Winter Sports Museum 札幌オリンピックミュージアム
Slalom through the history of winter sports and become a virtual Games athlete
Hokkaido is known for its snow and Sapporo has a long, deep connection to winter sports. Hosting the 1972 Winter Olympics, the Universiade Winter Games, and other major events has established its reputation in the winter sports world. Sapporo's Winter Sports Museum is an excellent place to learn about and experience winter sports in Sapporo.
- Exhibits with memorabilia from the Olympics and other major winter sports events
- The beautiful night views of Sapporo and its surroundings from the Okurayama Observatory
- The virtual ski jumping game and movie theater
- Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium to the southwest of the museum
The 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo were the first held in Asia
The Games were a huge boon to Sapporo's economy, with the government spending US$500 million and building a new subway line
How to Get There
The museum is accessible via bus, taxi and car from Sapporo Station .
Taking a taxi or driving is the best way to get to the Winter Sports Museum from Sapporo Station . You can also take the Tozai Line from Sapporo Station to Maruyama Station, and then the JR Hokkaido Bus (Maru 14) to Okurayama Kyogijo Iriguchi bus stop. After that, it's a 10- to 15-minute walk uphill. Parking is free at the bottom of the ski jump.
Learn about Sapporo's history in winter sports
The Sapporo Winter Sports Museum sits at the base of Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium , a Winter Olympic Games venue with an expansive view of downtown Sapporo. The museum is designed to expand your knowledge of winter sports and give you the thrill of participating in various winter sports events.
The exhibits at the museum are all about Sapporo's Olympic connection, athletes and history. They cover the Olympics as well as the other events Sapporo has hosted, like the Universiade Winter Games and Nordic Ski Championships. The displays include information about winter sports history, historical documents, and actual gear used by the athletes.
From the museum, you can take a ski lift to the Okurayama Observatory and Miyanomori Jump Stadium, which were ski jumps built for the 1972 Olympics. They offer panoramic views of the city below as well as Sapporo Dome, the Ishikari plain and Ishikari Harbor.
Virtual Olympic training and lunch
If you're an avid athlete or just want to get that adrenaline rush, head for the museum's interactive zone to try your hand at ice hockey, bobsledding, biathlon, speed skating, cross-country skiing and ski jumping in simulators.
They're all free, and both adults and kids can enjoy them. You can easily spend a few hours here.
The site of the 1972 opening ceremony
Near the museum in Makomanai Park, you'll find Makomanai Open Stadium. Makomanai Open Stadium hosted the 1972 Olympics opening ceremony and speed skating events. Today, it hosts sporting events such as international skate competitions, marathon races and more.
Makomanai Open Stadium offers fun things to do all year round. From mid-November to early March, you can skate. During the summer, you can play tennis and futsal at Makomanai. Makomanai Park is known for its spring cherry blossoms and fall foliage.