- July 19th, 2017
[Flax Flowers in Tobetsu] A Nyriad of Bloomed Lovely Flax Flowers Are Scattered in A Day
Flax Flowers (亜麻の花) bloom in late June in Tobetsu town located in the northeast part of Sapporo city. The Tobetsu is a main producing district of the Flax in Japan, and tourists can see the Flax Flowers at the outside of the flax fields. The best time to see is from late June to mid July. The Flax Flowers bloom only in the forenoon, and the bloomed Flax Flowers are scattered just in a day. Lovely small light blue flowers make me even feel melancholy, too. But I guess that the flaxes are the strong life force because a nyriad of the Flax Flowers bloom everyday. By the way, a parking lot is not provided at each fields.
Information of Flax Flowers in Tobetsu (Japanese language)
Speaking of the Tobetsu, the Tobetsu has 8 golf cources for some reason. If you look at a google map, you can see the Tobetsu is crowded with the golf cources. As for tasty restaurants in the Tobetsu, Kabato Seimenjo (かばと製麺所), Kimikage (きみかげ), Honke Nakamura (本家なかむら), Bakery Nordessen (ノルトエッセン), Restaurant Ari and Sobakiri Takajin (そば切り 高陣) are popular in particular. As for onsen, Nakagoya Onsen (中小屋温泉), Kananosawa Natural Onsen (金の沢天然温泉) and Futomimeisen Manyo-no-Yu (ふとみ銘泉 万葉の湯) are famous.
Nakagoya Onsen (中小屋温泉) is a hot spring place in Tobetsu town located in the northeastern part of Sapporo city. The hot spring was discovered in 1894. Only Nakagoya Onsen Kiku-no-En (中小屋温泉 きくの園) surrounded by trees is built near Honnakahoya Station (本中小屋駅). The distance is around 12 km away from the center of the Tobetsu, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Kabato Seimenjo (かばと製麺所), a famous Udon noodle shop, and Kimikage (きみかげ), a famous bakery, are a little away from here. Speaking of the Tobetsu, it is well-known for Flax Flowers, and those are in full bloom from late June to mid July. In addition, the Tobetsu has 8 golf cources for some reason. If you look at a google map, you can see the Tobetsu is crowded with the golf cources. Read More
Kananosawa Natural Onsen
Kananosawa Natural Onsen (金の沢天然温泉) is a hot spring place in Tobetsu town located in the northeast part of Sapporo city. Only Kaitaku Fukuro-no-Yu (開拓 ふくろふ乃湯) adjacent to Kanazawa Shrine (金沢神社) is built at the end of a road with about 200 m in length in front of Ishikari Kanazawa Station (石狩金沢駅), and is relatively near the Sapporo, but it has an atomosphere like secret onsen, so a lot of onsen lovers come. Restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around the building. But there is Bakery Nordessen near here. In addition, Kabato Seimenjo, a famous Udon noodle shop, is a little away from here. Speaking of the Tobetsu, it is well-known for Flax Flowers, and those are in full bloom from late June to mid July. In addition, the Tobetsu has 8 golf cources for some reason. If you look at a google map, you can see the Tobetsu is crowded with the golf cources. Read More
Kabato Seimenjo (かばと製麺所) is a self-service udon noodle restraunt in Tobetsu located in the northeast part of Sapporo and has opened a business since 2011, and is famous for always lines. In a winter, it close a business and opens Mandegan Gaiden (まんでがん外伝) in Sapporo. They open a business in Tobetsu in a summer and open a business in Sapporo in the winter. Mr. Kenichi Hashimoto (橋本憲一), a restraunt owner, trained a cooking at famous Udon restraunt Ikegami Seimenjo (池上製麺所) in Kagawa Prefecture, so customers can enjoy the genuine taste of Kagawa udon in Hokkaido. He takes his ingredients produced in Tobetsu seriously, and they use wheat flour Kitahonami (きたほなみ) produced in Tobetsu and a lot of vegetables produced in Tobetsu for tempura. Read More
Flax Flower Fields
Hokkaido Flax Festival is held from 07:00 to 13:00 in early July, and the time is just blooming Flax Flowers. By the way, there are some flax fields to see in the Tobetsu, but the flax fields are changed every year, so the flax fields are a little hard to find. I found 3 flax fields in 4 flax fields when I visited the Tobetsu in July 12, 2017. A mark is a flag written "Flax Field (亜麻畑)". In addition, different numbers of the flags stand depending on the flax fields. I guess that numbers of the flags mean a grade of the best time to see.
In the Japan, only the Hokkaido with cool climate is suitable for growth of the flax. The flax are cultivated in the Tobetsu, Date and Assabu, around the Tobetsu. Cool climate regions such as France, Belgium, Netherlands, Russia and Canada are main producing districts of the Flax in the world, so the southern land of the Hokkaido with a lot of humidity is not suitable for the growth of the flax. The Flax is raw materials of linen used for clothers and towels or linseed oil. In addition, Flax seeds are edible, and are good for you.
Atmosphere of Flax Flowers Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||A free parking is not provided|
|Business hour||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open year all round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Tobetsu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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