Below is a list of Sapporo's most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing (hanami), including the typical timing for best viewing in the average year and japan-guide.com ratings. See also our nationwide list of famous cherry blossom spots.

Maruyama Park and Hokkaido Shrine

Early to Mid May
5 minute walk from the Maruyama Koen Station on the Tozai Subway Line
The park and the shrine are located just beside each other and attract some of the largest crowds for hanami parties in Sapporo. The approach to the shrine is lined with dozens of cherry trees, while the park areas offer a lot of open space where people lay out mats and enjoy food and drink with friends under the flowers.

Odori Park

Early to Mid May
Beside Odori Station on the Nanboku, Tozai and Toho Subway Lines
Odori Park is the city's most famous park in the very center of downtown Sapporo. Although the park does not have any groves of cherry trees that are particularly famous, there are quite a few spots to find blossoms. The cherry trees scattered throughout Odori Park provide an added bonus to a visit if traveling in spring.

Moerenuma Park

Mid May
25 minutes by bus from the Toho Subway Line's Kanjodori-higashi Station
Moerenuma Park was designed by the artist Isamu Noguchi and has fascinating design elements that make a visit to the park a truly unique experience. In one section of the massive park there is a dense grove of cherry trees. The park's cherry trees bloom a bit later than the other cherry trees of Sapporo.

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Getting there and around

Hotels around Sapporo

Recommended Hotels
Air Terminal Hotel
Hotel conveniently located inside Shin-Chitose Airport.
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JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo
Very popular hotel inside the tower that rises above Sapporo Station.
Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo
One of the best values in town, the Keio Plaza is located just a short walk from Sapporo Station.
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Portom International Hokkaido
Nice hotel inside the terminal of New Chitose Airport.
Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae
Reliable business hotel, a five minute walk from Sapporo Station.