Nopporo Forest Park
A forest park uniquely located in the city shows traces of primitive Hokkaido.
To mark the 100th anniversary of Hokkaido, this park was designated a prefectural natural park in 1968. The 2,053ha park is located in Nopporo Forest, which straddles Sapporo, Ebetsu, and Kita-Hiroshima. There are very few flatland forests, such as Nopporo, left near cities in Japan. Approximately 80% of the park is a national forest and wildlife sanctuary, where 110 types of trees, 400 types of wild grass, 200 types of mushrooms, 140 types of wild birds, and 1,300 types of insects, as well as Hokkaido squirrels and snow rabbits live. In 1977, the park was designated a “Showa natural recreation forest” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Showa Emperor’s reign.