Odori Park in Sapporo, Hokkaido is as famous a touristic spot as the TV tower.
With streets laid out in a grid pattern, Odori Park can also be seen as a big line dividing the heart of the city into a southern and northern part.
The large and long park also serves as a resting spot for both tourists and residents.
Odori Park has always been large, but over the past has been used for a variety of purposes like waste disposal, potato farming and snow disposal, so it hasn't always been the beautiful park it is today. With the support of a lot of people, over time the park became what we see now.
Depending on the season the park is also used for the hosting of a variety of events.
During spring there is the Lilac festival.
Yosakoi Soran festival,
and in the summer there's a beer garden.
During autumn there is the Autumn Fest and the park is light up with illumination during winter.
In February the famous Snow Festival is held.
Things like Toukibi Wagon (toukibi means corn) is one of the things that represents the seasons.
You can say that on a day with nice weather the sight of people sharing their grilled toukibi with the pigeons is famous as well.
Surrounding the park stand many tall buildings, and the coach called the ''touristic covered wagon'' that looks down upon all the cars that go and come by is a pleasant sight for the people in the area.
In the first district of the Odori Park is the symbol of Sapporo, the TV tower. In the 8th district you will find the like a black whirlpool shaped slide called the ''black slide mantra'', designed by the famous engraver Isamu Noguchi.
In the final 13th district of the Odori Park you will find the ''Sapporo City Archives'' which is perfect for people wanting a peaceful place to learn more about the history of the large park.
It's a touristic spot that you can fully enjoy by just walking through it.
Odori Park in Sapporo
Address: Odori Nishi 1-chome ~ Odori Nishi 12-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido