Sapporo and Otaru 2-day sample trip plan

Odori Park
Odori Park is located in the center of Sapporo.

I will show you 2-day trip plan of Sapporo and Otaru. But this trip plan consists of Sapporo day trip plan and Otaru day trip plan from Sapporo. You may use one of these two days.

This 2-day trip plan covers these following highlights in Sapporo and Otaru:

☑Odori Park
☑Clock Tower
☑Former Hokkaido Government Office
☑Shiroi Koibito Park
☑Hokkaido Jingu Shrine
☑Nijo Market

☑Moiwayama (Mt. Moiwa)
☑Kitakaro
☑Otaru Canal
☑Kitaichi Glass
☑Funamizaka
☑Sankaku Market
☑Sakaimachi Street
☑Orgel Doh

If you use JR Pass or Hokkaido Rail Pass, you may use it for the round trip to Otaru. But the one way fare for Otaru is 750 yen. In Sapporo, you will make the trips by a tram, a subway and a bus. But these are not covered by both JR Pass and Hokkaido Rail Pass. These pass are not essential for this 2-day trip.

Overview

You will spend one day each in Sapporo and Otaru. You will make a day trip to Otaru from Sapporo on day 2. Of course you can switch, Otaru on day 1 and Sapporo on day 2.

Day 1, Sapporo city sightseeing

I picked up major attractions which you can access by a public transportation.

Itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
09:00Sapporo station
(Sapporo subway Nanboku line)
09:01 / 09:03Odori station
(Sapporo subway Tozai line)
09:20Miyanosawa station
(Walk)
09:30 / 11:30Shiroi Koibito Park (Chocolate Factory)
(Walk)
11:40Miyanozawa station
(Sapporo subway Tozai line)
11:50Maruyamakoen station
(Walk)
12:05 / 12:30Hokkaido Jingu shrine
(walk)
12:45Maruyamakoen station
(Sapporo subway Tozai line)
12:55Odori station
All following places within the walking distance
Nijo Market (recommended for lunch)
Kaitakaro (coffee break)
Odori Park
The Clock Tower
Former Hokkaido Government Office
Hokkaido Univercity Botanical Garden
17:00Nishi Yonchome tram stop
(Sapporo tram inner loop)
17:22 / 17:30Ropeway Iriguchi tram stop
(Free shuttle bus)
17:35Moiwayama ropeway base station
(Gondolar and Morris cablecar)
18:00 / 19:00Moiwayama summit station
(Gondolar and Morris cablecar)
19:30 / 19:40Moiwayama ropeway base station
(Free shuttle bus)
19:45Ropeway Iriguchi tram stop
(Sapporo tram outer loop)
20:10 / 20:15Susukino tram stop / Susukino station
(Sapporo subway Nanboku line)
20:20Sapporo station
Hokkaido Jingu shrine is optional. You can remove it and extend your time in either Shiroi Kobito Park or Odori Park area.

Highlight

Shiroi Koibito Park

Shiroi Koibito park
The overview of Shiroi Koibito Park

Shiroi Koibito is very popular european style cookie which is sold by Ishiya Co. Ltd. It is one of most popular souvenir item. Actually it is sold in Tokyo too.

Shiroi Koibito Park is located at the place of the head office of Ishiya Co. Ltd and the factory. You can watch the factory and many more attractions.

Hokkaido Jingu shrine

Hokkaido jingu shrine
The winter scene of Hokkaido Jingu shrine

Hokkaido Jingu shrine is the biggest and most historical shrine in Hokkaido.

Odori Park and the clock tower

clock tower
The clock tower is the icon of Sapporo.

The area of Odori Park is the center of Sapporo city. Nijo Market and the clock tower are located nearby.

Former Hokkaido Government Office and Hokkaido University botanical garden

former hokkaido government office
Former government office is the heritage building in Sapporo.

Former office and the garden are located just step away from Odori Park and these are closed to the JR Sapporo station.

Moiwayama (Mt. Moiwa)

The nightview from Moiwayama is called one of “New” best three nightviews in Japan.

