[Fukuhara-sannso Mountain Villa in Shikaoi] One of Fall Foliage Tourist Attracttions in Eastern Hokkaido
July 30th, 2019
Fukuhara-sannso Mountain Villa
Fukuhara-sannso Mountain Villa (福原山荘) is a villa along Hokkaido Road 1088 in Shikaoi town located in the northwestern part of Obihiro city, and is well-known as a good place to see fall foliage. It is relativley near Shikaoi Nature Land (鹿追自然ランド), Lake Shikaribetsu (然別湖), Kannno Onsen (菅野温泉) and Shikaribetsukyo Onsen Shika-no-Yu (然別峡温泉鹿の湯). The villa was built by Mr. Jihei Fukuhara (福原治平), a founder of Fukuhara Corp. that runs a supermarket business in Tokachi district, Kushiro district and Nemuro district, and Fukuhara Memorial Museum (福原記念美術館) manages this villa. Here is opened to the public only in the autumn leave season. The open period is about from mid September to mid October. Parking lots and temporary toilets are provided at the site. Admission free. The parking lots are free of charge. A bus tour seems to be held, too.
Lake Shikaribetsu is a freshwater lake at 804 m above sea level, the highest lake in Hokkaido, between Shikaoi town and Kamishihoro town located in the north part of Obihiro city, and is well-known for enjoying the beautiful starry sky. In the Eastern Daisetsu Area (東大雪エリア), Daisetsuzan National Park, this lake is also the only natural lake in the Daisetsuzan National Park. The perimeter of the lake is about 13.8 km. The maximum water depth is 98.5 m. The lake water is very clear, and it is said that the lake is the 2nd clearest lake after Lake Mashu in Japan or the clearest lake in the Japan, and there are various opinions about clear lake water. After all, the lake has very clear lake water. It is also well-known for the only lake that Miyabe Charr (ミヤベイワナ), "Dolly Varden Trout (オショロコマ)" that was confined in the lake evolves, inhabits. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Kanno Onsen (菅野温泉) is a hot spring place around end of Hokkaido Road 1088 in Shikaoi town located in the northwestern part of Obihiro city. The distnace is around 30 km far away from the center of the Shikaoi, and only Shikaribestukyo Kanno Onsen (然別峡かんの温泉) is built at about 720 above sea level in a mountain of Estern Daisetsu Area, Daisetuzan National Park. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Around here is not out of signal area. There are Shikaribetsukyo Campsite (然別峡野営場), Shikaribetsukyo Shika-no-Yu (然別峡 鹿の湯) and Lake Shinonome (東雲湖) near here. The Lake Shinonome is one of 3 great secret lakes together with Lake Onneto (オンネトー) and Lake Okotanpe (オコタンペ湖) in Hokkaido, and is well-known for meeting rare wild animals such as Pika. Lake Shikaribetsu (然別湖), Lake Komadome (駒止湖) and Ogigahara Lookout (扇ケ原展望台) are relatively near here, too. In addition, there is Fukuharasan-so (福原山荘), a famous place to see the fall foliage, too. Article is here
Shikaribetsukyo Onsen (然別峡温泉) is a hot spring place in Shikaoi town located in the northwestern part of Obihiro city, and is well-known as a secret onsen at about 680 above sea level in a mountain of Estern Daisetsu Area, Daisetuzan National Park. The distnace is around 30 km far away from the center of the Shikaoi, and the Shikaribetsukyo Onsen Shika-no-Yu (然別峡温泉鹿の湯) is at the end of Hokkaido Road 1088, and is used as a hot spring facility of the Shikaribetsukyo Campsite. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Around here is not out of signal area. There are Shikaribetsukyo Kanno Onsen (然別峡かんの温泉) and Lake Shinonome (東雲湖) near here. The Lake Shinonome is one of 3 great secret lakes together with Lake Onneto (オンネトー) and Lake Okotanpe (オコタンペ湖) in Hokkaido, and is well-known for meeting rare wild animals such as Pika. Lake Shikaribetsu (然別湖), Lake Komadome (駒止湖) and Ogigahara Lookout (扇ケ原展望台) are relatively near here, too. In addition, there is Fukuharasan-so (福原山荘), a famous place to see the fall foliage, too. Article is here
Fall Foliage of Hokkaido
It is said that the Fall Foliage of the Hokkaido turns into red color at the earliest in Japan. The best time to see the fall foliage comes in Daisetsu-zan at high altitude, and it comes gradually in low areas. It comes in Mt. Asahidake (旭岳) and in Mt. Kurodake (黒岳) in mid September, and autumn leaves fall in early November. As for the highlight of the Fall Foliage of the Hokkaido, tourists are bowled over by vast nature with the fall foliage, or are bowled over by small space that goes well with the fall foliage. Except famous beauty spots for the fall foliage, there are less famous beauty spots for the fall foliage such usual mountains and rivers or gorges here and there. Article is here
Look of Fukuhara-sannso Mountain Villa
The Fukuhara-sannso Mountain Villa is surrounded by forests, so it is very calm. A lookout, Kurumi Pond (くるみの池), Donguri Pond (どんぐりの池), Chokoku Pond (彫刻の池), Samidare Falls (さみだれの滝), Ryukin Falls (りゅうきんの滝), Uguisu Falls (うぐいすの滝), Ishiniwa Falls (石庭の滝), Koyo Falls (紅葉の滝) and a stream are in the garden. I think that a conbination of those and fall foliage is one of worth seeing. The size of the garden is about 85,000 m2, and I guess that it takes about 1 hour- 2 hours to look around on foot. The ground is dirt, so it gets muddy if it rains, so please wear your comfortable shoes.
