Comfort Hotel Sapporo
Minami 3 Nishi 9, Chuo-ku
Phone: (81) 11 221 2311
Fax: (81) 11 261 4772
Arts & Museums
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art is located in a large, landscaped garden that contains not only trees and shrubs but also diverse mobile outdoor sculptures. One of its main exhibitions is devoted to works by Hokkaido artists or artists that are deeply connected to Hokkaido. Another of its outstanding exhibitions is the display of art nouveau glass by Ecole de Paris. The collection of glass handicrafts is vast and extremely valuable and definitely worth seeing. A group of volunteers is on hand to explain the works on display and some of them speak English or French. This place is open daily from 9.30 PM.
Winter sports enthusiasts will have a ball in this museum. Constructed on the site of the 1972 Winter Olympics, it is a memorial to those games. There are several different exhibitions, including the Olympic Medalists, the Misayama Ski Games and the Winter Universiade. The museum also features the world's first ski-jump simulator, which gives visitors the experience of jumping without the danger. In the attached theater you can see videos of the history of skiing and skating, as well as highlights from the Games.
Opened in 1971, this museum is devoted to the natural environment as well as the historical development of Hokkaido, the most-northern major island of the Japanese archipelago. The main exhibition covers the history of Hokkaido from about two million years ago up to the present day. It is divided into eight chronological stages. The exhibits covering the Ainu, the native aborigines, and the Early Modern Era (1869-1886) are particularly impressive. Educational programs, including weaving, milling with stone mortar, as well as a hands-on experience with tools and implements make this a great day out for children.
Located in the Hokkaido Nopporo Forest, just on the outskirts of Sapporo, this wonderful outdoor museum gives visitors a look at life in the pioneering days of Hokkaido from the Meiji Restoration (1868) onwards. It covers over 50 hectares and consists of four areas: town, mountain, farming and fishing villages. Buildings from all over Hokkaido have been transported here and reconstructed, including the old Sapporo Railway Station. Visitors can ride the horse-drawn trolleys (in winter horse-drawn sleighs are used) and participate in the seasonal events that run throughout the year.
Sapporo Art Park is situated in the rolling hills on the outskirts of Sapporo. This outdoor sculpture museum integrates massive works of art into the natural landscape, creating inspiring, seamless vistas from every angle. One of the star attractions is the "Way to the Hidden Garden," a display of the work of Dani Karavan, an Israeli sculptor. There are studios in which you can participate in glass or ceramic making, and there is a shop selling souvenirs as well as a restaurant with a sculpture garden.