[Hokusei-no-Oka Observatory Park in Biei] Sunflower and 360-Degree View Can Be Enjoyed at Hokusei-no-Oka Pyramid Observation Deck
November 25th, 2016
Hokusei-no-Oka Observatory Park
Hokusei-no-Oka Observatory Park (北西の丘展望公園) is a park on a small hill in Biei town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city, and has been established since 1995. Hokusei-no-Oka Pyramid Observation Deck (北西の丘ピラミッド展望台) is built on the site of about 6 ha. Lavender and Sunflower are planted in a summer, too. It takes about 30 minutes to look around the park. There are a public restrrom, Hayatsuma Store (はやつま商会), Hatake-no-Mise Sato (畑の店さとう), Shunichi Abe Photo Gallery (阿部俊一写真ギャラリー), Haruo Kikuchi Photo Gallery (菊地晴夫写真ギャラリー) and a tourist information office on the site, too. Boiled corn sold at the store and the photo galleries have a good reputation among tourists. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge, too. In a winter, the stores and the public restroom are closed, and the parking lot and the observatory deck are available.
The distance is around 3 km away from the center of the Biei, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are built there. Ken and Mary Tree (ケンとメリーの木) and Zerubu Hill (ぜるぶの丘) are relatively near here, and I think tourists can drop by here while they enjoy a tour of Pachwork Road (パッチワークの路). By the way, speaking of the tasty restraunts or shops near Biei Station, Restaurant ASPERGES (レストラン・アスペルジュ), Komugikobo (小麦工房), Yoshoku and Cafe Junpei (洋食とcafeじゅんぺい) and Senkakobo (選果工房) are popular in particular. I ate foods at the Restaurant ASPERGES, the Komugikobo and the Senkakobo, and those were tasty.
Ken and Mary Tree
Ken and Mary Tree (ケンとメリーの木) is a large poplar tree used a car television commercial in 1973. It was named by character names. There are a cafe and a parking lot near the tree. The Ken and Mary Tree can be looked from an observatory of Zerubu Hill and it is one of best viewing spots for the Ken and Mary Tree. Article is here
Zerubu Hill (ぜるぶの丘) is a tourist flower garden run by Atom-nouki corporation along Furano National Route (National Route 237) in Biei town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city. Colorful flowers are planted with Mt. Asahidake (旭岳) or Tokachidake Mountain Range (十勝岳連峰) as a backdrop on gentle hillside, and visitors can enjoy a typical view of Hokkaido. There are flower fields, a grass open space, Atomu Hill (亜斗夢の丘), Zerubu-no-Oka Restaurant (ぜるぶの丘レストラン), Zerubu Cafe (カフェゼルブ), Zerubu-no-Oka Atomu Shop (ぜるぶの丘アトムショップ), a parking lot and restrooms on the site. Ken and Mery Tree (ケンとメリーの木) can be seen from Atomu Hill Observation Deck on the 3rd floor. They have 2 hills, Zerubu Hill and Atomu Hill, But the Atomu Hill is not a hill but a building. A souvenir shop opens on the 1st floor, and a gallery is held on the 2nd floor, and the observation deck is built on the 3rd floor. The Zerura Hill is open from late April to early October. * Only the restaurant is open through the year. A soft serve ice cream is popular. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Restaurant ASPERGES (レストラン・アスペルジュ) is a French restaurant in Biei town located in the southern part of Asahikawa city. ASPERGES means asparagus in French language. It opened a business in 2007 and is open as a restaurant of Biei-senka (美瑛選果) run by JA Biei (JA美瑛). Mr. Kazunori Kato (加藤千典) act as a chef and it is popular restraunt that visitors can enjoy charm of vegetables. They garnered one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. Article is here
Bieisenka (美瑛選果) is a local speciality shop run by JA Biei (JA美瑛) in Biei town located in the southern part of Asahikawa city. There are Senkaichiba (選果市場) that visitors can buy fresh vegetables, Senkakobo (選果工房) that the visitors can enjoy sweets and light meals, Restraunt ASPERGES (レストラン・アスペルジュ) that the vititors can enjoy vegetables of French cuisine and Komugikobo (小麦工房) that the visitors can purchase rusk at Bieisenka (びえいのラスク), and each buildings are stylish. Osamu Suzuki atelier (鈴木理アトリエ) designed the buildings. Article is here
Hokusei-no-Oka Pyramid Observatory Deck
As its name suggests, the Hokusei-no-Oka Pyramid Observatory Deck is a white pyramid-shaped observatory deck built on the gentle small hill surrounded by fields. The unique shape is conspicuous at a distance, and is easy to find. The height of the observatory deck is around 10 m, and extensive mountain ridgelines of Pachwork Hill (パッチワークの丘) and Tokachidake Mountain Range (十勝岳連峰) can be seen from the 2nd floor. Visitors can enjoy a 360-degree view of magnificent natural landscape in Hokkaido. In addition, the observatory deck is well-known for the beautiful setting sun.
Atmosphere of Hokusei-no-Oka Observatory Park Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (30 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||From November to April|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||389 070 194*76|
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Hokusei-no-Oka Observatory Park. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Potato Village Biei Poteto-no-Oka(ポテトヴィレッジ 美瑛ポテトの丘)||
|Alp Lodge BIEI(アルプロッジ 美瑛)||
|Country House KAKI(カントリーハウス KAKI)||
|Pension Ken and Mary(ペンション ケンとメリー)|
A page of Biei is this