- August 19th, 2014
[Nayoro] Sunflower and Glutinous Rice Can Be Enjoyed in One of Coldest Regions in Hokkaido
- List of Tourist Attractions
- List of Tasty Foods
- List of Sweets
- List of Onsen
- List of Events
- List of Accommodations
Nayoro (名寄) that about 30,000 people live is the 24th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is located between Wakkanai city and Asahikawa city, and is one of regional hub cities of the North Hokkaido area. The Nayoro means “A country near rivers” in Ainu language, and the downtown is between Nayoro River (名寄川) and Teshio River (天塩川). Furen that became incorporated with the Nayoro in 2006 is well-known for glutinous rice, and the planted area is the largest in Japan. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -30 degrees in a winter because Nayoro is located in a basin. Natural environment of abou 60-degrees temperature difference is one of features of the Nayoro. So natural phenomena such as SunPillar and Diamond Dust can be enjoyed. The Nayoro is just beside Bifuka town recorded the coldest temperature, -41.5 degrees, in Japan, and is one of the coldest region in the Hokkaido.
Speaking of the Nayoro, my impression is a ski town, but sunflower fields have became popular recently. 6 million sunflowers in total are planted in the whole Naoyoro, and those were used as shooting places for Japanese movie “Stargazing Dog (星守る犬)” that Mr. Toshiyuki Nishida (西田敏行) played the leading character in 2011.
A local speciality of the Nayoro is Nayoro Stewed Mutton and Vegetable (名寄煮込みジンギスカン), and it is served at some restaurants in the Nayoro. As for the sweets, Soft Daifuku (ソフト大福) using the glutinous rice is sold at Roadside Station “Mochigome-no-Sato Nayoro” (道の駅「もち米の里★名寄」), and Nayoro Pudding (なよろプリン) is sold at Brazil (ブラジル), and SunPillar Pudding (サンピラーぷりん) is sold at Toyoken (東陽軒). By the way, Nayoro Onsen (なよろ温泉) is at the foot of Piyashiri Ski Resort.
The Nayoro has some events. Nayoro Winter Festival (名寄雪質日本一フェスティバル) is held between 3days in early February, and Kita-no-Tenmonji-yaki (北の天文字焼き) is held in a day, early February, and Furen Winter Festival (ふうれん冬まつり) is held between 2days in mid February. Then Furen White Birch Festival (ふうれん白樺まつり) is held in a day, mid June, and Tesshi Nayoro Festival (てっし名寄まつり) is held in a day, late July, and Nayoro Sunflower Festival (なよろひまわりまつり) is held from August 1 to August 31, and Furen Festival (風連祭) is held between 3days in early August, and Nayoro Festival (名寄祭) is held between 3days in early August, and Furen My Hometown Festival (風連ふるさとまつり) is held between 2days in mid August. By the way, a highway bus, Express Nayoro-go (高速なよろ号), runs between the Nayoro and Sapporo. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Nayoro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented near komyo Kindergarten (光明幼稚園).
List of Tourist Attractions
The Nayoro is famous for a ski town. There is Nayoro Piyashiri Ski Resort (名寄ピヤシリスキー場), and a ski race and a ski jumping race are carried out. In addition, there are Kita-subaru Astronomical Observatory (きたすばる天文台) and a park golf course in Sun Pillar Park (サンピラーパーク) and Kenko-no-Mori (健康の森). The sunflower fields are one of most famous tourist attractions in the Nayoro lately. In addition, Nayoro City Northland Museum (名寄市北国博物館) is near Nayoro Park (名寄公園). As for good places to see cherry blossoms in the Nayoro, Yayoi Park (弥生公園) and Furen Bokodai Nature Park (風連望湖台自然公園) are relatively famous.
