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Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
  • April 15th, 2019
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[Kuriyama Shinise Festival] 3 Festivals, Shuzo Festival, Kibidango Festival and Furusato Inaka Festival, Are Collectively Called, And Sake and Tasty Foods Can Be Enjoyed

Kuriyama Shinise Festival

Kuriyama Shinise Festival (くりやま老舗まつり) is a popular event in Kuriyama town located in the eastern direction of Sapporo city, and 3 festivals, Shuzo Festival (酒蔵まつり) held by Kobayashi Shuzo (小林酒造), Kibidango Festival (きびだんごまつり) held by Tanida Seika (谷田製菓) and Furusato Inaka Festival (ふるさと田舎まつり) held in front of Kuriyama Station, are collectively called the Kuriyama Shinise Festival. * The Shuzo means "Sake Brewery" in English, and Kibidango commonly means "Japanese dumpling made from the meal or flour of the kibi (proso millet) grain". But this Kibidango is an incorrect explanation. The furusato means "Hometown" in English, and the Inaka means "Country" in English. The festival is held in the second weekend of April. The Kobayashi Shuzo Sake Brewery and the Tanida Seika Confectionery with over 100 years of traditions are well-known as long-established companies in Hokkaido, and about 30,000 people visit the festival from Sapporo area and Soratchi area. I think that Sake lovers and the best Kibidango in Japan (日本一きびだんご) lovers cannot contain oneself for joy.

Shuzo Festival
Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
Kibidango Festival
Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
Furusato Inaka Festival
Shinise Festival in Kuriyama

Movie of Kuriyama Shinise Festival

Parking lots are not provided in every festival grounds. For visitors using their cars, a parking lot of Kuriyama Park (栗山公園) that is known as a cherry blossom viewing spot and a parking lot near the Kuriyama Station opens to the public. So shuttle buses are served between the Kuriyama Park and the Kuriyama Station. If you want to enjoy alcohol, you should use public transportation. "Kosoku Kuriyama-go (高速くりやま号)", an express bus, runs between the Sapporo to the Kuriyama. There are few trains between Iwamizawa and the Kuriyama, so you should chose JR or Chuo Bus (中央バス) "Iwamizawa Line (岩見沢路線)", a local bus line, when you arrive at Iwamizawa Station. By the way, it is said that the Kuriyama has quality restaurants. Ajidokoro (味道広路), Kinsuian (錦水庵), Haraheita (はらへー太), Natoriya (名取屋) and Taiho (大鵬) are popular in particular.

Parking Lot near Kuriyama Station
Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
Kuriyama Station
Shinise Festival in Kuriyama

    List of Highway Bus

    Refer to following companies for the highway bus service between the Kuriyama and the Sapporo.

    Hokkaido Chuo Bus(北海道中央バス) From Sapporo to Kuriyama
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Hokkaido Chuo Bus(北海道中央バス) From Kuriyama to Sapporo
    Jalan
    Rakuten

    Kuriyama Park

    Kuriyama Park (栗山公園) is a comprehensive park at foot of Mt. Mt. Odaishi (御大師山) in Kuriyama town (栗山) located in the eastern part of Sapporo city, and the distance is about 1 km away from the center of the Kuriyama. About 100,000 people come. Nakayoshi Zoo (なかよし動物園 * the Nakayoshi means "Good friends" in English), a tennis court, a baseball ground, a Japanese archery ground, food stalls, a barbecue site, public restrooms and parking lots are built at 0.24 km2 site. In a spring, here is well-known as a famous place for cherry blossoms in the Kuriyama, and the best time to see the cherry blossoms is about from early May to mid May. The park and roads are crowded during the cherry blossom season. In an autumn, the park is well-known as a famous place for fall foliage in the Kuriyama, and the best time to see the fall foliage is about from late October to early November. Admission free. The parking lots are free of charge. Read More

    Kuriyama Park
    Cherry Blossoms of Kuriyama Park

    Look of Kuriyama Shinise Festival

    The Shuzo Festival ground, the Kibidango Festival ground and the Furusato Inaka Festival ground are located in distance, so visiotrs move between those grounds on foot. In the Hokkaido, I have almost never seen a lots of people going through residential streets in countryside. I think that its situation looks Kamakura Stroll.

