- May 7th, 2019
[Asahigaoka Park in Ashibetsu] Good Place to See Cherry Blossoms in Daytime and Cherry Blossoms Lit up in Early Evening
Asahigaoka Park (旭ヶ丘公園) is a park in Ashibetsu city located in the southwestern direction of Asahikawa city, and is near Roadside Station "Star Plaza Ashibetsu (スタープラザ芦別)" and Great Hokkaido Kannon (北海道大観音). In Furano Ashibetsu Prefectural Natural Park (富良野芦別道立自然公園), the park is on a small hill of about 160 m height between Sorachi River (空知川) and Penke River (ペンケ川), so the downtown of the Ashibetsu can be viewed from there. About 1000 Yezo Mountain Cherry Trees and Weeping Cherry Trees are planted on the hillside, and it is famous as a good place to see cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom from early May to mid May. Except the cherry blossoms, Corydalis Ambigua and Azalea also are enjoyed in a spring. In addition, here is well-known for having a miniature zoo as same as Kuriyama Park (栗山公園). Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. The Asahigaoka Park closes a business from November to mid April.
Sakura Hill (サクラの丘), Lined Cherry Trees (サクラ並木), Rotary Forest (ロータリーの森), Suiyo Forest (すいようの森), Lions Forest (ライオンズの森), Playground Equipments, Miniature Zoo, Toy Vehicles for Children (ちびっこ乗り物広場), Municipal Stadium (市民球場), Cental Open Space (中央広場), Kirakira House (きらきらハウス), Administrative Building (管理棟), Gazebo (東屋), public restrooms and parking lots are at the park of 20.46 ha. The highlight of the miniature zoo is a hill in monkey enclosure (さる山). About 60 Japanese macaque are bred, and visitors can enjoy lovely mokeys. Except the monkeys, birds and small animals are also bred, and a place to contact with the small animals is provided.
The Kirakira House is used as BBQ HOuse. It is free of charge, but a reservation is required. Meats and vegetables are not provided, so people should bring those themselves.
Restraunt La Fleur (レストラン ラ・フルール) is a restraunt on the 2nd floor of Roadside Station "Star Plaza Ashibetsu (スタープラザ芦別)" along National Route 38 in Shibetsu city located in the southwestern direction of Asahikawa city, and is run by Starlight Hotel that is famous for Ashibetsu Onsen (芦別温泉). The restraunt is well-known for serving Gatatan (ガタタン), and Ramen, Fried Rice and Rice Bowls, and so on are also served. The Gatatan is a local speciality dish of the Ashibetsu, and is salt broth thick and stewed Chinese soup including vegetables, edible wild plants and seafood. Mr. Bungonosuke Murai (村井豊後之亮) repatriated from former Manchurian to the Ashibetsu after the war, and served the Gatatan at Chinese Restaurant "Koraku (幸楽)" for the first time. He got a hint from Manchurian home-cooked meal "Gedatang (疙瘩湯)". The Koraku has been closed down, and Unfortunately, the well-known Gatatan Restraunt "Horaiken (宝来軒)" went out of business at the end of October, 2015. But the Gatata can be eaten at about 10 restaurants in the Ashibetsu. Read More
Cherry Blossoms of Hokkaido
Cherry blossoms begin to bloom from late April in Hokkaido. The cherry blossoms in the Southern Hokkaido including Hakodate begin to bloom from late April, and in case of late blooming, the cherry blossoms in the Eastern Hokkaido and the Northern Hokkaido seem to bloom in early June. The cherry blossoms in Honshu (the main island of Japan) begin to bloom from mid March, and tourists can enjoy the cherry blossoms until too late season. If everybody forget to see the cherry blossoms in the Honshu, please visit the Hokkaido to savor the cherry blossoms. Read More
Cherry Blossoms of Asahigaoka Park
In the daytime and the early evening, cherry blossoms are enjoyed.
Cherry Blossoms in Daytime
About 1000 Yezo Mountain Cherry Trees form the Sakura Hill and Cherry Trees Lined Roads, and visitors can enjoy cherry blossoms along roads. A conbination of cherry blossoms and a view of Ashibetus Downtown from the hillside is good. The park is large, so I guess that it takes about 2 hours on foot if visitors look around at a fast walk. So most of visitors look around the Sakura Hill around Central Flower Bed (中央花壇), and it seems that they do not head to the Rotary Forest and the Suiyo Forest at the innermost part of the park.
Cherry Blossom in Early Evening
Cherry Blossoms are lit up from the twilight to 20:00 through about a week in early May. A lot of visitors come to the limited-time event even weekdays. Most of them are couples or families, and they enjoy a dreamlike atmosphere. The situation is suit for a date.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (100 cars)|
|Business hour||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||From November to mid April|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||450 669 104*76|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Asahigaoka Park. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Hokkaido Cherry Tree is here
Hokkaido Cherry Tree
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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