Sapporo’s JR Tower is the city’s tallest building, standing 173m-tall. The observatory on the top floor — the 38th floor, hence the name T38 — has 360 degrees views over central Sapporo and to the mountains beyond.

It’s open late, too, so you can choose between a day or night view. Or time it around dusk and go for both!

View of Sapporo from JR Tower observatory on a winter day with a light dust of snow
The view from T38 on a crisp winter day. | Photo by Getty Images

Tickets for T38 Observation Deck

Tickets can be purchased online or from the ticket counter on the 6th floor of JR Tower. Regular admission is ¥740, and there are small discounts for students and seniors. You can sometimes save a little money (around ¥100 per ticket) if you purchase tickets online.

Getting to JR Tower T38

JR Tower is attached to JR Sapporo Station — Sapporo’s main train station. That part is easy enough, although navigating the station can be a little tricky. If you’re in the station’s basement, look for signs pointing to Sapporo Stellar Place; from there you can take the elevator to the 6th floor, which is where you get the special elevator to the 38th floor.

Coming from the ground floor, head for JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo, which occupies floors 22 through 36 of JR Tower.

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While we do our best to make sure everything is up to date, information is subject to change at any time.

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