Gotenzan Park is the first comprehensive park in Sapporo’s Nishi Ward. Located at a former quarry site in the Fukui area, its development began in 2000. While its park golf courses were opened in 2006, it took a total of nine years before the park finally opened for full-scale operation on April 25, 2009.
Covering approximately 25 hectares, the park is known for the striking sight of Mt. Goten (height: 303.5 m) and various fun facilities, including 27-hole park golf courses, a playground with a slide and other playground equipment, a BBQ area equipped with BBQ stoves, a ball game area for football and basketball, and a tennis court. The park also has the Hanazono-no-Oka hiking trail, which features a variety of seasonal flowers, and two viewing platforms halfway up Mt. Goten.
During summer the park is also popular for the fantastic sight of fireflies that converge at the ‘firefly waterway’ that runs on the west side of a cabin with a restored waterwheel—the Nishino district where the park sits used to have 140 waterwheels. Firefly larvae are on display at the Environment Study Center located next to the Gotenzan Park administration office building.
The park is ideal for people of all ages as it hosts various events throughout the year.
|Playground equipment||Slide, jungle gym, combined playground equipment, rope climbing, rock climbing, etc.|
|No. of park golf courses||3 with 27 holes in total (for a fee)|
|BBQ area||Application required (free)
Rental BBQ sets are available. Visitors can also bring in their own BBQ stoves.
Period: May 1 – October 31 (subject to change depending on the amount of snow accumulated and other conditions)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last check-in: 4:00 p.m.)
|No. of tennis courts||1 (free)|
|Ball game area||For 3-on-3 basketball, softball, youth football, etc. (free)|
|Other facilities||Toilets (3 locations), wheelchair-accessible toilets (2 locations), drinking fountain, arbor (shelter), pond, administration office, waterwheel, firefly waterway, Environment Study Center, viewing platforms, etc.|
|Address||Fukui 423, Nishi-ku, Sapporo|
Note: Check the bus routes in advance because some buses may not stop at ‘Gotenzan koen’ depending on the time of day.
|Parking spaces||544 (free)
Mid-April – November 30: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
December 1 – mid-April: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Spread over the hilly terrain that continues from Mt. Teine, Miyano-oka Park is popular for its natural splendor and breathtaking views. On clear days, it provides a 180-degree panoramic view that stretches from Ishikari Bay in the distance to the urban district in the east, not to mention the Teine district. The park is an ideal destination for hiking and picnics as it has viewing platforms and hiking trails in a lush natural forest. Adjacent to the park is a free park golf course surrounded by natural beauty.The park provides many opportunities for visitors to experience nature and come into contact with living things, including nature appreciation events in spring.
|Playground equipment||Horizontal bars, overhead ladder, Tarzan Ropes, combined playground equipment, wooden playground equipment, etc.|
|No. of park golf courses||1 with 9 holes (free, no rentals available)|
|No. of children’s baseball fields||1 (free)|
|Other facilities||Toilets (3 locations), wheelchair-accessible toilet (1 location), drinking fountain, wheelchair-accessible drinking fountain, clock tower, arbor (shelter), pergola, plant observation platform, lawn area, viewing platforms, etc.|
|Trees and flowers||Japanese apricot trees, white birch trees, azaleas, Asian skunk cabbages, lilacs|
|Address||Nishino 290, Nishi-ku, Sapporo|
|Parking spaces||75 (free)
Mid-April – November 30: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (closed in winter)