If you were to ask me what my favorite place in Hokkaido was, the answer would most definitely be Geijitsu no Mori.
Growing up, I’ve always had an interest in art. I also love hiking and walking through the woods or just being outside enjoying the sunshine. Imagine my surprise when I found out that there was such a thing as an outdoor art gallery. My mind was blown.
The Sapporo Art Park, or Geijitsu no Mori, is located slightly on the outskirts of the city in the Makomanai area. It is located on the road that leads to Lake Chitose. It combines an outdoor sculpture garden with several indoor galleries. I always love going there to see the new exhibitions, but I can spend so many hours looking through the permanent sculptures outside. Summer is a good time to go because the weather is pretty good, if you are okay with heat. But for me, I love going in the fall because I like being surrounded by the warmer colors of autumn while I look at art. Unfortunately, even though I would love to see it in winter, the outdoor garden is closed during that season.
I think part of the attraction is watching the interaction between nature and the art. Some of the sculptures incorporate nature into its composition, like spring water flowing through an object. Sometimes, it is the wind that pushes a work of art, changing angles and edges. Other times, it is as simple as sunlight hitting a structure and changing the perspective and mood. It gives you a unique experience every time you go. The beauty is that you can touch and feel the works of art as much as you want. I really like that freedom. Unfortunately, you don’t get that pleasure when looking at indoor exhibits.
And of course, the experience won’t be complete without food 🙂
On this particular day, I had some tea and waffles as I gazed at an amazing view of the surrounding area. The indoor restaurant is small and has limited food and drink choices, but it’s a great place to just sit and relax.