Mount Moiwa (藻岩山, 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.
By public transport
From Susukino, take Sapporo's only streetcar line to "Ropeway Iriguchi" station (25 minutes, 200 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.
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 early November between 10:30 and 22:00 (entry until 21:30). The cost for a passenger car is 660 yen.
1100 yen (roundtrip for ropeway only)
600 yen (roundtrip for mini cable car only)