    Each Festival Grounds Are Liitle Far Away
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Knots of People Come to Shuzo Festival
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama

    Shuzo Festival

    Kita-no-Nishiki Shuzo Festival (北の錦 酒蔵まつり) is a popular event held by Kobayashi Shuzo corp., and has offered local residents and their fan a discount as a token of their gratitude since 1988. The Kobayashi Shuzo, a long-established sake brewery, since 1878 opens their brewery plants to the public only during the festival. In addition, street foods from Hokkaido in various places open a business along a road in their site, and a shot and a bottle of Sake Kita-no-Nishiki and Amazake (甘酒) using sakekasu from daiginjo (top-quality sake brewed at low temperatures from rice grains milled to 50 percent of weight or less) are sold, and some performances such as street performing and Japanese drum performance are done at Natsukashi Open Space (なつかし広場). The Kinsuian, a popular buckwheat noodle restaurant, also serves Sake and buckwheat noodles. But Kita-no-Nishiki Memorial Hall (北の錦記念館), Sake Brewering Tool Exhibition Building (昔の酒道具展示館) and Old Kobayashi House (小林家生家) close a business during the festival.

    Festival Ground
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Performer
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Japanese Drum Performance
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Performer
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    Sake Brewering Tool Exhibition Building
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Old Kobayashi House
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama

    When I visited here, I was suprised at a lots of visitors. A large number of people were crowded along the street foods. Especially, a lot of poeple formed a long line in front of a shot sale place of sake because sake lovers came. At first, I also lined up, but I gave up the forming a line for a long waiting time. So I bought a bottle of Kita-no-Nishiki Sake, a festival limited Usunigori (酒蔵まつり限定 うすにごり), after all, and I tasted it after coming home. The sake was very tasty.

    Crowded!
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Foods Look Tatsy
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Shot Sale Place of Sake Is Very Crowded
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Shuzo Festival Limited Ushunigori
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Entrance to Sake Brewery Plant
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama

    Regular visitors laid out a vinyl sheet or placed camp chairs at the site of the factory, and enjoyed Sake or tasty foods each in their own way. A place to be placed tables was already fulled. I think that a large number of groups are hard to find a vacant space to drink and eat. By the way, overseas people as well as Japanese enjoyed Sake.

    Passage
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Facilities like Old Submarine
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Lots of People
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama

    Someone could enter sake brewery plants, and could observe sake brewering facilities and sake brewery tanks in commission. The Amazake was sold here. The price of a cup of the Amazake was JPY 100. In Japan, it is said that the Amazake is good for health.

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    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking lot near the Kuriyama Park is provided
    Business hours Saturday 10:00-16:00
    Sunday 10:00-15:00
    Regular closing day -
    Telephone number +81-123−72-1001
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 320 812 082*17

    Kibidango Festival

    The Kibidango Festival is a popular event held Tanida Seika Confectionery corp., and and has offered local residents and their fan a discount as a token of their gratitude since 1999. The Tanida Seika, a long-established confectionery, since 1913 opens their confectionery plants to the public. Visitor can observe the process of making "The Best Kibidango in Japan", one of the most famous brand in the Tanida Seika, and can buy it here. By the way, the Kibidango that is extremely familiar to Hokkaido people is 起備団合 in Kanji, and it means implies "For revival after the Great Kanto Earthquake (関東大震災), a founder wants Hokkaido people to develop the Hokkaido with a spirit of cooperation each other". The Kibidango commonly means "Japanese dumpling made from the meal or flour of the kibi (proso millet) grain" in the Japan, but the Kibidango in the Hokkaido is not a dumpling, and is platy confectionery.

