Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium [大倉山ジャンプ競技場]
Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium
Scenery from the starting point
Okurayama Ski Jump Studium is a studium for ski jumping.
In Japanese word, the first "o" is pronounced as a long vowel. (Ôkurayama)
And, Okurayama means "Mount Okura".
It is located about 6 km west of central Sapporo.
The studium is set on the eastern slope of Mount Okura 307 meters high.
Prince Chichibu (1922-1953), who is the Emperor Showa's brother, was a sportsman.
He visited Sapporo and climbed Mount Teine to the west of Sapporo in 1928.
At that time, he made a suggestion to built this studium in a lodge of the mountain.
He thought that the existance of a large ski jump studium with international specification led to the successful bid to host the Winter Olympic Games.
After that, Baron Kishichiro Okura put a lot of his own money into the construction the new studium.
The studium was completed in 1931, and was opened in 1932.
At that time, this studium was named "Okura Schanze".
("Schanze" means "ski jump studium" in Germany.)
In 1972, Sapporo city host a Winter Olympic Games, at last.
And this studium was used as the venue of the ski jumping of 90-meter class.
Currently, this studium is for "large hill competition".
And, one or two competitions of World Cup are held every year.
Additionally, there is the "Miyanomori studium" for "Normal hill competition" about 1 km south of here.
Lift to the starting point
Sapporo Olympic Museum
You can visit the starting point by lift.
It is the observatory spot for a fee.
The height of the place is about 134 meters from the foot of the jump studium.
And, there is Sapporo Olympic Museum at the foot of the studium.
It introduces the history of Olympic Winter Games and Sapporo Olympic Games in 1972.
How to get here
Get off at Maruyama-koen station of subway Tozai line.
Then, about 10 minutes by route bus for "Okurayama Jump Kyogijo iriguchi".