- July 2nd, 2016
[Sheep Ranch in Yagishiri Island] Scenery Like Scotland Can Be Enjoyed at Grassland
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.
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.
Movie of Yagishiri Sheep Festival
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
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.
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
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.
Atmosphere of Sheep Ranch Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is not provided|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||929 350 814*82|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Yagishiri.
A page of Yagishiri Island is here
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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