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Sapporo is known for its beautiful exotic natural beauty which hides between the towering heights of its mountainous capital, Hokkaido. With its sprawling lush green parks and gardens, the town is Japan's most popular destination for tourists from across the world including backpackers, families, and couples who come here to spend memorable time with their loved ones. In the picturesque surroundings of the city create memories which are unforgettable and cherishing. Sapporo is aligned with various beautiful parks, but the most famous of them all is the Odori Park. To your surprise, Odori Park is not exactly a park but is a street. This heaven in the heart of the city is adorned with several eminent establishments which add-on to its charm and eminence. Along the wide green lawns and fragrant flower gardens are carved wooden benches, fascinating fountains, and artistic sculptures. Odori Park is the lifeblood of Sapporo and is the city's favorite venue for major events and festivals.
A Day Trip to Odori Park
In Sapporo, the exciting and one-of-its-kind, Sapporo Lilac Festival made its first celebration in the year 1959. With the onset of this festival, Lilac was bestowed upon with the title of the official tree of the city in the subsequent year. Considered to be one of the city's most anticipated event, the Lilac Festival is looked upon by locals as well as tourists with great enthusiasm and fervor. This annual event marks the end of the chilling cold season and celebrates the start of the warm summer season which is characterized by evening strolls and outdoor eating of delicious lip smacking snacks. Odori Park in its sprawling area boasts of over four hundred lilac trees. The beauty of this tree is so mystifying that you cannot stay without falling in love with it. On the first day of the awaited festival, lilac seedlings are distributed to visitors to ensure their increase in every part of the city as well. A music festival is also organized to entertain the thousands of visitors of the festival. You can spend hours enjoying exciting music performances of renowned as well as local musicians who can make anyone dance on their tunes. An outdoor tea ceremony along with a striking stamp rally is also organized during this festival. In the wine garden, you can enjoy dishes made of fresh Hokkaido ingredients and can also relish sip of locally produced wines.
Located in the heart of the Odori Park, the Sapporo TV Tower stands tall as one of the parks most prominent structure. With its height of 150-meters the tower offers the most picturesque scenes of the city and the Odori Park. Completed in the year 1956, the tower has survived the hardships and happy moments with the city. It has been a Sapporo landmark since its inception and is certainly not-a-miss when in the city. From the observation deck of the tower which is at a height of ninety meters above the ground level, visitors can enjoy the skyline views of Sapporo and its heritage sites. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful sights of Odori Park's seasonal events from the towering height of Sapporo TV Tower. Observation deck plays the best seat for witnessing the stunning ice sculptures of the Snow Festival during winter season. When the sky is clear you can treat your eyes with the views of Ishikari Plain and also the sights of the pristine Sea of Japan. For couples who want to spend some cozy time with each other, there is a special plan for them. In this plan you can rent the observation deck for thirty minutes after the Tower closes for the public entry.
One of the most stunning art piece adorning the Odori Park is the artistic work of Isamu Noguchi, the Black Slide Mantra. It is a slide which is very famous among kids, and usually, you will find a crowd of small kids around it waiting for their turn to enjoy the ride of their favorite slide. Located at a place where it can be seen from all the directions easily, the slide is placed between the Nishi 8 and 9 chome of Odori Park. Its bright black color adds on to its appearance and charm making it glitter in Sapporo during the winter season when everything is covered with snow. Visitors can also be a part of the world-famous Snow Festival which relishes its admirers with the sights of beautifully carved sculptures made of snow and ice. Huge sculptures along with several small ones adorn the snow festival of the city.
How to Get Tickets?
Admission fee is 720 yen. You can book your tickets online on this website.
How To Get Around?
The Odori Park can be best explored on foot. To reach the park, you can use subways, bus, cabs, etc.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the park is 9 am to 10 pm during late April to mid-October, and 9:30 am to 9:30 pm during mid-October to late April.
Currency is Japanese Yen.
Will I Need a Guide?
How To Get There?
You can Sapporo via airways from the New Chitose Airport, or opt for roadways and highways if you are traveling from the nearby cities.
Don't litter empty packets and bottles in the park. It is advisable to carry a water bottle with you.