- August 15th, 2016
[Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora] Sunflower Fields with Lake Abashiri, Blue Sky or Airplane Are Good Combination
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 direction 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.
Except the sunflower fields, the Memanbetsu has some tourist attractions, and Memanbetsu Onsen (女満別温泉), Marchen Hill (メルヘンの丘) and Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony (女満別女満別湿生植物群落) are relatively near here. A direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Memanbatsu, but a express bus "Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Memanbatsu.
Memanbetsu Onsen (女満別温泉) is a hot spring place in Memanbetsu, Ozora town located in the southern direction 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
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
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. Read More
List of Sunflower Field Tourist Attractions
There are the Asahigaoka Park, the Tomappugawa Park, the Memanbetsu Airport. My visited places are as follows.
Sunflower Field near Asahigaoka Park
In those sunflower fields, the sunflower field near the Asahigaoka park is the largest. The sunflowers are planted on a small hillside at the about 100 m above sea level. They plant the sunflowers in the summer and the autumn, and the planting area changes depending on those times. The area is about 3.23 ha. There was only 1 field when I visited here in early August. But I was satisfied with seeing the sunflowers against the background of the blue sky or Lake Abashiri (網走湖). Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
A park golf course is nearby the Asahigaoka Obseravation Deck (朝日ヶ丘展望台), and a bell of happiness (幸福の鐘) and a gazebo are built on the site, too. Visitors can enter the observation deck freely. There are a tourist information office and a resting place on the 1st floor, and is a lookout on 2nd floor, so views from there are very good.
Atmosphere of Asahigaoka Park Sunflower Field Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (10 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open year all round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||305 251 853*56|
Sunflower Field near Memanbetsu Airport
About 400,000 sunflowers, a type of Rinzo (りんぞう), bloom at 2.3 ha of a field adjacent to the Memanbetsu Airport. It is called "Kuko-yoko-Recycling Center-mae-Sunflower Field (空港横リサイクルセンター前ひまわり畑)" because it is located in front of Ozora town Recycling Center (大空町 リサイクルセンター). Here is a popular viewing spot to see the sunflowers with a plane for photographers. You should come here around from 13:00 to 14:00 because some airplanes take off and land in those time. There are a small lookout and a parking lot on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
Atmosphere of Memanbetsu Airport Sunflower Field Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (3 cars)|
|Business hour||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||305 185 760*58|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Ozora. 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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