[Hiraoka Greenary Center in Sapporo] Tunnel of Red Maple Leaves Are Very Good As If I See Fall Foliage in Kyoto
November 4th, 2017
Hiraoka Greenary Center
Hiraoka Greenary Center (平岡樹芸センター) is a botanical park opend in 1984, and is commonly known as Midorimu (みどりーむ). Mr. Sanjiro Takezawa (竹澤三次郎) donate land with trees, and the park was developed. 100 kinds of trees, about ten thousand tress, such as 3000 Japanese Yew (イチイ) and 700-800 Mountain Maple Trees (ヤマモミジ), Nomura Maple Trees (ノムラモミジ) and Japanese Weeping Maple Trees (シダレモミジ) are planted on the site of about 3 ha. The park is famous as a beauty sopt for cherry blossom and fall foliage, too, and a lot of tourists and photographers come to take photos in cherry blossom season, from early June to mid June, and fall foliage season, from mid october to early November. In addition, Tanabata Star Festival (七夕祭) is held in early August, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Park Guide Map in Japanese
Western Garden (西洋庭園), Large Lawn Area (芝生広場), Japanese Garden (日本庭園), Donated Trees Area (寄付木々保存展示区域), Dry Wall Garden (ドライウォールガーデン), Rock Garden (ロックガーデン) and Wisteria Trellis (藤棚) at the Hiraoka Greenary Center, and the tourists can enjoy various trees while looking around. In addition, Suikinkutsu (水琴窟 * buried earthen jar that makes sound when water drips into it), a management office (管理事務所), a parking lot, an tree plant shop and a restroom are provided, too. I actually looked around the park, and various types of the gardens are not too large, so I did not get tired. It takes about 30 - 60 minutes on foot. It is better to ask a volunteer guide, Environment Supporters "Sanjiro-no-Kai" (環境サポーターズ「三次郎の会」), if you want to know more in detail about trees or the park. But perhaps they can not speak English.
Fall Foliage of Hokkaido
It is said that the Fall Foliage of the Hokkaido turns red 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
Lined Maple Trees
Lined Maple Trees (紅葉並木) with about 200 m in length and Lined Cherry Trees (桜並木) with about 100 m in length are at the Donated Trees Area. I have never seen cherry blossom at the Hiraoka Greenary Center, but the Lined Maple Trees with the fall foliage is marvelous. A view that the trees has red color at the foot and the top of the trees is unusual in Hokkaido, it reminds me of Kyoto (京都) in an autumn. I totally understand a lot of the photographers come here to find a camera angle.
Atmosphere of Hiraoka Greenary Center with Fall Foliage Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (34 cars)|
|Regular closing day||From early November to late April|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 324 018*72|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Hiraoka Greenary Center. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Kitahiroshima Classe Hotel(北広島クラッセホテル)|
|Hotel Emisia Sapporo(ホテルエミシア札幌)|
|Shin-sapporo Arc City Hotel(新さっぽろアークシティホテル)||
A page of Sapporo is here