Mt. Moiwa

Three new major nightscapes that look like they are studded with jewels

Moiwa, 531 meters above sea level, is located almost in the center of Sapporo City.
From the summit, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Sapporo, Ishikari Bay on the Sea of Japan, and Mt.

In the Ainu language, the mountain is called “Inkarsibe” (a place where people always go up to keep watch), and it used to be a “sacred place” for the Ainu people.

Sapporo was recognized as one of Japan’s “New Three Great Nightscape Cities” along with Nagasaki and Kobe at the Nightscape Summit.
The observatory at the top of the mountain offers a spectacular view of the Ishikari Plain and the lights of the city of Sapporo, which looks as if it were covered with jewels.

From the base of the mountain to the summit, visitors can take the ropeway or Mt. Moiwa Sightseeing Expressway, and from the middle of the mountain to the summit, they can take the “Moris Car,” the world’s first cable car with a driving system, through the forest.

Moiwa is popular among Sapporo citizens as a mountain that can be easily climbed. There are five trails (the shortest 2.4 km, the longest 4.5 km) that can be climbed with light clothing, and the mountain is crowded with climbers on weekends during the summer.


Mt. Moiwa
Official Site
Mt. Moiwa, Minami-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Telephone number
Hours of operation

Summer (April-November) 10:30-22:00
Winter (December - March) 11:00 - 22:00
The last time to ascend is 21:30.
Please check with the facility for shortened hours on December 31 and January 1.
*This service is usually suspended in April due to maintenance. Please check with the facility.

Mt. Moiwa Sightseeing Expressway
Summer (mid-April to mid-November) 10:30-22:00
The last time to go up is 21:20.
The operating period is subject to change depending on snowfall and other conditions.

Admission fee

Ropeway + Moris Car (round trip to the observatory)
Adults 2,100 yen Children 1,050 yen
Up to 2 infants per adult are free.

Mt. Moiwa Sightseeing Expressway
Passenger car 1,200 yen
Microbus 2,400 yen
Large buses: 3,600 yen
Moiwa Kanko Expressway terminates at the halfway station. To go up to the summit observation deck, please use the Moris Car (mini cable car).

Moris Car (round-trip fare to the observatory)
Adults 700 yen, children 350 yen
Up to 2 infants per adult are free of charge.

Parking lot
Free of charge

20 minutes from Maruyama Koen Station on the Subway Tozai Line

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