Exploring Odori Park and Sapporo TV Tower
We are now back in Sapporo after a great time skiing in Niseko. After returning our car, we proceed to check back in to The B Sapporo Susukino and took a refresher. Tonight we’ll be heading to Odori Park, a 1.5km stretch of greenery in the middle of the Sapporo business district. Over at Odori Park lies the iconic Sapporo TV Tower as well, which is a must-visit for all tourists coming to Sapporo.
Dinner at Lotteria
But first, our tummies were growling. We decided to hit one of the fast-food chains that ain’t available in Singapore: Lotteria. Lotteria’s parent company, Lotte Corporation, is Korean. Ironically, the very first Lotteria restaurant was founded in Tokyo!
We were not too fascinated by history lessons, instead only interested in the burgers and items. Honestly we didn’t really know what we ordered, we just picked those with the “绝品” label. The burgers we randomly picked were fantastic nevertheless! Why haven’t we discovered Lotteria earlier?
The Iconic Sapporo TV Tower
Right after dinner, we headed towards Odori Park. Numerous iconic festivals are held annually at this famous park in downtown Sapporo. Some if the noteworthy festivals included:
- Sapporo Snow Festival (Early February)
- Yosakoi Soran Festival (Early June)
- Odori Beer Garden (Late July to August)
- Sapporo White Illumination (Late November to December)
- Sapporo German Christmas Market (Late November to December)
Unfortunately for us, our arrival date here was just right after the Christmas festival periods. And too early for the Sapporo Snow Festival. Whatever though. As a result, there wasn’t really much to do here. Furthermore, having seen the thick fluffy snow of Niseko, the 5 cm of snow right here in Sapporo does not amaze us at all.
In Nagoya, there is a huge stretch of greenery near the Nagoya TV Tower. Likewise over here, the Sapporo TV Tower is also situated in Odori Park itself. Standing at 147.2 meters tall, the tower has an observation deck that offers an unobstructed 360 view of the city. However though, we thought we won’t be able to see anything at night. Furthermore the illumination events were already over. We just took photos around the area with the Sapporo TV Tower lit up in the background.
Amazingly we found an Eki stamp here right at the information center of the TV Tower. However, we realized the stamp pad was very worn out. The inkpad was also very dry. We troubled the cashier to help us change the refill for the stamp, but it still doesn’t work. We couldn’t imprint anything decent because of this.
Head back for an early night because we will be waking up early to visit Jyogai Market the next morning for a seafood fiesta!
Information About Sapporo TV Tower
Address: 1 Chome Odorinishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0042, Japan
Opening Hours: Everyday 24 hours.
Admission Fee: ¥800 (Sapporo TV Tower)
Website: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5301.html (Odori Park)
https://www.tv-tower.co.jp/en/ (Sapporo TV Tower)