- July 3rd, 2017
[Shirotai Ranch Lookout in Nanae] Popular Secret Spot Has Hakodate Night View from Back Side
- Shirotai Ranch Lookout
- Look of Lookout
- List of Activities
- List of Accommodations
Shirotai Ranch Lookout
Shirotai Ranch Lookout (城岱牧場展望台) is a scenic spot around the top of the Shirotai Ranch along Shirotai Skyline Road (城岱スカイライン) between Lake Onuma and Hakodate in Nanae town located in the northern direction of the Hakodate city. The lookout is surrounded by pasture lands, and has a typical view of Hokkaido. In addition, the superb view from there is different from ordinary ranches. Mt. Hakodate (函館山), Hakodate Plain (函館平野), the sea and the sky spread over before visitors’s eyes on the mountain at about 550 m above sea level. It is known as a night view spot, too, and it is often called “Night View from Back Side (裏夜景)” because of locating opposite side of famous Hakodate Night Views. The lookout is a popular secret spot together with Kijihiki Highland Panoramic Lookout (きじひき高原のパノラマ展望台). A building, a lookout point, parking lots and walks are built at the site. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge, too.
Mt. Hakodate (函館山) is a range of mountains with 334 m in height in the west side of Hakodate city, and is general term of 13 mountains. Another name is Mt. Gagyu (臥牛山). The Mt. Hakodate used to be an island originally, but a sandbar grew on the sea, and the downtown of the Hakodate was built on the sandbar. A view of the Hakodate downtown has been famous since old days, and is one of the 3 best night views in the world together with Hongkong in China and Napoli in Italy. “A View from Mt. Hakodate” was given 3 stars in Michelin Green Guide Japon 2011. It features that world people rate “The View from the Mt. Hakodate” highly. In addition, it is also well-known as one of the 3 best night views in Hokkaido together with Mt. Tengu in Otaru and Mt. Moiwa in Sapporo. After all, the night view is most popular. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Kijihiki Highland Panoramic Lookout
Kijihiki Highland (きじひき高原) is a highland on Mt. Kijihiki (木地挽山) of about 660 m elevation in Hokuto city located in the northern direction of Hakodate city, and is named after sliding down cutting logs. Ranches, Takumi-no-Mori Park (匠の森公園), Miharashi Park (見晴公園), Kijihiki Highland Campsite (きじひき高原キャンプ場), Panoramic Lookout (パノラマ展望台), Melody Road (メロディーロード), Funkawan Lookout (噴火湾展望台) and Kijihiki Park (きじひき公園) are built at the highland. The Panoramic Lookout built at about 560 m above sea level is famous for a good view, and Mt. Hakodate (函館山), Hakodate Plain (函館平野) and Mt. Komagadake (駒ヶ岳) and Onuma Park (大沼公園) can be seen clearly if it is fine weather. The lookout is also known as a night view spot, and it is often called “Night View from Back Side (裏夜景)” because of locating opposite side of famous Hakodate Night Views. The lookout is a popular secret spot together with Shirotai Ranch Lookout (城岱牧場展望台). By the way, opening hour of a gate on the way is from 08:30 to 20:00, so do not be left behind! They close a business from November to Mid April. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge, too. Kijihiki Highland Festival (きじひき高原まつり) is held only in a day, mid August. Read More
Onuma Quasi-National Park
Onuma Quasi-National Park (大沼国定公園) is a quasi-national park at the foot of Mt. Komagatake (駒ヶ岳) in the southern part of Hokkaido, and is between Nanae town, Shikabe town and Mori town. Its area is 9,083 ha. The park has been designated as the quasi-national park since 1958, and 2 million tourists come. It consists of the Mt. Komagatake of 1,131 m elevation, an active volcano, Lake Ounma (大沼湖), Lake Konuma (小沼湖), Junsai Swamp (蓴菜沼), and beautiful scneries are highlights. The Onuma Quasi-National Park has been chosen as one of The 3 New Views of Japan (新日本三景) together with Miho-no-Matsubara (三保の松原) in Shizuoka prefecture and Yabakei (耶馬渓) in Oita prefecture since 1915. It is also famous for fall foliage, and has been chosen as one of The 100 Best Fall Foliage Spots in Japan (日本紅葉の名所100選). When the Mt. Komagatake erupted from 50,000 to 30,000 years ago, a river was dammed by flowing mud flood, and those lakes were created. Wetlands have been registered under the Ramsar Convention since 2012, and wild waterfowls such as Goose and Duck rest their wings on the surface of the lake. Read More
Look of Lookout
The box-shaped building is built around the top of the Shirotai Skyline Road. The building is not an observation deck, and is a rest station, so vending machines and a restroom are at the building. A good view can be enjoyed at the outside of the building.
Soft serve ice creams and milk are sold at the building. Since I was here, I mind as well bougt the milk to drink. The price was JPY 150. I complete thought the milk was produced in the Shirotai Ranch, but it was produced in Yamakawa Ranch (山川牧場) in Onuma Park (大沼公園). Pulling myself together, I drinked the milk, and it was very tasty! The surface of Milk was like Yogurt, and it was very rich. The milk of Yamakawa Ranch is formidable milk !
The building opens a business from 10:00 to 16：00. A night view can be seen from the parking lot at the bottom of the building. Visitors gather at the parking in the early evening. It is popular, after all. By the way, local street racers drive their cars along the Shirotai Skyline Road, please take care of their cars!
Atmosphere of Shirotai Ranch Lookout Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Temporary parking is provided (30 cars)|
|Regular closing day||From Mid November to Late April|
|Home page||Home Page is here|
|Mapcode||86 610 353*62|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Nanae. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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