Nayoro Sunflower Fields
Nayoro city is located in the northerneastern direction of Asahikawa city, and 6 million sunflowers such as Harurinzo and cobalt in total are planted in some fields of about 50 ha in the whole Naoyoro. Those are in full bloom from late July to mid August. It all started when the sunflowers were planted in Chiebun region in 1897, and those were seen here and there. In the sunflower fields, 3 large sunflower fields, MOA Nayoro Farm Kousei Venue (MOA名寄農場更生会場), MOA Nayoro Farm Shinonome Venue (MOA名寄農場東雲会場) and Sun Pillar Park Venue (サンピラーパーク会場) are open to the public. Those were shooting places for Japanese movie “Stargazing Dog (星守る犬)” that Mr. Toshiyuki Nishida (西田敏行) played the leading character in 2011, and have became popular tourist attractions. Read More
Cherry Blossoms of Yayoi Park
Yayoi Park (弥生公園) is in Yayoi, Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city, and the distance is about 8 km far away from downtown to here. Yayoi Shrine (弥生神社) and Former Teshio Yayoi Station “Tabibitoyado and Inaka Shokudo” (天塩弥生駅「旅人宿&田舎食堂」) are close to the park. This park is not large, and a few play equipment and a public restroom are built there. It is well-known as a a famous place for cherry blossoms by Nayoro citizens, and about 200 cherry trees are planted. The bese season to see the cherry blossoms is full bloom from early May to mid May. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Cherry Blossoms of Furen Bokodai Nature Park
Furen Bokodai Nature Park (風連望湖台自然公園) is in Furen, Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city, and the distance is about 10 km far away from downtown to here. The park has Churreppu Dam (忠烈布ダム), Lake Churreppu (忠烈布湖) and an auto campsite, and cherry trees are planted here and there. The best season is from early May to mid May. Siberian iris and Lily of the valley can be seen there, too. By the way, Center House, Junbo Roller slide and a tennis court has shut down around cottages. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Sun Pillar Park and Kenko-no-Mori
Sun Pillar Park (サンピラーパーク) and Kenko-no-Mori (健康の森) are in Nisshin, Nayoro city, and are built between the downtown and the Piyashiri Ski Resort in 2006 and 1996. The Sun Pillar Park has flower fields, and pink moss is planted in a spring, and the sunflowers are planted in the summer. In addition, there are facilities such as an athletic field, a camping ground, Kitasubaru Astronomical Observatory (きたすばる天文台), a park golf course. Nayoro people use those facilities as places for relaxation and refreshment.
List of Tasty Foods
Tasty dishes using ingredients produced in the Hokkaido and the Nayoro have a good reputation. Local specialities are Nayoro Burger (名寄バーガー) and Nayoro Stewed Mutton and Vegetable (名寄煮込みジンギスカン * Stewed Genghis Khan. Speaking of the tasty restaurants in the Nayoro, the Brazil, Mitsuboshi Shokudo (三星食堂) and Kamekin Shokudo (亀きん食堂) are famous in particular. In addition, Ms. K reccomended me that Tamasaburo’s (たまさぶろう) dishes were very tasty.
Tamasaburo (たまさぶろう) is a restaurant surrounded by fields in Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city, and is near Nayoro North Interchange (名寄北インターチェンジ). Mr. Atsushi Shishimi (志々見 敦), a restaurant owner, has established the restaurant since 2007. I heard from Ms. Gishi that his dishes were tasty, so I wanted to visit here. The building that was renovated a solitary ordinary house had an atmosphere such as a building of Okushiba Shoten (奥芝商店), a famous soup curry restraunt. By the way, its name of the restaurant was named after the name of a budgerigar bred by him. Therefore an illustration of the budgerigar was drawn on a wall of the building. I made sense. Read More
Nayoro Stewed Mutton and Vegetable (Stewed Genghis Khan)
Mitsuboshi Shokudo (三星食堂) is a long-established restraunt founded in 1914 in Nayoro city located in the northern direction of Asahikawa city, and is near Nayoro Station. Mr. Kouzo Takeda (武田 宏三) is a restraunt owner now. The restraunt is known for a wide variety dishes on a menu, and is loved by Nayoro people. Special Mayonnaise Grilled Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce Set Meal (鳥の照焼特製マヨネーズ炒定食) and Nayoro Stewed Mongolian Barbecue Set Meal (なよろ煮込みジンギスカン) are popular, and the Mitsuboshi Shokudo is crowded with customers at lunchtime in particular. A lot of familiar restraunts such as the Restaurant Midoriya (レストラン緑) that local people often went to eat a dish used to be near the Nayoro Station in old days, but many restraunts has already closed their business. I think that the Mitsuboshi Shokudo keep doing their business. Read More
List of Sweets
Tasty sweets using ingredients produced in the Hokkaido and the Nayoro have a good reputation. Especially, Hakucho-mochi Glutinous Rice (はくちょう餅) produced in the Fuuren became a famous brand. Speaking of tasty sweets shops in the Nayoro, the Brazil, Kishindo (喜信堂) and Cafe SENKA are famous in particular.
