Recommendation by Wabisavi
Maruyama Park's virgin forest is a national treasure, and for good reason. Even if you are not much of a nature person, this is the one place you don't want to miss. Both Maruyama and Nakajima are extensive, so check the map at the entrance to get a feel of the layout. Being the gamer that I am, I decided to keep the best part (that would be the shrine) for last and tour the ponds first. And I was in awe. I often describe sights as "breathtaking", but this truly had me halt in my steps. It felt like stepping into a painting, almost surreal. There is something about Hokkaido that makes the reflections in the water so vivid, the likes of which I have not seen in the rest of Japan. 🍁 Golden maple leaves, like rain, fell quietly at every breath of wind, never disturbing the water surface. 🍁 📸 The photo of this post is unfiltered, and you can see it just as it came out of my phone. Now, multiply my horrible photo skills by a hundred, and you'll get a feel of what the real thing looked like. I had a lot to cover that day, but I loved the park so much I decided to skip lunch and dig into the onigiri I always carry around as emergency ration. Of course, a sun shower came to disturb my plans and urge me on. 円山公園 🍁🌸⛩️ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Admission: Free 🚇 Take the subway from Odori St. and get off at Maruyama Koen St.
Open today: 24 hours
3 Miyagaoka, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-0959, Japan