- September 5th, 2019
[Manabe Garden in Obihiro] The Largest Conifer Garden in Japan
Manabe Garden (真鍋庭園) is a popular garden at a residential area between National Route 236 and Satsunai River in Obihiro city, and is relatively near Midorigaoka Park (緑ヶ丘公園) with Obhiro Zoo (帯広動物園). The garden run by Manabe Garden Nursery (真鍋庭園苗畑) has been opened since 1966, and Mr. Kentaro Manabe (真鍋 憲太郎) is a company president at present. The Manabe Garden that one of 8 gardens chosen by Hokkaido Garden Path (北海道ガーデン街道) is well-known as the first conifer garden in Japan, and it is said that the site of about 8300 m2 is the largest area in the Japan as a conifer garden. Admission is JPY 1000. A parking lot is free of charge. They close a business from December to late April.
Obihiro Zoo (帯広動物園) is a zoo in Midorigaoka Park (緑ヶ丘公園) located in the center of Obihiro city, and is the 2nd oldest zoo after Maruyama Zoo (円山動物園) in Hokkaido, and has opened a business since 1963. It is well-known as a zoo that established a method to breed tropical animals in the cold Hokkaido for the first time in Japan. About 73 kinds of 400 animals are bred at the Obihiro Zoo. In addition, there is an amusement park at the zoo, and Mini Steam Locomotion Benkeigo (弁慶号) goes around the amusement park. Strollers and wheelchairs are provided, too, and those are free rental. Read More
They have a piad zone and a free zone, and walking garden is paid. Except the garden, Garden Center, Cafe Green Garden, toilets, playground equipments and a tree perch are built at the free zone. Garden species and souvenirs are sold at the Garden Center, and drinks and foods can be savored at the Cafe Green Garden. Besides, shooting sets of NHK Morning Drama serials "The Summer Sky" (NHK連続テレビ小説「なつぞら」) open to the public for a limited time.
A tree perch is built on a large weeping willow. It makes people be a kid again. But the tree perch is mostly surrounded by weeping branches, so a view is not good. I guess that a good atmosphere is enjoyed here.
A highway bus "Potato Liner (ポテトライナー)" runs between the Obihiro and the Sapporo, and a express bus "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)" runs between the Obihiro and Asahikawa. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Obihiro Station and Obihiro Airport.
Obihiro (帯広) that about 170,000 people live is the 6th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. It has flourished as the center of the Tokachi district. The Obihiro is also a stockyard for agricultural products in whole Tokachi district, and Potato, Beet, Wheat and Chinese Yam are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -20 degrees in a winter. It has a large temperature gap, but it has less snow relatively in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating is popular in the winter. Mr. Hiroyasu Shimizu, an olympic gold medalist, come from the Obihiro, and there is much competition population of the skating. Read More
Various Gardens in Manabe Garden
It is said that about 2000 types of trees are planted at the site of about 8300 m2, and it is divided into 5 gardens, Japanese-style Garden (日本庭園), European-style Garden (ヨーロッパガーデン), Landscape-style Garden (風景式庭園), Dwarf Garden (ドワーフガーデン) and Reverse Border Garden (リバースボーダーガーデン), so trees that matches the themes can be enjoyed while taking a walk. The paid zon has an entrance and an exit, and an admission ticket is required.
3 walking courses, Yezo Squirrel Course (エゾリスコース * About 30 minutes on foot), North Fox Course (キタキツネコース * About 45 minutes on foot) and Hare Course (ノウサギコース * About 60 minutes on foot), are provided, and walking can be enjoyed depending on the necessary time. But I guess that it takes about 1-2 hours to look around on foot. I recommend that visiotrs wear comfortable shoes, too. Besides, a wheel chair can be taken through the Yezo Squirrel Course and the North Fox Course. Visitors can look around with pets, too.
The Japanese-style Garden that is one of the 3 best gardens in the Manabe Garden is the first garden to visit. Carp Pond (鯉の池), Shinshokaku (真正閣), Suishoan (翆松庵), an artificial hill, a stone tower and so on are built at the site. Groundwater that gushes up from about 350 m below flows to the Carp Pond, and around the pond is worth seeing. As its name suggests, a lot of carps swim in the pond, and it engenders a typical atmosphere of the Japanese-style Garden. A Japanese umbrella around the pond is accent color in the view, so a lot of visitors from overseas take a picture here.
The Shinshokaku built in 1911 is a rest station for Emperor Taisho, and has been moved to here since 1969. Unfortunately, common tourists are not allow to enter. The Suishoan, a tea room, is beside the Shinshokaku, and tourists can take a rest at the Suishoan now.
The European-style Garden that is one of the 3 best gardens in the Manabe Garden is a garden to be the most worth seeing in my opinion. A House with Red Roof (赤屋根の家), KIDS Garden, Rosa Rugosa Path (はまなすの小道), an observation deck (展望デッキ), Lawn Open Space (芝生広場), a smoking area, resting places, a restroom and so on are built at the site. Various tall and short conifers are planted, and shading of green color differs a little, so a non-typical view in the Japan can be enjoyed.
The house with a red roof that is a symbol of the European-style Garden is a wooden building built in 1977, and uses a tyrol house in Austria as a motif. It emphasizes an European atmosphere. Unfortunately, common tourists are not allow to enter it. A bench for a good palce to take a picture is provided, too, so a lot of tourists take a photo there.
The observation deck is built near Olivine Waterfal (オリビンの滝), and its height is about 8 m. A good view like overseas garden can be seen.
The Lawn Open Space is amazing. A lot of tall trees grow, and the height of a white willow is about 20 m. Weeping branches catch people's eyes. The blue sky and different green trees create a good scenery.
The Landscape-style Garden with difference of elevation and much water is one of the 3 best gardens in the Manabe Garden. The Olivine Waterfall, Rhododendron Colony (シャクナゲ群落), Forest of Eastern White Pine (ストローブ松の森), Rosa Rugosa Hill (はまなすの丘), Rainbow Trout Pond (ニジマスの池), S-shaped Waterfall (S字の滝), resting places, a hut for bird-watching and so on are built at the site. Visitors can enjoy a conbination of water and trees, and I feel that here looks like a park rather than a garden.
The Olivine Waterfall is a man-made falls of about 8 m height. Olivine mined in Mt. Apoi (アポイ岳), Hidaka District is piled up.
At the Forest of Eastern White Pine, art works made by Mr. Nobuo Mitsunashi (三梨伸展) were displayed when I visited here.
Reverse Border Garden
The Reverse Border Garden is a coined word, and means "A formal garden". It is a symmetrical garden, and Squirrel Church (リスの教会) is built at the site. The church has a bell, so I wonder that a wedding ceremony may be held.
The Dwarf Garden with an exit is at the end of the paid zone, and contains the Monster Garden built in 2016. Slow-growing plants are collected here, and small people like the dwarf appears in a fairy tale or a fantasy world, so it means "small". In addition, moster-shaped trees are planted at the Monster Garden.
|Admission fee||Adult: JPY 1000, Child: JPY 200|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (50 cars)|
|Business hour||08:30-17:30 * It is changed depening on seasons|
|Regular closing day||From December to late April|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||124 474 687*36|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Obihiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Obihiro is here
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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