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[Utafue Shrine in Mitsuishi, Shinhidaka] 4 Types of Cherry Blossoms Can Be Enjoyed at Garden of Gods

May 15th, 2016

Utafue Shrine

Utafue Shrine (歌笛神社) is a shinto shrine on about 75 m altitude small hill in Mitsuishi, Shinhidaka town located in the northwestern part of Cape Erimo (えりも岬), and Utafue Preschool (歌笛保育園) is built at the foot of the hill. The shrine was established in 1983, and moved here in 1902. Amaterasu-Omikami (天照大神 * the God of the sun), Hakusanhime-no-Kami (白山比賣神) and Kumano-Omikami (熊野大神) are enshrined. The Utafue Shrine is a famous place for cherry blossoms in Hidaka district, too, and cherry trees such as Double Cherry (ヤエザクラ), Yezo Mountain Cherry (エゾヤマザクラ), Yoshino Cherry (ソメイヨシノ) and Weeping Cherry (枝垂れ桜) grow at the site. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is about from early May to mid May. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Utafue Shrine
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Decorations of Dragon Are Cool
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Purification Fountain and Bato Kannon (Horse-Headed Kannon)
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka

A main shrine (本殿), a war memorial monument (戦没者慰霊碑), a bato kannon (馬頭観音) and memorial monuments (周年碑) are built at the site. Except an approach to the shrine with stone steps, a narrow mountain road is provided, too, and visitors can go up to the main shrine by their cars. But drive carefully. A gazobo and a public restroom are also built around the parking lot. By the way, Mitsuishi Onsen (三石温泉) is relatively near here.

Mountain Road Is Provided As Well As Approach to Shrine
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Parking Lot
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Gazebo
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Public Restroom
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka

Mitsuishi Onsen

Mitsuishi Onsen (三石温泉) is a hot spring place in Shinhidaka town located in the southeastern part of Tomakomai city. Mitsuishi Konbu Onsen Kurazo (三石昆布温泉 蔵三) is built between Urakawa National Route (浦河国道 * National Route 235) and the Pacific Ocean, and is adjacent to roadside station "Mitsuishi (三石)", and there is Mitsuishi Coast Park (三石海浜公園) near here, and toursists can swim in the sea, and Mitsuishi Coast Park Auto Campsite (三石海浜公園オートキャンプ場) and bungalows are built, too. There is Meiji Ranch in the other side of the roadside station across National Route 235, and race horses and ponies are put out to pasture. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes and convenience stores are not built around here. It is the origin of the Mitsuishi Onsen that Mitsuishi Onsen Elderly Citizens' Welfare Center (三石温泉老人福祉センター) opened a business in 1979 at another place, and it was shutted down in 2005. The Mitsuishi Konbu Onsen Kurazo has opened a business at current location. Article is here

Mitsuishi Konbu Onsen Kurazo
Mitsuishi Konbu Onsen Kurazo

Cherry Blossoms of Hokkaido

Cherry blossoms begin to bloom from late April in Hokkaido. The cherry blossoms in the Southern Hokkaido including Hakodate begin to bloom from late April, and in case of late blooming, the cherry blossoms in the Eastern Hokkaido and the Northern Hokkaido seem to bloom in early June. The cherry blossoms in Honshu (the main island of Japan) begin to bloom from mid March, and tourists can enjoy the cherry blossoms until too late season. If everybody forget to see the cherry blossoms in the Honshu, please visit the Hokkaido to savor the cherry blossoms. Article is here

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Cherry Blossoms and Pink Moss
Cherry Blossoms of Hokkaido Yonesato

Cherry Blossoms of Utafue Shrine

The site is not so large. Some cherry trees bloom along the approach to the shrine and the mountain road, and some cherry trees bloom near the main building, so the cherry tree are relatively small. But the shrine with a solemn atmosphere goes well with pink cherry blossoms, and I can imagine as if gods enjoyed a cherry-blossom viewing party. A conbination of a view from the top of the hill and the cherry blossoms is good, and the visitors feel comfortable. Few visitors come, so they can savor the cherry blossoms to the full.

Nice Double Cherry Blossoms
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
I View Utafue Area from Approach to Shrine
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Monuments
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Yezo Mountain Cherry
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Weeping Cherry
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Weeping Cherry Blossoms
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Weeping Cherry Trees and Main Shrine
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Yezo Mountain Cherry Trees Grow on Slope of Hill
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
View from Foot of Hill
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking lot is provided (5 cars)
Business hours Open for 24 hours
Regular closing day Open years all round
Telephone number +81-146-43-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 564 668 513*25

List of Accommodations

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

Mitsuishi Konbu Onsen Gonzo(三石昆布温泉 蔵三)
Ryokan Yoshida(旅館よしだ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Mitsuishi Ryokan(三石旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

A page of Hokkaido Cherry Tree is here

Hokkaido Cherry Tree

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