Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium

 

 

The Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium was one of the main venues used in the 1972 Winter Olympic Games, hosting the 90 meter Large Hill events. It has spectacular views over Sapporocity. The stadium is a prime training facility for Nordic events, and athletes from World Cup participants to high school students can regularly be seen flying off the hill. Unless there is a major event in process, anybody can take the chairlift to the top of the ski jump. The cost of the lift is 500 yen, and the lift usually opens at 8:30am, closing in the late afternoon or early evening depending on the season. The small kiosk in the observatory sells some of the best ice cream in Hokkaido. The landscape from the observatory is very beautiful!

 

In 1931, the Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium was constructed by Kishichiro Okura with an advice and financial aid of Prince Chichibu, a brother of Hirohito, and was donated to Sapporoafter the completion.The stadium was renovated with the national expenditure in 1970 for the 1972 Winter Olympics, the first Olympic Games held outside Europeor the USA.

 

Ski jumping has a particularly important place in the memory of Japanese winter sports fans. In 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics, Japanwon three medals in the Normal Hill event.

 

The stadium played a major role in 2007 when SapporoCityhosted the FIS Nordic World Ski Championship. This elite competition had never been held in Asia before.

 

related tours:


*Sapporo One Day Walking Tour(8HRS.)(private tour for a group)Everything you want to see in Sapporo!

 

*Sapporo Half Day Walking Tour (3HRS.) (private tour for a group)
Hokkaido Shrine, Chocolate Museum, & Okurayama Ski Jump HIll

 

 

 
 

 

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