- June 3rd, 2015
[Canola Flower Fields in Takikawa] Yellow World Can Be Enjoyed in Japan's Laregest Area of Canola Flower Fields
Canola Flower Fields
Takikawa city between Sapporo city and Asahikawa city has about 60 canola flower fields around Ebeostu district. It is suitable place for growing the canola flowers, and farmers increase the canola flowers such as Kizaki-no-Natane (キザキのナタネ) and Haru-no-Kagayaki (ハルノカガヤキ) to harvest edible canola flowers or to make apeseed oil, and now the planted area is about 180 ha in total, and is the largest area in Japan. For avoiding injury by continuous cropping, crops must be rotated on the fields every year, so the planted area is changed every year, too. But the canola flowers can be enjoyed in changing background. The situation is same as a beautiful scenery of Biei. The canola flowers are in full bloom from late May to early June, and the canola flower fields in the Ebeotsu district is opened to general public. Admission free. Infromations about the canola flower fields are served at the road station "Takikawa" (道の駅たきかわ), and Nanohana Bus (菜の花バス) and Nanohana Taxi (菜の花タクシー) run from here.
Speaking of the Takikawa, except the canola flowers, famous tourist attractions in the Takikawa are Takikawa Sky Museum (たきかわスカイミュージアム), Maruka Highland (丸加高原) and Takikawa Fureai-no-Sato (滝川ふれ愛の里). Ebeotsu Onsen is relatively near here, too. By the way, Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Takikawa, Sushi Okuno (鮨おくの), Petit Lapin (プティ ラパン), Matsuo Jingisukan Head Office (松尾ジンギスカン本店), Panettone (パネトーネ) Soba Kakaka (手打そば加々家), Takadaya (高田屋), Okamura (おかむら), ramen Yamaya Head Office (ら～めん山家 滝川本店) and Abi's Kitchen (アビの台所) are popular in particular. I ate mongolian barbecue and Chappu-Don at the Matsuo Jingisukan Head Office and the Takadaya, and those were tasty. In addition, a large portion of a dish served at Marin (マリン) is famous, too.
Ebeotsu Onsen (えべおつ温泉) is a hot spring place in Takikawa city located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo city. Ebeotsu Onsen Ryokan (えべおつ温泉旅館) is built in front of Ebeotsu Station. Restraunts and convenience stores are relativelt near here. The distance between the Ebeotsu Onsen and the center of the Takikawa is around 10 km, and it is little far away. It is the origin of the Ebeotsu Onsen that an angler found a cold spring source in Taisho period. After that, it succeeded in drilling hot spring in 1982, and 2 types of springs can be enjoyed at the Ebeotsu Onsen. Read More
Matsuo Jingisukan Head Office
Matsuo Jingisukan (松尾ジンギスカン) is a famous mongolian barbecue chain restraunt. There is the head office in Takikawa city. Jingisukan of Hokkaido has 2 jingisukan styles, Takikawa jingisukan style (滝川流) and Tsukisamu jingisukan style (月寒流), and Matsuo jingisukan is a representative of the Takikawa jingisukan style. The feature is that they produce sheep meats and sauce themselves and sell. I visited the Matsuo Jinguskan Takikawa Head Office to eat the mongolian barbecue. First I was surprised at large buildings, there are a main building and an annex building. There are a souvenir shop at the main building, too, and I went to the restraunt through the souvenir shop. Read More
Chappu-Don of Takadaya
Takadaya (高田屋) is a long-established Japanese style restaurant in Sakae-machi, Takikawa city located between Sapporo city and Asahikawa city, and was founded in 1953. This restraunt is near Takikawa Station and has loved by local people. I visited here to eat a pork rice bowl named Chappu-Don (チャップ丼), Takikawa local specialty dish, around 15:00 on weekdays. There was not other customer at the restraunt. It had an atmosphere such as a good old restraunt. The restraunt had counter seats and some tables, so family customers can enjoy eating. Read More
Marine (マリン) is a coffee shop in Takikawa city located between Sapporo city and Asahikawa city, and was founded in 1963. It is famous for serveing extremely large portion of dishes. Because I was told to eat it by my friend once, I visited here. Illustrations of a building caught my eyes. Interior decoration had a glass tank and had an atomosphere such as a good old coffee shop. Read More
Main Venue has been changed every year. It seems as if the largest canola flower field will be elected, so a typical scenery of Hokkaido can be enjoyed. An observation deck is built, too, and visitors can look over the canola flower field from a high place. The yellow canola flowers and the blue sky will take visitors's breath away. A portable restroom is on a road. A parking lot is not provided, and the tourists can park their cars on the shoulder of the road. But the paid parking lot is provided depending on the Main Venues.
Earth roads are built on the field, and the tourists can make a tour along the roads. The time it takes to look around yellow sea is around 1 hour depending on the Main Venues. Please enjoy taking a photo of the yellow canola flowers with Shokanbetsu Mountain Ranges (暑寒別連山), the blue sky, trees or a butterfly.
Atmosphere of Takikawa Canola Flower Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Parking lot is not provided. * Tourists can park their cars on the shoulder of the road|
|Business hour||open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||From mid June to mid May|
|Home page||Home page is here|
Takikawa Canola Flower Festival
Takikawa Canola Flower Festival (滝川菜の花祭) is held on Saturday and Sunday in late May, and about 100 thousand tourists come every year. In addition to admiring the canola flowers at the Ebeotsu District Main Venue, Shops and a stage are at Maruka Heightland Venue (丸加高原会場), and entertainments are performed. "Takikawa Gourmet Fair" and "Genghis DON! Festa" are held, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Portable restrooms are provided, too.
Atmosphere of Takikawa Canola Flower Festival Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||A free parking lot is provided (120 cars).|
|Regular closing day||-|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||179 435 886*74|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Takikawa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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