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Mt. Okura Observatory, Sapporo

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#1 of 214 in Winter Sports in Japan
Take in panoramic views of Sapporo from atop Mt. Okura Observatory, a hilltop attraction of Olympic fame. Located below the observatory is the Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium, a sports arena built for and used in the 1972 Winter Olympics. Unless the facilities are used for competitions, visitors can access the site's observatory by using the chair lift. Before or after your ride up to this popular vantage point, consider stopping at Sapporo Winter Sports Museum at the bottom of the hill, which features exhibits dedicated to the Olympics Games that took place here. Put Mt. Okura Observatory on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Sapporo trip planner .
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  • 14 bus from the park to the Dump Mountain Arena at about 15 minutes to the entrance to the stadium, after 10-15 minutes to get to the car, you can buy cable tickets to return 500 days, you must go up to the Outlook platform to see the entire Sapporo area
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  • It is a ski jump. I think you can see slow going in the summer season. It is recommended you see from up in the lift.
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  • However it was snowy on this trip so the view was obscured until when we were about leaving then the sky cleared enough that we can see Sapporo city down below. It was nice to get up on the ski lift t...  more »

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