Maruyama Park [円山公園]
Squirrels sometimes appear
Maruyama Park is a park located about 5 km west of central Sapporo.
The Maruyama Primary Forest spreads to the south of the park, and there is Hokkaido Shrine to the north.
There are much green space in the park.
Also there is a zoo in the west part of the park.
Cherry blossoms in Maruyama Park
Maruyama Park in autumn
And this park is known for a major cherry blossom-viewing spot in Hokkaido.
There are about 160 cherry trees in the park.
Because Hokkaido is colder than the other islands of Japan, the trees of Somei-Yoshino (Japan's major variety of cherry tree) are not many.
Instead, there are many Ezoyamazakura (Prunus sargentii) and Yaezakura (double-flowered cherry) trees.
Somei-Yoshino trees bloom from the end of April to early May, and the other cherry trees bloom in mid-May.
How to get here
Get off at Maruyama-koen station of subway Tozai Line.