Description of Sapporo TV Tower
Sapporo TV Tower is a 147.2-meter tall tower located by the Sosei River at the eastern end of Odori Park that is in the center of Sapporo. In 1956, it was built when television-broadcasting service started in Sapporo. Since then, the tower has been a landmark of Sapporo over more than half a century.
During nighttime, the tower is lit up, making it an ideal photo spot. The hours when it is lit up vary from season to season. On specific days such as national holidays there is special lighting.
The hours vary depending on the season. The tower is open from 9:30AM to 9:30PM during a month of April and from the middle of October to the end of March, 9:00AM to 10:00PM from the end of April to the middle of October. Moreover, the tower is open from 9:00AM to 10:30PM during the first part of the Sapporo Snow Festival, and 8:30AM to10:30PM during the second part of the festival. The tower is closed in the middle of April and in the beginning of November for equipment inspection. It is also closed on January first every year. You can check for further information on the tower’s schedule on its website.
View of Sapporo from the tower’s observation deck
If you take an elevator from the third floor of the Sapporo TV Tower and go up further for roughly 60 seconds, you will reach the observation deck 90.38 meters above the ground.
You can enjoy Odori Park with different views during each of the four seasons as well as a number of events held there, and a wide view of the Ishikari Plain. If the weather permits, you can even see the mountains surrounding Sapporo City and the Japanese Sea in the distance. There are four television telescopes and 10 telescopes. You can enjoy distant views as much as you want.
Especially in winter, the observation deck is a great place to view “the Sapporo White Illumination” and the Snow Festival held in Odori Park. The tower offers the chartered deck service, under which you can charter the observation deck for 30 minutes after it closes, attracting dating couples and married couples. This service is available from 9:50PM to 10:20PM during winter season, and 10:20PM to 10:50PM during summer season. However they do not accept reservations during the Snow Festival season and when other events are held. The fee is of 10,000 yen. You can make a reservation by phone, by fax, or on the website.
The window on the southeast side of the observation deck is all glass from floor to ceiling. This window is named Kowaso (scary window). You can experience the thrill of the view of the ground under your feet and by the window slanted towards outside. If you look into a “mystical well” nearby, you can see a view straight down the foot of the TV tower.
“TV Dad,” the mascot of the Sapporo TV Tower
TV Dad, the mascot character of the Sapporo TV Tower, characterized by its humorous and innocent look. There are more than 160 kinds of goods related to the mascot. You can find TV Dad related goods at the “Sky Shop” at the observation deck. Amongst all items for sale, the T-shirts, stuffed toy animals, and stationery products are the most popular. The deck also has a “TV Dad Shrine” that has gained popularity as the highest shrine in Sapporo.
The tower sells a “day, night ticket” that allows you to enter the tower two times, targeting those who want to enjoy both the daytime and nighttime views. The fee is 1,100 yen for adults, 800 yen for high school students, 600 yen for junior high school students, and 400 yen for elementary school students. The ticket is valid for three days from the date you buy it. You can buy it at the information desk on the third floor.
They also sell regular tickets that are valid for both the Sapporo TV Tower and the Sapporo Clock Tower. The fee is 800 yen for adults and 680 yen for high school students. The tickets are available at the information desk on the third floor of the Sapporo TV Tower as well as the Clock Tower. It takes only five to seven minutes to go on foot to the Clock Tower from the Sapporo TV Tower.
You can go to the Sapporo TV Tower by train or by car. The nearest railway station is Odori station of Sapporo City Subway Toho line, Tozai line, or Nanboku line. The tower is 15 minutes by car from the Sapporo North exit of the Sapporo Expressway. There is a paid parking lot in the basement of the tower complex that is open from 8:00AM to 10:00PM.
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Description: Sapporo TV Tower
|Sights||Sapporo TV Tower (さっぽろテレビ塔)|
1 Odorinishi, Sapporo Chuo-ku, Hokkaido Japan
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 011-241-1131 / Fax: 011-271-3680|
|Closed dates||Specific dates NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 720yen|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|