Moerenuma Park, Sapporo, Japan 2020

Moerenuma Park or Moerenumakoen is a large park in the outskirts of Sapporo. You could read more about it here but what really fascinated me about this park is 1) the park grounds was originally a landfill and 2) this is the first place in Sapporo that I truly enjoyed.

In the previous post, I was sharing about how the cold was starting to get to me. When my friend said we were going here, I had no idea what to expect, I didn’t even want to go anymore. But as soon as we entered the park grounds and saw how white everything was I wanted to cry. This was what I wanted to see more than anything. I wanted to see the endless sea of white and winter trees with snow on their branches.

On the park grounds, there is a glass building called Hidamari. It’s similar to The Louvre but this wasn’t just a triangle. Inside there is an information center and a gallery space dedicated to Isamu Noguchi (he designed the park).

Since it was winter in a public park, you could rent skis or sleds. We rented sleds and climbed up an area to slide. It was so fun but I wasn’t able to get any pictures. I was still just wearing my skinny jeans and was dead worried it might end up getting wet. Amazingly, as long as you brush off the snow immediately, the snow won’t melt on your jeans.

Anyway, it was a bit unfortunate we visited this park on the last day of our trip. I feel like as a tropical girl I was eventually going to get tired of the cold. I didn’t expect that and went through this trip just like any normal trip. The weather did get to me but all I needed to feel better were fun activities to remind me that winter trips were not bad at all.

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