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The night view from the summit of Mount Moiwa

Mount Moiwa (R, Moiwa-yama) is one of several small, forested mountains southwest of central Sapporo. The mountain is a popular sightseeing spot that is known for the spectacular view out over the city from an observation deck at its summit. The view is especially beautiful after sunset.

The Mount Moiwa Ropeway climbs from the base of the mountain three quarters up the mountain to a transfer station. From there a rather unique mini cablecar travels the rest of the way to the upper station at the summit where there is an observation deck and restaurant with nice views out over the city. The station also houses a planetarium and theater. The ropeway and building complex at the summit were reopened in 2012 after extensive renovations.

The Mount Moiwa Ski Resort lies on the mountain's southeastern slope. This skier-only resort has several runs and is close to Sapporo City; however, it is approached from a different direction than the Mount Moiwa Ropeway.

The Jewel restaurant at the summit of Mount Moiwa


By public transport

From Susukino, take Sapporo's only streetcar line to "Ropeway Iriguchi" station (25 minutes, 170 yen, frequent departures). From there, a free shuttle bus operates to the lower ropeway station (5 minutes, departs every 15 minutes). Alternatively, the Mount Moiwa Ropeway can be reached in a five minute walk from the Ropeway Iriguchi streetcar stop.

By car

The "Kanko Highway" toll road approaches Mount Moiwa from the southwest and leads to a parking lot at the summit. It is open from mid April to late November between 10:30 and 22:00 (entry until 21:30). The cost for a passenger car is 660 yen.

How to get to and around Sapporo

Hours & Fees



10:30 to 22:00 (from 11:00 from December to March); admission ends 30 minutes before closing


Occasional longer closures for maintenance.


1700 yen (roundtrip for ropeway and mini cable car)
1100 yen (roundtrip for ropeway only)
600 yen (roundtrip for mini cable car only)

Hotels around Sapporo

Recommended Hotels
Air Terminal Hotel
Hotel conveniently located inside Shin-Chitose Airport.
Agoda Booking
JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo
Very popular hotel inside the tower that rises above Sapporo Station.
Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo
One of the best values in town, the Keio Plaza is located just a short walk from Sapporo Station.
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Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae
Reliable business hotel, a five minute walk from Sapporo Station.
Page last updated: March 3, 2017