Saturday, May 25, 2013

Hokkaido Summer 2012 北海道夏季之旅 - Mt Moiwa 藻岩山

Visited 14.07.2012

Mt Moiwa is about 531 m above sea level. Observatory deck on the summit promises visitors a spectacular view of Sapporo city - both in the day and at night. Ropeway first ferries visitors to a mid station and two mini cable cars (unique in the sense that they moves on a track instead of hanging on a cable line) will tranfer visitors to the next station on the summit.

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at 1840 hours
at 1900 hours
Personally I feel that the best time to visit Mt Moiwa should be in the late afternoon/early evening, just before sunset. Captured in front of your eyes, apart from the beautiful sunsets, is the transition from day to night whereby the city of Sapporo "brightens up" as the sky starts to darken - a phenomenonal experience that is beyond words to describe! This visit to Mt Moiwa was a great way to end our last night in Sapporo as well. It was also after this memorable experience that made us want to visit Mt Hakodate, which is named as the top three best night views in the world.

Note: It can also get a bit chilly on the summit in the night (even in summer), so do remember to bring additional clothing to protect yourself from the cold especially if you plan to stay outdoors to witness the transition of scenery.

Tip: Grab a 200 yen discount voucher from tourism information centre in Sapporo JR Station. Did notice that the discount vouchers were also available in the streetcar - placed near the driver's seat.


Mt Moiwa 藻岩山
Fee (for both ropeway and cable car) = 1,700 yen (1,500 yen with discount voucher)

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How to get there? 
- Susukino or Nihonyon chrome > Ropeway Iriguchi by Sapporo Streetcar; Fare = 170 yen per ride
- Look out for the free shuttle service bus, which ferries passengers to Mt Moiwa Ropeway Station.


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