Experience Hokkaido powder snow is not necessarily exclusive to skiers
There are many activities in Hokkaido every year in winter. In addition to snow festivals one after another, I believe that everyone who chooses to come to Hokkaido in winter will hope to experience the unique powder snow environment in Hokkaido. So if you know how to ski, or plan to learn skiing, of course you will add skiing to the Hokkaido itinerary, but if you come with your family and children, it is not convenient to arrange to learn skiing in terms of time. Isn't that a waste of opportunity to experience powder snow?
of course not!
In fact, in winter in Hokkaido, basically every open space can be a place to play with snow. But what I plan to share with you today is of course not as simple as a simple open space, but whether you depart from New Chitose Airport or Sapporo Station, it is equally convenient and suitable for families to go to the snow park.
If you don’t know how to ski, and you don’t plan to learn to ski during this Hokkaido itinerary, the following places where you can play in the snow easily are worth adding to your itinerary!
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A place where you can play in the snow right from Sapporo Station
Although it is said that in Hokkaido winter, as long as there is an open space, you can play in the snow, but if you really want to experience the attractions of Hokkaido winter in an all-round way, in addition to building a few snowmen and lying on the snow to draw "snow angels", you must Try the snow tire slide (チューブゝりTube Slide), snowmobile (スノーモービル SnowMobile), snow rafting (ラフィィング Snow Rafting), snow banana boat (バナナボート Snow Banana) and so on. Of course, if you plan to go skiing, you can go to different ski resorts and resorts, so that you will have more choices for playing in the snow.
But it doesn’t matter even if you don’t plan to go skiing, because there are several cheap, convenient and fun snow playing areas near Sapporo Station for you to go. Moreover, because Sapporo is almost a place that every tourist who comes to Hokkaido will definitely pass through, so no matter where your itinerary will go in Hokkaido, and whether you come alone, or come to Hokkaido with friends, family, parents and children. Well, as long as you pass by Sapporo Station, the following snow parks are worth visiting with them, namely:
- Suzuran Park (Kunitou Takino Suzuran Hillside Park)
- Sheep Hill Observatory (さっぽろ Sheep Hill Observatory)
- Sapporo Nakajima Park (Nakajima-Koen)
- North Snow Land in Chitose
- Wonderland Sapporo
Arranging to go to these snow play areas can be very simple. Basically, as long as you leave a morning in Hokkaido's itinerary, you can choose one of the places to play in the snow. And because the projects in each place will be a little different, some are for children, and some are for adults. In the end, you should go to which one, you can read the projects in each place before deciding to go there.
Suzuran Park (Kunitou Takino Suzuran Hillside Park)
Features of Takino Suzuran Hillside National Government Park
If you come to Hokkaido with your children this time, then Sapporo State-run Takino Suzuran Hillside Park is very worthy of being placed first in the Sapporo itinerary.
Because at Takino Suzuran Hillside National Government Park, in addition to experiencing the snow tire slide that is almost the longest distance in Sapporo, you can also participate in activities such as snowshoe experience, walking skiing, etc., so that you can experience the park in different ways Instead of simply building a snowman on the snow and taking a few simple photos, you need to leave.
In addition, the snow tire slide (チューブそりTube Slide) here is almost the longest in Sapporo, basically longer than the snow tire slide at the Tsudome venue of the Sapporo Snow Festival. If you are unfortunate enough to miss the snow tire slide at the Sapporo Snow Festival, you can also come to the state-run Takino Suzuran Hillside Park to play for a morning, and then continue to go shopping and taste different delicacies in Sapporo.
Another feature of the state-run Takino Suzuran Hillside Park is that it is not a very popular attraction for overseas tourists, so as long as you come on weekdays, you don't need to wait too much time in line. But on the other hand, the state-run Takino Suzuran Hillside Park is actually well-known in Japan. Many parents will bring their children to play in the snow during holidays and long holidays.
