Clock TowerPrice: 200This rather diminutive building has become a symbol of Sapporo, mostly by being the oldest building still standing. It was constructed in 1878 for the Sapporo Agricultural College (now the Hokkaido University) and would not look out of place in "Smalltown U.S.A." The inside has a small retrospective of its history. Visitor beware, as this is for some reason a mecca for Japanese tourists coming to Sapporo who feel that no trip to Sapporo would be complete without a photo in front of the Tokeidai, but was actually recently rated as Japan's third "most disappointing" tourist attraction!
Ishiya Chocolate FactoryPrice: 600The chocolate factory has an incredibly corny, but fun, tour building up to a view of the actual chocolate making floor, and ending with a random toy museum. Also there are two restaurants, a souvenir store, and an hourly robot show complete with annoying music. Famous for its white chocolate, which is sold under the brand "White Lovers" ( shiroi koibito), and is only available in Hokkaido. There is also a cake buffet available at the restaurant on the top floor for "¥1,500" but reservations must be made 3 days in advance. Sapporo TV TowerPrice: 700A tourist trap carbon copy of the Eiffel Tower with an observation deck 90m high. Sapporo Beer MuseumNorth 7, East 9Phone: +81 1-1731-4368Hours: 9AM-6PMPrice: Beer sample 200, 3 samples 500Run by the Sapporo Brewing Company, offers free guided tours covering the history of beer in Japan and the process of brewing. The museum is not very big and the printed descriptions on the displays are in Japanese. Despite this, it makes an interesting trip. At the end of the tour you can taste all the different beers. Finish off the tour with more brews at the Beer Garden next door (see Eat).
Hokkaido Pioneer VillagePrice: 630A large historical village on the outskirts of Sapporo, offers a snapshot of Japan in the newly-industrialised age. The front gate (an old railway station) opens up into a series of opens alleys and buildings of the style pre-20th century. Also a variety of different gardens and shrines. Don't expect costumed performers however — everything is self-guided. An English map is available.
100th anniversary Memorial ParkPrice: FreeThis is the site of a giant (and somewhat imposing) tower which can be climbed, providing a good vantage point of Sapporo (though quite some distance from the city center) and surrounding mountains. This site is popular with school groups.
MoiwayamaPrice: An entrance fee is charged for carsThis mountain, also called Moiwa Mountain, overlooks the city and is especially worthwhile at night to observe the city lights.
Asahiyama ParkPrice: Free.A beautiful flower garden and natural park that overlooks the city center. Noted for being a good place for romance, and is particularly good for cherry blossoms in spring and autumn colors, and local wildlife such as squirrels and foxes (somewhat of a feral pest around Sapporo).
Hokkaido ShrinePrice: Free
JozankeiThis area is famous for both its onsen (due perhaps to proximity to Sapporo) and the very beautiful autumn colours (especially around the Houhaikyou Dam).
JR TowerThe newly redeveloped building near JR Sapporo Station marks the center of the city. It is higher than the TV tower observatory is. Affording panoramic views. As a bonus for men, the observation level has a men's room with a view!
Hokkaido Museum of Modern ArtNorth 1 West 17, ChuoPhone: +81 11 644-6881Hours: Tu-Su 10AM-5PMPrice: Adults ¥250, university students ¥150Located in a small park, this modern art museum offers a collection that includes both Japanese and Western art, as well as temporary exhibits. Moerenuma ParkPrice: freeA popular excursion for Japanese families, this park offers several acres of carefully manicured grass and monumental landscape installations. Highlights include a 5-story glass pyramid and a man-made mountain, from which one can see all of Sapporo. Take the Toho Line to Kanjo-dori-higashi, then the Higashi 69 or 79 bus to Chuo Bus Kita Satsunae Line to Moere Koen Higashiguchi. Doing so allows you to enter the park from the east entrance. Rental of bicycles is available, from 7am - 7pm. Hokkaido University Botanic GardenNorth 3 West 8, ChuoPhone: +81 11 221-0066Hours: 9AM-4PMPrice: ¥400A large botanical garden. There are two rock gardens, a rose garden, a lilac display, a greenhouse, and various other gardens. There's a small museum in the garden with artifacts from Hokkaido, some dating back to the Meiji period (no extra cost). In the winter, only the greenhouse and museum are of interest.
Hokkaido Museum of Modern ArtChuo-ku N1 W17A modern museum filled with collections of contemporary works and especially glass objects, paskin of cole de Paris. The main hall is the center of exhibits of works owned by the museum and the special facility is reserved for "expo" of foreign and Japanese arts. Each summer the museum holds a special course for children.
Former Hokkaido Prefectural Government BuildingChuo-ku N3 W6Phone: +81 11 231-4111Price: FreeThis beautiful western style red brick building is a famous site of Sapporo and worth taking a quick look, as it is in the center.