Indoor facilities where you can watch the White Illumination at your leisure
September 12, 2016
Something not to be missed on a winter holiday in Sapporo is the Sapporo White Illumination, which starts in the center of the city from the end of November. We pick out facilities and restaurants where you can enjoy the illuminations from indoors by venue. Instead of only enjoying them while sightseeing, on a date or walking along, why not try looking down upon the illuminations from indoors at your leisure, while you enjoy a meal or a coffee.
From Odori 1-chome to 3-chome, representative illuminations will be put up in each block. In Odori 2-chome, the "Munich Christmas Market in Sapporo" will be held at around the same time.
Event period: November 18 to December 25, 2016
1 Sapporo TV Tower
From 90.38 meters above ground, you can look down on a band of light which extends in a straight line through Odori Park to the west. The staff recommend sundown, with the dazzling light of the illuminations on the ground and the faint brightness of the ridgeline of the mountains in the distance. Admission is free up to the restaurants on the 3rd floor.
2 Family Restaurant Maindish
A family restaurant on the 10th floor of Marui Imai Odori building, facing Odori Park. During the event period, there are people who wait just to get a table by the window, even if there are available tables elsewhere. The sunset on Teineyama, which can be seen beyond Odori Park, looks so beautiful.
Family Restaurant Maindish
Opening hours: 11:00 to 21:00 (last order 20:30), Sundays until 19:30 (last order 19:00) * Open until 21:00 in December Open every day (except New Year's Day)
Address: 10F Marui Imai Odori Bldg., Minami 1-2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Access: Get off at Subway Namboku Line, Tozai Line, Toho Line "Odori" Station
Marui Imai website
3 Tokumitsu Coffee Odori Shop
Directly connected to the Subway Namboku Line "Odori" Station. A coffee shop on the 2nd floor of "Odori Bisse", located on the corner of the intersection of Sapporo Ekimae-dori and Odori Park. From the large windows, you can see the illuminations in Odori Park 3-chome, 4-chome and Sapporo Ekimae-dori. Drip coffee is ¥500 and there are many varieties to choose from. You can choose a roast depending on your mood on the day.
Tokumitsu Coffee Odori Shop
Opening hours: 10:00 to 20:00 Open every day (except year-end and New Year holidays)
Address: 2F Odori Bisse, Odori Nishi 3, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Access: Get off at Subway Namboku Line, Tozai Line, Toho Line "Odori" Station, directly connected to Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway (Entrance/Exit 13)
Tokumitsu Coffee website
The trees lining the median strip which continues in a straight line from JR Sapporo Station to Susukino are all decorated.
Event period: November 18, 2016 to February 12, 2017
4 Sapporo Stellar Place 6th floor Stellar Dining
Sapporo Stellar Place is a shopping mall connected directly to JR Sapporo Station, and Stellar Dining on the 6th floor of the center building houses some 20 restaurants. From the restaurants near the center on the south side, you can see the illuminations lighting up Sapporo Ekimae-dori, which extends in a straight line towards Susukino.
5 Miyakoshiya Coffee, Sapporo Mitsukoshi store
A coffee shop on the 3rd floor of Sapporo Mitsukoshi which faces the pedestrian scramble including Ekimae-dori. An open space where you can look down on the Ekimae-dori illuminations, which extend in a straight line towards Susukino from nearby. The scene of snow covered illuminations is unique to Sapporo.
Miyakoshiya Coffee, Sapporo Mitsukoshi store
Opening hours 10:00 to 19:00 (last order 18:30) Open every day (except New Year's Day)
Address: 3F Sapporo Mitsukoshi, Minami 1-jo Nishi 3-8, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Access: Get off at Subway Namboku Line, Tozai Line, Toho Line "Odori" Station, Namboku south ticket gate
Miyakoshiya Coffee website
The ginkgo trees which line Minami 1-jo 1-chome to 3-chome are all decorated.
Event period: November 18, 2016–March 14, 2017