Hitsuji-ga-oka (hill of sheep)
Pastoral scenery with a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. A panoramic view of Sapporo City can be enjoyed from the plain.
Hitsuji-ga-oka (hill of sheep) stretches out on the southeastern side of Sapporo City, which is situated in the southwestern part of the Ishikari Plain. Hitsuji-ga-oka welcomes you with a peaceful and relaxing pastoral view where sheep can be seen grazing sleepily on the gently rolling hills. The whole pastureland glows with a beautiful golden color at sunset, a sight that is truly something for you to remember. There is an observation point nearby where many people visit to enjoy a lovely view of Sapporo City and the Ishikari Plain that lies lazily in the distance.
In a corner of the observation area is a bronze statue of Dr. William S. Clark, an American professor who helped establish Hokkaido University, and who was also known as the father of Hokkaido pioneering. His name is well known for his famous phrase, "Boys, be ambitious." Japanese still often quote this phrase on many occasions when someone needs encouragement. The statue is lit up at night and it is a popular spot for young people to take photos. Barbequing mutton in what is called the Genghis Khan style is one of the local specialties of Hitsuji-ga-oka.
Hitsuji-ga-oka was a venue of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which Japan co-hosted with South Korea. The Sapporo Dome in Hitsuji-ga-oka, is the fifth all-weather stadium to be constructed in Japan.
From Tokyo:[Air]1h 30 min from Haneda to Shin-Chitose Airport, and 35 min from the airport to Sapporo Station by JR Chitose Line (rapid train). 35 min from Sapporo to Fukuzumi Station by subway, and 12 min from Fukuzumi to Hitsujigaoka-Tenbodai (observatory) by bus.[Rail]17h from Tokyo to Sapporo by sleeping car.
From Osaka:[Air]2h 10 min from Itami, or 1h 55 min from Kansai International Airport to Shin-Chitose Airport.