Atsuta Park Observation Deck - Hokkaido

Atsuta Park Observation Deck (厚田展望台), is an observation deck with a magnificent view of the Sea of Japan and the Atsuta Ward below. It is also promoted as a place for lovers. It is located on a hill inside Atsuta Park behind Ishikari Roadside Station in Atsuta Ward, Ishikari City in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Atsuta Park Observation Deck 

Atsuta Park Observation Deck Details

If you're searching for the perfect date spot or wishing to propose to your loved one, Atsuta Park Observation Deck is the ideal location. Located in Atsuta Ward, Ishikari City in Hokkaido, this breathtaking observatory was selected for the Lover's Sanctuary project in 2006. The project aims to choose 100 unique and romantic sightseeing spots in Japan to propose to your significant other.

Atsuta Park Observation Deck - Ishikari City, Hokkaido Prefecture

Atsuta Park Observation Deck offers stunning views of the coastline and is the perfect place to witness the sunset over the Sea of Japan. The breathtaking view resembles a painting and is sure to leave a lasting impression on you and your loved one.

Going up to Atsuta Park Observation Deck from Ishikari Roadside Station

After several minutes of hiking up the hill, this is the first thing that you'd see.

The observatory is designed like a European castle wall and blends in harmoniously with the surrounding mountains. The Oath Bell and a fence for attaching padlocks, also known as love locks, are added attractions that make the place even more special. The Oath Bell denotes a promise made by couples, and the fence is for sealing their love, hoping that their relationship stays strong and doesn't waver.

Atsuta Park Observation Deck 

Lover's Locks

The Oath Bell

The beautiful stained glass window of the Atsuta Park Observation Deck 

Check out what the Genkotsuyama Tanuki is saying

Lion's Club Oath

Lover's Sanctuary locations

As you stroll around the observatory, you will notice a square fence adorned with tiny padlocks with keys that people hang as a gesture of their promises and everlasting love. It's a perfect spot to capture a picture and capture memories that last a lifetime.

The observation area and the view

Team Nicerio visits Atsuta Park Observation Deck

My family and I visited the Atsuta Park Observation Deck during our Mashike – Ishikari Road Trip last September 4, 2022. It was my 307th day here in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. Since we arrived early at Ishikari Roadside Station and we won’t be able to get the roadside station stamp for our collection, my daughter, and I hiked the hill behind it to check out Atsuta Park Observation Deck, also known as the Lover's Sanctuary to kill time. We were surprised by how beautiful the view is from the castle-like structure. We enjoyed a panoramic view of the Sea of Japan and the Atsuta War on this clear, sunny day. Overall, it was a tiring yet unforgettable mini-adventure for both of us.

Atsuta Park Observation Deck

It’s FREE to go up and enter the Atsuta Park Observation Deck. You can buy padlocks at the Ishikari Roadside Station if you want to add one to the “love locks corner”.

Atsuta Park Observation Deck Operating Hours

Atsuta Park Observation Deck is open 24/7 but is closed during the winter season.

Why visit Atsuta Park Observation Deck?

Atsuta Park Observation Deck is officially designated as a sacred place for lovers. The experience is bound to captivate you and your significant other and make your bond more profound than ever before. So if you're looking for a perfect place for your proposal or a romantic getaway, Atsuta Park Observation Deck is the ultimate destination for you.

Getting to Atsuta Park Observation Deck


Access by car

If you go north from JR Sapporo Station on the Ishikari Highway along the Sosei River for about 30 minutes, you will find the Barado Junction. Follow the road signs here and drive along National Route 231 in the direction of Atsuta, Hamamasu, and Rumoi for about 40 minutes, and you will arrive at Roadside Station Ishikari "Ai Road Atsuta".

Access by bus

About 100 minutes from Hokkaido Chuo Bus Sapporo Terminal to Ishikari Michi-no-Eki "Ai Road Atsuta". Get off at the last stop and walk straight.

Once you arrive at the roadside station, follow the uphill path behind it to reach the Atsuta Park Observation Deck. It takes around 5 – 10 minutes to reach the top depending on your pacing.




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