The best place for foliage and cherry blossoms in Sapporo
Includes the figure skating ice rink used in the Sapporo Olympics
Makomanai Park was the main venue used in the 1972 Sapporo Olympics. “The Makomanai Sekisui Heim Ice Arena” is where the figure skater Janet Lynn charmed the people with her spectacular performance and it is opened to the public (admission fee required) during the winter months. There is a 3km circular course in the park, and is populated with runners and joggers during the summer and cross country skiers during the winter. On the 82ha park area, there are approximately 50,000 natural trees and a tree as old as 135 years. It is also a popular destination for visitors who want to enjoy viewing the foliage and the cherry blossoms. Dogtooth violets bloom in abundance in May and this is of the largest scale to grow naturally in a city park.