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Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio Artists in Residence

  • Host organization

    City of Sapporo, AIS Planning

  • Address

    1-80, 2-17 Hiragishi, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 062-0932 Japan (located within Tenjinyama Park)

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Objective As an AIR base, Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio supports people from both Japan and overseas who are involved in creative activities at the following three stages: (1) research and building ideas; (2) production/creation; and (3) announcements/presentations. By allowing AIR to stay in Sapporo, Hokkaido on medium to long-term stays while carrying out independent activities and producing meaningful results through the “place, time and opportunities” provided by Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, we are able to offer a broad range of services as below:

1) economic support through use of the facility;
2) provision of specialist advice and information for correctly accessing the diverse resources available in Sapporo and Hokkaido;
3) exchanges between the artists carrying out creative activities at the residence;
4) support for everyday living during their stay.
* If you wish to receive support for any of 2) to 4), please make a meeting appointment at Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio during your stay.
* Interpreting and translation support are not available by default.

Furthermore, the details of support differ depending on the three types of program.
Organization activities -Self-Funding Program
The vast majority of participants staying at Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio and carrying out creative activities are on the Self-Funding Program. The cost of using the Studio Apartments, public transportation, activities during their stay, and living costs are paid for by the program resident, but the program does allow participants to freely plan the timing and duration of their stay (24 hours per day, up to 90 days). Participants must be seeking a base for production or research activities in Japan, Hokkaido and Sapporo, and include the following:

people looking for somewhere to concentrate and work on production activities in a different environment or cultural setting;
people seeking exchanges with other artists staying at the facility, or with the wider region or local community;
people seeking a place for a sabbatical;
people seeking a place to stay in the medium to long term for the purposes of an exhibition or performance etc. being hosted in Sapporo City;
people taking part in cultural or artistic projects being hosted in Sapporo City.
and more

-International Open Call Program
On this program, participants carry out residential production activities for a fixed period and announce their results upon completion. Invited artists are chosen by the selection committee (internationally active artists and curators) from among the applicants.
There are changes every year in the free provision of Studio Apartments, grants for certain residential production costs, and the duration, conditions and other details.
The number of invited artists is around two or three each year.

-Networking Program
The Networking Program aims to build independent collaborative relationships with the goal of promoting mutual exchange between Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio and other cultural and artistic institutions from both Japan and overseas.
So far, we have accepted around three groups each year from a variety of countries to carry out residential production.
Founded in 2014
Background Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio is a cultural and arts facility in Sapporo City at the former Sapporo Tenjinyama International House, a medium-term accommodation facility owned by Sapporo City. The facility was refurbished and relaunched after changing its purpose from an “accommodation facility for guests of Sapporo City” to a “base for international artists in residence (*2) (“AIR”)” that supports people carrying out creative activities (*1).
Location / Environment This facility is located in Tenjinyama Park, a rolling upland park whose face changes with the seasons -- in spring, it is festooned with cherry blossoms and Tenjin wisteria, in summer it is covered with verdant trees and sloping fields, in fall it is home to spectacular autumn foliage, and in winter it is a beautiful snowscape. Mt. Tenjin is also home to Hiragishi Tenmangu, which has ties with the Soma Shrine in neighboring Fukushima Prefecture and Dazaifu Tenmangu in Fukuoka Prefecture. It is also the site of pottery that dates back to the Jomon era and the ruins of a fort that dates back to the Ainu cultural era.

Spring - The season when the snows melt and the grasses and trees begin to bloom. In May, you can enjoy seeing four varieties of cherry and plum blossoms on Mt. Tenjin, and take in the site of wisteria trees that are over a century old, planted during the era of Hokkaido development. YOSAKOI Soran Festival (early June), Sapporo Festival/Hokkaido Shrine Annual Festival (June 14 to 16)

Summer - The season of balmy weather. There are numerous music and gourmet events in locations such as the Odori Park. Sapporo City Jazz (mid-July), Sapporo August Fest (early August), Rising Sun (mid-August), Autumn Festival (mid-September)

Fall - The season of art. Fall is packed with events involving everything from music and movies to theater and art. You can also sometimes see bright autumn foliage and the fantastic sight of the first snows. NO MAPS (cinema, music, and more - early October), Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market (early October), Sapporo Art Stage (November to December)

Winter - The season of snow. The slopes of Mt. Tenjin pile up with so much snow it rivals ski slopes. Come dressed warmly. This is no time for wheeled luggage. German Christmas Market in Sapporo (mid-December), Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival (January to February), Sapporo Snow Festival (early February), Sapporo International Art Festival (December to February - held in winter starting in 2020)
Contact Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
1-80, 2-17 Hiragishi, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 062-0932 Japan (located within Tenjinyama Park)
Contact person:Mami Odai, AIR Director

Facility information

Studio informationAvailable

The studios are used by Sapporo City to support medium to long-term stays in Sapporo and Hokkaido.
They are located approximately 30 minutes from the center of Sapporo via Sapporo Municipal Subway and a short walk. A quiet environment within Tenjinyama Park has been ensured and the park scenery can be seen from all studios.

Available to: anybody involved in the field of culture or arts, including artists and researchers, aged 18 or older and who carries out creative activities, covering a broad range of fields (fine art, music, crafts, drama, dance, literature, photography, film, design, etc.); people are welcome from both Japan and overseas, irrespective of whether they are professionals or amateurs
* Screening may be carried out to check that the applicant satisfies the eligibility requirements.


The sutudio can be used 24 hours a day as a base for residential production and research activities, etc.
Basic living products, tools, rental cycles and internet facilities are available.
The languages for communicating with staff are Japanese and English.
Groups and families are also welcome to stay.

Presentation spaceAvailable


Using the subway
Nanboku Line of Sapporo Municipal Subway:
11-minute walk from the west or north exit at Sumikawa Station/14-minute walk from the west exit at Minami-Hiragishi

Using the bus
Take the Jotetsu bus [Route 56] and get off the bus at “Hiragishi 1 jyo 16 chome”. It is then an 8-minute walk.

Traveling by plane from outside Hokkaido
From New Chitose Airport, take the airport bus towards Maruyama Bus Terminal, and get off the bus at the Sumikawa subway
station. It is then an 11-minute walk to the facility (approximately 70 minutes in total).
Alternatively, take the JR train from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo Station. Then take the Sapporo Municipal Subway
Nanboku Line from Sapporo Station to Sumikawa Station. It is then an 11-minute walk to the facility (approximately 70
minutes in total).

* There is no dedicated car park at the facility.