- June 1st, 2015
[Mishima's Moss Pink Garden in Niseko Kucchan] Mt. Yotei, Moss Pink and Canola Flower Can Be Enjoyed
Mishima’s Moss Pink Garden
Mishima’s Moss Pink Garden (三島さんちの芝桜) is a private garden in Niseko, Kutchan town located in the western direction of Sapporo city, and is around 1 km away from Kuchan Station. After retirement from a farmer, Mr. Kazuo Mishima (三島和夫) has been planted the moss pink not to prevent tuning a agricultural land into a wasteland since the early 2000s. The moss pink is a perennial plant of the family polemoniaceae native of North America, and is a kind of the phlox. He has expanded the moss pink field every year, and now the park space is 4,000 m2. I was really surprised at the area of moss pink very much when I visited here. Admission free. A free parking lot and a restroom are provided, too. If the parking lot is full, visitors can park their cars at Kutosan Park Parking Lot (くとさんパーク駐車場) and Asahigaoka Park Parking Lot (旭ケ丘公園駐車場). Because the garden is thrown open to visitors in his good faith, the visiotrs follow a manner, and appreciate the moss pink.
There are Shinsen-numa Swamp (神仙沼), Niseko Oyunuma Pond (ニセコ大湯沼) and Kucchan Onsen (倶知安温泉) around here, too. Various things can be enjoyed all the year round in the Niseko. For example, Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, trecking, ski gondra, rafting and hot air ballooning can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and snowshoes can be enjoyed in the winter. By the way, Express Bus Niseko-go runs from the Sapporo to the Niseko. By the way, Niseko has a lot of good restaurants that has a good reputation, Kouka (広華), Fujii Pastry Shop (お菓子のふじい), Bistro Kutchan Izakaya (ビストロ倶知安酒場) and Alaska Donuts (アラスカ ドーナツ) are popular in particular around Kutchan Station. I ate ramen noodle at Nakam got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. It was so tasty.
Kutchan Onsen (倶知安温泉) is a hot spring place in Kutchan town located in the southwestern direction of Sapporo city. Only Hotel Yotei along Hokkaido Road 85 is built on a hillside at about 200 m above sea level. It takes about 5 minutes from the center of the Kutcan by car. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Niseko has a lot of good restaurants that has a good reputation, Kouka (広華), Fujii Pastry Shop (お菓子のふじい), Bistro Kutchan Izakaya (ビストロ倶知安酒場) and Alaska Donuts (アラスカ ドーナツ) are popular in particular around Kutchan Station. I ate ramen noodle at Nakam got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. It was so tasty. Read More
Shinsen-numa Swamp (神仙沼) is the largest swamp at about 770 m above sea level in the Shinsen-numa Wetland in Kyowa town located in the western direction of Sapporo city, and is well-known for a good place to see beautiful fall foliage, so a lot of visitors come. Mr. Toyomatsu Shimoda (下田豊松), the Japan’s first chief scout, that was moved by a phrase “Everything is God, here is a place that a hermit lives in (皆が神、仙人の住みたまう所)” named it the Shinsen-numa Swamp. Shinsennuma Rest Station (神仙沼自然休養林休憩所) is at Shinsen-numa Parking Lot along Hokkaido Road 66, and light meals are served. It opens a business from late May to early November. The parking has Shinsen-numa Nature Forest Lookout (神仙沼自然休養林展望台) and a public restroom. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Oyunuma Pond (大湯沼) is a hot spring bog at about 560 m above sea level in Niseko Yumoto Onsen (ニセコ湯本温泉), Rankoshi town located in the western direction of Sapporo city, and is a hot spring source of the Niseko Yumoto Onsen, and adjoins Yukichichibu (雪秩父). It is smaller than a pond with the same name in Noboribetsu Onsen. The circumference of the pond is about 200 m, and the 1,000 liters per minute of hot springs are gushing out. The pond used to be a geyser in old days, but Anglo-Saxon Mining Company Howl Company drew sulfur too much in the Meiji period, and it was destroyed. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. There are Koyunuma pond (小湯沼), Chisenupuri Ski resort (チセヌプリスキー場), Oyunuma Nature Pavilion (大湯沼自然展示館) and Yumoto Onsen Campsite (湯本温泉野営場) around here. Read More
Nakama (なかま) is a ramen restraunt in Kutchan town (Niseko) located in the western direction of Sapporo city and opened a business in 1997. The ramen restraunt is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. I visited here around 17:00 on weekdays. The ramen restraunt had an atmosphere such as a typical ramen restraunt. White and red interior decoration was very bright. There are some tables, so family customers seem to enjoy. Read More
Niseko (ニセコ) is the general term for towns and villages around Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山) in the southwestern direction of Sapporo city, and contains Niseko town (ニセコ町), Kutchan town (倶知安町), Kyogoku town (京極町), Makkari village (真狩村), Kimobetsu town (喜茂別町), Kyowa town (共和町), Rankoshi town (蘭越町) and Iwanai town (岩内町). The Niseko means “A river in a gorge” in Ainu language, and the origin of the word is Niseko Anbetsu River (ニセコアンベツ川). In a winter, skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed, and rafting along Shiribetsu River (尻別川) can be enjoyed in a summer. It is one of the features that the Niseko has various nature such as the Mt. Yotei, Shinsen-numa Swamp (神仙沼) and Oyunuma Pond (大湯沼). In addition, tasty water from the Mt. Yotei and tasty ingredients are abundant. In a spring, cherry blossoms can be enjoyed, summer activities and nature can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and winter activities can be enjoyed in a winter, so tourists can enjoy the nature of Hokkaido including various onsen and tasty foods in Niseko throughout the year. Read More
Moss Pink Garden
The moss pink is in full bloom from late May to mid June, and the flower fields are roughly divided into upper moss pink garden and lower moss pink garden across the road. The time it takes to look around pink carpets is around 30 minutes because paths are built on the most level ground. The Mishima’s Moss Pink Garden is different from Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park (東藻琴芝桜公園) and Shibazakura Takinoue Park (芝ざくら滝上公園) that the pink moss can be enjoyed on hillside, and low difference of elevation is one of the private garden’s characteristics.
He represents Mt. Yotei and Niseko Mountain Range by uneven lands, and is meticulous in details such as remaining snow represented by the moss pink. Because genuine Mt. Yotei with Mt. Yotei-shaped moss pink can be seen, it is a tourist attraction that Mt. Yotei lovers must come to see. In addition, canola flowers are planted beside the moss pink, and a conbination of those is very good, too.
Mishima’s Moss Pink Garden Can Be Watched on Youtube.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (about 5 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Open year all round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||398 569 276*13|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Kutchan. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Niseko 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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