|Opening Hours||Open 24 hours|
|Notes||Sightseeing spot, paid parking underground, festivals throughout the year (see below), toilets at park|
|Odori Park runs horizontally right through the middle of Sapporo. It is a 10 minute walk from Sapporo Station. It is also directly above Odori Subway station. The park can be easily accessed from 3 subway stations along the Tozai Line (subway orange line).
7 Chome Odorinishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0042
Odori Park is the most famous park in Sapporo, if not Hokkaido. It runs through the heart of Sapporo and is home to the some of the biggest festivals throughout the year. The park runs for twelve blocks and separates the city into north and south. At the eastern most end you can find the iconic TV Tower which has great views overlooking the park. The park was originally constructed as a large street, which also served as a firebreak in 1871. In 1872, the street was named ‘Shiribeshi Dōri’ but this name was not popular so it was renamed ‘Odōri’ in June 1881. Odori meaning ‘large street’ in English. The park itself didn’t become a park until 1909.
Annual Events at Odori Park
|February (2nd week)||Sapporo Snow Festival|
|May (middle of the month)||Lilac Festival.|
|June (2nd week)||Yosakoi Soran Festival|
|July (from mid July)||Sapporo Beer Garden
|August (to mid August)||Sapporo Beer Garden|
|September||Sapporo Autumn Festival|
|November (end of month)||Sapporo White Illumination|
The park is hugely popular especially during the warmer months. There are benches that line the park, and the grass areas throughout the park are a great spot to sit and have lunch, or a drink, and relax. There are numerous fountains to admire and to dip your feet in the hotter months. Swings, slides, a stage for performances, and beautiful flower gardens can be found throughout the park. On the western most block are the rose gardens and the Sapporo City Museum. Big events are held at Odori Park. The biggest being the Summer Beer Garden and the Snow Festival are at this park.