- April 16th, 2017
[Toda Memorial Park Cemetery in Ishikari] One of Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Hokkaido Is Created by 8,000 Cherry Trees and Graves Formed in Orderly Lines
Toda Memorial Park Cemetery
Toda Memorial Park Cemetery (戸田記念墓地公園) is a cemetery run by Soka Gakkai (創価学会) on a small hill of about 60 m altitude in Atsuta ward (厚田区), Ishikari city (石狩) located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo city. Mr. Seijo Toda (戸田城聖), the second-generation president of the Soka Gakkai, grew in the Atsuta, so the Toda Memorial Park Cemetery was developed in his memory in 1977. More than 54,000 graves are built on the site, and the size is large. Here is well-known as one of the best cherry blossom spots in Hokkaido. Although it is a religious facility, it opens to the public during a cherry blossom season. Especially, it attracts overseas people these days. 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.
Cemetery Information Map in Japanese
Toda Auditorium (戸田講堂), Restaurant Atsutatei (レストラン厚田亭), Toda Memorial Open Space (戸田記念広場), Standing Figure of Josei Toda (戸田先生立像), Onshi Open Space (恩師公園), Okan Road (桜冠の道), Oka Road (桜花の道), a rest station, public restrooms and parking lots are built at the land of 1.58 million m2. The site is large, so I think that visitors should drive their auto mobiles to enjoy the cherry blossoms at various places. Ripple, a popular pizza restaurant, and cafes, Lyceenne and cafe VAN classic, are built near the cemetery, and a convenience store is close to here, too. Shiragane Falls (白銀の滝), Hamamasu Onsen (浜益温泉) and Fujimiya (ふじみや) are also relatively near here.
Shiragane Falls (白銀の滝) are located in the northern part of Ishikari city along Japanese National Route 231 and was named as opening road memory in 1981. Wwater drops around 30 m into the sea, and the splash seemed to look silver in old days. By the way, Beware of Pit vipers. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. A restroom is built beside the parking lot, too. Read More
Hamamasu Onsen (浜益温泉) is a hot spring place in Ishikari city along the Sea of Japan. Only Hamamasu Recreation Center (浜益保養センター) surrounded by tree is built along Shokan Natinal Route (National Route 451), and a walk course and a park golf course are built around it, too. Kawashimo Seaside Campsite (川下海浜キャンプ場) and Kawashimo Bathing Beach (川下海水浴場) is relatively near here. The distance is around 70 km far away from the center of the Ishikari, and a convenience store is not built around here. Famous tourists attractions around here are Shiragane Falls (白銀の滝) and Cherry Blossom of Toda Memorial Park Cemetery (戸田記念墓地公園の桜). In addition, tasty restaurants around here are particularly Fujimi (ふじみ), Ripple (リップル), Kanetomo Sushi (かねとも寿し), Lyceenne (リセンヌ). I ate a bean-jam pancake at the Fujimi, and it was tasty. Read More
Large Handmade Bean-jam Pancake of Fujimiya
Fujimiya (ふじみや) is a famous confectionary store in Hamamasu ward, Ishikari city located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo city and was founded in 1969. A large handmade bean-jam pancake (手焼きどら焼き) and a large chuka manju (中華まんじゅう) are famous and the bean-jam pancake is said to be locality that Hamamasu is noted for. The bean-jam pancake is sold depending on hours by demonstrating customers, and fresh and hot bean-jam pancake can be eaten. There is a restraunt, too, and meals such as a ramen are served. 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 Toda Memorial Park Cemetery
The Toda Memorial Park Cemetery is divided into a large number of blocks, and the graves are built orderly. About 8,000 cherry trees such as Yoshino cherry are planted along roads and at the cemetery. In a spring, an amazing view of the cherry blossoms appears. When I visited here to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom for the first time, I was moved by the view. I agreed that people said it was one of the best cherry blossom spots in the Hokkaido. My favorite places are the Okan Road and the Oka Road. In addition, the size and the material of all the graves are same, so views with graves formed in orderly lines are interesting.
Along the Okan Road, a tunnel of the cherry blossoms are worth seeing because cherry trees are planded on both sides of the narrow road. A lot of the cherry trees spread those branches to the sky for some reason, so I feel as if it was Ume trees. Here was the most crowded place in the Toda Memorial Park Cemetery.
Along the Oka Road as well as the Okan Road, a tunnel of the cherry blossoms are worth seeing because cherry trees are bloomed on both sides of the narrow road. Fewer visitors came here than the Okan Road, so I think that it is easy to take a photo of only cherry blossoms without people.
Cherry Blossoms of Toda Memorial Park Cemetery Can Be Watched on Youtube.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking lot is provided (more than 100 cars)|
|Business hours||From April to November 09:00-17:00, From December to March 10:00-16:00|
|Regular closing day||Tuesday and New year holiday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||514 564 151*75|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Atsuta. 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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