Northern Capital Backed By Nature
City of Sapporo
Befitting the capital of nature-rich Hokkaido, Sapporo is a modern urban center where art and culture thrive while existing in perfect harmony with its lush natural surroundings. Mountains you can see from the city center and vibrant parks throughout the area make for an environment unlike anywhere else in Japan. Enjoy the excitement of downtown before embarking on any number of natural excursions, or even relaxing hot springs, all without ever leaving Sapporo.
One such place to experience art and culture within this exquisite balance of city and nature in Sapporo is the Hill of the Buddha. Conceived by renowned architect Tadao Ando, this fascinating space features a 13.5 meter tall Buddha buried in a man-made hill so only the top of its head is visible, surrounded by 150,000 lavender plants that dye the surroundings like an amethyst ocean when they bloom come summer. This display of traditional Japanese culture perfectly blended with modern architecture is a must-see on any trip to the city. Other spots to appreciate the harmony of culture and nature in Sapporo include Moerenuma Park, the art park designed by famed sculptor Isamu Noguchi, and Sapporo Art Park, an outdoor art complex and museum.
The Hill of the Buddha: 45 minutes from Sapporo Station by car.
Sapporo Art Park: 1 hour from Sapporo Station by subway and bus.
Moerenuma Park:1 hour from Sappopro Station by subway and bus.
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