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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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    • The Base Sapporo Susukino
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      Featuring 3-star accommodation, The Base Sapporo Susukino is located in Sapporo, 13 km from Shin-Sapporo Station and 20 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center. Each accommodation at the 3-star hotel has city views and free WiFi. The property is 2.7 km from Sapporo Station, and within 700 metres of the city centre. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a bidet. At The Base Sapporo Susukino each room has bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Susukino Station, Odori Park and Odori Station. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from The Base Sapporo Susukino.
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    • Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Sapporo and with Sapporo Station reachable within 6.5 km, Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO offers a shared lounge, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi throughout the property and a bar. The property is around 10 km from Shin-Sapporo Station, 24 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center and 40 km from Otaru Station. Susukino Station is 4 km from the guest house and Sapporo Dome is 4.7 km away. With a shared bathroom, certain units at the guest house also provide guests with a city view. Sapporo TV Tower is 4.9 km from Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO, while Sapporo Convention Centre is 5.2 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 14 km from the accommodation.
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    • VILLA KOSHIDO kotoni
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      Featuring 2-star accommodation, VILLA KOSHIDO kotoni is situated in Sapporo, 15 km from Otarushi Zenibako City Center and 17 km from Shin-Sapporo Station. With free WiFi, this 2-star hotel offers a shared lounge and a 24-hour front desk. The property is non-smoking and is set 5.1 km from Sapporo Station. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a bidet. The units feature a wardrobe. Otaru Station is 31 km from VILLA KOSHIDO kotoni, while Former Hokkaid? Government Office is 5 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 8 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Conveniently located in the centre of Sapporo, Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo offers free WiFi and a shared lounge. This 3-star hotel offers luggage storage space. The property is non-smoking and is set 2.7 km from Sapporo Station. 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 fridge. Popular points of interest near Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo include Susukino Station, Sapporo TV Tower and Odori Station. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from the accommodation.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Nakajima Koen
      Luxury
      Set 3 km from Sapporo Station, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Nakajima Koen offers 4-star accommodation in Sapporo and has a restaurant. Featuring a shared lounge, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. All guest rooms at Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Nakajima Koen come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a safety deposit box. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Speaking English and Japanese, staff are willing to help at any time of the day at the reception. Popular points of interest near Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Nakajima Koen include Susukino Station, Odori Park and Odori Station. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 10 km from the hotel.
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    • 41 PIECES Sapporo
      Luxury
      Set in the Sapporo City Centre district in Sapporo, 41 PIECES Sapporo offers 4-star rooms with free WiFi. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 800 metres from Sapporo TV Tower, 800 metres from Sapporo Clock Tower and less than 1 km from Former Hokkaid? Government Office. The property is 100 metres from the city centre and 1.9 km from Sapporo Station. All units in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom equipped with a bidet and free toiletries, the units at 41 PIECES Sapporo have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and certain rooms will provide you with a terrace. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Susukino Station, Odori Station and Odori Park. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from 41 PIECES Sapporo.
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    • Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo is attractively set in the centre of Sapporo, and features a fitness centre, free WiFi and a shared lounge. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Private parking is available on site. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with 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 Sapporo Station, Hokkaido University and Kita-Juni-Jo Station. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 8 km from Keio Prelia Hotel Sapporo.
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    • ONSEN RYOKAN Yuen Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Attractively situated in the centre of Sapporo, ONSEN RYOKAN Yuen Sapporo features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and private parking. This 3-star ryokan offers luggage storage space. The ryokan has a sauna and a 24-hour front desk. The rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The rooms include a kettle, while certain rooms are fitted with a balcony and others also boast city views. At ONSEN RYOKAN Yuen Sapporo rooms have bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Popular points of interest near ONSEN RYOKAN Yuen Sapporo include Sapporo Station, Former Hokkaid? Government Office and Odori Park. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from the ryokan.
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    • Villa Sapporo Honobono
      Budget-friendly
      Villa Sapporo Honobono features city views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Sapporo, 11 km from Sapporo Station. Fitted with a terrace, the units offer air conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet and free toiletries. A fridge and microwave are also provided, as well as a kettle. After a day of skiing or cycling, guests can relax in the garden or in the shared lounge area. Shin-Sapporo Station is 16 km from the aparthotel, while Otarushi Zenibako City Center is 27 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 18 km from Villa Sapporo Honobono.
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    • Experience Sapporo
      Mid-range
      Located in Sapporo, Experience Sapporo provides 3-star accommodation with private balconies. Built in 2020, this 3-star hotel is within 3.9 km of Sapporo Station and 13 km of Shin-Sapporo Station. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All units are equipped with air conditioning, a fridge, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. Every room is fitted with a private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and slippers. At the hotel the rooms have bed linen and towels. Experience Sapporo offers 3-star accommodation with a hot tub. Otarushi Zenibako City Center is 19 km from the accommodation, while Otaru Station is 35 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 11 km from Experience Sapporo.
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