Mt. Moiwa

A natural monument mountain covered by the Moiwa Primeval ForestView of Ishikari Bay and mountain range from observation deck

Mt. Moiwa, reaching an altitude of 531 meters, is located in the middle of Sapporo city. The name of the mountain is “inkarushibe” in the Ainu language. The explorer Takeshiro Matsuura in the late-Edo period wrote in his Shiribeshi Diary, “Mt. Moiwa was not only a mountain upon which to command a view of their surroundings, but was also held as a sacred mountain where the gods dwell by the Ainu people.” From the summit visitors can view a spectacular panorama of the streets of Sapporo, Ishikari Bay in the Sea of Japan and Shokanbetsu Peak located in Mashike town . Visitors can use the ropeway or the Mt. Moiwa Sightseeing Road from the foot of the mountain to half way up. Once mid-way, visitors may ride the “Morris Car”, the world’s first drive-type mini cable car to the summit. This mountain is a popular climbing destination for the citizens of Sapporo: the five mountain trails (shortest 2.4km; longest 4.5km) are hike-able in casual clothing and are popular with mountain climbers during the summer weekends.

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