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[Shichiku Garden in Obihiro] Various Flowers Can Be Enjoyed at Old Woman's English Garden

Shichiku Garden

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 opens a business through the winter season.

Palette Flower Bed
Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
Shichiku Garden Surrounded by Fields
Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
Hidaka Mountains in Distance
Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
Parking Lot
Shichiku Garden in Obihiro

Kofuku Station

Kofuku Station (幸福駅) is a former station in Kofuku-cho located in the southern 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. Read More

Kofuku Station
Kofuku Station

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.

Left Is Garden Shop Orangery, and Right Is Restaurant Flower Hearts
Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
Garden Shop Orangery
Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
Various Flowers Are Sold
Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
Restaurant Flower Hearts
Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
Restaurant Flower Hearts
Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
Soft Serve Ice Cream
Shichiku Garden in Obihiro

Movie of Shichiku Garden

A highway bus "Potato Liner (ポテトライナー)" runs between the Obihiro and the Sapporo, and a express bus "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)" runs between the Obihiro and Asahikawa. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Obihiro Station and Obihiro Airport.

    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.
    Jalan
    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.

    OBIHIRO

    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. Read More

    Open Spacea in front of Obihiro Station
    Obihiro

    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.

    Ticket Office
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Left Is Garden Shop, and Right Is Restaurant
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Another Restaurant?
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro

    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.

    Front Garden beside Restaurant
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Front Garden beside Restaurant
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Building Like Shop
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Flower Path
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Flower Path
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Playground Equipments Are Provided, Too
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro

    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.

    Lined White Birch Trees
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Ribbon Flower Bed
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Comfortable Weather
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Round Flower Bed
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Various Flowers
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    View from Small Hill at Ribbon Flower Bed
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Red Flower
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Palette Flower Bed
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Green Garden and White Table and Chairs
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Inside of Gazebo
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Lined Apple Trees
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Lined Apple Trees
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro

    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.

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    Perennial Border Garden
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Red Flower
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Reddish Purple Flower
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Perennial Border Garden
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Colourful Flowers
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Perennial Border Garden
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Rose Clematis Path
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Rose Clematis Path
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    White Flower and Small Desk for Stamp Collecting
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Flowers Bloom along Winding Path
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    White Flower
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Rose
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Side Path
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro

    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.

    Spacious Lawn Garden
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Statue of Squirrel
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Tree Are Turning into Fall Foliage
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Water Lily Pond
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Birdhouse
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Purple Border
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Blue Sky and White Flowers
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Herb Garden?
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    White Chair and Green Lawn
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Day-lily Collection
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Rock Garden
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Shade of Trees Garden
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Aconitum Yesoense
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Bluish Purple Flowers
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Reddish Purple Flowers
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Around Gazebo
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro

    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.

    Stamp Collecting Is Completed!
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Cookies Are Served If Stamp Collecting Is Completed
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Slightly Sweet Cookie
    Shichiku Garden in Obihiro
    Admission fee Adult: JPY 1000, Child: JPY 200,
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (50 cars)
    Business hour 08:00-18:00
    Regular closing day From late November to mid April
    Telephone number +81-155-60-2377
    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)
      HP
      Jalan
      Midorigaoka Onsen Sauna Business Hotel(みどりヶ丘温泉 サウナビジネスホテル)
      Booking
      Obihirominami Onsen Hotel Konan(帯広南温泉 ホテル光南)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      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)
      Booking
      Hotel Yamako(ホテルやまこ)
      Booking
      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)
      Booking
      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)
      Booking
      Obihiro Grand Hotel(帯広グランドホテル)
      JR Inn Obihiro(JRイン帯広)
      Hotel Nupka(ホテルヌプカ)
      Richmond Hotel Obihiro Ekimae(リッチモンドホテル帯広駅前)
      Fukui Hotel(ふく井ホテル)
      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)
      Hotel Musashi(ホテルムサシ)
      Booking
      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)
      Booking
      Hotel New Obihiro(ホテルニューオビヒロ)
      Booking
      Hotel Sun Park(ホテルサンパーク)
      Booking
      Hokkaido Hotel(北海道ホテル)
      Business Hotel Grandy(ビジネスホテル グランディ)
      Booking
      Hotel Arm Obihirominami(ホテルアルム オビヒロミナミ)
      Booking
      Obihiro Yachiyo Youth Hostel(帯広八千代 ユースホステル)
      Taisho Crab House(大正カニの家)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Iwanai Nature Forest(岩内自然の森)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Snow Peak Tokachi Poroshiri Camp Field(スノーピーク十勝ポロシリキャンプフィールド)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Booking.com

      A page of Obihiro is here

      Obihiro

      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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