Nakajima Park is roughly 24 hectares in size. It is a natural park that is close to the metropolitan area,that was selected for “100 Japanese Urban Parks”. Important Cultural Properties such as “Shobuike”, “Hoheikan”, and “Hassoan” mark Sapporo’s development, from its stage of water and verdure, it is home to the calmness of the seasons and new aspects of culture.
Urban Park Public Notice: March 23, 1930
Type: General park
Trees and flowers
There are over 5,000 trees planted in the park, including coniferous trees like Sakhalin spruces, Japanese yews, and ginkgo, as well as wild cherry trees, black locusts, and Japanese Elms. The wild cherry trees bloom in May, the Fujis at the beginning of June and the calamuses in mid-June, and, according to visitors in July, all of the varieties of roses bloom, bringing joy through the shifting beauty of a northern country to those who visit.
Sculptures and monuments
There are countless sculptures and monuments within the park that have deep connections with the history of the town. These include the sculpture “Cat and Harmonica”, by Takeo Yamanouchi (1907-75), whose works are left throughout Japan.
This is a historic building built in 1880 (Meiji 13), originally as a hotel and guest house for guests of the national government by the Bureau of the Colonization of Hokkaido. It opened as a center of culture and information for the West, before Tokyo’s Rokumei-kan. At the time, it was where the current Civic Center resides.
(National Designated Cultural Property）
Opened in 1963(Showa 38). The shape of the 12 stone lanterns are made after famous lanterns from around the nation. On one corner is the tea house “Hasso-an” (National Designated Cultural Property), said to be a creation of Enshu Kobori, a master of the tea ceremony from the beginning of the Edo period, which was moved from the Shiga Prefecture.
In 1874 (Meiji 7), before the creation of the park, part of the Kamokamogawa River was made into a lumber yard. This became the previous incarnation of the pond. You can ride on boats and look out over the surface, to the reflection of the verdure.
The primary mode of transit is the Nanboku subway line, at either the “Nakajima Station” or the “Horohira-Bashi Station”. The JR Bus “Nakajima Park Station Stop” and Chuo Bus “Nakajima Park Entrance Stop” “Horohira-Bashi Stop” are also convenient. There is no parking lot for park visitors.
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Gardening Fair [Mid to late May, at liberty square]
This yearly Gardening Fair comes with spring in Sapporo.
Sapporo Festival [6/14-16, along the park’s trails]
Over 400 stores open up shops along the trail from the Nakajika Station to the Horohira-Bashi Station.
The year’s market (Toshi no Ichi) [Late December, at the Minami 9 Jo Plaza]
Toshi no Ichi has continued for generations. People gather here for decorations for the New Year.
Yuki Akari [For 3 days during the Snow Festival, at the Minami 9 Jo Plaza]
A winter tradition in Nakajima Park. The park shines with snow and candles. It is a fantastical sight that can only be viewed during this season.
For a pleasant experience:
- This park is for everyone. Use its facilities with care.
- Please assist us in efforts to reduce trash by taking it home.
- You cannot gather samples of plant life from the park.
- Pets must be kept on their leashes.
- Clean up and take home their excretions.
- Follow instructions from signs within the park, and park employees.
- There is no parking lot.
- Please use public transit.
〒064-0931 , Nakajima Park 1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Nakajima Park Management Office