About 20km south of Sapporo Station, the city’s largest recreation park (国営滝野すずらん丘陵公園) is a great playground for kids. The pleasant hillside area has flower gardens (tulip, lily, lavender and cosmos), adventure playgrounds, park golf courses, waterfalls, walking and cycle paths in the cozy forest. Admission is free in winter, you can enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoe hiking and tube sledding. More info www.takinopark.com

Getting There

From Makomanai Station, take an hourly bus 106 to the Suzuran Koen higashi-guchi (すずらん公園東口行き; 32min; ¥450) via Geijutsu-no-mori iriguchi entrance gate.