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Recommended cycling courses in Sapporo! Visit famous and lesser-known spots using a bicycle-sharing service.

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ReleaseJune 6, 2022

Would you like to go cycling in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s biggest city? Sapporo has many things to enjoy, such as photogenic food items and art spots. If you want to visit these places and avoid the crowds, cycling is the best means of transportation! Here, we introduce a one-day cycling course using a bicycle-sharing service called “Porocle,” which allows you to pick up and drop off a bicycle here and there within the city of Sapporo.

About “Porocle”

Porocle is a bicycle-sharing service available in Sapporo, which allows you to borrow and return a battery-assisted bicycle at one of more than 50 ports (dedicated bicycle parking lots) in the city. You can pick one up at a port and drop it off at a different port.

One-day pass fees
Purchase at tourist information centers, hotels, and other facilities: 1,650 yen. Advance purchase on the web or at convenience stores: 1,430 yen.
If you need support in English to buy a pass, it is recommended to purchase one at a tourist information center or hotel, or purchase one on the web, which gives instructions in English.
* Pass valid until 23:59 on the day it is used.
https://porocle.jp/
Sapporo Porocle
Porocle

Sapporo Porocle One-day pass
Porocle One-day pass


Recommended course



Rent a bicycle at Sapporo Station!

Purchase a one-day Porocle pass at Hokkaido Sapporo Tourism Information Center at JR Sapporo Station. Then go to the port at the north exit of the station, get a bicycle, and off you go around the city!

Business hours: 8:30-20:00
Closed: Open 365 days
Address: JR Sapporo Station West Concourse North Exit, Kita 6-Jo Nishi 4-chome, Kita-ku, Sapporo City
https://www.sapporo.travel/en/info/about/tourist-information-center/

Visit popular spots in Sapporo

Visit many of the famous tourist spots in Sapporo quickly and comfortably, such as Gingko Avenue and Poplar Avenue at Hokkaido University, the former Hokkaido Government Office, Sapporo Clock Tower, Odori Park, and Sapporo TV Tower. On a bicycle, there is no waiting for trains or buses! For a hearty lunch, the kaisen-don (bowl of rice topped with various kinds of seafood) at Nijo Market is recommended.
the former Hokkaido Government Office
The former Hokkaido Government Office

Avenue at Hokkaido University
Avenue at Hokkaido University

Odori Park, Sapporo TV Tower
Odori Park and Sapporo TV Tower

Sapporo Clock Tower
Sapporo Clock Tower


↓About 10 min.

Photogenic cafe “Nagayama Rest”

This cafe is located inside the Former Takeshiro Nagayama Residence, one of the tangible cultural assets in Sapporo. It serves various savory dishes, such as curry and beef stew, as well as popular parfaits with cute soft-serve ice cream. A perfect place for a break on your cycling tour! Make sure to check out the century-old historical architecture.
Former Takeshiro Nagayama Residence: https://sapporoshi-nagayamatei.jp/
Sapporo Nagayama Rest
Nagayama Rest

Sapporo Nagayama Rest
Nagayama Rest

Sapporo Nagayama Rest parfait
Popular parfaits

Sapporo Nagayama Rest
Fruit sandwiches

Sapporo Nagayama Rest beef stew
Omelet rice and beef stew


Business hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last order: 19:00 for food, 19:30 for drinks)
Closed: Second Wednesday of the month
Address: Kita 2-jo Higashi 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City
011-215-1559
http://wondercrew.jp/nagayamarest/

↓About 60 min.

To get to Moerenuma Park from the city area, you can ride on the Toyohira River cycling road! Since there are no cars on the road, you can ride safely.
Sapporo Toyohira River cycling road
Toyohira River cycling road


Enjoy nature and art at “Moerenuma Park”

Moerenuma Park is a vast green space located about 1 hour by bicycle from the city area. At the spacious 188.8 hectare site, you can see art works by Isamu Noguchi, a prominent sculptor, here and there in harmony with the natural surroundings. Have fun cycling around the park looking for art works!
Sapporo Moerenuma Park
Glass Pyramid “HIDAMARI” (Courtesy of Moerenuma Park)

Sapporo Moerenuma Park
Moerenuma Park (Courtesy of Moerenuma Park)

Sapporo Moerenuma Park
Forest of Cherry Trees (Courtesy of Moerenuma Park)


Business hours:
East Entrance Gate: 7:00-22:00 (Admission until 21:00)
West Entrance Gate: 7:00-19:00 (Apr. 20-Nov. 20)
South Entrance Gate: 7:00-19:00 (Apr. 16-Nov.20)
Closed: Open 365 days (facilities are closed on various days)
Address: 1-1 Moerenuma Park, Higashi-ku, Sapporo City
011-790-1231
https://moerenumapark.jp/english/

↓About 40 min.

Quench your thirst at “Sapporo Beer Garden”!

Once back in the city, you can drop off your bicycle at the port at the entrance of Sapporo Beer Garden. This beer garden is attached to Sapporo Beer Museum and is run by the city’s own popular brewing company. You can enjoy draft beer and “Genghis Khan,” a Hokkaido grilled mutton specialty and the “soul food” of Sapporo. “Sapporo Five Star,” the recreated high-end beer first launched in 1967, is only available here. A perfect way to complete your cycling trip!
Sapporo Beer Garden
Sapporo Beer Garden

Sapporo Beer Garden
Sapporo Beer Garden Kessel Hall

Sapporo Beer Garden Genghis Khan
Sapporo Beer Garden Genghis Khan


Business hours: 11:30-21:00 (last order at 20:40)
Closed on Dec. 31
Address: 2-10, Kita 7-jo Higashi 9-chome, Higashi-ku, Sapporo City
0120-150-550
https://www.sapporo-bier-garten.jp/global/english.html


*The information herein is as of April 2022.

writerAyumi

I am Ayumi from Chiba Prefecture. I love sweets. I majored in Japanese history in my university. I have visited many historic sites from the ancient days to the modern days on my trips. I have visited about 100 castles of various sizes. I am also obsessed with visiting “anime pilgrimage sites,” the locations featured in popular anime and manga.



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