Top 5 Cherry Blossom Spots in Hokkaido

Coming to Tokyo or Kyoto a little bit too late for the cherry blossoms? Maybe coming to Hokkaido is your solution. The season starts here from around mid-April to the end of the month. There are a host of cheap and free places to check out the sakura trees, but here are our highlights!

Goryokaku (Hakodate)

This fort was based on western designs, so a sakura experience here is rather unique for most visitors. The over 1000 cherry blossom trees have made it the best sakura spot in Hokkaido.

sakura_cherry_MatsumaeMatsumae Castle

The only real, traditional Japanese castle in Hokkaido is a great place for cherry blossom viewing. Loads of different sakura trees.

Access: Take a bus from Kikonai station (95 mins, 1370 yen) south of Hakodate. A direct bus from Hakodate is 2150 yen (3 hours).

sakura_cherry_odori_parkOdori Park (Sapporo)

Sapporo’s famous park stretches across the city and is a good place to see cherry blossoms for free. Lots of stalls along the way provide cheap food and drinks as well.

sakura_cherry_Moerenuma_parkMoerenuma Park (Sapporo)

This fabulous art park creates a truly unique cherry blossom experience, with dense forests of sakura trees surrounded by striking, modern architecture and art.


Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict