- November 23rd, 2016
[Midorigaoka Park Observatoion Tower in Tomakomai] One of Few Places to View Tomakomai
Midorigaoka Park (緑ヶ丘公園) is a general athletic playground of 87.20 ha nearby Tmakomai City Hospital in the northern part of Tomakomai city, and is close to Tomakomai Station, too. There are recreational facilities, an athletic field, a tennis court, a baseball stadium and a park golf course, Kintaro Pond (金太郎の池), a barbecue house, Forest of Cherry Blossoms (桜の森) and Midorigaoka Park Mountaintop Greenery (緑ヶ丘公園頂上広場), and the park is famous as a relaxing place for Tomakomai people. In addition, the park is well-known for a good place to see cherry blossoms and one of few places to view the Tomakomai. About 800 cherry tree are planted at the park, and Midorigaoka Park Festival (緑ヶ丘公園まつり) is held in early May, too. By the way, Aji-no-Gojuban (味の五十番) that I ate a good ramen is relatively near here.
Park Map in Japanese
Aji-no-Gojuban (味の五十番) is a long-established ramen restraunt in Futaba-cho, Tomakomai city. A couple manages the restraunt and have been cooking ramen for nearly 30 years. It is known as a ramen with the tasty light taste. Because an electronic-the word of mouth was high, I visited here around 11:00 on weekdays. The restraunt opened at 11:00. I was the firstcomer. The ramen restraunt had an atomosphere such as a typical ramen restraunt. There were some tables, so family customers seem to enjoy. Read More
A hill at the Midorigaoka Park is developed as the Midorigaoka Park Mountaintop Greenery, and a monument to the loyal dead, a fountain and a greenery are built. Play equipment for child is borrowed, and a tiger is on the greeny. By the way, Popular Manga "A Town Where Only I am Missing" (僕だけがいない街) uses the Tomakomai as a part of the setting, so here was used as a shooting place for Drama "A Town Where Only I am Missing".
Express Tomakomai-go (高速とまこまい号) or Hascup-go (ハスカップ号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Tomakomai. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Tomakomai Station.
Tomakomai (苫小牧) that 170,000 people live along Pacific Ocean is the fourth largest industrial city in Hokkaido, and is located in the central part of the Hokkaido. There are Oji Paper factory (王子製紙), petrochemical complexes and Tomato-Atsuma Thermal Power Plant, the largest thermal power plant in the Hokkaido. As for a climate, it is warmer than other places in Hokkaido in a summer or in a winter, and it features that the Tomakomai has less snow than other placess in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating as one of famous winter sports is prosperous, so ASIA LEAGUE ICE HOCKEY Team "Oji Eagles" is based in the Tomakomai. Because the Tomakomai is close to New Chitose Airport, and Tomakomai Ferry terminal is built, so the Tomakomai has traffic convenience. Read More
Midorigaoka Park Observation Tower
An observation tower was built for 50th Tomakomai city anniversary in 1998 on the hilltop at about 35 m above sea level. That is the Midorigaoka Park Observation Tower. White appearance tower of about 30 m height is cool. There is a resting place and a souvenir shop on the 1st floor, and there is a multipurpose resting room on the 2nd floor. An observatory deck is at 56 m above sea level, so visitors can see a panoramic view of Tomakomai city. In a summer, they open a business from 09:00 - 21:00. The tower is well-known as a good night view place, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Atmosphere of Midorigaoka Park Observation Tower Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (40 cars)|
|Business hour||Summer season 09:00-21:00. Winter season 10:00-18:00.|
|Regular closing day||Summer season first Monday. Winter season Monday and Year-end and New Year holidays.|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||113 252 141*58|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Tomakomai. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Tomakomai 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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