Hokkaido’s Gateway to the Sea
Taking a short trip from Otaru to Sapporo, the Okurayama Ski Jump, a site of the 1972 Winter Olympics, is now an observation deck that can be reached by a lift. From an elevation of 307 meters you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Sapporo and the Ishikari Plain. The Sapporo Clock Tower, the oldest clock tower in Japan, is still ticking away the time, and the former Hokkaido Government Office Building, nicknamed the “Red Brick Office Building,” is a must-see filled with seasonal flowers. At “Shiroi Koibito Park” you can observe the production line of Hokkaido’s famous confectionary the white chocolate “Shiroi Koibito,” and pick up limited-edition products as souvenirs only available here.