Oh, Oh, Odori

The excited squeals of a child playing with her mother compete on an aural stage with the sound of water flowing from the beautiful fountain that forms the centre piece of this part of Odori Park.  Young lovers, families and tourists like us soak up the warm Hokkaido summer and take time out to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere here in Sapporo.

The Sapporo TV tower proudly stands like an “at attention” guard at the eastern end of the expansive 13 block park and it provides a great backdrop for photographs.  Flower beds resplendent with summer blooms are planted inside intricate creations that sit atop the beautiful lush green lawns.  The ever respectful Japanese locals ensure that they honour the local littering laws and this results in a beautifully clean parkland for all.

During the summer months Odori Park is home to the Sapporo Beer and Jazz Festivals – a great time to be in town.  In winter, Sapporo’s frigid temperatures and significant snowfalls allow ice carving teams from around the world to create stunning ice statues and display them during the Sapporo Snow Festival.  Millions of tourists flock to Sapporo to see these stunning statues and many of them stay on to spend time on the world class ski resorts that are located around Hokkaido.

Whether you are here in summer or winter, Sapporo’s Odori Park is a delightful place to spend some time.  Wandering along the pathways for 13 blocks is a great way to soak up the beauty of Hokkaido’s capital.

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