2024-02-22 | Recommendations

Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Sapporo

While renowned for its winter wonderland and the annual Sapporo Snow Festival, Sapporo transforms into a beautiful sea of pink come springtime, as cherry blossoms blanket its parks and streets. In this guide, you will discover the best cherry blossom spots in Sapporo that you can visit this season. Both locals and tourists alike can enjoy the spectacular cherry blossom spots on this list with friends, family or solo.

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Maruyama Park

Maruyama Park transforms into a mesmerizing pink wonderland with nearly 160 cherry trees, including the Sargent’s cherry and Yoshino cherry varieties, adorning its landscape. Picnickers flock to the park, securing spots under the blossoming trees and enjoying the tradition of cooking jingisukan, a local grilled lamb dish, with rented portable stoves. Maruyama Park showcases the unique charm of simultaneous sakura and plum flower blooms, a rare phenomenon in Japan owing to Hokkaido’s special climate.

Moerenuma Park

Moerenuma Park offers visitors a truly distinctive experience with its captivating design elements. Nestled within this expansive park lies a dense grove of cherry trees/ Unlike the cherry blossoms in Honshu, which bloom in late March to early April, those in Hokkaido, including those at Moerenuma Park, grace the landscape from mid to late May. This delay allows visitors to enjoy the blossoms amidst warmer temperatures, typically around 12°C in May. The Sakura Forest, a beloved attraction within the park, boasts approximately 1,800 cherry trees, including Ezo Mountain Cherry trees, Kasumi Cherry trees, and Chishima Cherry tree varieties, making it an ideal destination for cherry blossom viewing, especially for families with children, during the early days of May.

Nakajima Park

Nakajima Park boasts multiple ponds and a diverse array of cherry tree species, including Sargent’s cherry, Yoshino cherry, weeping cherry and double-flowering cherry trees. The cherry blossoms bloom in succession from late April to the end of May. Whether you’re rowing a boat on the pond or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll, Nakajima Park promises a serene and unforgettable experience amidst nature’s beauty.

Asahiyama Memorial Park

Asahiyama Memorial Park offers sweeping vistas of Sapporo City, highlighted by a grand central fountain and expansive staircase. The park boasts a rich natural environment ideal for family outings. During the cherry blossom season from early to mid-May, Asahiyama Park becomes a hotspot, adorned with approximately 3,500 cherry trees. The park’s lookout offers enchanting views day and night, with illuminated fountains and city lights adding to its allure after sunset.

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