Roadside Station “Mochigome-no-sato Nayoro (もち米の里☆なよろ)” is a roadside station in Fuuren, Nayoro city located in the northern direction of Asahikawa city, and is famous for selling Soft Daifuku (ソフト大福), a rice cake stuffed with sweetened bean jam. The Furen is the largest production center of glutinous rice in Hokkaido, and it is well-known as a production center supplying raw materials of “Akafuku Rice Cake in Ise (伊勢の赤福餅)” and “Millet Dumpling in Okayama (岡山のきび団子)”. Those are famous Japanese-style rice cakes, and Hakucho-mochi Glutinous Rice (はくちょうもち) is used in those. The Hakucho-mochi glutinous rice is not hardened even if time passes. It is a good material for the Soft Daifuku. Read More
Nayoro Confectionery Store Brazil (なよろ菓子工房ブラジル) is a popular confectionery store founded in 1955 in Nayoro city, and is near Nayoro Station. Mr. Hideaki Hirai (平井 秀明) is a store owner at present. The Brazil has been loved by local people since a long time ago, and Nayoro Pudding (名寄プリン) has a good reputation. Except it, they serve cakes, baked confectioneries, pafaits, breads and so on. A sales area and a cafe area are at the building. * I got information that the cafe might stop a business. Most of their customers are local people, and I also used to have a break here sometimes. Read More
Kashitsukasa Toyoken (菓子司東陽軒) is a long-established confectionery store founded in 1925 in Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city. Mr. Koichi Oikawa (及川 浩一) is a owner patissier at present. Their head office used to be at shopping districts near Nayoro station in old days, but their factory and shop near Nayoro Legal Affairs Bureau (名寄法務局) have become the head office since 2015. They sell various sweets including Japanese confectioneries and Western confectioneries. The sunny store with large windows is not so small, and is feeling good. Read More
Since the restaurant served sweets as well as a meal, I ordered it. It was Yuki-to-Machiawase (雪とまちあわせ) on sale. The price was JPY 350. Except this restraunt, it was sold at Roadside Station “Mochigome-no-Sato Nayoro (もちごめの里なよろ)”. Read More
List of Onsen
Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar is only hot spring facility in the Nayoro.
Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar
Nayoro Onsen (名寄温泉) is a hot-spring place in Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city. Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar (なよろ温泉サンピラー) is built at the end of Hokkaido Road 939, and there are Piyashiri Ski Resort (ピヤシリスキー場) and Piyashiri Ski Jumping Hill (ピヤシリジャンプ台) around here, and a building is adjacent to a ski lodge. Natural phenomena such as the sun pillar, the diamond dust and snow rime can be seen at the Piyashiri Ski Resort in a winter. There are trailheads for Mt. Kudosan and Mt. Piyashiri, too. The distance is around 10 km far away from the center of the Nayoro, and restraunts, cafes and convenience stores are not built near here. Read More
List of Events
The Nayoro Winter Festival is held for using the most advantage of cold effectively in the winter. The Nayoro Festival is held in the summer, too, and Bon Festival Fance to Nayoro Ondo Music (名寄音頭) is shown, too.
Nayoro Winter Festival
Nayoro Winter Festival (なよろ雪質日本一フェスティバル * The formal name is Nayoro Best Quality Snow in Japan Festival) is a snow event held in Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city, and has been held since 1952. Open period is 3 days in mid February, and about 20,000 tourists come to see. The Best Quality Snow in Japan is related to the climate of the Nayoro, and it is dry in a winter, and the temperature is from -5 to -25 degrees Celsius. The snow that is more superfine than Powder Snow turns into Silky Snow depending on that environment, and the Nayoro city appeals the excellence of the snow quality. The venue is Minami-hiroba Open Space (南広場) near Saijo Depart (西条デパート) and Komyo Kindergarten (光名幼稚園). Admission free. A parking lot for the tourists is not provided at the venue. But some parking lots for the tourists are provided in the downtown. Read More
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Nayoro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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