Located next to Maruyama Park, less than 30 minutes from the Sapporo city center by public transport, this 225m mountain boasts virgin forest that has been designated as a natural monument. The fashion-forward Maruyama area at the foot of the mountain blends peaceful residential streets with a scattering of stylish cafes and variety stores.
MT. Maruyama has a gentle hiking trail that only takes about an hour each way, making it a popular spot for locals to take a stroll and get close to nature. Arriving at the trailhead, you’ll see a temple known as a Daishido. Beyond that is the Maruyama-Hachijuhakkasho Trail, known for the over 88 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, that line the course. Try to count the statues that keep watch from the sides as you pass the temple and step into the tranquil forest. With its gentle ups and downs, this trail is ideal for kids, and despite its proximity to the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll encounter a variety of wildlife including Hokkaido Squirrels and native birds. Reaching the summit, you’ll be greeted by breathtaking views of Sapporo city. This hike does not require proper hiking gear—all you need is something that is easy to walk in. It’s the perfect spot to experience Hokkaido’s nature close to the city.
- Useful Information
- Maruyama, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
- 10-minute walk from Maruyama Park Station on the Tozai Line of the Sapporo Municipal Subway.
- Admission fee