Best 5 Night Views in Hokkaido That You Won't Want to Miss!

If you're in Hokkaido, you can't miss out on its stunning late night spots! Sapporo City in Hokkaido Prefecture was even selected as one of Japan's top three night view cities in October 2015. Not sure where to begin? Here are five spots in Hokkaido where you can view the breathtaking nighttime scenery it has to offer.

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1. Get a Sweeping View of Sapporo at JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo (Sapporo City)


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JR Tower Hotel is located in the center of Sapporo City. From the bar on the 35th floor, you can get a beautiful view of the grid-like city, including the city's famous TV tower and clock tower, as well as the Norbesa Ferris wheel. How about relaxing with a drink while enjoying the night view?

Address: Restaurant & Bar "SKY J", 35F, 2-5, Kita 5-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

Opening Hours: Breakfast 6:30 am - 10:00 am / Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm / Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O.) / Bar 5:30 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)

Official Website: (English) (Japanese)


2. Enjoy Another Fantastic Night View of Sapporo at the Mt. Moiwa Summit Observation Deck (Sapporo City)


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At this spot, you'll be able to look down on the city from Mt. Moiwa in a quiet and natural environment. There's a ropeway that stretches up to the observation deck, so you can take in the night views during any season of the year. Additionally, with great wheelchair accessibility, it's a place that anyone can enjoy!

Address: 5-3-7, Fushimi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

Opening Hours: [Ropeway] Summer 10:30 am - 10:00 pm (last entry 9:30 pm) / Winter 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (last entry 9:30 pm) *Closed November 21 - November 30
[Car] Summer (April 11 - November 23) 10:30 am - 10:00 pm *Last entry 9:30 pm

Price: [Ropeway] Adults 1,700 yen / Children 850 yen
[Car] 660 yen

Official Website: (Japanese only)


3. Mt. Hakodate: One of the Three Major Night Views in Japan (Hakodate City)


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Hakodate is the entranceway to Hokkaido from Japan's mainland. From Mt. Hakodate, you can catch a view of the curved terrain and the ocean on both sides of the city. The night view is absolutely stunning, and it's a must-see if you're traveling through Hokkaido. So many visitors come to see this spectacular sight that the road leading up to Mt. Hakodate can even get quite crowded!

Address: 18, Moto-machi, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido

Opening Hours: [Ropeway] April 25 - October 15 10:00 am - 10:00 pm (Last entry 9:50 pm) / October 16 - April 24 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (Last entry 8:50 pm)

Price: [Ropeway] Adults (junior high school students and above): Round trip 1,280 yen, One way 780 yen / Children: Round trip 640 yen, One way 390 yen

Official Website: (English) (Japanese)


4. The Melancholic Industrial Night View of Muroran (Muroran City)


Source: Nao Iizuka

The night view of the industrial city of Muroran evokes a feeling of melancholy and is illuminated in colors unlike those seen in the city. The Hakucho Bridge seen here is the longest bridge in eastern Japan, and its beauty is further elevated when it is lit up at night.

Address: 4, Shukuzu-cho, Muroran-shi, Hokkaido

Opening Hours: [Night cruise] 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm *Hours are subject to change depending on the season.

Price: [Night cruise] Adults: 3,000 yen / Children (4-11 years old): 1,000 yen / Infants (3 years old and younger): Free

Official Website: (Japanese only)


5. Bask in the Night Views of the Glass and Ocean Town at the Otaru Canal (Otaru City)


Source: Edward Leung

Otaru has numerous famous sightseeing spots and is visited by many tourists. Hop on a cruise along the Otaru Canal to wrap up a day touring the city! Experience an atmosphere quite different from the daytime and enjoy a splendid moment rocking along the waters.


Address: 5-4, Minatomachi, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido

Opening Hours: [Night cruise] Departs at 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm *Hours are subject to changes depending on the season. 

Price: [Night cruise] Adults: 1,800 yen / Children (4-11 years old): 500 yen

Official Website: (Japanese only)


Be Captivated by Hokkaido's Night Views 

Hokkaido has many gorgeous spots where you can bask in lovely nighttime scenery. Make your way over to Hokkaido to take in these stunning sights with your special someone!

Translated and republished with permission from:Relux Magazine
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