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[Mishima's Moss Pink Garden in Niseko Kucchan] Mt. Yotei, Moss Pink and Canola Flower Can Be Enjoyed

June 1st, 2015

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 part 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.

I Look over Lower Moss Pink Garden and Mt. Yotei from Upper Moss Pink Garden
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan

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

Kutchan Onsen (倶知安温泉) is a hot spring place in Kutchan town located in the southwestern part 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. Article is here

View from Open-air Bath
Kutchan Onsen Hotel Youtei

Shinsen-numa Wetland and Shinsen-numa Swamp

Shinsen-numa Wetland (神仙沼湿原) and Shinsen-numa Swamp (神仙沼) is at 770 m above sea level are in Kyowa town located in the western part of Sapporo city. Wooden paths are built from Shinsen-numa parking lot to Shinsen-numa Swamp, and visiotrs can arrive at Shinsen-numa Wetland and Shinsen-numa Swamp for approximately 20 minutes, and the paths lead for Naganuma swamp (長沼) halfway is built. The visitors can reach to the Shinsen-numa Wetland and the Shinsen-numa Swamp from Oyachi (大谷地) parking lot, too, and it take approximately 30 minutes. The visitors can see the state that woodland horsetail, the endangered species, grows wild from Oyachi parking lot. The Oyachi parking lot has no facilities, but there is a resting station at Shinsen-numa parking lot, the visitors can take a meal and a break. There is a restroom, too. Article is here

Beautiful Fall Foliage
Shinsen-numa Wetland and Shinsen-numa Swamp in Niseko

Niseko Oyunuma Pond

Oyunuma Pond (大湯沼) is a hot spring bog at the Niseko Yumoto Onsen (ニセコ湯本温泉) in Rankoshi town located in the western part of Sapporo city and is hot spring source of Yumoto Onsen. The circumference of the pond is about 200 m and the 1000 liters of the hot springs per minute are gushing out. Oyunuma Pond was a geyser in old days, but Anglo-Saxon mining company called Howl Company drew sulfur too much in the Meiji period and it was not geyser. Walking paths are built around the pond, and visitors can see the state that the hot springs are gushing out. The visitors can go around for about 10 minutes. Article is here

Baba River Flows along Oyunuma Pond
Niseko Oyunuma Pond in Rankoshi

Nakama

Nakama (なかま) is a ramen restraunt in Kutchan town (Niseko) located in the western part 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. Article is here

Nori and Ume Ramen with Roasted Pork Fillet
Nori and Ume Ramen with Roasted Pork Fillet -Nakama in Kutchan-

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.

Hilly Geographical Features
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
Close‐up View of Moss Pink
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
Pink Color Mixed with White Color
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan

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.

Moss Pink on Lower Moss Pink Garden
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
Canola Flowers Are in Bloom along Path
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
Interesting Pattern
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
I Look over Upper Moss Pink Garden from Lower Moss Pink Garden
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
Mt. Yotei and Canola Flowers
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
Mt. Yotei, Canola Flowers and Moss Pink
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
Upper Flower Garden
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
Moss Pink Is in Bloom
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
Dogs Welcome Tourists
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
Moss Pink Is in Bloom along Path
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
Color Gradation Is Wonderful
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
Moss Pink Goes Well with White Birch
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
Circular Moss Pink
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan
Moss Pink on Slope
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan

Mishima's Moss Pink Garden Can Be Watched on Youtube.

Movie of Mishima's Moss Pink Garden

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (about 5 Cars)
Business hours -
Regular closing day Open year all round
Telephone number +81-136-56-8009
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 398 569 276*13

Accommodations

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

Nisekoyado Tabitsumugi(ニセコ宿 たびつむぎ)
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Youtei(ホテル羊蹄)
Booking
Rakuten
Hotel 3M(ホテルスリーエム)
Booking
Jalan
Ekimae Business Hotel(駅前ビジネスホテル) Only Tel:+81-136-22-0001
Nanko Hotel(ナンコウホテル)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Daiichikan(ホテル第一会館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Marutake Ryokan(まるたけ旅館)
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Niseko is here

Niseko

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