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Nayoro Is Famous for Sunflower and Snow

August 19th, 2014

NAYORO

Nayoro (名寄) that 30,000 people live is the 23th largest city in Hokkaido and is located between Wakkanai city and Asahikawa city. As for climate, it is hot with temperature of 30 degrees C in a summer and it is cold with temperature of -30 degrees C in a winter because Nayoro is located in a basin. The natural environment having drastic changes in temperature from -30 degrees C to 30 degrees C are Nayoro's pride. There is Bifuka town recorded the coldest temperature of -41.5 degrees C in Japan near the Nayoro city.

Nayoro Park
Nayoro
Nayoro Kindergarten
Nayoro

My impression is a ski town, but it became popular as a filming location for the movie "Stargazing Dog (星守る犬)", and sunflowers have became famous. In addition, Nayoro Winter Festival (名寄雪質日本一フェスティバル) is held in the winter. Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar (なよろ温泉サンピラー), Nayoro Pudding (なよろプリン), Sanpira Pudding (サンピラープリン) and Glutinous Rice are pouplar, too.

Nayoro Shrine
Nayoro
Endonosawa
Nayoro

Tourist Spots

Nayoro is famous for a ski town. There is Nayoro Piyashiri Ski Resort (名寄ピヤシリスキー場), and a ski race and a ski jumping race are carried out. In addition, there are Kita-subaru Astronomical Observatory (きたすばる天文台) and a park golf course in Sun Pillar Park (サンピラーパーク) and Kenko-no-Mori (健康の森). Sunflowers are famous, too.

Nayoro Sunflower Fields

Nayoro Sunflower Fields have 3 main venues, MOA Nayoro Farm Kousei Venue (MOA名寄農場更生会場), MOA Nayoro Farm Shinonome Venue (MOA名寄農場東雲会場) and Sun Pillar Park Venue (サンピラーパーク会場). 5 million sunflowers in total are planted in some fields of about 50 ha in Naoyoro city. Sunflower oil seems to be gotton very much. The sunflowers are in full bloom from late July to mid August. It is famous as movie locations for "Stargazing Dog". Article is here

Path to Blue Sky
Sun Flower Fields, Nayoro, Sun Piller Venue

Atmosphere of Sunflower Fields Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of MOA Nayoro Farm Kousei Venues

Cherry Blossoms of Yayoi Park in Nayoro

Yayoi Park (弥生公園) in Yayoi, Nayoro city is located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city and is far away from downtown. There are Yayoi Shrine (弥生神社) and Former Teshio Yayoi Station "Tabibitoyado and Inaka Shokudo" (天塩弥生駅「旅人宿&田舎食堂」) near the Yayoi Park. This park is not large, and there are few play equipment and a restroom at the park. The Yayoi Park is a famous place for cherry blossoms by Nayoro citizens, and about 200 cherry trees are planted. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom from early May to mid May. Unfortunately, the cherry blossoms begun to fall when I visited here in 18 May. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here.

Cherry Trees Line along Road
Cherry Blossoms of Yayoi Park in Nayoro
Yoshino Cherry
Cherry Blossoms of Yayoi Park in Nayoro

Cherry Blossoms of Furen Bokodai Nature Park in Nayoro

Furen Bokodai Nature Park (風連望湖台自然公園) in Furen, Nayoro city is located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city and is far away from downtown. The Furen Bokodai Nature Park has the Lake Churreppu (忠烈布湖) and an auto campsite, and cherry trees are planted here and there around the Lake Churreppu. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom from early May to mid May. Unfortunately, the cherry blossoms begun to fall when I visited here in 18 May. By the way, Center House, Junbo Roller slide and a tennis court has shut down around cottages. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Cherry Trees on Autocamping Site
Cherry Blossoms of Furen Bokodai Nature Park in Nayoro
Cherry Tree near Furen Bokodai Nature Park
Cherry Blossoms of Furen Bokodai Nature Park in Nayoro
Cherry Tree and Stream near Furen Bokodai Nature Park
Cherry Blossoms of Furen Bokodai Nature Park in Nayoro

Nayoro Piyashiri Ski Resort

Nayoro Piyashiri Ski Resort (名寄ピヤシリスキー場) profess to have the most high quality snow in Japan. There are 9 ski courses in total, and visitors can enjoy powder snow. As for this ski resort, "Sun Pillar" and "Diamond Dust" are famous. Cold and sunlight create the fantasy phenomena. There is a ski jumping stand called Piyashiri Schanze, and a pennant race is held, too.

Piyashiri Schanze
Nayoro Piyashiri Skiing Area

Movie of Ski

Movie of Sun Pillar

Sun Pillar Park and Kenko-no-Mori

Sun Pillar Park is a venue with sunflower fields. In addition, there are facilities such as a park, a camping ground, an astronomical observatory, a park golf course. Nayoro people use those facilities as places for relaxation and refreshment.

Sun Pillar Exchange Hall
Nayoro Sun Pillar Park and Kenko-no-Mori
Kitasubaru Astronomical Observatory
Nayoro Sun Pillar Park and Kenko-no-Mori
Park Golf Courses
Nayoro Sun Pillar Park and Kenko-no-Mori

Tasty Foods

Ms. K reccomended me that Tamasaburo's (たまさぶろう) dishes were very tasty. Nayoro local speciality dishes are Nayoro Burger (名寄バーガー) and Nayoro Stewed Mutton and Vegetable (名寄煮込みジンギスカン * Stewed Genghis Khan).

