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Hokkaido's main city Sapporo is rich in historical monuments, nature spots, busy markets and places to savor local delicacies. This one day tour around the city will take you to some of the must-visit places in the northern capital of Japan!
- See the historical Clock Tower in Sapporo's center
- Visit one of the best Olympic facilities in Sapporo
- Take a stroll around the pleasant Maruyama Park
- Go to the famous Chocolate Factory
- Buy popular local chocolate sweets
Sapporo is Japan's fifth largest city and the capital of Hokkaido prefecture. The city has a strong Western feel thanks to its architecture and landscape planning which are influenced by Western examples. In 1972 Sapporo hosted the first Winter Olympics in Japan and you can still see some of the top-class facilities at the hills and mountains which surround the city. Sapporo also hosts the International Snow Festival every February and attracts plenty of local and international visitors. The city is also best known as the home of the chocolate factory Ishiya and the popular Sapporo beer.
This one-day guided tour will take you to some of Sapporo's highlights. Your walk will start from Sapporo Station (or your hotel) and will continue to the following places:
- the Former Hokkaido Government Office, a national important cultural property. This beautiful red brick building and its octagonal dome on the top symbolize the cultivation and development of Hokkaido island.
- the famous Clock Tower, Sapporo's best known symbol. Initially the building was designed as a drill hall of the local Agricultural College in 1878. Now it fascinates with its simple Western (American Midwest) design and evokes the memories of Hokkaido's development at the end of the 19th century.
- Odori Park, the longest park in Sapporo and the venue of the annual Snow Festival. In summer Odori Park hosts summer festivals, beer gardens and bon-odori Japanese dance events.
- Maruyama Park and Hokkaido Jingu Shrine. This spacious natural park is used for relaxing picnics, sports and entertainment. It's also the home of Sapporo's zoo. Hokkaido Jingu Shrine is an impressive Shinto shrine built to enshrine the deities which protect Hokkaido's reclamation.
- Okurayama Ski Jump Hill. A former Olympic facility which now provides fantastic panoramic views over the entire city.
- Sapporo Chocolate Factory. This large facility is managed by Ishiya, the chocolate factory which produces the famous local sweets "Shiroi no Koibito" ("White Lovers"). Here you can observe the production process, see various exhibits and buy top-class sweets for souvenirs. Hokkaido's sweets are considered some of the best in Japan!
Don't forget to try also Sapporo's local specialty, ramen noodles! This tour will show you the best of Sapporo no matter which season you visit the city in.
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