[Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden] Nature of Okhotsk Can be Easily Enjoyed
July 25th, 2014
Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden
Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden (小清水原生花園) is a primeval flower garden along Shari National Route (斜里国道 * National Route 244) in Koshimizu town located in the southeastern part of Abashiri city, and is between the Sea of Okhotsk (オホーツク海) and Lake Tofustu (濤沸湖). The area is about 275 ha. Flowers and grass grow thick on a slim sand dune with 8 km in width, and this place sparked the primeval flower garden in Hokkaido, and is the only primeval flower garden with a station in the Hokkaido's primeval flower garden. Here is a shooting place for Japanese famous movie "The Yellow Handkerchief" that Mr. Ken Takakura (高倉健) play the lead. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
There are Genseikaen Station (JR原生花園駅), Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden Information Center "Hana" (小清水原生花園インフォメーションセンター Hana), restrooms and parking lots on the site. At the Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden Information Center "Hana", there are Hana Laboratory (Hana研究室) that offers information about the primeval flower garden, a home theater, shops, souvenir shops and a resting place, and bicycles are lend for free, too. The Genseikaen Station and the Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden Information Center "Hana" open from May to October. Strawberry fresh juice sold by Okhotsk Ichigo Farm (オホーツクいちごファーム) at the Genseikaen Station has a good reputation.
The distance is about 15 km away from the center of the Koshimizu, and a convenience store is not built near here. Tofutsuko Waterfowl and Wetland Center (濤沸湖水鳥湿地センター), Maehama Camping Ground (浜清水前浜キャンプ場), Futorei Observation Deck (フレトイ展望台), Kitahama Station (北浜駅) and Genseitei (原生亭) are relatively near here. Free flowing moor hot springs can be enjoyed at the Genseitei. In addition, Lily Park is in the Koshimizu.
Lake Tofutsu (濤沸湖) is a brackish lake in the southeastern of Abashiri city and was designed as a wetland under the Ramsar Convention in 2005. The perimeter of the lake is about 9.25 km. There is Hakucho Park (白鳥公園) in the west side of the lake, and there are Tofutsu-ko Hakucho Park Birdwatching Building (濤沸湖白鳥公園野鳥観察舎), Tofutsu-ko Waterwole and Wetland Center (濤沸湖水鳥・湿地センター) and wooden path with around 10 m in total length in the site. There is a wooden path in the north side of the lake next to Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden (小清水原生花園), too. This lake is known as a rest place for waterfowl and about 40 kinds of water birds can be watched. Whooper swan is especially famous in a winter. Japanese pond smelt can be caught in the winter, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Restrooms are provided at the buildings. Article is here
Furetoi Observation Deck
Furetoi Observation Deck (フレトイ展望台) is in Koshimizu town located in the southeastern part of Abashiri city and is adjacent to Hamakoshimizu Maehama Campsite (浜小清水前浜キャンプ場), and is near Hamakoshimizu Station (浜小清水駅) and Road Station Hanayaka koshimizu (道の駅「はなやか（葉菜野花）小清水」). Furetoi means the end of a dunea sandhill in Ainu language, and the Furetoi Observation Deck is on the end of Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden (小清水原生花園). The pyramid-shaped observation deck take a person's eye. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Kitahama Station (北浜駅) is an unmanned train station along the Senmo line (釧網線) in the southeastern part of Abashiri city, and is relatively close to Lake Tofutsu (濤沸湖), Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden (小清水原生花園) and Lake Mokoto (藻琴湖). It is well-known as the closest station to the Sea of Okhotsk in Japan, and its distance is about 20 m from the station to a beach. The distance is about 50 m from the stataion to the sea. In a winter, the sea is covered with drift ice, so the station is popluar as the only station that the drift ice can be seen from a platform in the Japan. The small station has only a waiting room and Cafe "Teishaba" (軽食喫茶「停車場」), but it wss used as a shooting place for various movie or TV drama such as Abashiri Prison (網走番外地), The Ugly Duckling (みにくいアヒルの子) and If You Are the One, so a lot of oversea tourists come. Admission free. A free parking is free of charged. Article is here
Yuri-no-Sato Koshimizu Lily Park
Yuri-no-Sato Koshimizu Lily Park (ゆりの郷こしみずリリーパーク) is a flower garden in Koshimizu town located in southeastern Abashiri city, and was founded in 1998. About 110 types of 7 million flowers such as lilies are planted at 2 hills of around 13 ha. About 80,000 visitors come. Business season is about 2 months from early July to early September. The best time to see those is from early August to mid August. Various types of the liles such as early lily or late lily bloom depending on the seasons. The late lilies did not bloom yet when I visited here in early August. An entrance fee is JPY 500 for adult. * The entrance fee changes depeding on the seasons. A parking lot is free of charge. By the way, the Lily Park changes to Snowmobile Land Koshimizu (スノーモービルランド こしみず) in a winter. Article is here
Primeval Flower Garden
About 200 types of primeval flowers such as Siberian Lily, Lemon Day-lily, Blackberry Lily iris, Rosa Rugosa and Black Lily bloom from June to August. Especially, The best time to see the primeval flowers is that the Siberian Lily, the Lemon Day-lily and the Rosa Rugosa are full in bloom from mid June to early July. But the primeval flower garden is a flower field without doing the garden, so visitors may be disappointed a little if they expect the flower garden like Farm Tomita in Nakafurano. Do not expect too much. By the way, Sakhalin Grasshopper, a rare insect, inhabits, too.
The primeval flower garden spread over the sandy dune of 275 ha, but tourist area is only around the Genseikaen Station. Walks are built on a part of the site. I think that views from the Tenrangaoka Lookout are the best seeing. Flowers, Shiretoko Mountain Range and the Sea of the Okhotsk can be enjoyed. Unfortunately, views of the Lake Tofutsu is not good. In addition, beach is the singing sand in the northernmost of Japan. When I stepped the sand, it sounded. The walks are short, so the time it takes to look around is around 30 minutes. You may be tired because of a difference of elevation, so you should wear comfortable shoes.
Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden and Lake Tofustu Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (60 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours * Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden Infromation Center "Hana" 08:30-18:30 * It changes on the period|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round * Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden Infromation Center "Hana" From November to April|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||958 080 607*10|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Koshimizu Hanakotori-no-Yado Youth Hostel(小清水はなことりの宿 ユースホステル)|