Nayoro Burger
Nayoro burger

Tamasaburo

Tamasaburo (たまさぶろう) is a restaurant in Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city. There is a building next to Nayoro North Interchange (名寄北インターチェンジ). I heard from Ms. Gishi that a dish was tasty, and I visited here. The building rebuilt a solitary house, and it had an atmosphere like the building of Okushiba Shoten 奥芝商店(), famous soup curry restraunt. It is different from displayed railroad goods. An owner is a railroad fan. There is an exhibition room with railroad models, and a visit is possible outside business hours. By the way, a name of the restaurant was named after the name of a budgerigar that he bred. Therefore an illustration of the budgerigar was drawn. I made sense. Article of meals is this and Article of sweets is this

Hamburger Steak Combo and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Yukitomchiawase of Tamasaburo
sweets Tamasaburo

Movie of Hamburger Steak Combo Meal

Nayoro Stewed Mutton and Vegetable (Stewed Genghis Khan)

Recently, I knew that, in fact, Stewed Genghis Khan have been eaten commonly at my home. The three generations of a parent, a child and a grandchild live in Nayoro, and speaking of my family's Genghis Khan, it has been the stewed genghis Khan since many years ago. I thought the mutton was stewed not to be grilled at my home. The Genghis Khan handed down to each families came to be called the Stewed Genghis Khan.

Atmosphere of Nayoro Stewed Mutton and Vegetable Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Nayoro Stewed Mutton and Vegetable (Stewed Genghis Khan)

View from Stewed Jingisukan of Mitsuboshi Shokudo
Stewed Jingisukan -Mitsuboshi Shokudo in Nayoro-

Sweets

Tasty foods and sweets using cooking ingredients produced in Hokkaido and Nayoro had gained a reputation for good taste. Hakucho-mochi glutinous rice (はくちょう餅) produced in Fuuren district (風連) became in particular a famous brand.

Mochigome-no-Sato

Soft Daifuku (ソフト大福) is a rice cake stuffed with sweetened bean jam sold at roadside station "Mochigome-no-sato Nayoro (もち米の里なよろ)" in Fuuren, Nayoro city located in the northern part of Asahikawa city. The Furen is the largest producing district of glutinous rice in Hokkaido, and it is known as the producing district supplying raw materials of "Akafuku rice cake in Ise (伊勢の赤福餅)" and "Millet dumpling in Okayama (岡山のきび団子)". Those are famous Japanese-style cakes. Hakucho-mochi glutinous rice is used. The merit of Hakucho-mochi glutinous rice that it is not hardened even if time passes. It is good material for Soft Daifuku. Article is here

Soft Daifuku of Mochigome-no-Sato
Sweets -Mochigome no Sato-, Soft Daifuku

Brazil

Brazil (ブラジル) is a popular coffee shop in Nayoro city and is known as sweets shop in Nayoro from old days, too. Except sweets, breads and meals are served. I heard from my elder sister that Nayoro Pudding (名寄プリン) was tasty, and I visited here. Article is here

Nayoro pudding of Brazil
Sweets -Brazil-, Nayoro pudding

Toyoken

Toyoken (菓子司東洋軒) is a long-established confectionery in Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city and was founded in 1925. They sell various sweets including Japanese sweets and Western sweets. There was a store at shopping districts near Nayoro station in old days, but now they move to around Nayoro Legal Affairs Bureau. Because I heard from my older sister that Nayoro Soft Cookie (名寄そふとクッキー) was tasty, I visited here. Article is here

Sweets of Toyoken
Sweets -Toyoken-

Onsen

Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar is only hot spring facility in Nayoro.

Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar

Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar (なよろ温泉サンピラー) is a hot-spring hotel in Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city and opened a business in 1997. There is a building near Piyashiri Ski Resort (ピヤシリスキー場) and Piyashiri Ski Jumping Hill (ピヤシリジャンプ台), and it is adjacent to a ski lodge. Natural phenomena such as the sun pillar or the diamond dust can be seen at the Piyashiri Ski Resort in a winter. Article is here

Hot Springs Are Used at Small Indoor Bath
Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar Onsen

Atmosphere of Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar

Events

Nayoro Winter Festival is held for using the most advantage of cold effectively in a winter. Summer festival is held in a summer, too, and Bon festival dance to Nayoro Ondo Music (名寄音頭) is shown, too.

Movie of Nayoro Bon Festival

Nayoro Winter Festival

Nayoro Winter Festival is a snow event held in Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city and was held in 1952 for the first time. It is held for only 3 days in mid February. There are a large snow sculpture of Jibanyan (Yo-Kai Watch) with snow slide and small snow sculptures made by Nayoro citizen in the site when I visited here in 2015. Nayoro has a base for Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Self-Defense Forces have been in charge of the production, administration and management of the large snow sculpture since the old days. I had a member of Self-Defense Forces play in old days, but that do not still change. Children looked like their's having fun playing. Article is here

International Snow Sculpting Competition
Nayoro Winter Festival

Nayoro Winter Festival Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Nayoro Winter Festival

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Nayoro.

Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar(なよろ温泉サンピラー)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Nayoro Sun Pillar Youth Hostel(なよろサンピラーユースホステル)
Booking
Guest House Nisshin(ゲストハウス日進)
Jalan
Hotel Kaiko Annex Nayoro(ホテルカイコーアネックス名寄)
Grand Hotel Fujika(グランドホテル藤花)
Booking
B&B Hotel Bird Inn(B&B ホテル バードイン)
Hotel Kaiko Honkan(ホテル海晃 本館)
Booking
Business Hotel Sunflower(ビジネスホテル サンフラワー)
HP
Booking
Booking.com

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