[Shichiku Garden in Obihiro] Various Flowers Can Be Enjoyed at Old Woman's English Garden
September 5th, 2019
Shichiku Garden (紫竹ガーデン) is a popular garden that is one of 8 gardens chosen by Hokkaido Garden Path (北海道ガーデン街道) in the southern part of Obihiro city, and is far away from the downtown of the Obihiro, and is near Kofuku Station (幸福駅) and Tokachi Obihiro Airport. Mrs. Akiyo Shichiku (紫竹 昭葉) over 90 years old is a garden owner, and has opened the garden sorrounded by fields since 1992. About 2500 types of flowers are planted from a spring to an autumn at the site of about 60,000 m2. About 100,000 people visit the popular garden. Admission is JPY 1000. A parking lot is free of charge. Only the garden is closed from late December to mid April. But a restaurant open a business through the winter season.
Except the garden, Garden Shop Orangery and Restaurant Flower Hearts are built at the site, too. About 1600 types of flowers and vegetables are sold at the shop, and dishes and sweets are served at the restaurant, and morning buffet that customers can chat with Mrs. Shichiku is also popular. * An advance reservation is required. I ate a soft serve ice cream, and it was tasty.
List of Means of Transportation
Highway buses run between Obihiro and Sapporo or Asahikawa. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Obihiro. 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 Obihiro|
|Chuo Bus(中央バス)||From Obihiro to Sapporo|
|Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス)||From Asahikawa to Obihiro|
|Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス)||From Obihiro to Asahikawa|
|Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー)||Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.|
|Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル)||Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.|
|Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース)||Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.||
|Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー)||Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.|
|Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー)||Their offices are near the Obihiro Station and the Obihiro Airport.|
|Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー)||Their office is near the Obihiro Station.|
|Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー)||Their offices are in Nishi 5-jo, Nishi 18-jo and Odori Steet.|
Kofuku Station (幸福駅) is a former station in Kofuku-cho located in the south part of Obihiro city, and was closed in 1987. Around here was originally named "幸震 (Satsunai)", but reading out loud is difficult, so they used "福 (Fuku)" and renamed "Kofuku" because a lot of emigrants from Fukui Prefecture (福井県) settled around here. The station is preserved as a traffic playground at present, and still has some traces of the past. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Obihiro (帯広) that about 170,000 people live is the 6th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. It has flourished as the center of the Tokachi district. The Obihiro is also a stockyard for agricultural products in whole Tokachi district, and Potato, Beet, Wheat and Chinese Yam are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -20 degrees in a winter. It has a large temperature gap, but it has less snow relatively in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating is popular in the winter. Mr. Hiroyasu Shimizu, an olympic gold medalist, come from the Obihiro, and there is much competition population of the skating. Article is here
Shichiku Garden trip
Flower Path (花の径), Ribbon Flower Bed (リボン花壇), Lined White Birch Trees (白樺並木), Palette Flower Bed (パレット花壇), Lined Apple Trees (リンゴ並木), Wild Flower Garden (ワイルドフラワーガーデン), Perennial Border Garden (宿根ボーダーガーデン), Rose Clematis Path (バラとクレマチスの道), Shade of Trees Garden (木陰園), Rock Garden (ロックガーデン), Water Lily Pond (睡蓮の池), Purple Border (パープルボーダー), Herb Garden (ハーブガーデン), Day-lily Collection (ヘメロカリスコレクション), Grand Mother's Private Garden (おばあちゃんのプライベートガーデン), White Garden (ホワイトガーデン), Lupine Path (ルピナスの道), Primeval Flower Garden (原生花園) and so on are built at the site. The Shichiku Garden has the only entrance, so visitors should enter the garden through an aisle between the shop and the restaurant after they buy a ticket there. The Shichiku Garden is very large, so I guess that it takes about 1-2 hours to look around on foot. Besides, I recommend that visiotrs wear comfortable shoes, too.
I visited here on a weekday in early September. Few visitors came beause of early morning. I wondered few flowers were in the autumn than in the summer. They hold a stamp collecting, so I collected stamps while looking around the garden. Besides, a lots of ceramic dolls were set here and there.
Mrs. Mineko Oku (奥 峰子), a president of Holly Hock Garden in Tokyo, designed this garden. She used to train her gardening skills in Belgium and England, and has become a gardener. Mrs. Oku made the europe style garden because the obihiro looked like the climate of the Europe. This garden is an English garden divided by trees. Therefore, white western-style tables, chairs and a brown gazebo are set at green plants, and a photogenic view is created in the garden.
At the Perennial Border Garden and Rose Clematis Path, tall trees were planted on both sides, and its paths were narrow, so those cast a long shadow in the early morning. If people think that a good picture is important, I think that they should come here in the daytime. The Perennial Border Garden and the Rose Clematis Path were worth seeing this time, so I wanted to see those without the long shadow.
I noticed that most of other visitors looked around the Flower Path, the Ribbon Flower Bed, the Palette Flower Bed, Lined Apple Trees, the Perennial Border Garden and Rose Clematis Path. I guessed that they were tired because they walked for a long distance. So I think that you look around other gardens if you have energy enough to spare for walking. Lawn garden side is large, so it has a large space.
I found 5 small desk for the stamp collecting, so my stamp collecting was completed. I brought this paper to the ticket office, and a shop clerk gave a pack of cookies with flowers caught at this garden to me. The cookie was slightly sweet flavor.
|Admission fee||Adult: JPY 1000, Child: JPY 200,|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (50 cars)|
|Regular closing day||From late November to mid April|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||124 040 231*61|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Obihiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Onsen Hotel Boston(ホテルボストン)||
|Midorigaoka Onsen Sauna Business Hotel(みどりヶ丘温泉 サウナビジネスホテル)||
|Obihirominami Onsen Hotel Konan(帯広南温泉 ホテル光南)||
|Tokachi Gardens Hotel(十勝ガーデンズ ホテル)|
|Business Hotel Plum Field(ビジネスホテル プラムフィールド)|
|Casa Inn Hotel Obihiro(カーサーイン ホテル帯広)||
|Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Tokachi Obihiro Ekimae(東横インとかち・帯広駅前)|
|Hotel Tokachi Inn(ホテル十勝イン)||
|Hotel AreaOne Obihiro(ホテルエリアワン帯広)|
|Dormy Inn Obihiro(ドーミーイン帯広)|
|Hotel Route-Inn Obihiro Ekimae(ホテルルートイン帯広駅前)|
|Hotel Paco Obihiro 3(ホテルパコ帯広3)||
|Obihiro Grand Hotel(帯広グランドホテル)|
|JR Inn Obihiro(JRイン帯広)|
|Richmond Hotel Obihiro Ekimae(リッチモンドホテル帯広駅前)|
|Hotel Grand Terrace Obihiro(ホテルグランテラス帯広)|
|Natural Hot Spring Premier Hotel CABIN Obihiro(天然温泉プレミア ホテル-CABIN-帯広)|
|Hotel Nikko Northland Obihiro(ホテル日航 ノースランド帯広)|
|APA Hotel Obihiro Ekimae(アパホテル)|
|Comfort Hotel Obihiro(コンフォートホテル帯広)|
|Hotel Paco Obihiro 2(ホテルパコ帯広2)||
|Hotel New Obihiro(ホテルニューオビヒロ)||
|Hotel Sun Park(ホテルサンパーク)||
|Business Hotel Grandy(ビジネスホテル グランディ)||
|Hotel Arm Obihirominami(ホテルアルム オビヒロミナミ)||
|Obihiro Yachiyo Youth Hostel(帯広八千代 ユースホステル)|
A page of Obihiro is here