I was talking a leisurely stroll through central Sapporo's Maruyama Park, located just off of Maruyama Koen Station, when I happened upon this Hokkaido squirrel sitting in a tree enjoying a Kokuwa tree's nut.
Normally these squirrels shy away from humans, but if you look closely in lumps of grass or the tops of trees you might be able to catch them relaxing and enjoying life.
They really are easy to find.
Maruyama Park is part of a group of local attractions including a shrine, a mountain climbing area, and Maruyama Zoo. It's a perfect spot for tourists and locals alike, and it has many visitors each day. The park itself is large and full of natural beauty.
The shrine has many early morning visitors.
Maruyama Park has some incredible scenery, and it features several cafes and sweets shops, making it a popular spot in Sapporo.
Although it's a well known park, visitors can often find little surprises during their visit. Whether it's a new kind of flower, a unique scene of natural beauty, or the habits of the small animals around the park, taking the time to head off the footpath often leads to a new discovery, and makes each visit that much more unique.
So if you find yourself in the area, be sure to stop by for a short walk through the park. Who knows, you may even spot a squirrel.
※ As per the park rules, please don't feed the animals when in the park. Giving food to the animals results in dropped seeds and will gradually change the natural environment.
(Hokkaido Likers Photo Writer - Itsuki)