So if you are going to go to the Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park during the holiday, you need to be mentally prepared to queue. When there are many people, it may be necessary to queue for 20 minutes to play a snow tire slide.
Access to Takino Suzuran Hillside National Government Park
If you are starting from Sapporo Station, just stop at Sapporo StationTake the Sapporo Metro Namboku Line to Makomanai Station, then transfer to Chuo Bus No. 102(Takino Suzuran Park Line) It takes about 30 minutes by car to arrive at the Suzuran Park East Exit bus stop.
Or you can go to the state-run Takino Suzuran Hillside Park by self-driving, but you need to pay attention to the parking lot there, and the parking spaces are limited, and it may be full during the holidays.
Business information of Takino Suzuran Hillside National Government Park
Address: 〒005-0862 247 Takino, Minami-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Winter business hours: 09:00 – 16:00
2022/2023 Winter Operation Period: December 23, 2022 – March 31, 2023
The last bus back to Makomanai Station: 16:08** (Please check with the staff at the entrance of Suzuran Hillside National Park for the actual bus schedule on the day)
Entrance fee: Free admission only in winter
Other possible expenses: ski lift tickets, ski equipment rental fees
Indoor rest area: There is a restaurant that provides simple hot drinks and meals
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Sheep Hill Observatory (Yamgaoka Observatory)
Features of the Goat Hill Observatory
If the state-run Takino Suzuran Hillside Park is a bit remote and inconvenient for your itinerary, or if you are not very interested in snow tire slides and downhill skiing, maybe the Sheep Hill Observatory will borrow more suitable for you.
Because on the Yangzhiqiu Observatory side, in addition to being originally an observatory where you can enjoy the snowy scenery of Sapporo, there is also a large snow field for you to play at the same time. And more importantly, there will be no shortage of dessert shops, local product shops, and specialty restaurants on the Yangzhiqiu Observatory. Basically, it is a itinerary suitable for the whole family to relax and play in the snow.
Although there are not many activities at the Sheep Hill Observatory, the scale of the snow tire slides is relatively small. If you like the sense of speed, you may soon feel bored. But if you like to take pictures on a large snowy field, I believe that the Yangzhiqiu Observatory will be a place with more convenient transportation, better scenery and suitable for relaxing.
In addition, because some winter activities are mainly aimed at children, such as building snowmen, experiencing snow houses, snow striders, etc., if you come to Hokkaido with children, believe that the sheep Hill Lookout are sure not to disappoint them. But if you come to Hokkaido with your friends and hope to get some exciting and fun experiences, maybe it would be more suitable to go to other snow playgrounds. There are snowmobiles, snow banana boats, etc. for you to play play again.
How to get to the Sheep Hill Observatory
The biggest difference from the state-run Takino Suzuran Hillside Park is that the sheep's hill observatory is located closer to the Sapporo subway station. Just transfer to the "Fuku 84 Yanggaoka Line" bus from Fukuzumi Station, and you can go to the Yangjigaoka Observatory in about 11 minutes.
However, going to the Sheep Hill Observatory is the same as the state-run Takino Suzuran Hillside Park. After arriving at the Sheep Hill Observatory, you must pay attention to the time of the last return bus, otherwise you may need to spend extra money to book a taxi, and Or you have to walk to Fukuzumi Station on snow in winter before returning to the center of Sapporo.
Business information of the Sheep Hill Observatory
Address: 〒062-0045 Yangkegaoka 1, Toyohira District, Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Winter business hours: 09:00 – 17:00
2022/2023 Yanggaoka Snow Park Winter Operation Time: January 6, 2023 – March 5, 2023
The last bus back to Makomanai Station: 17:10** (Please check with the staff of Hinomohaoka Observatory for the actual bus schedule on the day)
Admission fee: ¥530 (adults), ¥300 (elementary and junior high school students)
Other possible consumption: Pray to experience "大志の节い", purchase food, souvenirs
Indoor Rest Area: There is a restaurant offering desserts, souvenirs, and snacks
Nakajima Park (Nakajimakōen)
Features of Nakajima Park
If the goal of your stay in Sapporo is for shopping, gourmet food, and easy and simple play in the snow for a while, if you don’t plan to participate in those snow tire slides and downhill skiing experiences, maybe the state-owned Takino Suzuran Hillside Park and Yangzhiqiu Observatory It will be a bit unsuitable for you, because it is a bit remote and inconvenient. Probably only Nakajima Park can meet your requirements.
