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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Odori Park Sapporo


Odori Koen neatly divides central Sapporo in to two. North of the 105m-wide, 13-block east-west park is Sapporo Station and south is the entertainment district of Susukino with its bars, strip joints and the Ramen Yokocho food alley.

Odori Park Sapporo

The park was originally designed as a fire-break and is a welcome patch of green in the concrete sprawl of the city. At the eastern edge of the park is the 147m-high Sapporo TV Tower, which was designed by Tachu Naito, who was also responsible for the similar-looking Tokyo Tower.
Sapporo TV Tower was completed in 1957, followed by Tokyo Tower a year later. the digital clock was added in the 1970s. There's a viewing platform at 90m reached by a lift with fantastic views of the city, especially beautiful during the Snow Festival at night. Buy a ticket at the ground floor shop.

Odori Park is the site of Sapporo's main festival - the Snow Festival - held annually in February as well as the Lilac Festival in late May and Bon dancing in August.

Odori Park Sapporo

Odori Station is the intersection station for Sapporo's three metro lines: the Namboku Line (Green), Tozai Line (Orange) and the Toho Line (Blue).

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