[Nayoro] Sunflower and Glutinous Rice Can Be Enjoyed in One of Coldest Region in Hokkaido
August 19th, 2014
- 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 (東洋軒). 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.
List of Highway Bus
Refer to following a company for the highway bus service between Nayoro and Sapporo.
|Chuo Bus(中央バス)||From Sapporo to Nayoro|
|Chuo Bus(中央バス)||From Nayoro to Sapporo|
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 part 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. Article is here
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. Article is here.
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. Article is here
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 in Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city. There is a building next to Nayoro North Interchange (名寄北インターチェンジ). I heard from Ms. Gishi that a dish was tasty, and I visited here. The building rebuilt a solitary house, and it had an atmosphere like the building of Okushiba Shoten (奥芝商店), a famous soup curry restraunt. It is different from displayed railroad goods. An owner is a railroad fan. There is an exhibition room with railroad models, and a visit is possible outside business hours. By the way, a name of the restaurant was named after the name of a budgerigar that he bred. Therefore an illustration of the budgerigar was drawn. I made sense. Article is here
Nayoro Stewed Mutton and Vegetable (Stewed Genghis Khan)
Recently, I knew that, in fact, Stewed Genghis Khan have been eaten commonly at my home. The three generations of a parent, a child and a grandchild live in Nayoro, and speaking of my family's Genghis Khan, it has been the stewed genghis Khan since many years ago. I thought the mutton was stewed not to be grilled at my home. The Genghis Khan handed down to each families came to be called the Stewed Genghis Khan. Article of Mitsuboshi Shokudo is here
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.
Soft Daifuku (ソフト大福) is a rice cake stuffed with sweetened bean jam sold at roadside station "Mochigome-no-sato Nayoro (もち米の里なよろ)" in Fuuren, Nayoro city located in the northern part of Asahikawa city. The Furen is the largest producing district of glutinous rice in Hokkaido, and it is known as the producing district 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 cakes. Hakucho-mochi glutinous rice is used. The merit of Hakucho-mochi glutinous rice that it is not hardened even if time passes. It is good material for Soft Daifuku. Article is here
Brazil (ブラジル) is a popular coffee shop in Nayoro city and is known as sweets shop in Nayoro from old days, too. Except sweets, breads and meals are served. I heard from my elder sister that Nayoro Pudding (名寄プリン) was tasty, and I visited here. Article is here
Toyoken (菓子司東洋軒) is a long-established confectionery in Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city and was founded in 1925. They sell various sweets including Japanese sweets and Western sweets. There was a store at shopping districts near Nayoro station in old days, but now they move to around Nayoro Legal Affairs Bureau. Because I heard from my older sister that Nayoro Soft Cookie (名寄そふとクッキー) was tasty, I visited here. Article is here
Tamasaburo (たまさぶろう) is a restaurant in Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city. There is a building near Nayoro north interchange. Because this 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. Article is here
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. Article is here
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. Article is here
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Nayoro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Teshio Yayoi Station "Tabibitoyado and Inaka Shokudo"(天塩弥生駅「旅人宿&田舎食堂」)||
|Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar(なよろ温泉サンピラー)||
|Nayoro Sun Pillar Youth Hostel(なよろサンピラーユースホステル)||
|Guest House Nisshin(ゲストハウス日進)||
|Hotel Kaiko Annex Nayoro(ホテルカイコーアネックス名寄)|
|Grand Hotel Fujika(グランドホテル藤花)||
|B&B Hotel Bird Inn(B&B ホテル バードイン)|
|Hotel Kaiko Honkan(ホテル海晃 本館)||
|Business Hotel Sunflower(ビジネスホテル サンフラワー)||