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Moerenuma Park (G, Moerenuma Kōen) is a large park in the outskirts of Sapporo. Surrounded by a marsh, the park has a circumference of about four kilometers. The grounds are covered in attractive green space and there are massive, dramatic features that make the park a very unique public space.

The park owes its bold design to the renowned Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Born in the United States, Noguchi spent a considerable part of his professional life in Japan and maintained a workshop in Takamatsu. In 1988 the city of Sapporo entrusted Noguchi with the creation of a park on the spacious grounds of a landfill. Shortly after the plans were completed, Noguchi passed away, but his designs were carried out and the park was opened to the public in 2005.

The park is filled with impressive man made features that give visitors a unique experience as they explore them. Mount Moere, built for the park, is 62 meters tall and offers great views of the park and the surrounding area. At 30 meters, Play Mountain is smaller but has an interesting path that leads gently up to the mountain's peak. A pyramid building made of glass called Hidamari has an information center, an atrium, basic facilities and gallery space dedicated to Noguchi.

In the park's easternmost forest area there are creative playground areas designed for kids. A Sea Fountain in the middle of the park shoots water 25 meters into the air during daily shows from late April to mid October (3-4 shows per day, shows last either 15 or 40 minutes). And an artificial bathing area called Moere Beach is open to the public from mid June to early September (10:00 to 16:00, closed on Thursdays). Rental bicycles are available from late April to early November from 200 yen for 2 hours.

Getting there and around

To access Moerenuma Park by public transportation, it is usually easiest to take the Toho Subway Line to Kanjodori-higashi Station and then local bus number 69 or 79 to the park's east entrance (Moerenuma Koen Higashi-guchi, G, 25 minutes, 210 yen, usually 2 buses per hour). Note that the east entrance is the only entrance open around the year. The west and south entrances are closed from mid November to mid April.

The park can also be reached directly by taxi from the downtown area around JR Sapporo Station and Odori Park (about 30-40 minutes, around 4000 yen) or from the nearest subway station, Sakaemachi Station, along the Toho Subway Line (about 20 minutes, around 250 yen).

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    • Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO
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      Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO in Sapporo provides adults-only accommodation with a bar and a shared lounge. Each accommodation at the 1-star guest house has city views and free WiFi. The property is 5 km from Sapporo Dome and 5 km from Sapporo Clock Tower. The units feature a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Sapporo Convention Centre is 5 km from the guest house, while Sapporo TV Tower is 5 km away. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 42 km from Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO.
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    • Shabby House
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      Shabby House is a 60-year old traditional Japanese home that is situated in Sapporo. Nishisenjuyojo Station is a 3-minute walk away from the property. The accommodation offers a free shuttle service to the home upon prior request. Shabby House features free WiFi. Guests will find a coffee machine in the room. Bathroom facilities are shared. Free bicycle and umbrella rentals are available on site. There is a 24-hour supermarket behind the property. Sapporo Clock Tower is 2.9 km from Shabby House, while Former Hokkaido Government Office is 2.9 km from the property. Shabby House is 2.5 km from Odori Park. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 40 km from the property.
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    • Pirka Sapporo
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      Pirka Sapporo is located in Sapporo, within 2.9 km of Hokkaido University and 3.5 km of Sapporo Clock Tower. Featuring a shared lounge, the 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Private parking is available on site. At the guest house every room is equipped with bed linen and towels. Sapporo TV Tower is 3.5 km from Pirka Sapporo, while Odori Park is 4.2 km away. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 48 km from the accommodation.
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    • BEACH AND FIELD INN
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      Set in Sapporo, within 1.1 km of Sapporo Convention Centre and 2.9 km of Sapporo TV Tower, BEACH AND FIELD INN offers accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is situated 2.9 km from Sapporo Clock Tower, 3.7 km from Odori Park and 3.8 km from Former Hokkaid? Government Office. All guest rooms feature a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 44 km from the guest house.
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    • Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Set within 1.4 km of Sapporo TV Tower and 1.6 km of Odori Park, Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo in Sapporo offers a shared lounge and rooms with free WiFi. The property is situated 1.7 km from Sapporo Clock Tower, 2.1 km from Former Hokkaid? Government Office and 2.7 km from Sapporo Convention Centre. The property is 2.7 km from Hokkaido University, and within less than 1 km of the city centre. At the hotel, all rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 45 km from Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo.
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    • Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori
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      Open from November 2018, Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori is situated in Sapporo. A 3-minute walk from Odori Park, the property is also a 7-minute walk away from Sapporo Clock Tower and offers free WiFi. Attractions in the area include Sapporo TV Tower, a 7-minute walk away, or Former Hokkaid? Government Office, located an 8-minute walk from the property. At the hotel, all rooms are equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All rooms come with a kettle, while certain rooms are equipped with a kitchenette with a microwave. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is served daily at the property. Staff at reception can lend a hand around the clock with advice on the area. Hokkaido University is an 18-minute walk from Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 40 km from the accommodation.
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    • Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites
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      Located in the centre of Sapporo, 700 metres from Odori Park, Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites provides air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi. Well set in the Sapporo City Centre district, this hotel is set 2.6 km from Hokkaido University. The hotel features family rooms. At the hotel, every room comes with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Hotel Sapporo Suites offers certain rooms with city views, and each room comes with a kettle. All units at the accommodation are equipped with a seating area. Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites offers a hot tub. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Former Hokkaid? Government Office, Sapporo TV Tower and Sapporo Clock Tower. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 45 km from Hotel Sapporo Suites.
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    • JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo
      Luxury
      Offering direct access from JR Sapporo Train Station, JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi and wired internet. Guests can refresh in the hot tub and request relaxing massages for an extra cost. The hotel boasts 4 dining options, in which 2 restaurants are located on the 35th floor offering panoramic views of Sapporo city. The comfortable air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a safety deposit box and a fridge. Guests can use the electric kettle to make green tea. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Laptop rentals and photocopying services are provided at the 24-hour front desk and a souvenir shop is available for purchasing small gifts. Luggage storage and dry cleaning services are provided as well. Guests can enjoy the public baths and various sauna rooms after a long day. Located on the 35th floor, Tancho Sky Restaurant offers Japanese dishes featuring seasonal local ingredients, while Western dishes and a spectacular night view is available at Sky J Restaurant and Bar. French cuisine is served at Mikuni Sapporo and light meals at The Lobby Lounge. Nikko Hotel Sapporo JR Tower is a 10-minute walk from Odori Park and a 20-minute walk from Sapporo Beer Museum. New Chitose Airport is a 40-minute train ride away.
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    • Hotel Potmum Sapporo
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      Set in Sapporo, 1.9 km from Sapporo Convention Centre, Hotel Potmum Sapporo offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel features family rooms. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. Some rooms come with a kitchenette with a microwave. At Hotel Potmum Sapporo all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an American breakfast. Sapporo TV Tower is 1.9 km from Hotel Potmum Sapporo, while Sapporo Clock Tower is 2 km away. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 44 km from the hotel.
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    • Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Situated in Sapporo, 300 metres from Hokkaido University, Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo features accommodation with a fitness centre, private parking and a shared lounge. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space and free WiFi. The property is 1.7 km from Sapporo TV Tower, and within 2.2 km of the city centre. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. The rooms have a wardrobe. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Former Hokkaid? Government Office, Odori Park and Sapporo Clock Tower. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 46 km from Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo.
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