[Niwayama Forest Nature Park in Naie] One of Famous Good Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Sorachi District
May 14th, 2016
Niwayama Forest Nature Park
Niwayama Forest Nature Park (にわ山森林自然公園) is a park in Naie town located in the northeastern part of Sapporo city. 271 m altitude of Mt. Niwa has been developed as the park, and 1st Lookout (第一展望台) and 2nd Observation Deck (第二展望台) are built. About 1800 cherry trees such as Yezo Mountain Cherry Tree (エゾヤマザクラ) are planted at the mountain, and here is famous as one of good places to see the cherry blossoms in Sorachi district (空知). The best time to see the cherry blossoms is about early May. By the way, a mountain road that is the width of one car is narrow, so drive safely. In addition, bears may appear, beware of bears. Other visitors had a bear-avoiding bell when I visited here. Admission free. Parking lots are free of charge. The mountain road is closed from November to April.
The distance is about 4 km away from the center of the Naie, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Naie, Karamatsuen (からまつ園) is popular in particular. I ate a dish, and it was so tasty. Naie Onsen (ないえ温泉) is relatively near here. Cherry Blossom Festival (桜まつり) is held in early May.
Karamatsuen (からまつ園) is a famous buckwheat noodles restaurant in Naie town located in the northeast part of Sapporo city. There is a building facing the national route 12 with the longest straight line road in Japan between Sunagawa city and Iwamizawa city. It was founded in 1969. The restraunt is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. Article is here
Naie Onsen (奈井江温泉) is a hot spring place in Naie town located in the northeastern part of Sapporo city. Only Hotel Kita-no-Yu (ホテル北乃湯) is built in a forest, and there is a park golf course on the site, too. The distance is around 6 km away form the center of the Naie, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Niwayama Forest Nature Park (にわ山自然公園) is relatively famous tourist attractions near here. Article is here
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
List of Tourist Attractions
There are 1st Lookout and 2nd Observation Deck. My visited places are as follows.
Atmosphere of Obseravatory Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking lot is provided (20 cars)|
|Regular closing day||From November 01 to April 30|
|Homepage||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||360 082 560*64|
Only benches and a parking lot are built. But a view opens, so it is a good scenery. A lot of cherry trees are in full bloom there and here, and the pink view can be seen. Cherry trees lined along a mountain road, and it was just like a tunnel of cherry blossoms when I visited here.
2nd Observation Deck
Wooden Center House (センターハウス), a parking lot, a restroom and a common kitchen for barbecues are built around the 2nd Observation Deck. Kabato-renzan mountains (樺戸連山) can be seen at a concrete observation deck, and it is very good scenery.
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Naie. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Matsushimaya Ryokan(松島屋旅館)||Only Tel:+81-125-65-2335|
A page of Hokkaido Cherry Tree is here
Hokkaido Cherry Tree