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[Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri] Good Place to See Cosmos and Sunflower

September 27th, 2017

Omagari Lakeside Park

Omagari Lakeside Park (大曲湖畔園地) is a former farm of Abashiri Prison (網走刑務所) in the northern lakeside of Lake Abashiri (網走湖), and become a tourist farm at present time. Abashiri people and tourists can enjoy experiencing harvest and birdwatching, and here is famous for sunflower and cosmos in a summer and an autumn. As for the sunflower, 1.5 million sunflowers are planted in the field of 18 ha, and are in full bloom in late September. It is lit up early in the evening. I have never seen those, so I want to try and see. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. There are a restroom and the parking lot on the site. The park opens from early May to October.

Full of Cosmos Flowers
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri

The distnace is about 5 km away from the center of the Abashiri, and the Lake Abashiri, Abashiri-Kohan Onsen (網走湖畔温泉), Abashiri Prison Museum (博物館網走監獄) and Mt. Tento-san (天都山) are around here. Kanigen (かに源), a popular conveyor belt sushi restraunt, is relatively near here, too. A direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and here, but an express bus "Dollymint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Abashiri.

List of Highway Bus

Refer to following a company for the highway bus service between the Abashiri and the Sapporo.

(Chuo Bus)中央バス From Sapporo to Abashiri
(Chuo Bus)中央バス From Abashiri to Sapporo

Abashiri Prison Museum

Abashiri Prison Museum (博物館網走監獄) is one of most popular tourist attractions of Abashiri city between Lake Abashiri and Mt. Tento-san. Buildings of former Abashiri prison (旧網走刑務所) were moved to here, and rebuilt on large land of 169,264 m2, and it has been opend since 1983. About 200,000 tourists come to see prisoner's livelihood in the late 1800s (Meiji Period). The prison is well-known for a lot of Japanese movies and novels such as Abashiri Banngai-chi (網走番外地) that Mr. Ken Takakura (高倉健) play the lead using here as a motif. Recently, Golden Kamuy (ゴールデンカムイ), a popular manga, uses here as a motif. Admission fee is JPY 1,080. A parking lot is free of charge. Their website has a voucher, and they discount the admission fee if visitors show it on a smartphone. Article is here

Corridor of Radial 5-Winged Prison House
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri

Abashiri-Kohan Onsen

Abashiri-Kohan Onsen (網走湖畔温泉) facing Lake Abashiri (網走湖) is a hot spring resort located in the south side of Abashiri city. Hotel Abashirikoso (ホテル網走湖荘) succeeded in drilling hot springs in 1981, so the Abashiri-Kohan Onsen became well-known to the public and has known as the hot spring resort. 4 onsen accommodations dot for about 3 km along Kitami National Route (北見国道 * National Route 39) in the northeast of the Lake Abahiri. There are Yobitoura Campsite, cafes, restaurants, a variety goods shop and a forest of Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony along the Kitami National Route. Risu-no-Mori (リスの森), Sobakiri On (そば切り 温) and cafe & cake Fuka (風花) are popular in particular. By the way, there is not a convenience store. Article is here

Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan
Abashiri-Kohan Onsen, Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan

Conveyor Belt Sushi Kanigen

Kanigen (かに源) is a popular conveyor belt sushi restraunt near Abashiri station. A building is not so large, but it has an unique atmosphere. I visited here to be on time for night opening hours at 16:30 on weekdays. A visitor like regular customer enter the building immediately after my entering. Article is here

Takomanma (Marinated Spawn of Octopus Conispadiceus)
Conveyor Belt Sushi -Kanigen in Abashiri-


Abashiri (網走) that about 40,000 people live is the 20th largest tourist city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northeastern Hokkaido area. It is also a fisheries city facing the Sea of Okhotsk, and Crab, Idiot Fish, Whale and Salmon are famous as a local specialty. As for a climate, it is chilly that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -5 degrees in a winter, and it does not snow hard, too. It may be said that the Abashiri is relativelly warm climate in the Hokkaido. The Abashiri is well-known for drift ice reaching to the coast, and is famous as a winter tourist spot, too, and is roughly divided into 2 areas, a old city area (a neighborhood of Abashiri River mouth) and a new suburbs area. The new suburbs area is more developed than the old city area, and has more restaurants than the old city area. Article is here

Drift Ice of Abashiri
Drift Ice from Mausuura View Point Parking in Abashiri

List of Omagari Lakeside Park Tourist Attractions

The Cosmos Field and the Sunflower Field are in the Omagari Lakeside Park. My visited place is as follow.

Cosmos Field

Cosmos was in full bloom when I visited here. As for the cosmos, it is in full bloom in mid September in the field of around 1.3 ha. Colourful cosmos is very beautiful, and the ratio of pink and green is comfortable. A Path of Cosmos is built at the field, and visitors are allowed to enter the field. A lookout and a resting place are built along the path, and a lot of lovers look like they enjoy fun taking a photo. Here is photogenic depending on backgrounds.

Path of Cosmos
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
Entrance of Cosmos Field
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
Cosmos Field and Lookout
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
Resting Place
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
Language of Flowers
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
Purity of Girl
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
Mt. Tento
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
Love and Harmony of Girl
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
Path to Lookout
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
Look of Lookout
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
Resting Place on Lookout
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
Full of Cosmos
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
Parking Lot Comes into Sight
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
Cosmos Field
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri

Atmosphere of Cosmos Field Can Be Watched on Youtube

Moive of Cosmos Field

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (50 cars)
Business hour 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day From November to early May
Telephone number +81-152-44-6111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 305 611 532*87

List of Accommodations

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

Abashiri Royal Hotel(網走ロイヤルホテル)
Hotel Route-Inn Abashiri Ekimae(ホテルルートイン網走駅前)
Abashiri Central Hotel(網走セントラルホテル)
Dormy Inn Abashiri(ドーミーイン網走)
Hokkai Hotel(北海ホテル)
Abashiri Hotel Okhotsk Inn(網走ホテル オホーツク・イン)
Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Okhotsk Abashiri Ekimae(東横インオホーツク・網走駅前)
Abashiri Green Hotel(網走グリーンホテル)
Abashiri Ryuhyou-no-Oka Youth Hostel(網走流氷の丘ユースホステル)
Hotel Sun Abashiri(ホテルサンアバシリ)
Minshuku Lamp(民宿ランプ)
Onsen Ryokan Motoyoshi(温泉旅館もとよし)
Abashiri Kanko Hotel(網走観光ホテル)
Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort(北天の丘 あばしり湖 鶴雅リゾート)
Hotel Abashirikoso(ホテル網走湖荘)
Auberge Kita-no-Dan-Dan(オーベルジュ 北の暖暖)
Tento-no-Sato Hotel Honjin Abashiriko(天都の郷 ホテル本陣網走湖)
Pension Wani-no-Ie(ペンション わにの家)
Notoronoso Kagariya(能取の荘 かがり屋)

A page of Abashiri is here




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