Cherry blossom season is the most long-awaited season for those who live in Japan. Cherry blossoms in Hokkaido will be blooming later comparing with Honshu (mainland), from end April until end May. The cherry blossoms in Hokkaido always showing the extraordinary beauty after the long winter.
1. Goryokaku Park
Goryokaku Park is the park which well-known for the star shaped castle. Once it comes to the end April, there are about 1,600 Somei Yoshino Zakura and Yaezza Zakura are start blooming in the park. The blooming cherry blossoms will fill the star-shaped pentagon and formed as a flower's fort. It is recommended also to take a boat ride and view the cherry blossoms from the moat. In evening, the cherry blossom trees are lighted up and you can enjoy eating grilled lamb in some of the designated area. When it comes to end of the cherry blossom season, you can even enjoy viewing the cherry blossom petal which are floating on the water surface of the moat.
Goryokaku Park (五稜郭公園)
Light up period: 19:00 ~ 21:00 during the cherry blossom viewing period, 19:00 ~ 22: 00 on weekend and national public holidays
Operating Hours: Horinouchigawa(Inside of Park): 5:00-19:00 (Horinosotogawa (Outside of Park) the area is opened for public for all day long)
Address: 44, Goryokaku-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido
2. Matsumae Park
The area around Matsumae Castle is famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot that has approximately 250 species and total of 10,000 cherry blossom trees. At the cherry blossom garden which located in the north of the park, 140 kinds of cherry blossoms are blooming one after another for one month depending on the species. It is also selected as 100 ranking of cherry blossoms landscape. "Matsumae cherry blossom festival" is held from 28th April to 13th May, by that time there will be various event and activities at the park such as product exhibition.
Best viewing period of cherry blossom: End of April to mid-May
Light up period: After Sunset ~ 20:30, during the cherry blossom viewing period
Address: Matsushiro, Matsumae-cho, Matsumae-gun, Hokkaido
3. Maruyama Park
Maruyama Park is located only 20 minutes by subway from JR Sapporo Station and is well-known as a cherry blossom viewing spot, same with the Hokkaido Shrine which is just at its neighbor. There are many cherry blossom viewers visiting and enjoying the season during spring. Besides viewing the cherry blossom, visitors can enjoy viewing the fully bloom plum blossom at here as well. BBQ set is available to be rented at the park management office.
Maruyama Park (円山公園)
Best viewing period of cherry blossom: end of April to mid-May
Address: Miyagaoka, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi
4. Hokkaidocho Kyuuhonchosya (Former Hokkaido Government Office Building)
This is a spot where you can view both the cherry blossom and the famous tourist attraction, Hokkaidocho Kyuuhonchosya (Red bricks government office) which is located at the city center of Sapporo. There are two period to view the scenery of cherry blossom. One is the scenery of Kasumi Zakura in early May, while another one will be the Yae Zakura which is blooming in bright color in mid May.
Hokkaidocho Kyuuhonchosya (Former Hokkaido Government Office Building), Red Brick building (北海道庁旧本庁舎(赤れんが庁舎))
Best viewing period of cherry blossom: early May to end of May
Address: Nishi-6, Kita 3-jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido