[Nakajima Park in Sapporo] Famous Cherry Blossom Spot and Fall Foliage Spot is Easily Accessible
June 15th, 2017
Nakajima Park (中島公園) is a comprehensive park of 236.295 m2 nearby Susukino (すすきの) in Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and has opened since 1886. It has been chosen as one of Japanese City Park Best 100 (日本の都市公園100選) and Japan's Top 100 Historical Parks (日本の歴史公園100選), and is famous as a park with rich nature at the downtown of the Sapporo city. The park has Shobu Pond (菖蒲池), Japanese Garden (日本庭園), Hoheikan (豊平館), Concert Hall Kitara, Astronomical Observatory, Hassoan (八窓庵), Kogumaza Puppet Theater (こども人形劇場こぐま座), Nakajima Sport Center (中島体育センター), Hokkaido Museum of Literature (北海道立文学館), Nakajima Tennis Courts (中島公園庭球場), Yahiko Shrine (弥彦神社) and Nakajima Park Boat Pier (中島公園ボート乗り場), and a lot of people come. Here is also well-known as a good place to see cherry blossoms in a spring and fall foliage in an autumn, and is a peaceful place for Sapporo citizens. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is about late April to early May. The best time to see the fall foliage is about from mid October to late October. Cosplay photography sessions are sometimes held, and they look fun. Admission free. A parking lot is not provided.
The Hoheikan is the most famous building in the Nakajima Park, and has been designated as a national important cultural property. The Westren-style building with beautiful ultramarine blue was built as a hotel in 1880. At present, it is rental space, and visitor can have a look around. Admission fee is JPY 300. They offer a photo service for a wedding ceremony. The appearance looks like a colonial style of Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward in Hakodate, and the visitors can feel an atmosphere in those days.
The Hassoan is a tea house made by Mr. Enshu Kobori (小堀遠州 * Masakazu Kobori (小堀政一), a famous Japanese tea master and a feudal lord, and has been designated as a national important cultural property. It is called the Hassoan because the building has 8 windows. * Hasso (八窓) means 8 windows in English. The tea house used to be built at Komuro Castle (小室城), Omi Domain (近江国). But it was relocated several times, and the building was reconstructed to Mr. Mochida's residence at the Sapporo in 1919. After that, it has been gaven to the Sapporo city, and has been relocated to Japanese Garden of the Nakajima Park since 1971. Only the appearance can be seen. Although the building was repaired many times, the tea house is valuable building because 1600S's building can hardly be seen in the Sapporo.
The Concert Hall Kitara is Hokkaido's first concert hall established in 1997, and is home music hall of Sapporo Symphony Orchestra. It has good acoustics, so it has been chosen as one of The BEST 100 of Theaters and Public Halls in Japan (優良ホール100選). Main Hall (大ホール), Small Chamber Music Hall (小ホール), a gallery, a cafe, Terrace Restaurant Kitara and Kitara Shop are at the building. Pacific Music Festival uses the hall as a venue, too. According to types of concerts, ticket prices are around JPY 3,000. Those are reasonable price as I expect.
Sapporo Children's Puppet Theater "Kogumaza" is Japan's first public theater dedicated to puppet shows established in 1976. The puppet shows and play for children are held. Admission free. Theater fee is required separately.
Sapporo City Astronomical Observatory is a small astronomical observatory on a small hill, and has been established since 1958. It is quite popular with those that know about it because stars can be watched at the downtown of the Sapporo city. Via f/12 refracting telescope with a caliber of 20 cm, the sun can be watched in the daytime, and the stars can be watched in the evening. Admission free.
In the Nakajima Park, some events are held. Snow Light in Nakajima Park (ゆきあかりin中島公園) is held between 3days in early February, Sapporo Festival (札幌まつり) is held between 3days in mid June, Kamokuma Festival (かもくま祭) between 2days in early July, the Pacific Music Festival is held from early July to early August, Toyohira River Fireworks Display (豊平川花火大会) is held only in a day, late July, and Kamokamo River Nostalgia (鴨々川ノスタルジア) is held between 2days in early September. In addition, cross coutry skiing can be borrowed for free from early January to early March beside the Nakajima Sport Center. It is popular with overseas tourists in particular.
Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Article is here
Cherry Blossoms of Hokkaido
Cherry blossoms begin to bloom from late April in Hokkaido. The cherry blossoms in the Southern Hokkaido including Hakodate begin to bloom from late April, and in case of late blooming, the cherry blossoms in the Eastern Hokkaido and the Northern Hokkaido seem to bloom in early June. The cherry blossoms in Honshu (the main island of Japan) begin to bloom from mid March, and tourists can enjoy the cherry blossoms until too late season. If everybody forget to see the cherry blossoms in the Honshu, please visit the Hokkaido to savor the cherry blossoms. Article is here
Fall Foliage of Hokkaido
It is said that the Fall Foliage of the Hokkaido turns into red color at the earliest in Japan. The best time to see the fall foliage comes in Daisetsu-zan at high altitude, and it comes gradually in low areas. It comes in Mt. Asahidake (旭岳) and in Mt. Kurodake (黒岳) in mid September, and autumn leaves fall in early November. As for the highlight of the Fall Foliage of the Hokkaido, tourists are bowled over by vast nature with the fall foliage, or are bowled over by small space that goes well with the fall foliage. Except famous beauty spots for the fall foliage, there are less famous beauty spots for the fall foliage such usual mountains and rivers or gorges here and there. Article is here
Cherry Blossoms and Fall Foliage of Nakajima Park
The north side of the Nakajima Park and around the Shobu Pond mostly have the beautiful cherry blossoms and fall foliage. There are cherry trees lined along a path and ginkgo trees lined along a path, and some trees around the pond give accent to the park. Although the Nakajima Park is surrounded by buildings in the downtown of the Sapporo city, few tall buildings like high-rise buildings in Tokyo is built. So the sky opens, and a sense of openness can be felt. On the other hand, the few tall buildings such as Sapporo Park Hotel or Premier Hotel Nakajima Park Sapporo give accent to the park, so I think that the park is a photogenic place. Harmonizing nature with artifacts makes good views. I suppose that it takes about 60-120 minutes to look around on foot because a lot of good things are worth seeing.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Parking lot is not provided|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 463 362*06|
Cherry Blossoms of Nakajima Park
About 400 cherry trees such as Yezo Mountain Cherry Tree (エゾヤマザクラ), Double‐flowered Cherry Tree (ヤエザクラ), Yoshino Cherry Tree (ソメイヨシノ) and Weeping Cherry Tree (シダレザクラ) are planted in the Nakajima Park. It is said that the Yezo Mountain Cherry Trees lined along the path to the Hokkaido Museum of Literature is very good. When I visited here in late April, it was too early. A large Yezo Mountain Cherry Tree in front of the Hoheikan seems to be photogenic, so I want to see full blossoms with the Hoheikan. When I visited the park, cherry trees lined along a path beside the Nakajima Sport Center was worth seeing in particular. A lot of visitors enjoyed cherry blossom viewing parties on the weekend.
The Yezo Mountain Cherry Trees lined along the path to the Hokkaido Museum of Literature were not in full bloom. If those were in full bloom, a view is marvelous.
The Yoshino Cherry Tree is at Kaori Open Space (香りの広場), and it is very good. A pair of overseas couple took eagerly photos.
The cherry trees lined along the path beside the Nakajima Sport Center was most worth seeing. I was moved.
I visited here again in early May, 2019. Weeping cherry trees and Yoshino cherry trees were in full bloom. In the Japanese garden, some couples wearing Japanese kimono were taken photos for a wedding photo in front of the weeping cherry trees, and the kimono went well with cherry blossoms. I think that professional photographers are busy with their works in a cherry blossom season. By the way, cosplayers from various countries enjoyed taking a photo with cherry blossoms through the tunnel of cheery blossoms.
