Sapporo, Japan

Maruyama Park


Famous for its cherry blossoms, including one massive weeping species at the center of the park, Maruyama Park has some lovely gravel paths, some of them wooded, for running. It also connects to some dirt singletrack which leads to a scenic vista overlooking the city. The main area of the park can be quite crowded during peak hours, but the trails are a good running option at any time. A roughly 5 km loop around the perimeter of the park and up to the viewpoint is a great way to see the blossoms and explore the quieter side of the city. Note: If you do the climb, it’s a nearly 200m over 1 km, with some steep grades.

The park is located in the Chuo Ward, western part of Sapporo.

  • 4.5 km (2.8 miles) loop
  • 180m (592 feet), most of it in climb to viewpoint. Steep!
  • South Entrance
  • Maruyama Koen Station