    People Visit Festival Ground
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama

    When I arrived at the festival ground, a long line to observe the plant was formed. The festival was popular, too. The difference of the Shuzo Festival was that a lot of children were seen. I also joined the long line. A small pack of "The Best Kibidango in Japan" was given for free at the entrance of plant tour. Then I follwed people before me, and went up stairs.

    Kibidango Festival Ground
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Hokkaido Well-known Sweets "The Best Kibidango in Japan"
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    The Best Kibidango in Japan Is Given at Plant Tours
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Go Ahead
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama

    At the building, plant tour people observed the process of making confectionery through windows on the right side while going through a narrow passage. At the early process, machines headed the cast. The appearance of building had an atmosphere of a long-established company, but mechanization increased at the building. Number of workers gradually increased toward the downstream of the process of making confectionery, and workers finished each one of "The Best Kibidango in Japan" by their hands at last. I supposed that the process of making confectionery could be automated, but they could not automat its process, so I thought that they particulared about handmade process. I wonder if it is the secret to making it so tasty.

    Look of Plant
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Observing Plant from Passage on 2nd Floor
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Look of Plant
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Making of Kibidango
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    All Kibidango Are Packed by Hands
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Kibidango Confection
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Detailed Work
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama

    After going down stairs, I arrived at a storehouse for the Kibidango. A lot of corrugated cardboard package for the Kibidango were piled up closely. I thought that a lots of handmade Kibidango was amazing. "Kibidango Has Been Sold Before Old Woman Was Born (おばあちゃんが生まれる前から)", a catchphrase of the Kibidango, on a poster was put on a door for a restroom, and appreciative words from plant tour for elementary school students were displayed on a wall. After all, "The Best Kibidango in Japan" has been loved by various generations in the Hokkaido.

    Storehouse for Kibidango
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    All Cardboard Boxes Are "The Best Kibidango in Japan"
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Kibidango Has Been Sold Before Old Woman Was Born
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    I Buy Kibidango, After All
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking lot near the Kuriyama Park is provided
    Business hours Saturday 10:00-16:00
    Sunday 10:00-15:00
    Regular closing day -
    Telephone number +81-123−72-1234
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 320 813 128*53

    Furusato Inaka Festival

    The Furusato Inaka Festival is a food event co-hosted by Yubari city, Kuriyama town, Yuni town, Naganuma town and Naporo town in Sorachi district. Various shops and restaurants from 1 city and 4 towns open a business in front of the Kuriayama station and at Kuriyama Culture Plaza Eki (くりやまカルチャープラザEki). A lots of pople came here, too. Alcoholic drinks such as Sorach Ace Beer using rare hop produced in Kamifurano town, Sorachi districe and tasty foods were sold. A stage was set, and some performances such as Japanese drum performance were done. A Bingo competition was held, too.

    Furusato Inaka Festival
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Stage
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Sorach Ace Beer
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Grilled Chicken on Skewers
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    White Wine
    Shinise Festival in Kuriyama
    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking lot near the station is provided (150 cars)
    Business hours Saturday 10:00-16:00
    Sunday 10:00-15:00
    Regular closing day -
    Telephone number +81-123−73-2345
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 320 783 650*52

    List of Accommodations

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

      Kuriyama Onsen Hotel Paradise Hills(栗山温泉 ホテルパラダイスヒルズ)
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      Chateraise Golf and Spa Resort Hotel Kuriyama(シャトレーゼ ゴルフ&スパリゾートホテル栗山)
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      Kuriyama Ryokan(くりやま旅館)
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      Cranberry House(クランベリーハウス)
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      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Kuriyama Park Campsite(栗山公園キャンプ場)
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      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Kuriyama Sakura Campsite(栗山さくらキャンプ場)
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      Jalan
      Rakuten

      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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