• September 27th, 2017
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[Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri] Good Place to See Cosmos and Sunflower

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, 2.6 million sunflowers are planted in the field of 14 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
Lake Abashiri
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.

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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

By the way, "Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)", an express bus, runs between the Sapporo and the Abashiri. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Abashiri Station.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Abashiri and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Abashiri. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    (Chuo Bus)中央バス From Sapporo to Abashiri
    (Chuo Bus)中央バス From Abashiri to Sapporo
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their office is in Omagari.
    Jalan
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.
    Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.

    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. Read More

    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
    Lookout
    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

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    Moive of Cosmos Field

    Sunflower Fields

    I visited here to see the sunflower fields in early October. A parking lot for the sunflower fields was provided, and it takes about 5 minute from the parking lot to the sunflower fields on foot. Sunflowers were planted closely on both sides of a wide road. Walks were built in the sunflower fields, and tourists could walk in the sunflower fields. A observation deck and resting places were also built. Because I came to here in the morning, a lots of sunflowers did not raise their heads, and I thougt that I should go to here a little bit later. I guessed that a glorious view could be seen more.

    Parking Lot for Sunflower Fields
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    Resting Place
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    Sunflower Fields
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    Entrance to Sunflower Fields
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    Walks
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    Sunflower Fields
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    Resting Place
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    Walks
    Resting Place
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    Sunflower Fields
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    Observation Deck
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    View from Observation Deck
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    View from Observation Deck
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    Sunflowers Are in Bloom along Wide Road
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    Sunflower Fields
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    Sunflower
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    Walks
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri
    Wide Road
    Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri

    Atmosphere of Sunflower Fields Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Moive of Sunflower Fields

    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

      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)
      Booking
      Abashiri Hotel Okhotsk Inn(網走ホテル オホーツク・イン)
      Booking
      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)
      Jalan
      Abashiri Ryuhyou-no-Oka Youth Hostel(網走流氷の丘ユースホステル)
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Hotel Sun Abashiri(ホテルサンアバシリ)
      Minshuku Lamp(民宿ランプ)
      Notoronoso Kagariya(能取の荘 かがり屋)
      Washi-no-Tomarigi(わしのとまり木)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Business Hotel Family(ビジネスホテル ファミリー)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Chiba Ryokan(千葉旅館)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Business Ryokan Miyuki(ビジネス旅館 みゆき)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Minshuku Kamome-so(民宿 かもめ荘)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Yasuragi-no-Yado B&B Abashiri(やすらぎの宿 B&B あばしり)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Sea Side Stay(Sea Side Stay)
      Jalan
      Arawashi(あら鷲)
      Booking
      Imodango Village(いもだんご村)
      Tent Land(北海道立オホーツク公園 てんとらんど)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Lakeside Park Notoro(レイクサイドパーク・のとろ)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten

      Abashiri Kohan Onsen

        Onsen Ryokan Motoyoshi(温泉旅館もとよし)
        Booking
        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)
        Business Hotel Koraku(ビジネスホテル 幸楽)
        Booking
        Anima-no-Sato(アニマの里)
        Rakuten
        Techan&Tetsuko-no-Yado(旧国鉄保養所 鉄ちゃん&鉄子の宿)
        Booking
        Yobito Ryokan(呼人旅館)
        HP
        Booking
        Yobitoura Campsite(呼人浦キャンプ場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Booking.com

        A page of Abashiri is here

        Abashiri

        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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