Midorigaoka Park

Opening Hours24 hours
NotesLarge park, playground, walking paths, park golf, event space, museum, jogging spot, picnic area, free parking available
Location /
Getting There
The park is in central Obihiro. The park is an 18 minute walk from Obihiro station or a 6 minute drive. Simply head straight down 'Koen Odori Avenue'.
〒080-0846 Hokkaido, Obihiro, Midorigaoka, 2

This massive park is located in the middle of the city of Obihiro. Stretching to 50 hectares, this comprehensive park contains a park golf course, the Obihiro Zoo and the Obihiro Centennial Hall, plus walking trails and a pond. Midorigaoka Park has many different sections to it. One area is the ‘Green Park’ is a huge mowed lawn for people to enjoy. It is lined by a bench, but not just any bench. The bench here runs for 400 meters! Plenty of space to find a seat. beyond this large green space is a large stage used for events. Plus there is a park golf course as well. 

You can find many of Obihiro’s older residents enjoy the park golf course. Past this is the Obihiro Centennial Hall, which serves as a museum and gallery for the local area. Near here there are winding paths that run through the park with sculptures and benches to enjoy. There is also a large pond. here you can rent out small row boats and have a paddle. Further on is the entrance to to zoo. This park, is not too far a walk from the station and if you have time is a top spot to visit in any season. In spring, the cherry blossoms are out and the autumn leaves are equally beautiful. 

Obihiro Centennial Hall

Admission¥700 Year ticket
¥350 Adults
¥190 Highscool & seniors
Opening Hours9:00 - 17:00
New Year Holidays
Contact 0155-24-5352
NotesMuseum, art gallery, parking available, free wi-fi, wheelchair access, free English, Chinese, & Korean audio service
Location /
Getting There
The museum is in Midorigaoka Park which is right in the heart of Obihiro. It is a 25 minute walk south west from Obihiro station.
2 Midorigaoka, Obihiro, Hokkaido 080-0846

The Obihiro Centennial City Museum was opened back in 1982. It is part of Midorigaoka Park which also contains the Obihiro Zoo. This museum exhibits materials relating to the natural history and local history of Obihiro and the Tokachi region. These exhibits include dioramas, photographs, art works, and items pertaining to that area. This museum also looks at the industries that made Obihiro what it is today. Other exhibits are dedicated to the history and culture of the Ainu the buried cultural property. 

The hall also has finds from the Jōmon period. These items were excavated from the Yachiyo A site and have been designated as ‘Important Cultural Property’. There is an extensive amount of information for those interested in the local area. The centre also acts as an art museum with exhibitions held on a rotating basis. For those wishing to visit the centre, there is ample parking at the park itself and makes for a nice day out. The centre is easily accessed and doesn’t cost a lot to enter.  


Opening Hours10:00 - 19:00
NotesStationary, art supplies, office supplies, picture framing, Japanese goods, cards, two restaurants, no parking, credit card accepted, tax free store (for purchases over ¥5400), wheelchair access
Location /
Getting There
Located in central Sapporo. 2 minute walk from Odori subway station
3 Chome Minami 1 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0061

If you are an artist looking for art supplies, a student or teacher needing supplies for school, an office worker looking for something to spruce up the office, or even a place to grab some lunch, Central has it all! Central which is located (conveniently) in central Sapporo is right next to Parco. There are six floors in this large building. This place is hugely convenient and will cater to any supplies you need. Importantly, if you are looking pictures to be framed, then there is a framing corner to get that done. Central is really the Mecca for art supplies.


Going floor by floor let’s start at the bottom. The B1 basement floor has a huge variety of colored paper, printing paper, and personal seal stamps to buy, and a small restaurant to have some lunch. The ground floor has birthday cards, stickers and toys. The second floor has all school supplies and office supplies, things for the desk, diaries and ledgers. The third floor is packed full of art supplies, and it has a framing corner and picture frames. The fourth floor has a ramen restaurant, and Japanese arts and crafts. This floor is a secret spot for a great souvenir. The seventh floor is next for public access and has an art gallery here.

