- August 12th, 2016
[Lily Park in Koshimizu] 7 Million Lilies Can Be Admired Only Between 2 Months
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 direction of 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.
Here is near the center of the Koshimizu, and restraunts, convenience stores and Koshimizu Onsen Fureai Center are in the center of the Koshimizu. Tourists can take a day trip bath at the Koshimizu Onsen Fureai Center. Famous tourist attractions around here are Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden (小清水原生花園), Lake Tofutsu (濤沸湖), Furetoi Observation Deck (フレトイ展望台) and Yuri-no-Sato Koshimizu Lily Park (こしみずリリーパーク). Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Koshimizu, Okhotsk Strawberry Farm (オホーツクいちごファーム), Bakery Maru (石釜パン工房 まる), Ramen Kissha Ekibasha (ラーメンきっさ えきばしゃ) and Fkutaro (福太郎) are popular in particular.
Koshimizu Onsen Fureai Center
Koshimizu Onsen (小清水温泉) is a hot spring place in Koshimizu town located in the western direction of Shari town in the Shiretoko Peninsula. Fureai Center (ふれあいセンター) is built on a multipurpose sports ground at the outskirts of the Koshimizu, and there are Koshimizu Baseball Ground (小清水野球場), a tennis court, a football ground, a training center and Trimu Park around here. Restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, convenience stores, Izakaya and bars with a surcharge are relatively near here, too. Read More
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 direction 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. Read More
Lake Tofutsu (濤沸湖) in the southeastern part of Abashiri city is a brackish lake between the Abashiri and Koshimizu town. The perimeter of the lake is about 27 km. The maximum water depth is 2.5 m. The Tofutsu means a mouth of the lake in Ainu language, and Ainu people called "a place that birds always stay", too. The lake has been designed as the Ramsar Convention since 2005, and is well-known as a rest place for waterfowl, and about 250 kinds of water birds can be watched through a whole year, and about 40 kinds of migratory birds such as swan stop by the lake in a winter. Read More
Furetoi Observation Deck
Furetoi Observation Deck (フレトイ展望台) is in Koshimizu town located in the southeastern direction 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. Read More
Look of Lily Park
A ticket counter, a public restroom, a restraunt and a food stall are built near the entrance. The visitors can enjoy meals, and use the public restroom without buying the ticket. Lily flavored soft serve ice cream is sold at the restraunt and the food stall. My eyes caught a stage after passing a gate. Lily Festival (ゆりフェスティバル) is held on Sunday, late July, and a Japanese singer sings a song on the stage. Then I passed another gate, and walked in a counterclockwise direction on foot. It seems to take about 1 hour to enjoy to your heart's content. By the way, a restraunt and a golf curt stan are built near the gate, and the visitors can use the golf curt for a fee.
An obseravation deck is built on a small hill, and the visitors can view the Lily Park. That view was good. I went down along Path of White Birch (白樺の小径), and admired other flowers as well as the lilies at a small garden. Then I went up another hill, and enjoyed the lilies of 2 hills there.
Atmosphere of Lily Park Can Be Watched on Youtube
Movie of Lily Park
|Admission fee||From mid July to late August7 and from late August to early September Adult: JPY 350. From mid July to late September Adult: JPY 500.|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (136 cars)|
|Regular closing day||From mid September to early July|
|Home page||Home Page is here|
|Mapcode||444 669 885*47|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Koshimizu. 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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