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[Cycling Road in Date] Little-Known Lined Cherry Blossom Spot

Cycling Road "Memory of Wind"

The Cycling Road "Memory of Wind (風のメモリー)" is a cycling road in Date city located in the northwestern direction of Muroran city. Originally, it used to be the site of a rail track. After Iburi Line (胆振線) was discontinued in 1986, the Cycling Road "Memory of Wind" with about 5.4 km in total length was built. Yohino Cherry Trees (ソメイヨシノ) are planted along the cycling road, and here is known as a good place to see the cherry blosoms, too. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is about early May to mid May. Admission free. A parking lot is not provided.

Cycling Road with About 5.4 km in Total Length
Cherry Blossoms of Cycling Road in Date

The Cycling Road "Memory of Wind" is relatively close to Lake Toya (洞爺湖), Mt. Usu (有珠山) and Mt. Showashinzan (昭和新山). Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Date, Dateokina (伊達翁), Sobajun (そば順) and Conveyor Belt Sushi Date Wasabi (回転寿司割烹 伊達 和さび) are popular in particular. I ate foods and Handsome-yaki at the Dateokina and Handsome Shokudo (ハンサム食堂), and those were tasty. By the way, an express bus "Kosoku Date Liner-go (高速伊達ライナー号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Date.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Date. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Sapporo to Date
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Donan Bus(道南バス) From Date to Sapporo
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their office is near Mos Burger
    Jalan

    Lake Toya

    Lake Toya (洞爺湖) between Toyako town and Sobetsu town located in the northwestern direction of Muroran city is the 3rd largest caldera lake in Japan after Lake Kussharo and Lake Shikotsu, and was born by large-scale eruptions 110,000 years ago. In Shikotsu-Toya National Park, the perimeter of the lake is about 43 km, and 58 sculptures are located around the lake, and those create scenes in accord with the lake. Geographical features of mountains and the lake have been authorized in the World Geopark. The lake is one of major tourist attractoions in Hokkaido, and a lot of international tourists come. Windsor Hotels Toya Resort & Spa that 34th G8 Summit (Hokkaido Toyako Summit) was held at is famous, too. Around the Lake Toya, there are Toyako Onsen Resort (洞爺湖温泉) that is a sightseeing base, Toya Silo Observation Deck (サイロ展望台), Ukimido Park (浮見堂公園), Toya Onsen (洞爺温泉), Nakatoya Onsen (仲洞爺温泉), Nakatoya Camping Ground (仲洞爺キャンプ場), Green Stay Toyako (グリーンステイ洞爺湖), Takarada Camping Ground (水辺の里財田キャンプ場), Sobetsu-cho Onsen (壮瞥町温泉), Mt. Showa-shinzan (昭和新山) and Mt. Usu (有珠山). Read More

    Sunset Lake Toya
    Lake Toya

    Mt. Usu

    Mt. Usu (有珠山) is an active volcano with 733 m in height between Date city, Toyako town and Sobetsu town in the south side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖), and has been double volcano with Ousu Lava Dome (大有珠), Kousu Lava Dome (小有珠), Mt. Ogari (オガリ山) and Mt. Usushinzan (有珠新山) since 20,000 years ago, and erupted 4 times within 100 years ago, so it is one of very active volcanos in the world, too. In Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Geographical features with the Lake Toya and Mt. Showa-shinzan have been authorized in the World Geopark. It can be said that the Mt. Usu is one of main actors in Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark (洞爺湖有珠山ジオパーク). A ropeway is the most popular way to go up the mountain, but visitors can hike it, too. Admission free. A parking lot is charged for JPY 500. But It is free of charge form December to March. Read More