Chikaho Tunnel Walkway

Opening Hours5:45 - 12:20
NotesShops, restaurants, and events are along this walkway, convenient especially during the winter, no parking
Location /
Getting There
The large underground walkway runs from Sapporo subway station through to Odori subway station which links to Pole Town underground walkway
〒060-0003 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Kita 1jo

札幌駅前通地下歩行空間The Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Pedestrian Space also known as Chikaho, opened on March 12, 2011. The underground walkway runs for 520 meters and is a huge space.  This walkway has a few restaurants along its path, a couple of coffee shops, art & event spaces. There are two toilet facilities and numerous rest stops and places to sit down. The underground walkway is particularly useful and popular during the cold winter months. This in turn connects with other underground shopping areas, so you can easily access most of downtown Sapporo without walking through the winter snow and cold. 

札幌駅前通地下歩行空間The walkway has many spaces that can be rented out for use, so throughout the year there is always something going on in the tunnel. To rent out a space, then you can contact them directly via their website. There are four spaces that are available to rent. The cheapest which is 24 square meters costs ¥7200 per weekday and ¥20,000 per weekend. The largest space is 300 square meters and that costs ¥150,000 per weekday, and ¥360,000 for the weekend. With the amount of people walking by, its a great way to exhibit or promote an event! The walkway connect to Pole Town which continues all the way Susukino subway station. The other walk way, called Aurora Town, branches off to the east leads to the TV Tower and clock tower


Toyako Art Museum & Park

Admission¥300 adults
¥200 high school students
¥100 children
Free for Toyako townspeople
Opening Hours10:30 - 16:30
November to March
NotesLocal art gallery, parking available, wheelchair access
Location /
Getting There
Located on the northern side of Lake Toya. 3 minute walk from Toya Mizu-no-eki (Toyasui Station).
35-17 Tōyakoonsen, Toyako, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 049-5721

The Toyako Art Museum is a small art museum that can be found by the northern shores of Lake Toya. The museum predominantly displays works from local artists. They have works from sculptors, painters, photographers, and writers. Inside the lovely rooms, there is a collection of first edition books, plus limited edition books from modern and contemporary writers. There is also works of the Village International Sculpture Biennale on display. Whilst looking at the artworks, viewers can also get nice views from the windows that look out directly across the lake. 



Throughout the year, the Toyako Art Museum holds a variety of events, including special exhibitions and mini concerts. Besides the Toyako Art Museum, you can also find a nice little park across the road. The park is home to a historical landmark, being the monument of Okubo Jinnojo. Okubo Jinnojo was a statesman, born in 1849 in Shikoku. He, among other things, used his money for pioneering Hokkaido, especially in the Toya district. To get to the museum and park, you can take a bus from Toyako Onsen bus terminal bound for Toya Mizu no Eki (Toyasui Station). Get off at Toyasui station and it’s a three minute walk from there. 


Toya Classic Car Gallery

Opening Hours9:00 - 17:00
NotesAccess from Smile Garden Cafe
Location /
Getting There
Southern edge of Lake Toya. Located in central Toya Onsen district.
35-17 Tōyakoonsen, Toyako, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 049-5721


Cadillac Fleetwood V12

Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Porches. Not what you might expect to see while down at the scenic lake of Toya. On the southern edge of Lake Toya, there is a small town known as Toyako Onsen. This area has hot springs, hotels, and restaurants. Here, on the main street that runs through Toyako Onsen, you can find the Toya Classic Car Gallery. As the gallery faces the street, you can peer in and see some great cars. Whether replicas or the real deal, you don’t have to be a car enthusiast to enjoy the beauty and care that has obviously gone into these cars.

The 1987 Ferrari Testarossa

The car gallery is free to get in. Finding your way in may seem tricky as there is no obvious entrance. To actually get into the showroom you will need to enter the large white building next door, and head into the Smile Garden Cafe. The staff here will direct you to the entrance which is on the left hand side at the back. Once in, you are free to wander around and take a look at automobiles here. You can see a 1974 Morgan, a lovely 1972 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1965 Triumph TR series, a Porsche 356, the 1987 Ferrari Testarossa, and a 1961 Mercedes Benz to name a few.

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