You can go up to the summit of Moiwayama. The view is stunning as you see the photo above. There is a restaurant. You can have a dinner there or eat before/after visiting the mountain.

Sapporo Snow Festival

sapporo snow festival

It is one most famous winter festivals in the world. If you visit Sapporo in early February, you can watch this event. Many events and exhibitions are held throughout the city. You will spend whole day if you want to see this festival.

Day 2, Sapporo – Otaru – Sapporo

Otaru canal
The nightview of the Otaru Canal is amazing.

On the second day, leave Sapporo for Otaru. You will spend all day to visit the places in Otaru

Itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
09:12Sapporo station
(Rapid train “Rapid Airport”)
09:44Otaru station
(Walk)
10:00 / 10:15Funamizaka
(Walk)
10:25 / 10:45Ryugu Shrine
(Walk)
11:00Sankaku Ichiba Market (early lunch)
(Walk)
12:30 / 14:30Otaru Canal area
(Walk)
14:40 / 15:10Orgel Doh
(Walk)
15:15 / 16:30Sakaimachi streeet, Kitaichi Glass and Kitaichi Hall cafe
(Walk)
16:45 / 17:03Minami-Otaru station
(Rapid train “Rapid Airport”)
17:32Sapporo station

You can go back to the Otaru Canal to see the night view of the canalafter visiting Kitaichi Glass. There are lots of restaurants around the canal. You can take a dinner there too.

Highlight

Sankaku Market

sankaku market otaru
The entrance of Sankaku Market

Sankaku Market is very small market. It is located near the JR Otaru station. This is a nice place to eat a fresh seafood at the affordable price.

seafood hokkaido
The typical fresh seafood bowl

Otaru Canal

There are lots of warehouses around the canal. These buildings are used as the restaurants and shops.

It is most popular site in Otaru. There are many heritage buildings nearby. I strongly recommend you to come back the canal in the evening. The nightview is much more fabulous.

Orgel Doh (Music Box museum)

Otaru Orgel
This building is one of the heritage buildings in Otaru city.

The orgel is a small music box. There are some many boxes displayed in this store. It is like a museum.

Kitaichi Glass and Sakaimachi street

Kitaichi glass and Sakaimachi street
One of the Kitaichi Glass shops and Sakaimachi street ©Yasufumi Nishi/©JNTO

Kitaichi Glass is one of the oldest companies in Otaru. This is most famous glass manufacturer and supplier in Hokkaido. There are many stores in Otaru and one of store has a cafe. There are 167 gas lamps in the cafe.

Sakaimichi street is a historical district. The music box is located at the end of this street.

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival
Otaru canal is a main site of the festival.©Yasufumi Nishi/©JNTO

This winter festival is held usually in same period as Sapporo Snow Festival in early February. You should spend your time in the evening.

Travel cost

JR Pass and Hokkaido Rail Pass cover only JR train rides between Sapporo and Otaru. You have to add other fares and admissions.

TripCost
Sapporo subway 1-day pass
*If you skip Hokkaido Jingu shrine, the regular fares are cheaper.
The tolta fare are 790 yen.
830 yen
Sapporo tram (two rides)400 yen
Shiroi Koibito Park (Chocolate factory admission fee)
*If you visit some shops in the park, it is free of charge.
600 yen
Moiwayama Ropeway and Morris cablecar1,800 yen
JR rapid or local train for the round trip to Otaru from Sapporo
*If you use JR Pass or Hokkaido Rail Pass, this is covered.
1,500 yen
Total cost3,400 yen
Accommodation and meals are not included

Summary

If you visit Hokkaido, I don’t think you skip Sapporo. And Otaru is very easy to be added as a day trip from Sapporo. This 2-day itinerary is very useful for any type of itinerary for visiting Hokkaido.

If you want to stay overnight in Otaru, you may do so. You will visit Otaru first and stay overnight in Otaru. On day 2, you can leave Otaru around 8:00 am, you can catch up with Sapporo day trip itinerary.

I hope you can enjoy this trip.

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