Elm Garden is located in the Maruyama Area in Sapporo, close to the city center. Sapporo is Japan’s northernmost city in Hokkaido and is home to a growing population of more than 1.95 million. Surrounded by mountains, Maruyama Area of Sapporo is the home of Maruyama Park and Zoo, Hokkaido Jingu (Hokkaido Shrine), trendy cafes and restaurants, galleries and museums.
Travel time: 36 mins at fastest
Take the Rapid Airport Service from JR New Chitose Airport Station in the domestic terminal building on the basement floor to JR Sapporo Station. Rapid Airport Service train only takes about 36 minutes, while local train takes about 50 minutes to Sapporo. The base fare for both: 1,070 yen; an additional 520 yen for reserved seats.
Travel time: 70 mins
Take the Airport Limousine Bus by Chuo bus and Hokuto Kotsu from either the domestic terminal building or the international terminal building. Get off at JR Sapporo Station or Odori / Susukino depending on your destination. Fare: 1,030yen.
Travel time: 60 mins
Taxis are usually available at two stands in the domestic terminal building and one stand in the international terminal building. Jumbo taxies can be reserved at the arrival gate information desk. Fare: around 16,000 yen.
On the day of the wedding, we have chartered a shuttle bus that takes you directly to the venue. The shuttle departs from Sapporo Station north exit at 10:00 am, stops at Maruyama-Koen Subway Station at 10:20 am, and arrives at Elm Garden at 10:30 am. Maximum capacity 53.
10時 札幌駅北口出発 → 10時20分 円山公園駅経由 → 10時30分 エルムガーデン 到着
Catch the subway Tozai Line and get off at Maruyama-Koen Subway Station. At the bus terminal of Marumaya Koen, take the Ropeway Line [環11] (a loop line) toward Minami 11 Nishi 22, and get off at Keimei Terminal stop. Walk for 2 minutes to Elm Garden.
ロープウェイ線 [環11] 南11西22先回り → 啓明ターミナル下車 徒歩２分
If you take a taxi, it will take about 20 minutes from the central area of Sapporo. It will take about 7 minutes from Maruyama-Koen Subway Station.
Find a relaxing temporary nest while you stay in Sapporo. Here are our recommendations.
If you are traveling solo or as a couple and want to fully explore the city of Sapporo, find a hotel near Odori, Susukino, or Sapporo Station. Central areas have the best access to the city by subway, cable cars, and late night transportation options.
Airbnb is the most affordable option if you are a group of 4 to 6 friends or a group of solo travelers. There are plenty to choose from within walking distance to Sapporo Station, Odori Station or Susukino Station. As long as you’re close to any subway station, you can easily get around in the city and should be easy to find cafes and convenience stores for breakfast.
Jozankei Onsen is one of the most popular hot springs districts in Hokkaido. This beautiful valley of natural hot spring resort is located less than an hour bus ride south from the center of the city. Aoi’s family and Ben spend a lot of time there as Aoi’s family house is only 15 minutes drive away. Some hotels have a direct shuttle bus from Sapporo Station. Make sure to check the late night bus schedule for the weekend. We definitely recommend if you’d like relaxing weekend surrounded by nature.
Hokkaido has a reputation for the best food in Japan, with countless farms for dairy, fresh organic vegetables, premium pork and beef, and the best fish from the Pacific Ocean. Must-have foods are Hokkaido milk soft-serve, soup curry, Sapporo Beer and Sapporo Miso ramen, crab, and fresh sashimi rice bowl (called Kaisen-don 海鮮丼).
Visit Sapporo Beer Garden and take a beer tasting tour. Get lost in the maze of Ramen Yokocho, an alley of ramen shops and try a couple different bowls of ramen; make sure to try the Hokkaido style miso ramen topped with butter and corn!
Also, Nikka whiskey has its home here in Yoichi in Hokkaido where you can grab a bottle for souvenir. If you love wine, make sure to try Otaru wine, it’s so fruity.
Getting around in Sapporo is easy as the city is laid out in a grid system.
The fashion district is Odori, where you can find many department stores, flagship stores and boutiques.
Sapporo Station has a large complex of department stores for contemporary boutiques and lifestyle goods.
Odori Bisse is worth a visit if you’re looking for unique gifts from Hokkaido. You can take a long underground pathway / shopping arcade from Susukino all the way to Sapporo Station.
Tanuki-koji is an shopping arcade in Odori that’s fun to walk through. Definitely visit Tokyu Hands to be mesmerized by various well designed home goods, stationeries and all sorts of other knickknacks.
Susukino is the northernmost red light district in Japan, located south of the Odori area. Sleepless night lights of Izakayas (casual Japanese pubs) and bars welcome you to gobble Hokkaido gourmet, fresh seafood, tasty beer, sake, wine and whiskey.
Sapporo Art Park is worth a visit – you can spend all day exploring museums in a forest, outdoor sculpture park housing 74 sculptures by 64 international sculptors, craft studio offering various workshops from ceramics, jewelry making, indigo-dye, woodworking and crafts.
The beauty of Sapporo is that it’s surrounded by mountains and nature is only a step away. Odori Park is a central park spanning ten city blocks in the middle of the city, where you can find the iconic TV tower, water fountains and street food carts with local street food like grilled corn on a stick.
Moerenuma Park is a beautiful park designed by Isamu Noguchi, with a stunning landscape and a glass pyramid, and it’s about 30 minutes by the bus. Mt. Moiwa (Moiwayama) Ropeway and hiking course let you enjoy a panorama view of the city from the top of the mountain, and short hikes on a few woodsy hiking paths.