Hugging the gentle mountains and beautiful forest a few kilometers west of the city center, Maruyama Park (円山公園) is packed with a shrine, zoo and ski jump stadium.


Maruyama Park


4min walk from Maruyama-koen Station

The leafy Maruyama Park is a favorite of both locals and tourists on the approach to Hokkaido Jingu from Maruyama-koen Station. You will find several interesting monuments in the forest. This is one of Sapporo’s best spot for hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) in early May. During warmer months, you can scale the peaceful mountain of Maru-yama (225m) in about an hour.

Hokkaido Jingu


10min walk from Maruyama-koen Station

Sapporo’s grandest shinto shrine surrounded by forest of Maruyama Park, Hokkaido Jingu enshrined Kaitaku Sanjin (three deities of Hokkaido reclamation). It was established as Sapporo Jinja in 1869 and the name was changed to Hokkaido Jingu in 1964. Most visitors passes through Maruyama Park from the subway station.

Sapporo Maruyama Zoo


13min walk from Maruyama-koen Station

Located on the south side of Maruyama Park, this large zoo has dozens of animals from all over the world, from Hokkaido to Asia and Africa. You can watch higuma (brown bears), Ezo-shika (deers), owls, wolves, polar bears, monkeys, elephants and giraffes. There are also feeding sessions, free guided background tours and a children’s zoo.

Okura-yama Ski Jump Stadium


15min by bus from Maruyama-koen Station

This world-class ski jump stadium drops 307m with a land-slope angle of 35-degree. It was constructed in 1931 by Baron Okura Kishichiro and has hosted the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics. The ski-jump chairlift ascends to a stunning view over the city. The package ticket includes the return chairlift ticket and entry to the Sapporo Olympic Museum.

Hongo Shin Memorial Museum of Sculpture


5min by bus from Nishi-nijuhatchome Station, get off at Chokoku-bijutsukan-iriguchi, then 10min walk

One of Japan’s most famed sculptors in the Showa period, Hongo Shin (1905-1980), born in Sapporo, set up a studio and a residence here in 1977. Today the main hall and the annex showcasing his works. It is about a 20-minute walk from Maruyama Zoo.

Asahiyama Memorial Park


14min by bus from Maruyama-koen Station

At 137m, Asahiyama is a pleasant hilltop park with excellent views of the city, especially after dark. Pick up snacks from the on-site rest house. From here, you can hike up 4km-long trail to the top of Moiwa-yama (531m).



LESTEL MARU Sapporo Maruyama


5min walk from Maruyama-koen Station

Easily Maruyama area’s best hotel, Lestel Maru offers spacious rooms with attached bathrooms and kitchens. There are also bunk bed rooms for private groups and budget dormitories.

The Apartment Hotels YAMA

2min walk from Maruyama-koen Station

Just a short walk from Maruyama-koen station on Odori main street, this small apartment hotel has two rooms with washing machines and kitchens.

Sapporo Residential Juno

札幌・レジデンシャル ジュノー

8min walk from Nishi-nijuhatchome Station / 15min walk from Maruyama-koen Station

In a standard apartment house, this place has six Western-style rooms with bathrooms, washing machines and kitchens.


Getting There


From Odori, the Tozai Line runs to Maruyama-koen (5min) and Nishi-nijuhatchome (7min).


From JR Soen Station south gate, the hourly JR Bus 8 for Keimei Terminal (啓明ターミナル) pauses at Maruyama-koen Station (20min). JR passes are available for use.

Getting Around


From Maruyama-koen Station’s bus terminal (exit 2), JR Bus runs to the following destinations (JR passes are available for use):

Kuramaru-go (くらまる号): Okura-yama Ski Jump Stadium (15min) via Maruyama Zoo main gate
Bus 11: Moiwa-yama Ropeway (11min)
Bus 13: Asahiyama-koen-mae (14min)
Bus 15/16: Maruyama-nishimachi 2 (円山西町2丁目) or Maruyama-nishimachi-jinja-mae (円山西町神社前) via Hokkaido-jingu and Maruyama Zoo west gate.


Maruyama Park Center
Located at the gateway of Maruyama Park near the subway station. It has excellent maps and brochures.

Maruyama-koen Station

円山公園 | 마루야마코엔

Address:26 Odori-nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

Distance:2.8km from Odori Station