Cherry Blossoms In Hokkaido 2017

The cherry blossom may have run their course in Tokyo, but they were in full bloom on day 3 of our trip in Hokkaido.  We went to Goryokaku, a place I’ve always wanted to visit. It’s the star-shaped park you may have seen pictures of in magazines. There is a ton of history in this location where a very famous battle took place a long time ago.

In fact, according to my husband, a lot of the movie The Last Samurai draws its inspiration from what transpired here.

Plus it looks amazing in full bloom.

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The cherry blossom trees that grow here are not like the ones you find in Tokyo, their petals are whiter, fluffier, and fall off faster.

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I’m devoting a whole post just to this park.

The weather was perfect and we went early in the morning.  This is about 8:30 am in Hokkaido.  (So bright already!)

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The crowds were only starting to pick up.  Tatami mats were laid out for hanamis later that day.

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Since we beat the tour buses, the park was still fairly empty, but it was sure to get packed by 10 am.  Who wouldn’t want to see this?

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We walked along the hillside for a bit.

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Before finally we headed for the tower.

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It was about 800 yen per person.

However, you get this famous view:

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