I really like visiting look out spots. It’s fun to get another view and to just walk around taking in the city. So I figured visiting the Sapporo TV Tower would be a good way to end my first full day in Hokkaido.
The Sapporo TV Tower was finished in August of 1957 and designed by Tachu Naito. The tower is 147.2 meters/482 feet tall with it’s observation deck 90.38 meters/296.5 feet from the ground.
Tawakkie or Terebi-Tōsan also known as TV Dad is the tower’s mascot and he can be found everywhere. There’s even a TV Dad shrine.
It’s also a good spot to do some souvenir shopping especially since it’s open later than a lot of other tourist-y spots. (I bought too many enamel pins.)
The Sapporo TV Tower is open from 9am until 10pm with the last tickets sold at 9:50pm. Tickets for adults are 720 yen and you do have an option to take a commemorative photo. Underneath the tower is an outdoor restaurant that is open late that sells local specialties (genghis khan aka grilled lamb) and seems to be a sort of beer garden. It was pretty busy every time I walked past.