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

July 2nd, 2016

Sheep Ranch

Sheep Ranch (めん羊牧場) is a ranch run by Hoshu Farm (萌州ファーム) in the center 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
Sheep
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! Article is here

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

Onko Forest

Onko Forest (オンコの森) is a virgin forest in the eastern part of Yagishiri Island (焼尻島). The Onko means "Japanese yew" in Hokkaido dialect. About 50,000 Japanese yews grow naturally, and those have been designated a natural monument in Japan. Except the Japanese yews, 50 types of coniferous trees and broadleaf trees with over 200 years old such as Japanese oak, scarlet-tinged ivy, Amur cork tree, Japanese linden, magnolia, Japanese rowan and Japanese alder also grow naturally in the forest. A cycling road and walks are built in the forest, and there are graveyard for 2 feudal retainers of Aizu Clan (会津藩士の墓), strangely shaped trees (奇木), Hibarigaoka Park (雲雀ヶ丘公園), Uguisu-dani Valley (うぐいす谷) and Onko-no-Sho Tree (オンコの荘) along the cycling road and the walks. In addition, the forest is adjacent to a sheep ranch. A good typical scenery of the Hokkaido comes into the sight if visitors come out of the forest. Admission free. Article is here

Strange Tree "Harp Shaped Tree"
Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park

Onko-no-Sho Tree

Onko-no-Sho Tree (オンコの荘) is an old tree along a walk path between Uguisudani Vallay (ウグイス谷) and Shirahama Camping Ground (白浜キャンプ場) in the southern part of Yagishiri Island (焼尻島), and is a part of Onko Forest (オンコの森). The Sho (荘) means "A building" in English, for exaple, it is used as a villa (別荘). When I visited here, Marguerite was the best season, and it was full in bloom along the walk path. That was a beautiful view. In addition, a combination of the sea and a sheep ranch is a superb scenery from here. Admission free. Article is here

Dome of Japanese Yew
Onko-no-Sho Tree in Yagishiri Island

Takanosu-enchi Observation Deck

Takanosu-enchi Observation Deck (鷹の巣園地) is a lookout point on a small hill in the western part of Yagishiri Island (焼尻島), and is the highest place of around 100 m elevation in the Yagishiri Island. Visitors can enjoy 360 degree panorama such as Teuri Island (天売島), Hokkaido mainland and the sea. Even though this place is very low, I suppose that a superior view may be rare. By the way, there are 3 roads to this place, and the slope of a road called "Onnko Sea Road (オンコ海道)" through sheep ranches is relatively gentle, so it is easier than other roads. An observation deck, a parking lot, a public restroom and a gazebo are built at the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

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I Look at Teuri Island
Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park

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. Article is here

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 Accommodations

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

Ryokan Aoitori(旅館青い鳥)
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Jalan
Ryokan Ororonso(旅館オロロン荘)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Sakaemaru(民宿栄丸)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Shima-no-Yado(島の宿大一)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Takeuchi(民宿竹内)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Ryokan Nogami(旅館のがみ)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Yamada Minshuku(山田民宿) Only Tel:+81-1648-3-5151
Yorozuya Ryokan(萬谷旅館)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Guest House Teure(ゲストハウス天宇礼)
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Jalan

A page of Yagishiri Island is here

Yagishiri Island

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