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Friday, February 03, 2012

Mt. Moiwa (藻岩山)| Sapporo

Mt. Moiwa (531m) is one of the famous sightseeing spots in Sapporo! Let's go to the top of the mountain by ropeway and cable car!

This is Sanroku  (mountain foot) station! Here we go!

How beautiful the landscape from the station! The higher we climb the mountain, the more beautiful the cityscape become!

In order to go up to the top, first take a ropeway and then a mini-cable car like this↓

All the facilities on the mountain including this ropeway completed to be renovated on the 23rd of Dec., 2011. We were so excited with this new vehicle!

How smooth the ride is! (We felt great Japanese technology!!!)
Look at the city! We were so excited!

The white dagoba on the mountainside, which Sapporo citizens are very familiar with, holds Buddha's ashes.

This is Chufuku station.
It takes only about 5 minuets from Sanroku station to this area.

The facility has a souvenir shop and

we can buy (or see) special goods such as sweets and socks with Morris (a mascot of this mountain)↓, which are available only at this shop, and

popular Hokkaido snacks and drinks like this↓

On the second floor, there is an art gallery and

we can enjoy art works like this↓

Yes, this mountain is blessed with nature and we can easily encounter red squirrels. Morris, the mascot here, is named after this squirrel.

As the weather is perfect, we could fully enjoy the beautiful views from Chufuku station.

How wonderful the trees with snow are!

It takes 15 minutes to walk up to the mountain top from the station, but we took mini cable car named "Morris car (もーりすカー)" to the top, because all the new mountain facilities were renovated very recently and we wanted to experience all of them. Hahaha!

It takes only less than two minutes to the top!

Just for reference, this is "Morris Go (もーりす号)"↓
During the winter time only, we can use "Morris Go (もーりす号)", instead of "Morris car (もーりすカー)".

Exciting, isn't it?
We can feel snow on the carriage during 10-minute travel to the summit.

This is Sancho (mountain top) station!

The facility has a theater and we can enjoy planetarium, or 3D movies featruring Sapporo city or this mountain.

We've watched both of the 3D movies, which are free of charge and very informative! Wear the special glasses and enjoy the movies!

After the movies, the curtain and screen are rolled up and we can enjoy the scenery from the same room!

Let's go to the observatory on the top of this facility!
This is "Bell of Happiness"↓. Ring the bell and say a prayer!

Perfect weather!!!

We could see the Sea of Japan from the mountain!!!

Actually we could find all the famous places the panel introduces due to the ideal weather!

Everybody was also able to find the hotels they are staying near JR Sapporo station.

Toyohira river runs across this city like this↓

If you have time, please come here at night! The nigh view is so romantic that you must have a wonderful time here!

The sunset is also recommendable!!!

The facility has a recommendable restaurant, too!
This is "JEWELS"↓

We can enjoy the perfect views from every table!

This is the lunch menu. I really recommend pies here, which are very delicious!

They serve a lot of dishes using Hokkaido ingredients and we can fully enjoy Hokkaido from our tongue!

I ordered a B set.
Until the main dish comes, please enjoy the fantastic views from your table!

The staff here are so friendly that we can ask any questions about Sapporo to them.

How awesome! We can enjoy wonderful lunch and lovely view at the same time!

The lunch show will start soon!!

■Appetizer
It contains smoked chicken, salmon mousse, salad, raw ham, and pickles.
Yummy x 2!! I especially love this mousse. As I love it, I ordered extra bread and ate it on the bread! Hahaha!

■Seafood stew with pie
The pie on the top is very hot hot hot, fresh from the oven! Sounds yummy x 2, doesn't it??!

When I broke the delicious lid, the stew appeared!

The stew has seafood such as salmon and cod, and vegetables such as broccoli, carrot, pea, and cauliflower! I love it!

We can take out their delicious pies!

What should I choose????

Actually I picked up some for my family members! They must love their yummy pies!

The mountain view is more than perfect!

So romantic atmosphere!
I really recommend Mt. Moiwa!

There is a free shuttle bus service between Sanroku (mountain foot) station and the nearest streetcar station every 15 minutes.

Take a streetcar from Susukino or Nishi 4 chome, both of which are in the downtown area of Sapporo, and take off "Ropeway Iriguchi (ロープーウェイ入口)". The streetcars run every six minutes.


■Where is Mt. Moiwa? 

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■Tour guide information■
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3 Comments:

Lily Tsan said...

Very useful information, will include this place in my itinerary. :)

K.K. said...

>Lily Tsan
Enjoy the mountain!!! I recommend the view from the summit!

Irvine Chin said...

Thanks for the input

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