- November 25th, 2016
[Shinei-no-Oka Observatory Park in Biei] 360-degree View Has Typical Senery of Hokkaido
- Shinei-no-Oka Obserbatory Park
- Shinei-no-Oka Hill
- List of Activities
- List of Accommodations
Shinei-no-Oka Obserbatory Park
Shinei-no-Oka Obserbatory Park is a park on a small hill in Biei town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city, and is well-known for Roll-Kun (ロールくん) made of hay. The park surrounded by fields is built on the hilltop at about 300 m above sea level, and a 360-degree view can be seen. In addition, People says that the most beautiful setting sun in Japan can be seen, too, so it will be worth visiting. There are a parking lot, a public restroom and Shiei-no-Oka Fumisha (新栄の丘風味舎). Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Those are closed in a winter. Around Private Fields No Trespassing !
The distance is around 4 km away from the center of the Biei, and Shiki-no-Kaze (四季の風) is near here. Christmas Tree (クリスマスツリーの木) and Kanno Farm (かんのファーム) are relatively near here, and I think tourists can drop by here while they enjoy a tour of Panorama Road (パノラマロード).
Christmas Tree (クリスマスツリーの木) is a spruce tree on a gentle hillside in Biei town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city. As for the origin of the name, there are various opinions, for example it resembles a shape of a christmas tree, or the tip of the tree shows the shape of a star. Anyway, the name is related to the christmas tree without decoration. This tree is one of most popular trees in the Biei. Because a direction board is not built, it is hard to find the place, but it is a mark that some tourists often will be there. You will be probably moved if you find it. A parking lot or a restroom are not provided. You should park your car on the shoulder of a road. Admission free. Private Fields No Trespassing ! Article is here
Kanno Farm (かんのファーム) is a sightseeing farm along Japanese national route 237 in Kamifurano town. Tens kinds of flowers such as Lavender, Haze Grass, Poppy, Blue Sage are planted at a flower garden, and tourists can enjoy flowers from June to September. A scenery of blue sky and vivid flowers are impressive. The tourists can look around the flower garden for about 30 minutes because it is not so large. There is a souvenir shop, a parking lot and a restroom in the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
By the way, speaking of the tasty restraunts or shops near Biei Station, Restaurant ASPERGES (レストラン・アスペルジュ), Komugikobo (小麦工房), Yoshoku and Cafe Junpei (洋食とcafeじゅんぺい) and Senkakobo (選果工房) are popular in particular. I ate foods at the Restaurant ASPERGES, the Komugikobo and the Senkakobo, and those were tasty.
Restaurant ASPERGES (レストラン・アスペルジュ) is a French restaurant in Biei town located in the southern part of Asahikawa city. ASPERGES means asparagus in French language. It opened a business in 2007 and is open as a restaurant of Biei-senka (美瑛選果) run by JA Biei (JA美瑛). Mr. Kazunori Kato (加藤千典) act as a chef and it is popular restraunt that visitors can enjoy charm of vegetables. They garnered one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. Article is here
Bieisenka (美瑛選果) is a local speciality shop run by JA Biei (JA美瑛) in Biei town located in the southern part of Asahikawa city. There are Senkaichiba (選果市場) that visitors can buy fresh vegetables, Senkakobo (選果工房) that the visitors can enjoy sweets and light meals, Restraunt ASPERGES (レストラン・アスペルジュ) that the vititors can enjoy vegetables of French cuisine and Komugikobo (小麦工房) that the visitors can purchase rusk at Bieisenka (びえいのラスク), and each buildings are stylish. Osamu Suzuki atelier (鈴木理アトリエ) designed the buildings. Article is here
Express Bus "Furano-go" (高速ふらの号) runs between Sapporo and the Furano, and Express Bus "Lavender-go" (ラベンダー号) runs between Asahikawa and the Furano. In addition, North Liner, an express bus, is in service between the Asahikawa and Obihiro, and stop in the Furano or Biei, too, so people can move more rapidly than common transportation facilities. In the Furano and Biei, some rent-a-car companies open a business, so tourists can drive a rental car.
Furano and Biei
Furano region (富良野) and Biei region (美瑛) are located in the center of Hokkaido, and are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hokkaido at present. 2 million tourists visit to savor lavenders, shooting places of "From the north country (北の国から)" that is famous Japanese television drama in the Furano and hills of the Biei. Blue Pond (青い池) and Shirahige Falls (白ひげの滝) in Shirogane (白金) has been became famous recently, and charms add to the Biei and the Furano as the popular tourist attractions more and more, and those region are receiving increased attention throughout the country and overseas country. It is one of characteristics that various colors can be enjoyed in the Furano and the Biei. Read More
Typical magnificent sceneries of Hokkaido such as gentle curve of Biei hills or Tokachidake Mountain Range (十勝岳連峰) can be seen from Shinei-no-Oka Hill (新栄の丘). Sunflower that is in full bloom in early September is popular, too. In addition, A red roof house in fields can be seen from the other side of a road, and this side has a good reputation for a photo spot.
Atmosphere of Shinei-no-Oka Observatory Park in Biei Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (30 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||349 790 676*01|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Furno and the Biei. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Biei 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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