- May 5th, 2015
[Nijukkendouro Sakuranamiki in Shinhidaka] One of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots with Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom along Straight Line Road with 7 km in Total Length
Nijukkendouro Sakuranamiki (二十間道路桜並木) is a scenic spot, a large number of cherry trees lined along a road, in Shizunai, Shinhidaka town located in the southeastern direction of Tomakomai city, and is a little far away from the center of the Shizunai. Along the straight line road with 7 km in total length, about 2,200 cherry trees including Sargent Cherry (エゾヤマザクラ) and Korean Hill Cherry (カスミザクラ) are in full glory. Here is well-known as one of the most famous spots to see cherry blossoms in Hokkaido. In the Hokkaido, it has been chosen as one of Japan’s Top 100 Roads together with Sapporo Odori Street (札幌大通り), Daisanzaka Street (大三坂通) in Hakodate and Akamatsu Namiki (赤松並木) in Nanae, and has also been chosen as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots together with Matumae Park (松前公園). 200,000 visitorss come to see the amazing cherry blossoms about from early May to mid May. But National Route 235 is very crowded at the weekend of that time, so there is a way to make a detour through Hokkaido Road 235. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
During the cherry blossom season, Shizunai Cherry Blossom Festival (しずない桜まつり) is held between 7days in early May along a road called a tunnel of flowers (花のトンネル). Various special events are held, and food stalls open a business, so those may enliven cherry-blossom viewing very much. Temporary restrooms are built, too. Speaking of tasty restraunt in the Shizunai, Amaya (あま屋) is famous. In addition, a breakfast buffet of Shizunai Eclips Hotel has a good reputation, so it has been chosen for some grand prizes by Jalan or Rakuten, famous Japanese online travel agencies. By the way, a direct bus does not run from Sapporo or New Chitose Airport to the Shinhidaka, but an express bus “Kosoku Pegasus-go (高速ペガサス号)”, a highway bus, runs between the Sapporo and Urakawa, and it stops at the Shinhidaka.
Cherry Blossoms of Hokkaido
Cherry blossoms begin to bloom from late April in Hokkaido. The cherry blossoms in the Southern Hokkaido including Hakodate begin to bloom from late April, and in case of late blooming, the cherry blossoms in the Eastern Hokkaido and the Northern Hokkaido seem to bloom in early June. The cherry blossoms in Honshu (the main island of Japan) begin to bloom from mid March, and tourists can enjoy the cherry blossoms until too late season. If everybody forget to see the cherry blossoms in the Honshu, please visit the Hokkaido to savor the cherry blossoms. Article is here
List of Tourist Attractions
There are the Nijukkendouro Sakuranamiki, Omai Horese Park (桜舞馬公園), Lex Stud (レックススタッド), Arrow Stud (アロースタッド), Ikuma Shrine (生馬神社) and Ryuunkaku (龍雲閣) along cherry trees lined along the road. My visited places are as follows.
The Nijukkendouro means “A road with width of 20 Ken”, a road with about 36 m in width, and “ken” is Japanese old basic unit. 1 ken is about 1.8 m. The Sakuranamiki means “Cherry trees lined along a road” in English. In the Japan, it is said that a splendid scenery such as the long road with cherry trees can be seen only in the Shizunai. I suppose that it is one of the 10 best place of the cherry-blossom viewing in the Japan. In the sideway, the road called the tunnel of the flowers with 300 m in length is built, and is covered with the cherry blossoms.
Because a neighborhood of the cherry‐tree‐lined road are surrounded by fields and ranches, a scenery is very idyllic. The visitors can view the typical scenery of Hokkaido’s rich natural. A royal building called Ryuunkaku (龍雲閣) is built in the Meiji period along the straight line road, and the visitors can observe it only during the Shizunai Cherry Blossom Festival. Speaking of an observing, racing fans can observe leading sires such as Special Week (スペシャルウィーク), a derby horse, at the Lex Stud. Unfortunately, the visitors can not observe the horses in the season that the cherry tree blooms.
Atmosphere of Nijukkendouro Sakuranamiki Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free of charge. * A car park on the shoulder of a road or park in the temporary parking (650 cars)|
|Business hours||Open for 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||551 170 649*58|
The Ryuunkaku is a royal building built in 1908, and used to be a hotel for a royalty and a high official in order to observe a horse‐breeding center. It changes to museum exhibiting then materials at present. Pictures were drawn by Tanyu Kanno (狩野探幽) on the surface of folding screen and the specially made Persia Carpet are exhibited. Only during the Shizunai Cherry Blossom Festival, it opens to the public. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Atmosphere of Ryuunkaku Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (20 cars).|
|Business hour||10:00-16:00 * It opens only during Shizunai Cherry Tree Festival|
|Regular closing day||Close all year round/td>|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||551 296 563*50|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Shizunai. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Hokkaido Cherry Tree is here
Hokkaido Cherry Tree
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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