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It’s springtime! Step into the blooming world of Hokkaido, Japan

Published on 18 May 2018|
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It’s springtime in Hokkaido, and you’re in for a treat if you appreciate the wondrous beauty of flowers.

Japan’s northernmost island of volcanoes is known for ski slopes and natural hot springs, but did you know that it’s just as beautiful all year round? Hokkaido is a popular holiday destination in the summer, promising endless purple fields of lavender. In the autumn, everything turns golden. But we’re still in spring, so let’s talk flowers.

Beautiful spring flowers to look out for in Hokkaido

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)

Synonymous with Japan, thousands of visitors flock to Japan every year to enter a world of cherry blossoms. The sakura bloom throughout the country, and in Hokkaido it’s no different. Boughs heavy-laden with bunches of pink dip to touch your shoulder. After a night of rain, wake up to the earth covered in a blanket of soft petals.

Sakura at Maruyama Park, Sapporo

Apple Blossoms

Discover these beautiful clusters throughout Hokkaido. We found these bright blooms along the streets of Hakodate, a seaside town a few hours away from Sapporo. Whether two-toned or bright magenta, these blossoms are bound to lift your spirits.

Apple blossoms outside the Russian Orthodox Church, Motomachi

Tulips

When you think tulips, you think the Netherlands (Keukenhof Gardens, anyone?). But Hokkaido’s tulips are just as deep and beautiful in colour and variety. Take a leisurely walk through Odori Park in Sapporo and visit the old administrative building in the springtime; you’ll be in for a tulip treat!

Yellow tulips at the old administrative building, Sapporo

Camellia

With a queenly name, this genus of flowering plants boasts over 300 species. You can find the camellia in eastern and southern Asia. This flowering plant appears in the Himalayas and from Japan all the way down to Indonesia. They come in all sorts of colours, and are each beautiful in their own way.

Flowering camellia in Hakodate

So next time you visit Japan’s northern island during the spring, don’t forget to look out for these flowers! If you’re visiting in the summer, however, you won’t lose out. The island turns into a sea of purple as lavender blooms everywhere. Happy travelling and may you have blooming adventures ahead.

If you’re into feeling the pulse of a city, hop on board these public transport vehicles like the locals do!

Featured Image: Apple blossoms (two-toned variety) just beginning to open

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