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[Manabe Garden in Obihiro] The Largest Conifer Garden in Japan

Manabe Garden

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.

Conifer Garden
Manabe Garden in Obihiro
Parking Lot
Manabe Garden in Obihiro

Obihiro Zoo

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

Yezo Owl
Obihiro Zoo

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.

Garden Center
Manabe Garden in Obihiro
Inside of Garden Center
Manabe Garden in Obihiro
Resting Place
Manabe Garden in Obihiro
Cafe Green Garden
Manabe Garden in Obihiro
Garden
Manabe Garden in Obihiro
Playground Equipments
Manabe Garden in Obihiro
Portable Toilets
Manabe Garden in Obihiro
Tenyo's Stable
Manabe Garden in Obihiro
Inside of Tenyo's Stable
Manabe Garden in Obihiro
Tenyo's House
Manabe Garden in Obihiro

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.

Tall Tree
Manabe Garden in Obihiro
Tree Perch
Manabe Garden in Obihiro
Entrance of Tree Perch
Manabe Garden in Obihiro
Look of Tree Perch
Manabe Garden in Obihiro
View from Tree Perch
Manabe Garden in Obihiro

Movie of Manabe Garden

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.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between Obihiro and Sapporo or Asahikawa. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Obihiro. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Obihiro
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Obihiro to Sapporo
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Asahikawa to Obihiro
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Asahikawa
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.
    Jalan
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Obihiro Station.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their offices are in Nishi 5-jo, Nishi 18-jo and Odori Steet.

    OBIHIRO

    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

    Open Spacea in front of Obihiro Station
    Obihiro

    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.

    Entrance of Manabe Garden
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro

    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.

    Ticket Office
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Entrance of Paid Zone
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Huge Site
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro

    Japanese-style Garden

    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.

    Japanese Garden
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Small Waterfall
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Walks
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Stone Tower
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Carp Pond
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Carp Is Swiming
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Japanese Atmosphere
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Red Japanese Umbrella Is Accent Color
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Shinshokaku Comes into Sight
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Stepping Stones
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Dead Tree Is Good
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro

    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.

    Shinshokaku
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Resting House
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Inside of Resting House
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Shinshokaku and Suishoan
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Suishoan
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Inside of Suishoan
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Carp Pond and Hydrangea
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro

    European-style Garden

    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.

    European-style Garden
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Walks
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Purple Flowers
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Amazing!
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro

    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.

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    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.

    Observation Deck
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Look of Observation Deck
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    View from Observation Deck
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    View from Observation Deck
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    View from Observation Deck
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    I Go Down Stair
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro

    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.

    Lawn Open Space
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Lawn Open Space
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Dog-walking
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Resting Place
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Look of Resting Place
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Restroom
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro

    Landscape-style Garden

    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.

    Landscape-style Garden
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Pond
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Rainbow Trout Is Swimming
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro

    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.

    Olivine Waterfall
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Resting Place
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Visitors Can Sit on Porch
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Spirit of Forest Wood Statue
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro

    At the Forest of Eastern White Pine, art works made by Mr. Nobuo Mitsunashi (三梨伸展) were displayed when I visited here.

    Art Work of Mr. Nobuo Mitsunashi
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Forest Open Gallery
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Wooden Object
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Rainbow Trout Pond
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Hut for Bird-watching
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Strange View
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Resting Place
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Bench
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Pond
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Walks
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    S-shaped Waterfall
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Water Drops
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Water Gushes out
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Stepping Stones
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro

    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.

    Reverse Border Garden
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Squirrel Church
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Wall
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Rosa Rugosa
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro

    Dwarf Garden

    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.

    Dwarf Garden
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Various Types of Trees
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Whitish Pine
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Monster Garden
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Trees Look Like Monsters
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Monster-shaped Trees
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    Exit of Paid Zone
    Manabe Garden in Obihiro
    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
    Telephone number +81-155-48-2120
    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.

      Onsen Hotel Boston(ホテルボストン)
      HP
      Jalan
      Midorigaoka Onsen Sauna Business Hotel(みどりヶ丘温泉 サウナビジネスホテル)
      Booking
      Obihirominami Onsen Hotel Konan(帯広南温泉 ホテル光南)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Tokachi Gardens Hotel(十勝ガーデンズ ホテル)
      Business Hotel Plum Field(ビジネスホテル プラムフィールド)
      Casa Inn Hotel Obihiro(カーサーイン ホテル帯広)
      Booking
      Hotel Yamako(ホテルやまこ)
      Booking
      Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Tokachi Obihiro Ekimae(東横インとかち・帯広駅前)
      Hotel Tokachi Inn(ホテル十勝イン)
      Booking
      Hotel AreaOne Obihiro(ホテルエリアワン帯広)
      Dormy Inn Obihiro(ドーミーイン帯広)
      Hotel Route-Inn Obihiro Ekimae(ホテルルートイン帯広駅前)
      Hotel Paco Obihiro 3(ホテルパコ帯広3)
      Booking
      Obihiro Grand Hotel(帯広グランドホテル)
      JR Inn Obihiro(JRイン帯広)
      Hotel Nupka(ホテルヌプカ)
      Richmond Hotel Obihiro Ekimae(リッチモンドホテル帯広駅前)
      Fukui Hotel(ふく井ホテル)
      Hotel Grand Terrace Obihiro(ホテルグランテラス帯広)
      Natural Hot Spring Premier Hotel CABIN Obihiro(天然温泉プレミア ホテル-CABIN-帯広)
      Hotel Nikko Northland Obihiro(ホテル日航 ノースランド帯広)
      APA Hotel Obihiro Ekimae(アパホテル)
      Hotel Musashi(ホテルムサシ)
      Booking
      Comfort Hotel Obihiro(コンフォートホテル帯広)
      Hotel Paco Obihiro 2(ホテルパコ帯広2)
      Booking
      Hotel New Obihiro(ホテルニューオビヒロ)
      Booking
      Hotel Sun Park(ホテルサンパーク)
      Booking
      Hokkaido Hotel(北海道ホテル)
      Business Hotel Grandy(ビジネスホテル グランディ)
      Booking
      Hotel Arm Obihirominami(ホテルアルム オビヒロミナミ)
      Booking
      Obihiro Yachiyo Youth Hostel(帯広八千代 ユースホステル)
      Taisho Crab House(大正カニの家)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Iwanai Nature Forest(岩内自然の森)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Snow Peak Tokachi Poroshiri Camp Field(スノーピーク十勝ポロシリキャンプフィールド)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Booking.com

      A page of Obihiro is here

      Obihiro

      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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