Escape from the city to explore the history and natural beauty of Hokkaido in the Nopporo Forest Park. The park includes untouched forests with more than 100 species of trees, 400 types of wild plants and nearly 200 wild mushroom species, which you can discover and explore along nearly 20 miles of nature trails.
Climb to the observation platform of the Hokkaido Centennial Memorial Tower to get an overhead view of the park, or visit the Historical Village of Hokkaido, an open-air museum with more than 50 historic buildings, which you can see by horse and wagon in summer or horse-drawn sleigh in winter. Then stop at the Historical Museum of Hokkaido to learn about the history of Hokkaido from prehistoric to modern times.
The Nopporo Forest Park sits about 10 miles east of downtown Sapporo, easily reached by public transit. During the summer you can hike the network of trails, and during the winter the site becomes a popular destination for cross-country skiing.