    Ginnuma-Daikako Crator
    Mt. Usu in Date

    Mt. Showa-shinzan

    Mt. Showa-shinzan (昭和新山) is a volcanic lava dome with about 400 m in height in Sobetsu town located in the south side of the Lake Toya. The new volcanic lava dome has raised or erupted since 1944. In Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Geographical features with the Lake Toya and Mt. Usu have been authorized in the World Geopark. It can be said that the Mt. Usu is one of main actors in Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark (洞爺湖有珠山ジオパーク). It is nearby the Mt. Usu. Tourist facilities such as Showa-shinzan Bear Ranch (クマ牧場), Showa-shinzan Glass Museum (ガラス館), Masao Mimatsu Memorial Hall (三松正夫記念館) and souvenir shops are built near a ropeway station, and the visitors can rise their tourist mood. Admission free. A parking lot is charged for JPY 500. But It is free of charge form December to March. Read More

    Mr. Masao Mimatsu and Mt. Showashinzan
    Mt. Showashinzan around Lake Toya

    Dateokina

    Dateokina (伊達翁) is a famous buckwheat noodles restraunt in Rogetsu-cho, Date city. This restraunt is one of buckwheat noodles restraunts that Mr. Kunihiro Takahashi (高橋邦弘), very famous soba chef, runs the Okina-Daruma group (翁達磨グループ), and Mr. Hirofumi Takenaka (竹中広文) became independent in 2000. They garnered one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. This restraunt is adjacent to a convenience store "Seicomart (セイコーマート)" along the National Route 37 and a signboard of Seicomart is a mark. Because Dateokina seemed to be crowded very much at lunchtime, I visited here around 14:00 on weekdays. There were 2 groups of visitors at the reastraunt. That was what I thought. The restaurant was shiny and all interior decoration was made of woods. Seats with a space spacious had a nice atmosphere. All seats are tables, so family customers seem to enjoy, too. Read More

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    Hot Buckwheat Noodles with Chicken and Burdock
    Hot Buckwheat Noodles with Chicken and Burdock -Date Okina in Date-

    Handsome-yaki

    Handsome Shokudo (ハンサム食堂) is a fast food restaurant in Date city located in the northwestern direction of Muroran city. I heard about this restaurant from Ms. Tani, and I visited here. There is the fast food restaurant at roadside station "Date-Rekishi-no-Mori". * Arcs Shopping Center nearby the roadside station has the fast food restaurant, too. It is Handsome-yaki (ハンサム焼き * Japanese-style pancake filled with bean jam) that I want to eat at the Handsome Shokudo. The Handsome-yaki has 3 kinds of flavor, bean jam flavor (あんこ味), custard cream flavor (クリーム味) and seasonanl flavor (季節の味). Because I was full, I ordered the signature tastes, the bean jam taste and the custard cream taste. The price was JPY 80 per one. Read More

    Handsome Guys
    Handsome-yaki -Handsome Shokudo in Date-

    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 and Pink Moss
    Cherry Blossoms of Hokkaido Yonesato

    Cherry Blossoms of Cycling Road

    The Cycling Road "Memory of Wind" is used by strollers as well as cyclists. When I visited here, most of local people strolled or walked their dogs. In a spring, here is a little‐known place that can savor beautiful cherry blossoms by local people. The cycling road is surrounded by fields, so a view opens. The Mt. Showashinzan can be seen. Date Onsen (伊達温泉) is built along the cycling road, and tourists can enjoy taking a day trip bath.

    Cherry Trees nearby Date Onsen
    Cherry Blossoms of Cycling Road in Date
    Cherry Trees Line
    Cherry Blossoms of Cycling Road in Date
    Yoshino Cherry
    Cherry Blossoms of Cycling Road in Date
    Mt. Showashinzan Can Be Seen
    Cherry Blossoms of Cycling Road in Date
    Cherry Blossoms Look like Tunnel a Little
    Cherry Blossoms of Cycling Road in Date
    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is not provided
    Business hours Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number +81-142-25-5567
    Home page Home page is not provided
    Mapcode 321 192 671*74

    List of Accommodations

    Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Date. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Hotel Royal(ホテルローヤル)
      Booking
      Date Prince Hotel(ダテプリンスホテル)
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      Nishiki Ryokan(錦旅館)
      Booking
      Date Business Hotel Castle(伊達ビジネスホテルキャッスル)
      Booking
      Station Hotel Sanga(ステーション ホテル サンガ)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Kangetsu Ryokan(観月旅館)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Date Onsen(伊達温泉)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten

      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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