- July 17th, 2017
[Hamanasu-no-Oka Park in Ishikari] Wild Flowers, Wild Birds and Soft Serve Ice Cream Can Be Enjoyed in Primeval Flower Garden
Hamanasu-no-Oka Park (はまなすの丘公園) is a primeval flower garden in Ishkari city located in the northern direction of Sapporo city, and is well-known for having Ishikari Lighthouse (石狩灯台), a symbol of the Ishikari, and is famous as a good place to see the beautiful sunset. A sand spit of 46 ha has been born at the mouth of the Ishikari River, the longest river in Hokkaido, and about 180 types of wild flowers such as Rosa Rugosa (ハマナス* Rosa Rugosa means "Hamanasu" in Japanese) that is an origin of the name "Hamanasu-no-Oka Park", V. grayi Franch. et Sava (イソスミレ), Glehnia Littoralis Colony (ハマボウフウ), Seashore False Bindweed (ハマヒルガオ) grow naturally. The best time to see the Rosa Rugosa is from late June to early July. An administrative building, Hamanasu-no-Oka Visitor Center (はまなすの丘ヴィジターセンター), wooden paths, gazebos and parking lots are built at the site. A public restroom is not built at the outside, so visitors had better get a wash beforehand at a restroom at the Hamanasu-no-Oka Visitor Center. Admission free. The parking lots are free of charge.
A typical scenery of the Hokkaido is popular as a shooting place, and Japanese Movie "The Lighthouse aka, Years of Joy and Sorrow (喜びも悲しみも幾年月)" and Hitch Hike (ヒッチハイク 溺れる箱舟) used here as the shooting place. Asobeach Ishikari (あそびーち石狩), Ishikari Beach Plant Care Center (石狩浜海浜植物保護センター), Ishikari Sakyu-no-Kaze Museum (いしかり砂丘の風資料館), Former Nagano Store (旧長野商店), Ishikari Natural Onsen Banya-no-Yu (石狩天然温泉番屋の湯) that is famous for capybara, Mauni-no-Oka (マウニの丘), Kita-no-Aji Ishikaritei (北の味いしかり亭) and Kindaitei (金大亭) that serves Ishikari Stew (石狩鍋) are near here. Rosa Rugosa Festival (はまなすフェスティバル) is held only in a day, mid June, and Ishkikari Salmon Festival (石狩さけまつり) is held between 2days in late September. Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Ishikari, Curry IKKA (カレー一家), Ripple (リップル), Ramen Shingen Hanakawa Head Office (らーめん信玄 花川本店), Ramen Kichirin Ishikari Hankawa Branch (らーめん きちりん 石狩花川店), Ramen Momiji (らーめん もみじ), Menya Masa Ishikari Head Office (麺や 雅 石狩本店) and Pandora (ぱんどら) are popular in particular. I ate foods at the Ramen Shingen Hanakawa Head Office and the Hamanasu-no-Oka Visitor Center, and those were tasty.
Shingen head office (信玄本店) is a popular ramen restaurant in Hanakawa, Ishikari city adjacent to Sapporo city. A branch office is located in Susukino, Chuo ward, Sapporo city. Sengoku inc (センゴク). runs those, and they runs the Kagetora (景虎) of sister ramen restaurant, too. According to company name, I suppose an owner love the age of civil strife. By the way, I visited here around 10:50 before opening hour at 11:00, and I waited until the opening hour at my car. There was only me to be waiting. However, visitors began to come to the ramen restaurant in sequence at 10:55. There were 8 groups of visitors. It was the popular restaurant after all. Read More
Rosa Rugosa Flavored Soft Serve Ice Cream
3 types of the Soft Serve Ice Creams, Rosa Rugosa Flavored Soft Serve Ice Cream, Swirl Soft Serve Ice Cream with Rosa Rugosa Flavor and Vanilla Flavor, and Vanilla Flavored Soft Serve Ice Cream are served, and the Rosa Rugosa Flavored Soft Serve Ice Cream is the most popular. The price is JPY 300. I bought it, and went up the 2nd floor. The Rosa Rugosa Flavored Soft Serve Ice Cream was light pink, and it tasted slightly rose hip jam. It was not too sweet and had a refreshing flavor. Read More
Look of Hamanasu-no-Oka Park
The Wooden paths of 650 m total length are built at the park, and there also are small paths like an animal trail and beach trails with a ocean view, so the visitors can enjoy a variety of situations. A lot of wild birds seem to be watched, so some birdwatchers and photographers came when I visited here in mid July. A walking distance differs depending on the walking courses, but one lap is about 3.5 km, and it takes about from 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes on foot. Unfortunately, the Rosa Rugosa was already past its peak. But Yezo Large Pink (エゾガワラナデシコ) and Japanese Iris Ensata (ノハナショウブ) were in full bloom just in time.
The Hamanasu-no-Oka Visitor Center is at the administrative building near the entrance of the Hamanasu-no-Oka Park. It is famous for eating Rosa Rugosa Flavored Soft Serve Ice Cream as its name suggests. A souvenir shop, resting places and a restroom are on the 1st floor of the building. The Soft Serve Ice Cream and souvenirs are sold at the souvenir shop. The resting place is on the 2nd floor, too, and the vititors can look over the park. Admission free. They close a business from early November to late April.
Atmosphere of Hamanasu-no-Oka Park Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (30 cars)|
|Business hour||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open year all round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||514 313 406*48|
List of Events
The Rosa Rugosa Festival and Ishikari Salmon Festival are held near the Hamanasu-no-Oka Park.
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Ishikari. 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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