[Yurigahara Park in Sapporo] Paradise of Flowers
June 1st, 2016
Yurigahara Park (百合が原公園) is a comprehensive park of 254,000 m2 in Kita ward, Sapporo city, and has opened since 1983, and is away from the center of the Sapporo. As its name suggests, lilies collected from all over the world are planted. * The Yurigahara means "A liliy field" in English. Here is famous for enjoying flowers and plants through the year, and about 6,400 types of the plants can be seen. I feel here is not a park but a garden, and think that it is comparable to famous gardens in Hokkaido, and the park that is able to be enjoyed in the Sapporo is one of the lagest gardens in the Hokkaido. Here is a peaceful place for Sapporo citizens, and I often see strolling local people, and a lot of families bring their tents to play themselves all day. Admission free. Parking lots are free of charge.
The large park has rich facilities. Varous gardens, Yurigahara Midori-no-Center (百合が原緑のセンター), World Gardens (世界の庭園), Lily Train (リリートレイン), a park golf course, a gateball course, a playground space (遊具広場), Restaurant Yurigara (レストラン百合が原), Garden Shop (ガーデンショップ), Silo Observation Deck (サイロ展望台), public restrooms and 3 parking lots are built at the park, and a greenhouse at the Yurigahara Midori-no-Center, the World Gardens, and the Lily Train are charged. A fee of the greenhouse and the World Gardens is JPY 130. A fare of the Lily Train is JPY 360. The train runs at the site, and is popular with children. It is also said that the train is the face of the Yurigahara Park. In addition, various events such as a strolling gathering are held, too.
Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Article is here
The World Lily Gardens, the World Gardens, Flower Tree Garden (花木園), Muscari Walk (ムスカリの道), Heather Garden (ヒースガーデン), Rock Gardens (ロックガーデン), Rose Walk (ローズウォーク), Beech Hedge (ピーチヘッジ), Lilac Collection (ライラックコレクション), Rose Garden (バラ花壇), Dahlia Garden (ダリア園), Fragrant Garden (かおりの庭) and Perennial Garden (宿根草園) are at the park, and about 6,400 types of flowers and plants are planted at the site. Those gardens are well-kept, and are comfortable. My seeing flowers are as follows.
|Admission fee||Free of charge * There are paid facilities|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (about 276 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours * Each facilities have each business hours|
|Regular closing day||Open year all round * Each facilities have each closing days.|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 764 156*15|
The World Lily Gardens is the largest garden in the park, and about 100 types of lilies collected from all over the world are plante at site of 50,000 m2, and are bloom from mid June to early September. The best time to see the lilies is mid July. Vivid colors are covered with a star-shaped flower bed and a central flower bed. Some places are photogenic, so I think that visitors can feel excited.
Muscari and Tulip
The Muscari Walk is a garden beside the Lawn Square. The muscari and tulips are planted along a path covered with wood chips and around the Silo Ovservation Deck. The best time to see those is from early May to mid May. Colorful flowers along the path are very beautiful. Visitors can enter the Silo Overvation Deck for free. A lot of the visitors come on Saturday and Sunday.
Atmosphere of Tulips of Yurigahara Park Can Be Watched on Youtube
The Wisteria Pergola is a part of the World Lily Gardens. The best time to see the wisteria is from mid May to late May. Some wisteria trees spread over on about 10 m square of iron poles, and are in full bloom. The wisteria blossoms are purple and white, a combination of those is good.
Other Flowers and Plants
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Yurigahara Park. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Chateraise Gateaux Kingdom Sapporo(シャトレーゼ ガトーキングダムサッポロ ホテル＆スパリゾート)|
|Moere Nature Onsen Tamayura-no-Mori(モエレ天然温泉たまゆらの杜)||
A page of Sapporo is here