The Samidare Falls can be seen only from the Hokkaido Road 1088. The Samidare means "Early summer rain" in English. The falls is not big, so most of visitors pass without knowing. A name plate is built on a place not to see the falls, so they miss it.
The Kurumi Pond is located in the southernmost edge of the Fukuhara-sannso Mountain Villa. The Kurumi means "Walnuts" in English. Unfortunately, visitors can not get close to the pond, and only see it.
The Lookout is near the entrance, and the garden can be seen at a high position. The view is good, and the garden with mountains of Higashi Daisetsu Area (東大雪) can be looked over. The view is one of the Fukuhara-sannso Mountain Villa's highlights. Except benches, a facility is not built at the site.
The Donguri Pond is near the villa, and is next to the Chokoku Pond. The Donguri Pond means "Acorn" in English. Some solitary trees are planted around the pond. In an autumn, those with autumn leaves can be enjoyed. I guess that its name is named because the acorn tree is planted around the pond.
The Chokoku means "Sculpture" in English. As its name suggests, some sculptures are set in the pond. If the pond becomes calm, the pond surface looks a mirror, so real fall foliage and reflection of the fall foliage in the water of the pond can be enjoyed. When I visited here, just small autumn leaves look very good in particular. A conbination of the sculptures and fall foliage is also good. I think that it is one of highlights.
The stream and fall foliage can be enjoyed in the Fukuhara-sannso Mountain Villa, too, and I guess that its atmosphere is like Kyoto. So I guess photographer take good photos depneding on how they take a picture.
The Ryukin Falls seems to be named after Marsh marigold. I suppose that the marsh marigold is bloom in a spring. The falls is smaller than common falls, but I feel Wabisabi (traditional Japanese beauty).
Woods are planted beside the villa, and the grounds are covered with fallen autumn leaves. Fall foliage can be enjoyed both above and bellow, and I think that it is one of highlights. Unfortunately, the villa is not allow to enter.
The Uguisu Falls as well as the Ryukin Falls is not large. The Uguisu means "Bush warbler" in English. The falls is probably named after singing bush warbler around here.
The Ishiniwa Falls is also a small waterfall. I guess that its origin of the name is a rocky place along the waterfall. The Ishiniwa means "Stone garden" in English. A solitary maple with red leaves is very good.
The Koyo Falls is a waterfall in the northernmost point of the Fukuhara-sannso Mountain Villa, and is the largest waterfall in 5 waterfalls. Trees with autumn leaves are along the stream, so I guess its origin of the name. The Koyo means "Fall foliage" in English. The both sides of the stream are covered with fallen leaves, so I think that a good photo is taken depending on the timing.
For no special reason, a path from the Koyo Falls to the villa has great fall foliage. The red gradation looked so beautiful. Fall foliage looked different depending on the sunshine, so I enjoyed various autumn leaves.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (30 cars)|
|Regular closing day||From late October to early September|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||702 259 385*10|
List of Activities
Lake Shikaribetsu Nature Center serves an air trip in Nautre Land (自然ランド) beside the Fukuhara-sannso. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Lake Shikaribetsu Nature Center(然別湖ネイチャーセンター)||
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Fukuhara-sannso. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.