- April 19th, 2017
[Ikoi-hiroba Park in Nikappu] One of 10 Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Hidaka District
Ikoi-hiroba Park (憩いの広場) is a park in Niikappu town (新冠) located between Cape Erimo (えりも岬) and Tomakomai, and the distance is about 2 km away from the center of the Niikappu. It used to be a park golf course on a riverbed of Nikappu River (新冠川) at foot of Hangandate Forest Park (判官館森林公園). But it seems to turn into the park at present. The park is a famous place for cherry blossoms in Hidaka district. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is about from early May to mid May. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Thoroughbred Ginza (サラブレッド銀座) is nearby here, and horses can be seen. The Niikappu is one of most famous production area of the racing horses in Japan, so it has a lot of facilities related to the racing horses. Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Niikappu, Tsubaki Salon Yuyake Branch (椿サロン 夕焼け店) and Kiichiro (喜一郎) are popular in particular. I ate ramen at the Kiichiro, and it was tasty. By the way, an express bus "Limited Express Hidaka Yushun-go (特急ひだか優駿号)", a highway bus, runs between New Chitose Airport and the Urakawa, and an express bus "Kosoku Pegasus-go (高速ペガサス号)", a highway bus, runs between Sapporo and the Urakawa, and those buses stop at the Niikappu.
Kiichiro (喜一郎) is a popular ramen restraunt in Niikappu town located in the southeastern direction of Tomakomai city, and was founded in 2012. Niikappu is famous as a production area of horses and has many ranches. The ramen restraunt opens at early time, 9:30 a.m., and I visited here when it just opened. Because it was weekdays on that day, there were not other visitors at this time. But this ramen restraunt seems to have always a long line at lunchtime. 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 Ikoi-hiroba Park
Yezo Mountain Cherry (エゾヤマザクラ) and Yoshino Cherry (ソメイヨシノ) are planted at the former park golf course. Maybe, the number is about 50 trees. The ground is green grass, so it goes well with pink cherry blossoms. The cherry blossoms can be viwed from National Route 235 (Urakawa National Route), so I suppose that the view from there is suprised at visitors. But Keep your eyes on the road! The site is not large, so it takes less than 30 minutes to look around on foot. A restroom seems not to be built.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking lot is provided (5 cars)|
|Business hours||Open for 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open years all round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||551 097 880*43|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Nikappu. 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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