- April 16th, 2017
[Kuriyama Park in Kuriyama] Popular Cherry Blossom Spot in Kuriyama
Kuriyama Park (栗山公園) is a comprehensive park at foot of Mt. Mt. Odaishi (御大師山) in Kuriyama town (栗山) located in the eastern direction of Sapporo city, and the distance is about 1 km away from the center of the Kuriyama. About 100,000 people come. Nakayoshi Zoo (なかよし動物園 * the Nakayoshi means “Good friends” in English), a tennis court, a baseball ground, a Japanese archery ground, food stalls, a barbecue site, public restrooms and parking lots are built at 0.24 km2 site. In a spring, here is well-known as a famous place for cherry blossoms in the Kuriyama, and the best time to see the cherry blossoms is about from early May to mid May. The park and roads are crowded during the cherry blossom season. In an autumn, the park is well-known as a famous place for fall foliage in the Kuriyama, and the best time to see the fall foliage is about from late October to early November. Admission free. The parking lots are free of charge.
The Nakayoshi Zoo is one of the features of the Kuriyama Park, and 14 types of 150 animals such Pony, Deer, Monkey, Rabit and Guinea Pig are bred. Paku-Paku Time (パクパクタイム) that visitors can feed the animals is popular. Admission free. I suppose that family tourists can enjoy themselves.
It is said that the Kuriyama has quality restaurants. Ajidokoro (味道広路), Kinsuian (錦水庵), Haraheita (はらへー太), Natoriya (名取屋) and Taiho (大鵬) are popular in particular. Japan’s best Kibidango of Tanida Seika (谷田の日本一きびだんご), a Hokkaido noted pastry, is produced in the Kuriyama, too. By the way, an express bus “Kosoku Kuriyama-go (高速くりやま号)” runs between the Sapporo to the Kuriyama.
Kuriyama Shinise Festival
Kuriyama Shinise Festival (くりやま老舗まつり) is a popular event in Kuriyama town located in the eastern direction of Sapporo city, and 3 festivals, Shuzo Festival (酒蔵まつり) held by Kobayashi Shuzo (小林酒造), Kibidango Festival (きびだんごまつり) held by Tanida Seika (谷田製菓) and Furusato Inaka Festival (ふるさと田舎まつり) held in front of Kuriyama Station, are collectively called the Kuriyama Shinise Festival. * The Shuzo means “Sake Brewery” in English, and Kibidango commonly means “Japanese dumpling made from the meal or flour of the kibi (proso millet) grain”. But this Kibidango is an incorrect explanation. The furusato means “Hometown” in English, and the Inaka means “Country” in English. The festival is held in the second weekend of April. The Kobayashi Shuzo Sake Brewery and the Tanida Seika Confectionery with over 100 years of traditions are well-known as long-established companies in Hokkaido, and about 30,000 people visit the festival from Sapporo area and Soratchi area. I think that Sake lovers and the best Kibidango in Japan (日本一きびだんご) lovers cannot contain oneself for joy. 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 Kuriyama Park
About 200 cherry trees such as Yezo Mountain Cherry and Yoshino Cherry are planted at the park. Cherry trees line along the both side of central path, and a view like a tunnel of the cherry blossoms is one of most beautiful points of the Kuriyama Park. But most of the cherry blossoms had fallen when I visited here. It was unfortunate. The cherry blossoms near the Japanese archery ground was very good. The site is not large, so it takes less than 60 minutes to look around on foot.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking lot is provided (143 cars)|
|Business hours||Open for 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||320 814 482*48|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Kuriyama. 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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