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[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.

Sunflower Field
Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora

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.

    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 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

    Hotel Konan-so
    Memanbetsu Onsen Hotel Konan-so

    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
    Marchen Hill in Ozora

    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

    Skunk Cabbage
    Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage

    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.

    Asahigaoka Obseravation Deck
    Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    Sunflowers Are Planted among Some Kinds of Fields
    Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    Lake Abashiri Is Seen at Distance
    Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    Sunflowers
    Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    Yellow and Green
    Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora

    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.

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    Bell of Happiness and Gazebo at Asahigaoka Park
    Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    Park Golf Course at Asahigaoka Park
    Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    Observation Deck
    Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    Look of Observation Deck
    Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    View from Observation Deck
    Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    View from Observation Deck
    Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora

    Atmosphere of Asahigaoka Park Sunflower Field Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Asahigaoka Park Sunflower Field

    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
    Telephone number +81-152-74-4323
    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.

    Sunflowers
    Memanbetsu Airport Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    Sunflowers
    Memanbetsu Airport Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    Sunflower Field
    Memanbetsu Airport Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    Small Lookout
    Memanbetsu Airport Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    View from Small Lookout
    Memanbetsu Airport Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    View from Small Lookout
    Memanbetsu Airport Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    Airport in Distance
    Memanbetsu Airport Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    Full of Sunflowers
    Memanbetsu Airport Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    Airport in Distance
    Memanbetsu Airport Sunflower Fields in Ozora
    Parking Lot on Roadside
    Memanbetsu Airport Sunflower Fields in Ozora

    Atmosphere of Memanbetsu Airport Sunflower Field Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Memanbetsu Airport Sunflower Field

    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
    Telephone number +81-152-74-4323
    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.

    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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