Sapporo Art Galleries
(Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan)
Many unusual art galleries are to be found within the city of Sapporo.
There are even a couple of attractive open-air art parks, where natural and cultural attractions are successfully combined, such as the popular Sapporo Art Park.
Art lovers will undoubtedly enjoy the contemporary pieces on display at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, together with many other art works and themed collections, which are all well displayed in pleasant surroundings.
Sapporo's top art galleries are listed below.
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
Address: Kita 1 Nishi 17, Sapporo, 060 0001, Japan, JP
Tel: +81 011 644 6881
There are several interesting exhibitions at this exciting art museum, including one section that showcases Art Nouveau glasswork at its best. This huge collection of glass handiwork is exceptionally precious and the real highlight of the facility. Also of interest are the works of local regional artists, or of artists with deep-rooted links to Hokkaido. The landscaped garden in which the museum is situated is tastefully landscaped and varied movable al fresco sculptures give the expansive setting a relaxed ambience.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 16:30
Address: Minami-ku, Sapporo, 01 005 0849, Japan, JP
Tel: +81 011 588 2800
Home to dozens of delicate rock carvings, the Ishiyama Ryokuchi area is a remarkable outdoor art gallery which exhibits attractive and unique sculptures. Formerly Sapporo's biggest stone quarry for around a century, the current park has two sections, the north and south blocks. Everything in the park has been designed to fit into this environment including drinking fountains, street lamps and even dustbins. There are nice views from the north block, while the south block is where you will find most of the rock sculptures.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours, seasonal variations apply
Admission: no charge
Sapporo Art Park
Address: 2-75 Geijutsu-no-mori, Sapporo, 01 005 0864, Japan, JP
Tel: +81 011 592 4123
Set in widespread grounds, many sculptures are displayed liberally throughout the Sapporo Art Park, meaning you can enjoy a stroll through nature whilst also having an artistic experience. Studios offer visitors the chance to take part in pottery sculpting, and an on-site souvenir shop gives you the opportunity to pick up some unusual trinkets. The park's garden restaurant is a great place to rest your feet and soak up the relaxed atmosphere amongst the many sculptures and decorations. Located on the gently sloping hills in a Sapporo suburb, this is the ideal museum to visit if you are looking to combine art with a wonderful day out among natural scenery.
Open hours: daily - 09:45 to 17:00