Maruyama Park Sapporo Hokkaido 360 Degrees
Maruyama Park (円山公園 Maruyama Kōen) in Sapporo, Hokkaido, was modelled on the Kyōto-based park of the same name. A variety of attractions, including the Hokkaidō Shrine, the Maruyama Zoo, the Maruyama Baseball Stadium and the Maruyama Athletics Stadium, are located in the park.
Located in the western suburbs of Sapporo under the Maruyama mountain, in the north part of the Maruyama Forest. The park contains virgin forest with Oak, Katsura (Japanese Judas tree), Magnolia, Maple, and other trees and is a designated natural monument. On the park's hillside, there are giant Elm and Cypress trees where different bird species gather. With over 1,500 sakura trees, the park is the most popular hanami place in the city of Sapporo. Hokkaidō Shrine, located at the north end of the park, opened in 1869, is the most important Shinto shrine of the City. The park contains the Maruyama Baseball Stadium, which opened in 1934. It was the central baseball park of the city before the opening of the Sapporo Dome (2001). In front of the baseball stadium is the Maruyama Athletics Stadium, also opened the same year, which is utilized for track and field competitions at local and national levels. Sapporo Maruyama Zoo, which opened in 1951, covers an area of 22.5 ha. The park also contains some sports grounds (tennis courts). Also in the park is the theme park, Maruyama Kids' Land.
Address: 〒064-0959 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Miyagaoka, 3; phone: 011-62-10-453
- Maruyama Park Official Website (in Japanese and English)