- August 22nd, 2014
[Omusaro Primeval Flower Garden in Mobetsu] At Small Wild Garden, Wild Flowers in Summer and Drift Ice Can in Winter Can Be Enjoyed
Omusaro Primeval Flower Garden
Omusaro Primeval Flower Garden (オムサロ原生花園) is a nature garden in Monbetsu city located in the northeastern part of Asahikawa city, and is well-known for 1 km-length rosa rugosa colony along a beach between the Sea of Okhotsk and Okhotsk Line National Route (National Route 238). There is Ryuhyo-misaki (流氷岬 * it means "Cape Drift Ice" in Japanese) at the beach, and it is a place to see the drift ice on the sea. In addition, it also is a popular fishing spot to catch salmon. Omusaro Nature View Center (オムサロ・ネイチャー・ビューセンター) is bult at the site, and it has an observatory deck, a break place, a food stall and a restroom. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Drift Ice Spots and Drift Ice Cruise
In Japan, Drift ice appears only from January to March, and can be enjoyed only along the Sea of Okhotsk and a part of Pacific Ocean. The sea is covered with the drift ice from the shoreline of Monbetsu to Shiretoko Peninsula, and it is amazing view! It may be said that you must see the amazing view once. Hokkaido has 3 towns called "Monbetsu", Monbetsu (紋別) along the sea of the Okhotsk, Date Monbetsu (伊達紋別) along the Pacific Ocean and Monbetsu (門別) along the Pacific Ocean. In those Monbetsu, a place to view the drift ice is the Monbetsu (紋別) along the sea of the Okhotsk, and the Monbetsu, Abashiri (網走), Koshimizu (小清水), Shari (斜里) and Rausu (羅臼) have some drift ice spots. Tourists can enjoy the drift ice on the shore, and also enjoy it as the drift ice cruise on the sea. Unfortunately, global warming cause decreasing the drift ice recently, but you may see wild animals such as Earless Seal and Steller's Sea-eagle on the drift ice if you are lucky. Read More
The distance is about 7 km away from the center of the Monbetsu, and a restaurant, a cafe and a convenience store are not built around here. Omusaro Ruins Park (オムサロ遺跡公園) is near here. A direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and here, but a express bus "Ryuhyo Monbetsu-go (流氷もんべつ号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Monbetsu.
Omusaro Primeval Flower Garden in Summer and Winter
In the summer, flowers can be seen at the Omusaro Primeval Flower Garden, and the drift ice can be enjoyed in the winter.
Omusaro Primeval Flower Garden
In the Omusaro Primeval Flower Garden, About 50 kinds of flowers such as the Rosa Rugosa, Daylily and Siberian Lily bloom from a summer to an autumn. The best season is July. Rare white Rosa Rugosa may be seen. A lot of wild birds inhabit, and people come to bird-watch. Visitors can go a trip for about 20 minutes because the garden is small. Although it is a garden, people do not manage the garden, and the plants are at the mercy of the nature. Maybe it is hard to walk. By the way, a lot of mosquitoes fly in the air in a summer, so you had better bring a mosquito repellent.
Atmosphere of Omusaro Primeval Flower Garden Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (60 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours * Omusaro Nature View Center 10:00-18:00|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round * Omusaro Nature View Center Year-end and New Year holidays|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||401 500 791*36|
About in February, the dirft ice come to shore at the Ryuhyo-misaki. Visitors can touch the drift ice on the sandy beach, too. But the drift ice is not close to the beach depending on weather or the wind direction, so Whether or not the drift ice can be enjoyed depends on luck and timing. When I visted here, the dirft ice was not seen unfortunately.
Atmosphere of Ryuhyo-misaki in Winter Can Be Watched on Youtube
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Monbetsu. 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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