Mount Moiwa

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Mount Moiwa which includes snow skiing and snow as well as children

Two innovative aerial lifts carry passengers to the top of this imposing mountain, which becomes a ski slope in winter.

Mount Moiwa is a forested rock formation whose summit rises 1,742 feet (531 meters) above Sapporo. Not only does the peak provide spectacular views of the bright lights of the city center and Ishikari Bay, but it also contains a theater, a planetarium and an upscale restaurant. Hop in the cable car at the lower station and rise toward the mountaintop.

As you head up, enjoy the changing views of the diverse landscape of Hokkaidō Island. The ropeway runs for about 3,900 feet (1,200 meters) and switches to a funicular at a stop three-quarters of the way up. Reach the top and embark on one of the mountain’s five nature trails, meandering between the Moiwa linden trees and Ezo spruce.

Get a table at the upscale restaurant, The Jewels, which has a French menu and floor-to-ceiling windows granting stunning vistas. Head outside to the observation deck and enjoy romantic views of the city below. As the sun descends, the sky turns crimson and the city lights begin to shine.

Visit the planetarium and theater to learn about the stars above you. Browse the souvenirs for sale in the mountain’s gift shop. In winter, the rock formation is covered in thick white snow. Travel around to the southeastern side of the mountain for the slopes of the Mount Moiwa Ski Resort.

Note that the ropeway runs from late morning until late evening. There are separate fees for round trips for each of the two cable cars.

Mount Moiwa is in the southwestern outskirts of Sapporo. The station for the ropeway is a 15-minute drive from the center of the city. Ride the tram to the Ropeway Iriguchi station, a short walk from the aerial lift station. You can also take a bus to a stop just north.

While you’re in this part of the city, consider visiting surrounding highlights such as the Higashi Honganji Temple Hall North Sea Gobyo, the Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Rose Garden Christ Church.

Top Hotels Close to Mount Moiwa

Hotel Nets Sapporo
Hotel Nets Sapporo
3 out of 5
Nishi 4-2-1, Minami 7-jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is $30 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Susukino Street, Nakajima Park, and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Odori Park and Sapporo Concert Hall ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (572 reviews)
"Excellent accommodation! The hotel is a lot"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Hotel Nets Sapporo
Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
3.5 out of 5
4-1-2 Minami 9 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
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The price is $44 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nakajima Park, Sapporo TV Tower, and Sapporo Clock Tower. Hokkaido University and Sapporo JR Tower are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (778 reviews)
I would like to stay again
"One min. from subway station Some convenient stores are walkable Clean and feel safe. Very comfortable."

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
Sapporo Prince Hotel
Sapporo Prince Hotel
4 out of 5
Nishi 11-chome, Minami, 2-jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is $53 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 5
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Odori Park, Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and Sapporo Clock Tower. Sapporo TV Tower and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (895 reviews)
"Great stay. Would revisit"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

Sapporo Prince Hotel
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Hotel Nets Sapporo
Hotel Nets Sapporo
3 out of 5
Nishi 4-2-1, Minami 7-jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is $30 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
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Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
3.5 out of 5
4-1-2 Minami 9 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is $44 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park
Sapporo Prince Hotel
Sapporo Prince Hotel
4 out of 5
Nishi 11-chome, Minami, 2-jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is $53 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 5
Sapporo Prince Hotel
Hotel Wing International Sapporo Susukino
Hotel Wing International Sapporo Susukino
3 out of 5
Minami 6 Jonishi 6 Chome 2-2, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is $42 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Hotel Wing International Sapporo Susukino
Quintessa Hotel Sapporo Susukino
Quintessa Hotel Sapporo Susukino
3 out of 5
4-1-2 Minami 6 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is $36 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
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Sapporo Grand Hotel
Sapporo Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
Nishi 4-chome 1-jo Kita Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is $62 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 4
Sapporo Grand Hotel
APA Hotel Sapporo
APA Hotel Sapporo
3 out of 5
10-1,Minami 2 Nishi 7, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is $34 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
APA Hotel Sapporo
Putite maison FUSHIMI
Putite maison FUSHIMI
2.5 out of 5
Petite Maison 102, Minami 21 Jonishi 16-chome-1-12, Sapporo, Hokkaido
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Mercure Hotel Sapporo
Mercure Hotel Sapporo
4 out of 5
2-4 Minami 4-jo, Nishi 2-chome Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
The price is $59 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Mercure Hotel Sapporo
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