1.5 KM — a route that serves an excellent opportunity to see downtown Sapporo.
Odori park is a popular picnic and relaxation spot, serving both locals and visitors. Whether it’s a romantic picnic or salarymen having their lunch, the chilled vibe on a summer day, makes the park an excellent choice for breaks from city sightseeing.
When night time arises, local skaters and musicians dominate the surroundings of the park, showcasing Sapporo’s youth culture. Although popular in winter, summer and autumn seasons, Odori Park is not really a popular cherry blossom viewing spot.
The park is host to millions of visitors from all over the world in February, when the Sapporo Snow Fest transforms the area into a snow haven. Massive snow and ice installations, as well as winter activities and warm foods are also part of the fun.
When summer comes, the annual Odori Beer Garden is held in late July. Sapporo is a city known for craft beer, and all of Sapporo’s beer lovers gather to enjoy the biggest beer event in Japan. This festival showcases beer from Sapporo’s own breweries, as well as international brands.
When autumn leaves burst into color in September, the popular Autumn Fest is a must for foodies and beer lovers. Testing local foods is also important for park visitors, and Farmers’ markets are often hosted here. These markets are usually held summer and autumn, and this is your chance to buy good quality organic Hokkaido vegetables, especially corn and potatoes, which the prefecture is well-known for.
In the area
Odori Park is located next to the Sapporo TV tower and the Sapporo Clock tower. A short walk from the park takes you to the Former Hokkaido Government Office, also known colloquially as the Red Brick Office — home to a city history museum.
Department stores and high fashion boutiques are next to the park, as well as an array of restaurants and cafes. A very popular spot to try out these regional specialities is the upscale buffet restaurant at the Sapporo Grand Hotel, also located near the park. The bustling nightlife of Susukino nearby, makes the park an even more popular meeting spot. As you can see, visitors can fit in a lot of activities by staying close to Odori Park.