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[Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island] Scenery Like Scotland Can Be Enjoyed at Grassland

Sheep Ranch

Sheep Ranch (めん羊牧場) is a ranch run by Hoshu Farm (萌州ファーム) in the central part of Yagishiri Island (焼尻島), and they raise about 500 suffolk sheep at the grassland of about 80 ha. Those meat are well-known as "Pré Salé Yagishiri (プレ・サレ焼尻)", one of expensive mutton in Japan, and it has a good reputation. The grassland spreads over along Onko Sea Road (オンコ海道), and it is said that the scenery looks like Scottland. I feel a foreign atmosphere indeed, and I think that the scenery is a typical scenery of Hokkaido, too. By the way, outlanders are prohibited from entering the grassland, so visitors should enjoy views along the Onko Sea Road.

Sheep Ranch
Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island
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Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island
Sheep Ranch
Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island
Onko Sea Road
Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island

The suffolk sheep raise without stress because natural predators do not inhabit at the Yagishiri, and common people do not have much chance to eat top quality mutton containing salt and mineral richly. In the Hokkaido, the mutton can be eaten only at MIKUNI SAPPORO (フレンチレストラン ミクニサッポロ), restaurant Moliere (レストラン モリエール) and Hokkaido Beer Garden (北海道ビール園). In Tokyo, the mutton can be eaten only at Ginza Totoki (ギンザ トトキ) and Restraunt Quintessence (レストラン カンテサンス). In the Yagishiri, the mutton can be eaten only at Shimakko Shokudo (島っ子食堂). By the way, Yagishiri Sheep Festival (焼尻めん羊まつり) is held only in a day, early August, and the Pré Salé Yagishiri can be eaten.

Pré Salé Yagishiri
Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island
BBQ Looks Tasty!
Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island

Movie of Yagishiri Sheep Festival

Shimakko Shokudo

Shimakko Shokudo (島っ子食堂) is a restraunt adjacent to Yagishiri ferry terminal and open a business from mid June to September. It is known as a restraunt that serve local specialty high-quality Suffolk meat "Pré Salé Yagishiri (プレ・サレ焼尻)". Pré Salé Yagishiri is very rare meat, and visitors can eat the mutton at MIKUNI SAPPORO (ミクニサッポロ), Restaurant Moliere (モリエール) and Hokkaido Beer Garden (北海道ビール園) in Hokkaido and at Ginza Totoki (ギンザ トトキ) and Restraunt Quintessence (レストラン カンテサンス) in Tokyo. The visitors can eat the Yagishiri mutton in only Shimakko Shokudo restraunt. In Yagishiri island, the visitors can eat Pré Salé Yagishiri only at Shimakko Shokudo. This mutton is used cooking ingredients mainly at celebrity French restaurants evaluated by Michelin. It is amazing! Read More

Pré Salé Yagishiri
Mutton Barbecue -Shimakko Shokudo in Yagishiri Island-

There are some means of transportation for the island tourism, for example, a sightseeing hire or a rental bicycle. I rend the bicycle, and it took about 2 hours to go around the Yagishiri Island by the rental bicycle. Walkers can go around for about 4 hours on foot. Be careful not to be late for the ferry.

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    List of Means of Transportation for Island Tourism

    Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Yagishiri Island.

    Yagishiri Sightseeing Hire(焼尻観光ハイヤー) The hire and a guided small bus are alike.
    ASOVIEW
    Jalan
    Nunome Ryokan Sightseeing Hire(布目旅館観光ハイヤー) The hire and a guided small bus are alike.
    ASOVIEW
    Jalan
    Rental Bicycle Umehara(レンタサイクル梅原) They rent the rental bicycle near the Yagishiri Ferry Terminal.
    ASOVIEW
    Jalan

    Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park

    Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park (暑寒別天売焼尻国定公園) is a quasi-national park between Ishikari city, Shin-totsukawa town, Uryu town, Hokuryu town and Haboro town in the northern part of Hokkaido along the Sea of Japan (日本海), and extends from the north to the south, and has been designated as the quasi-national park since 1990. The area is 43,559 ha, and the the quasi-national park has the 8th largest area in 57 quasi-national parks (not include national parks) in Japan. It consists of 2 isolated islands, Shokanbetsu Mountain Range (暑寒別山系) and a coast, and beautiful nature such as the sea, the mountains, sea birds, trees, wild flowers and wetlands is highlight. The Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park is divided into 4 areas, Teuri Island (天売島), Yagishiri Island (焼尻島), SHokanbetsu Area (暑寒別エリア) and Atsuta and Hamamasu Area (厚田・浜益エリア), and the Teuri Island, the Yagishiri Island and the SHokanbetsu Area mainly have a lot of highlights. Read More

    Teuri Island and Yagishiri Island
    Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park

    Look of Sheep Ranch

    The grassland spreads over along the Onko Sea Road of about 2.5 km length from Onko Forest (オンコの森) to Takanosu-enchi Observation Deck (鷹の巣園地). A lot of hay are lying here and there, and the visitors can see the typical scenery of the Hokkaido. The sheep is a timid animal, and they basically do not come near people. So I watched them just at a distance. But I think that even only the secenry is worth seeing.

    Sea Can Be Seen
    Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island
    Sheep Have Some Rest under Tree
    Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island
    Silo ?
    Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island
    Tractor Cuts Grass
    Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island
    Many Hay
    Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island
    Ferry and Hay
    Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island
    Slope of Onko Sea Road Is Gentle
    Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island

    Atmosphere of Sheep Ranch Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Sheep Ranch

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is not provided
    Business hours Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number +81-164-62-1129
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 929 350 814*82

      List of Activities

      Refer to following websites for the activity companies in the Yagishiri. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Guided Walk

      Guest House Yasundeke(ゲストハウス やすんでけ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Sea Kayak

      Nunome Ryokan(布目旅館)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      List of Accommodations

      Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Yagishiri.

        Nunome Ryokan(布目旅館)
        HP
        Booking
        Ryokan Isonoya(旅館 磯乃屋)
        Booking
        Oda Minshuku(小田民宿) Only Tel:+81-1648-2-3637
        Guest House Yasundeke(ゲストハウス やすんでけ)
        Shirahama Campsite(白浜野営場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        A page of Yagishiri Island is here

        Yagishiri Island

        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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