Where to see cherry blossoms in Sapporo?

I guess most of people who plan to visit Japan in spring are looking forward to seeing cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms in Hokkaido are bloomed 1 month later than Tokyo area, around beginning of May.
Characteristics of cherry-viewing party, “Ohanami” in Hokkaido is to eat lamb BBQ, called as “Genghis Khan” which is Hokkaido’s specialty during cherry blossom viewing.
There are still chilly days in May, therefore eating “Genghis Khan” works to make body warm and it makes sense. “Ohanami” with “Genghis Khan” is one of unique customs in Hokkaido.
By the way, according to some reliable weather forecasts , it is expected cheery blossoms will bloom in the period from 26 Apr to 1 May in 2016. If you just visit to Sapporo during this period, it would be interesting activity for you to enjoy “Ohanami” with local people.
For Sapporo citizen, the most popular place to enjoy cherry-viewing would be Maruyama park. It is located close to Sapporo city center and accessible by subway, Tozai line directly.
Maruyama Zoo and the biggest shrine in Hokkaido, Hokkaido Jingu are located next to Maruyama park, so you can also drop in there after viewing cherry blossoms.

Maruyama Park(円山公園)
Address: Miyagaoka, Chuo ku, Sapporo
*5 minutes walk from “Maruyama koen” station by subway Tozai linehttp://www.sapporo-park.or.jp/maruyama/?page_id=1595#ezoyama

円山公園の歴史(植物編) | 円山公園
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Except Maruyama park, following places are also popular to enjoy cherry-viewing in Sapporo.

Makomanai Park(真駒内公園)
Address: Makomanai koen 3-1, Minami ku, Sapporo
*30 minutes walk from “Makomanai” subway station by Nanboku line

Moere numa park(モエレ沼公園)
Address: 1-1 Moere numa koen, Higashi ku, Sapporo
*Bus stop at “Moere Koen Higashi guchi by Chuo Bus (No. Higashi 69)

Finally, I introduce my secret recommended spot, Shiroishi cycling road(白石サイクリングロード)
Although this is the place where local residents mostly enjoy seeing cherry blossoms and not so familiar for tourists, bloomed flowers are very gorgeous and must be attracting you!

*Overall length of Shiroishi cycling road is 20km. Avobe photos were taken at the place near “Nango 7 chome” subway station of Tozai line.

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