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[Ganbou-iwa Rock in Engaru] Huge Rock Has Various Legend and Rumor

Ganbou-iwa Rock

Ganbou-iwa Rock (がんぼう岩) is a huge monolith in Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park (太陽の丘えんがる公園), Engaru town located in the northwestern part of Kitami city, and was born by volcanic explosion about 7,300,000 years ago. The Ganbou means "A place with with a fine view" in Ainu language, and the Engaru is derived from it. A legend credits a place that Tokachi Ainu (十勝アイヌ) fought against Yubetsu Ainu (湧別アイヌ) in Ainu period. Its height is 78 m, and it was used as a watch-place. For the form outstanding conspicuously, it has became a symbol of Engaru.

View from Foot of Rock. Red Color of Top Is Gazebo
Ganbou-iwa Rock in Engaru Town

Movie of Ganbou-iwa Rock

Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park

Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park (太陽の丘えんがる公園) is a park near Engaru Station in the center of Engaru town located in the northwestern part of Kitami city. Cosmos Garden (コスモス園), Moss Pink Garden (シバザクラ園), Ganbou-iwa Rock (がんぼう岩), Miharashi Ranch (見晴らし牧場), Niji-no-Hiroba Administrative Building (虹のひろば管理棟), Hyotan Pond (ひょうたん池), Bunka Trainig House (文化研修館) and Sun HIll House (サンヒルハウス) are in the site. In the park, the moss pink, cherry blossoms, azaleas, tulips can be savored in a spring, and the cosmos can be enjoyed in an autumn. Especially, the Cosmos Garden is one of popular tourist attractions in Eastern Hokkaido, and is one of the largest cosmos gardens in Japan that a lot of tourists come. In addition, it is said that the moss pink garden is one of 3 major moss pink gardens in Okhotsk area along with Higashimokoto and Takinoue. Read More

10 Million Cosmoses
Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park

The Engaru is a birth place of Mr. Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (安彦良和), a famous Japanese animator, that is well-known for Mobile Suit Gundam (機動戦士ガンダム), and the rumor said that the Gundam originates from the Ganbou-iwa Rock. Listening to it, I started to realize the rock is like the Gundam. By the way, the rock is famous as a suicide spot, and is well-known as a haunted place, too. The rumor said that a ghost picture was printed on a poster of a local credit association. I do not know if it of true, and the symbol has various rumors.

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Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park
Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park

An express bus "Kosoku Engaru-go (高速えんがる号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Engaru.

List of Means of Transportation

An express bus "Engaru-go (えんがる号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Engaru. Refer to following the means of the transportation. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Engaru
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Engaru to Sapporo
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their office is near the Engaru Station.
Jalan
Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their office is near Coop Sapporo Engaru Minami Branch.
Jalan
Rakuten
Carsta Rent-a-car(カースタレンタカー) Their office is near Coop Sapporo Engaru Minami Branch.

Top of Ganbou-iwa Rock

A parking lot is provided near the top of the rock. It takes about 5 minutes from there to the top on foot. But, please watch your step because a path is rough. There are a gazebo and an astronomical observatory(?) on the top, and it is popular for viewing the Engaru. However, there are no safety facilities entirely. Please ensure your safety at your own risk. Be careful not to fall out! Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Gazebo and View on Top of Rock
Ganbou-iwa Rock in Engaru Town
Astronomical Observatory ?
Ganbou-iwa Rock in Engaru Town

Atmosphere of Ganbou-iwa Rock Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ganbou-iwa Rock

Admission Free of charge
Parking lot A pay parking lot is provided (10 cars).
Business hours Open 24 hours. Climbing at night is dangerous.
Regular closing day Open year all round
Telephone number +81-158-42-4819
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 404 182 573*21

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Engaru.

Engaru

Hotel Sunshine(ホテルサンシャイン)
Booking
Business Hotel Takahashi Inn(ビジネスホテルタカハシイン)
HP
Booking
Business Hotel Takahashi(ビジネスホテルタカハシ)
Booking
Business Hotel Izumi(ビジネスホテル泉)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Matsuya Ryokan(まつや旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Wakaba Ryokan(若葉旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Former Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Campsite(太陽の丘えんがる公園旧キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Setose Onsen

Setose Onsen Hotel(セトセ温泉ホテル)
Booking
Jalan

Ikutahara

Kiraran Kiyosato(キララン清里)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Ikutahara Onsen

Hotel North King(ホテルノースキング)
Booking

Maruseppu

Echigoya Ryokan(越後屋旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Maruseppu Onsen

Maure Villa(マウレ山荘)
Auto Camping Ground(オートキャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Shirataki

Yuyujuku and Inn(悠遊塾&宿)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Farmers Inn Edura Farm(農家民宿えづらファーム)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Shirataki Highland Campsite(白滝高原キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

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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  1. ご指摘ありがとうございます!

  2. umiboze says:

    >アイヌ語で「見晴らしの良い所」を意味し、遠軽町の語源にもなっています。

    これは瞰望岩のアイヌ語名「インカルシ」についての説明ですね。

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