The biggest feature of Nakajima Park is that its location is right in the center of Sapporo. If you start from Sapporo Station, you only need to take the subway Namboku Line to go to"Nakajima Park" Station, you can reach the most convenient place to play snow in the center of Sapporo just by getting off the bus. Otherwise, even if you walk from Susukino Station, you can get there in about 15 minutes, which is very convenient.
It is said that Nakajima Park is very suitable for some tourists who like to experience snow to play in the snow, because the area of Nakajima Park is not small, especially after a night of heavy snowfall, it is the most convenient and easiest place to experience Hokkaido powder snow. If you go to Nakajima Park to play in the snow in the morning, you can continue to go to Tanukikoji Shopping Street, Sapporo Station Department Store, etc. in the afternoon for shopping and food-based itineraries.
However, if you want to experience some speed in addition to simply playing in the snow, Nakajima Park may not be the most suitable place. Because what Nakajima Park provides is walking skiing (歩くスキー), a skiing experience that slides forward on flat ground, rather than the kind of downhill skiing that ordinary ski resorts provide.
So if you still want to participate in some experiences with a sense of speed, you can check out the following two snow playgrounds that specialize in motorized experiences. Otherwise, you can treat Nakajima Park as an ordinary snow park where you can play with snow. It takes about two hours, and it can be easily matched with your other close Hokkaido itineraries.
How to get to Nakajima Park
As I said earlier, it is very easy to get to Nakajima Park from Sapporo Station, Odori Park, or Susukino Station. Basically, you only need to take the Sapporo Subway to the "Nakajima Park" station, or use the road train in Sapporo. All the same, you can easily reach Nakajima Park to play in the snow.
Simply put, Nakajima Park is the easiest and most convenient snow park in Sapporo.
Business information of Nakajima Park
Address: 〒064-0931 Nakajima Park 1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Winter business hours: open all day, walking and skiing 10:00 – 16:00
2022/2023 Winter Walk Ski Operation Time: January 4, 2023 – Early March 2023
Entrance Fee: Free
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Chitose North Snow Land (ノース・スノーランド in Chitose )
Features of Chitose North Snow Land
If you are going to Sapporo from New Chitose Airport, you will definitely have the opportunity to pass through Chitose North Snow Land, a snow park that specializes in snow play experience!
The reason is that Chitose North Snow Land is located near Chitose Station. Basically, you can take a 32-minute shuttle bus from JR Chitose Station to Chitose North Snow Land to start playing different snow activities, such as snow tire slides and small snowmobiles. , snow rafting and so on. If you don’t know how to ski, but want to arrange a period of time to play in the snow during your Hokkaido itinerary, as long as you depart from New Chitose Airport, or choose JR on the way back from Sapporo Station to New Chitose Airport Get off at Chitose Station, and you can take the opportunity to play in the snow.
Another way to make Chitose North Snow Land fit into the itinerary is that if you arrive at New Chitose Airport just late at night, and you plan to stay in a hotel near JR Chitose Station, you can do it the next morning Set off to Chitose North Snow Land for a few hours, and then depart to Sapporo Station in the afternoon to continue the next itinerary.
To put it simply, Chitose North Snow Land is like a snow-playing place that combines Suzuran Park, Yangzhiqiu Observatory, and Sapporo Nakajima Park. Most of the activities in the three places are the same in Chitose North Snow Land, and then Add some motorized experiences such as small snowmobiles and snow rafting to form a fun package for you.
