• April 23rd, 2015
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[Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony in Ozora] Skunk Cabbage and Damp Ground Have Been Designated as Natural Monument

Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony

Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony (女満別湿生植物群落) is a skunk cabbage colony at the right bank of Lake Abashiri (網走湖) located in the northern part of Memanbetsu, Ozora town, and is close to Memanbetsu Onsen (女満別温泉). Broad leaf forest such as Japanese Ash and Alnus Japonica var Grow at the damp ground of 56 ha, and has been designated as the natural monument since 1972. The skunk cabbages used to be in full bloom from mid May to late May, but those were flowered when I visited here in late April, 2015. I suppose that the best time to see the skunk cabbages is from late April to early May under the effects of global warming. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Skunk Cabbage
Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage

Except the Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, the Memanbetsu has some tourist attractions, and Sunflower Fields (ひまわり畑) and Marchen Hill (メルヘンの丘) are relatively near here. A direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Memanbatsu, but an express bus "Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Memanbatsu.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Refer to following a company for the highway bus service between the Abashiri and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation. 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 Abashiri
    (Chuo Bus)中央バス From Abashiri to Sapporo
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their office is at the Memanbetsu Airport.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their office is at the Memanbetsu Airport.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their office is at the Memanbetsu Airport.
    Jalan
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their office is at the Memanbetsu Airport.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their office is at the Memanbetsu Airport.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is at the Memanbetsu Airport.

    Memanbetsu Onsen

    Memanbetsu Onsen (女満別温泉) is a hot spring place in Memanbetsu, Ozora town located in the southern part of Abashiri city. Some hot spring facilities are dotted between the shore of Lake Abashiri (網走湖) and the center of the Memanbetsu. Those are relatively near the center of the Memanbetsu, so restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, Izakaya and bars with a surcharge are built, too. The Memanbetsu is well-known as a airport, and other famous tourist attractions are Marchen Hill (メルヘンの丘), Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields and Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony (女満別女満別湿生植物群落). Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Memanbetsu, Chines-style restraunt "Yoshi" (中華レストラン 吉) is popular in particular. Read More

    Hotel Konan-so
    Memanbetsu Onsen Hotel Konan-so

    Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields

    Sunflowers are planted at 3 sunflower fields, Asahigaoka Park (朝日ヶ丘公園), Tomappugawa Park (トマップ川公園) and a neighborhood of Memanbetsu airport, in Memanbetsu, Ozora town located in the southern part of Abashiri city. To enjoy sunflowers 2 times is a feature of the Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields. The sunflowers are planted in a summer and an autumn, and a best time to see the sunflowers in the summer is from early August to late September, and a best time to see the sunflowers in the autumn is from mid October to late October. Read More

    Sunflower Field
    Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora

    Marchen Hill

    Marchen Hill (メルヘンの丘) is a tourist attraction along Nationa Route 39 in Memanbetsu, Ozora, and is relatively near Road Station "Marchen Hill Memanbetsu". 7-8 Japanese larch trees are planted on a ridge of a gentle hill with about 35 m elevation, and it has became popular beauty spot because the scenery was used for famous Japanese movie "Dreams (夢)" filmed by Mr. Akira Kurosawa (黒澤明). I do not know the origin of the name, but I suppose the hill was named as the Marchen Hill because the view looks as if the view appeared in a fairy tale. Potate and wheat are planted at the hillside, and its view goes well with the Japanese larch trees, and the scenery with the blue sky or the red sky in the early evening as the background is popular. The Marchen Hill in a winter also has a good atmosphere. Rest places and a parking space are built at the site. Admission free. The parking space is free of charge. Read More

    Marchen Hill in Early Evening
    Marchen Hill in Ozora

    Look of Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony

    Wooden path of 150-200 m length is built on the marsh land, so the skunk cabbage can be seen on the wooden path. Besides the wooden path, there is nothing. Visitors can look around in about 20 minutes on foot. But you had better wear your shoes that you would not mind getting dirty.

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    Entrance of Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony
    Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage
    All Lands Are Damp Area
    Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage
    Wooden Path with About 200 m in Total Is Built
    Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage
    Skunk Cabbages Are in Half Bloom
    Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage
    Skunk Cabbage
    Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage
    Beautiful White and Yellow Flower
    Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage
    Skunk Cabbage
    Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage
    I Look at Lake Abashiri on Terminal
    Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage
    State in Late May, 2014
    Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage
    State in Late May, 2014
    Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage
    State in Late May, 2014
    Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage
    State in Late May, 2014
    Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage

    Atmosphere of Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (5 Cars)
    Business hours Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number +81-152-74-2111
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 305 336 835*56

    List of Accommodations

    Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Ozora. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

    Memanbetsu Onsen

      Hotel Konanso(ホテル湖南荘)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Yumoto Hotel Sansui(湯元ホテル山水)
      Booking

      Memanbetsu

        Northern Lodge Kanto(ノーザンロッジカント)
        Booking
        Yumebatake(夢畑)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Memanbetsu Lakeside Park Campsite(女満別湖畔公園キャンプ場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        Higashimokoto

          Hotel Higashimokoto(ホテルひがしもこと)
          Petit Farm Yui(プチファームゆい)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park Campsite(ひがしもこと芝桜公園キャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Booking.com
          Booking.com

          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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