Atmosphere of Cherry Blossoms of Nakajima Park Can Be Watched on Youtube
Fall Foliage of Nakajima Park
43 types of main trees such as Ginko Tree (イチョウ), Maple Tree (カエデ), Japanese Yew Tree (イチイ) and Poplar Tree (ポプラ) are planted in the Nakajima Park. According to various trees, leaves turn into red, or turn into yellow, and keep evergreen. Various types of trees make amazing fall foliage. The Ginko Tree are lined along a path near an entrance of Sapporo Subway Namboku Line Nakajima Koen Station (地下鉄南北線中島公園駅), and yellow autumn leaves are very good. The scale is smaller than Hokkaido University Lined Gingko Trees (北海道大学銀杏並木), but here also looks very good.
Various leaves of trees such as the Maple Trees and the Ginko Trees turn into various colors, and those are colourful. The fall foliage goes well with the blue sky as a background. The involved pond looks like Lake Onuma, one of the bset fall foliage spots in Hokkaido, in Nanae, and I feel as if it were a miniature garden. The fall foliage reflected on the water surface also looks beautiful.
Kaori Open Space (香りの広場) is a forest of large trees. Low maples grow at some places, and I like that those leaves turned into red look sad. Few people come, but I think that it has an atomosphere of Wabi and sabi (侘び寂び), a sense of beauty in Japan.
Some visitors came here with professional photographers to keep photos as a memory.
At the Japanese Garden, a Japanese stomosphere goes well with the fall foliage. I feel as if here were Kyoto.
Atmosphere of Fall Foliage of Nakajima Park Can Be Watched on Youtube
List of Events
The Events such as the Snow Light in Nakajima Park, the Sapporo Festival, the Kamokuma Festival, the Pacific Music Festival, the Toyohira River Fireworks Display and the Kamokamo River Nostalgia are held. In the winter, the cross coutry skiing can be enjoyed.
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Nakajima Park. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Sapporo Park Hotel(札幌パークホテル)|
|Premier Hotel Nakajima Park Sapporo(プレミアホテル 中島公園 札幌)|
|Ibis Styles Sapporo(イビス スタイルズ 札幌)|
|B4 Apartment in Sapporo(B4 アパートメント イン 札幌)||
|APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino Ekinishi(アパホテル 札幌すすきの駅西)|
|ANA Holiday Inn Sapporo Susukino(ANAホリデイ・イン札幌すすきの)|
|HOTEL MYSTAYS Sapporo Susukino(ホテルマイステイズ札幌すすきの)|
|the b sapporo susukino(ザ・ビー 札幌すすきの)|
|Tmark City Hotel Sapporo(Tマーク シティ ホテル 札幌)|
|HOTEL RELIEF Sapporo Susukino(ホテルリリーフ札幌すすきの)|
|Hotel Nets Sapporo(ホテルネッツ札幌)|
|APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino Ekiminami(アパホテル 札幌すすきの駅南)|
|Mercure Hotel Sapporo(メルキュールホテル札幌)|
|APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino Ekimae(アパホテル 札幌すすきの駅前)|
|APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino(アパホテル 札幌すすきの)|
|Sapporo Oriental Hotel(札幌オリエンタルホテル)|
|Premier Hotel-CABIN-Sapporo(天然温泉プレミアホテル -CABIN- 札幌)|
|Spa Hotel SOLE Susukino(ＳＰＡ ＨＯＴＥＬ ソーレ すすきの)|
|Hotel Route-Inn Sapporo Chuo(ホテルルートイン 札幌中央)|
|Marks Inn Sapporo(マークスイン札幌)|
|The Stay Sapporo(The Stay Sapporo)|
|Spa Safro(すすきの天然温泉 スパ・サフロ)|
|Super Hotel Sapporo Susukino(スーパーホテル札幌・すすきの)||
|Red Planet Sapporo Susukino South(レッドプラネット札幌すすきの南)||
|Hotel WBF Sapporo Susukino(ホテルＷＢＦ札幌すすきの)|
|Comfort Hotel Sapporo Susukino(コンフォートホテル札幌すすきの)|
|Smile Hotel Premium Sapporo Susukino(スマイルホテルプレミアム札幌すすきの)|
|Hotel Sho SAPPORO(ホテル翔ＳＡＰＰＯＲＯ)||
|TIARA HOTEL SAPPORO SUSUKINO(ティアラホテル札幌すすきの)||
|HOTEL RENER SUSUKINO(ＨＯＴＥＬリーネルすすきの)||
|Toyoko Inn Sapporo Susukino Crossroads(東横イン札幌すすきの交差点)||
|Toyoko Inn Sapporo Susukino Minami(東横イン札幌すすきの南)||
|BIZCOURT CABIN SUSUKINO(ＢＩＺＣＯＵＲＴ ＣＡＢＩＮすすきの)||
|Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Susukino(ダイワロイネットホテル札幌すすきの)|
|Comics and Capsule Hotel Comicap Sapporo Susukino(Ｃｏｍｉｃｓ＆ＣａｐｓｕｌｅＨｏｔｅｌコミカプ札幌すすきの店)||
|Sapporo Tobu Hotel(札幌東武ホテル)|
|HOTEL LiVEMAX Sapporo(ホテルリブマックス札幌)|
|JASMAC PLAZA HOTEL(ジャスマックプラザホテル)|
|Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel(札幌東急ＲＥＩホテル)|
|Hotel North City(ホテルノースシティ)|
|Weekly Sapporo 2000 & Annex(ウィークリーさっぽろ２０００＆アネックス)|
|Capsule Inn Sapporo (Male Only)(カプセル・イン札幌)|
|Business Hotel Line(ビジネスホテルライン)||
|Ibis Styles Sapporo(イビススタイルズ札幌)|
|Hotel Ronshan Sapporo(ホテル ロンシャンサッポロ)|
|Hotel New Budget Sapporo(ホテルニューバジェット札幌)|
|Hotel Royal Stay Sapporo(ホテル ローヤルステイ・サッポロ)|
|Frame Hotel Sapporo(フレイムホテル札幌)|
|Swanky Hotel Otomo(スワンキーホテル・オートモ)|
|Sapporo Daiichi Hotel(札幌第一ホテル)||
|Quintessa Hotel Sapporo(クインテッサホテル札幌)|
|Hotel Resol Sapporo Nakajima Koen(ホテルリソル札幌 中島公園)|
|HOTEL MYSTAYS PREMIER Sapporo Park(ホテルマイステイズプレミア札幌パーク)|
|Hotel Porte(ＨＯＴＥＬ ＰＯＲＴＥ)||
|Karaksa Hotel Sapporo(からくさホテル札幌)|
|Social Hostel 365(Ｓｏｃｉａｌ Ｈｏｓｔｅｌ ３６５)|
|Time Peace Apartment(タイムピースアパートメント)|
|Sapporo Oriental Hotel(札幌オリエンタルホテル)|
|Kuranoya Sapporo(倉のや 札幌)||
|Sapporo Guest House Nariya(札幌ゲストハウス 成屋)||
|The Stay Sapporo Nagomi(ＴＨＥ ＳＴＡＹ ＳＡＰＰＯＲＯ 和ーＮＡＧＯＭＩー)|
|Sapporo Inn Nada(サッポロイン ＮＡＤＡ)|
|Igloo Dorm & Breakfast(ＩＧＬＯＯ Ｄｏｒｍ＆Ｂｒｅａｋｆａｓｔ)|
|Ten to Ten Nakajima-Koen(Ten to Ten HOKKAIDO Hostel & Kitchen)|
|Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu(札幌エクセルホテル東急)|
|Hotel Lifort Sapporo(ホテルライフォート札幌)|
|Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park(ベッセルイン札幌中島公園)||
|Hotel Vista Sapporo Nakajima Koen(ホテルビスタ札幌 中島公園)|
|City Cabin by Nikoh Refre (Male Only)(ニコーカプセルホテル リフレ)|
|HOTEL MYSTAYS Sapporo Nakajima Park(ホテルマイステイズ札幌中島公園)|
A page of Sapporo is here
A page of Hokkaido Cherry Tree is here
Hokkaido Cherry Tree