If you still have spare space in your Hokkaido itinerary, and you can’t think of those places to go, Chitose North Snow Land can be regarded as a relatively cost-effective choice for snow play that is easy to match with the airport itinerary.
Another thing worth noting about Chitose North Snow Land is that as long as you buy their "Free Play Plan Package", basically all facilities can be played at will until the end of the day's business hours.
There is another point, probably because not many overseas media have introduced the relationship between Chitose North Snow Land, it is not common to actually need to wait in line, basically you can play whatever you want.
Access to Chitose North Snow Land
There are many ways to go to Chitose North Snow Land, and self-driving is of course a relatively free way. But even if you don’t plan to drive by yourself, it doesn’t matter, because Chitose North Snow Land will provide a free shuttle bus from JR Chitose Station/New Chitose Airport to Chitose North Snow Land in the morning, and then depart in batches to JR Chitose Station/ in the afternoon New Chitose Airport. So whether you just arrived or are about to leave Hokkaido, you can arrange a period of time to play for a while before continuing to the next itinerary.
Business information of Chitose North Snow Land
Address: 〒066-0068 Inside Chitose City, Chitose City, Hokkaido
Winter business hours: 09:00 – 16:00
Ticket information: ¥5600 yen can experience 6 kinds of snow activities unlimited times, and an additional ¥2000 yen will be prepared as a meal fee
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WonderLand Sapporo Snowmobile
Features of the WonderLand Sapporo Snowmobile
The last place to share is a bit special. You may see Snowmobile Land Sapporo on the Internet, or you may see that he is operating under the new name of WonderLand Sapporo. But even that name is fine, just remember that it's a name that will give youExperience driving a long-distance snowmobile to go sightseeingThe place!
The snow experience provided by WonderLand Sapporo on the Internet is mainly 60 minutes/90 minutes driving snowmobiles. Although there are many snow parks that provide snowmobile driving experience, they generally focus on 15-minute or 20-minute flat routes, or only provide some small snowmobiles instead of formal snow fields. motorcycle.
It can be said that there is no such thing as WonderLand Sapporo, which can provide a long driving route to cross the high and low slopes of the mountain road.
As a paid snow playground, WonderLand Sapporo not only provides snowmobile driving experience, but also offers time-limited (60 minutes / 120 minutes) free play packages, such as snow rafting (ラフティング Snow Rafting), snow Banana boat (バナナボート Snow Banana) and snow tire slide (チューブそりTube Slide) can be played unlimited times, so that you can add more different types of snowmobile experience plans after participating in the snowmobile driving experience .
To put it simply, if your Hokkaido itinerary has not been decided in the morning and afternoon one day, and you are very interested in snow mobile experience, you probably only need to use WonderLand Sapporo's snowmobile, snow rafting, and snow banana boat. Ticket reservations are made, and at the same time, you can book the roasted meat and shrimp and crab set meals at the same time, and your itinerary for this day will be very fulfilling!
How to get to WonderLand Sapporo Snowmobile
WonderLand Sapporo provides a free shuttle bus service to and from Sapporo city center, and you only need to book any snowmobile package to ride for free.
Sales information of WonderLand Sapporo Snowmobile
Departure point: Major hotels in the Odori area and Susukino area in central Sapporo
Departure Time: Departs from Sapporo at 09:00
Return time: return to Sapporo at 14:00
Ticket information: standard snowmobile ticket ¥11,000/60 minutes, ¥15,000/90 minutes; time-limited free play package ¥1,500/60 minutes, ¥2,500/120 minutes
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Who said powder snow in Hokkaido is exclusive to ski lovers? In fact, even if you don’t know how to ski, you can use different ways to experience the snow in Hokkaido, not just the most basic snow activities such as making snowmen and throwing snowballs all day long. It is also because not everyone has the time and opportunity to go skiing when they come to Hokkaido. It may be because they have to take their parents and children and take care of them and cannot go skiing alone.
I hope that sharing these places for playing with snow today can help you arrange your winter itinerary in Hokkaido, so that you can play more conveniently and easily.
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