[Cycling Road in Date] Little-Known Lined Cherry Blossom Spot
June 14th, 2017
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 part 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.
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 Highway Bus
Refer to following companies for the highway bus service between the Date and the Sapporo.
|Donan Bus(道南バス)||From Sapporo to Date||
|Donan Bus(道南バス)||From Date to Sapporo||
Lake Toya (洞爺湖) between Toyako town and Sobetsu town located in the northwestern part 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). Article is here
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. Article is here
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 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. Article is here
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. Article is here
Handsome Shokudo (ハンサム食堂) is a fast food restaurant in Date city located in the northwestern part 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. Article is here
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. Article is here
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.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is not provided|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|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.
|Date Prince Hotel(ダテプリンスホテル)||
|Date Business Hotel Castle(伊達ビジネスホテルキャッスル)||
|Station Hotel Sanga(ステーション ホテル サンガ)||
A page of Hokkaido Cherry Tree is here
Hokkaido Cherry Tree