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[Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony in Abashiri] Amazing View That Visitors Are Moved by Innumerably Skunk Cabbage Flowers

May 9th, 2015

Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony in Abashiri

Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony (呼人水芭蕉群落) is a skunk cabbage colony in the south part of Abashiri city, and is a generic name for 52 ha-wetland dotted along National Route 39, and it is said that it is one of the largest skunk cabbage colonies in Japan. A forest turns into the wetland flooded by meltwater, and innumerably skunk cabbages bloom from early April to mid April. The skunk cabbages can be seen along Yobito Nature Trail (呼人探鳥遊歩道) with about 7 km in total length, too.

Awful Lot of Skunk Cabbage
Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony in Abashiri

Movie of Skunk Cabbage Colony along Yobito Nature Trail

The distnace is about 8 km away from the center of the Abashiri, and the Lake Abashiri, Abashiri-Kohan Onsen (網走湖畔温泉), Abashiri Prison Museum (博物館網走監獄) and Mt. Tento-san (天都山) are around here. Famous sweets shops such as Risu-no-Mori (リスの森) and Fuka (風花) are relatively near here, too. A direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and here, but an express bus "Dollymint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Abashiri.

List of Highway Bus

Refer to following a company for the highway bus service between the Abashiri and the Sapporo.

(Chuo Bus)中央バス From Sapporo to Abashiri
(Chuo Bus)中央バス From Abashiri to Sapporo

Abashiri Prison Museum

Abashiri Prison Museum (博物館網走監獄) is one of most popular tourist attractions of Abashiri city between Lake Abashiri and Mt. Tento-san. Buildings of former Abashiri prison (旧網走刑務所) were moved to here, and rebuilt on large land of 169,264 m2, and it has been opend since 1983. About 200,000 tourists come to see prisoner's livelihood in the late 1800s (Meiji Period). The prison is well-known for a lot of Japanese movies and novels such as Abashiri Banngai-chi (網走番外地) that Mr. Ken Takakura (高倉健) play the lead using here as a motif. Recently, Golden Kamuy (ゴールデンカムイ), a popular manga, uses here as a motif. Admission fee is JPY 1,080. A parking lot is free of charge. Their website has a voucher, and they discount the admission fee if visitors show it on a smartphone. Article is here

Corridor of Radial 5-Winged Prison House
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri

Abashiri-Kohan Onsen

Abashiri-Kohan Onsen (網走湖畔温泉) facing Lake Abashiri (網走湖) is a hot spring resort located in the south side of Abashiri city. Hotel Abashirikoso (ホテル網走湖荘) succeeded in drilling hot springs in 1981, so the Abashiri-Kohan Onsen became well-known to the public and has known as the hot spring resort. 4 onsen accommodations dot for about 3 km along Kitami National Route (北見国道 * National Route 39) in the northeast of the Lake Abahiri. There are Yobitoura Campsite, cafes, restaurants, a variety goods shop and a forest of Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony along the Kitami National Route. Risu-no-Mori (リスの森), Sobakiri On (そば切り 温) and cafe & cake Fuka (風花) are popular in particular. By the way, there is not a convenience store. Article is here

Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan
Abashiri-Kohan Onsen, Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan


Risu-no-Mori (リスの森) is a popular gelato shop founded in 1998 along Japan National Route 39 in Yobito, Abashiri city and is far from Abashiri Station, and is relatively near Abashiri Kohan Onsen (網走湖畔温泉). The Risu-no-Mori means a forest of a squirrel in English. A shop clerk that trained the gelato in Italy make the tasty gelato by ingredients produced in Hokkaido and 10 kinds of sugar at same facility with the Italy. Milk, a major ingredient, is produced in Nakanishi Junjo Ranch (中西純情牧場) in Abashiri. It is a confidential of the popularity that they take their ingredients produced in Hokkaido or Abashiri seriously. They have about 60 kinds of menus, and about 12 kinds of the gelato that change from day to day hit showcases every day. Article is here

Gelatos with Pistachio Flavor, Milk Flavor and Hazelnut Flavor from Top
Gelato -Risu-no-Mori in Abashiri-


Abashiri (網走) that about 40,000 people live is the 20th largest tourist city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northeastern Hokkaido area. It is also a fisheries city facing the Sea of Okhotsk, and Crab, Idiot Fish, Whale and Salmon are famous as a local specialty. As for a climate, it is chilly that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -5 degrees in a winter, and it does not snow hard, too. It may be said that the Abashiri is relativelly warm climate in the Hokkaido. The Abashiri is well-known for drift ice reaching to the coast, and is famous as a winter tourist spot, too, and is roughly divided into 2 areas, a old city area (a neighborhood of Abashiri River mouth) and a new suburbs area. The new suburbs area is more developed than the old city area, and has more restaurants than the old city area. Article is here

Drift Ice of Abashiri
Drift Ice from Mausuura View Point Parking in Abashiri

Yobito Skunk Cabbage and Firefly Glowfly Forest Trust

I visited a copse near Yobito Station (呼人駅), and a signboard written as Yobito Skunk Cabbage and Fireflya Glowfly Forest Trust (呼人水芭蕉・ホタル保全林) was a mark. The skunk cabbage flowers were in full bloom here and there at a forest. This scene was surely amzing. I saw that a lot of tourists stop their cars to see the skunk cabbage flowers suddenly while driving. Because this place is not a tourist attraction, facilities such as a parking lot or a public restroom are not provided.

Yobito Skunk Cabbage and Firefly Glowfly Forest Trust
Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony in Abashiri
Skunk Cabbage Flower
Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony in Abashiri
Damp Ground on Forest
Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony in Abashiri
Skunk Cabbages Grow Up Here and there
Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony in Abashiri
White Flower Is Beautiful
Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony in Abashiri

Atmosphere of Abashiri Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Abashiri YYobito Skunk Cabbage Colony

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot A free parking is not provided
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-152-44-6111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 305 491 080*45

List of Accommodations

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


Abashiri Royal Hotel(網走ロイヤルホテル)
Hotel Route-Inn Abashiri Ekimae(ホテルルートイン網走駅前)
Abashiri Central Hotel(網走セントラルホテル)
Dormy Inn Abashiri(ドーミーイン網走)
Hokkai Hotel(北海ホテル)
Abashiri Hotel Okhotsk Inn(網走ホテル オホーツク・イン)
Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Okhotsk Abashiri Ekimae(東横インオホーツク・網走駅前)
Abashiri Green Hotel(網走グリーンホテル)
Abashiri Ryuhyou-no-Oka Youth Hostel(網走流氷の丘ユースホステル)
Hotel Sun Abashiri(ホテルサンアバシリ)
Minshuku Lamp(民宿ランプ)
Onsen Ryokan Motoyoshi(温泉旅館もとよし)
Abashiri Kanko Hotel(網走観光ホテル)
Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort(北天の丘 あばしり湖 鶴雅リゾート)
Hotel Abashirikoso(ホテル網走湖荘)
Auberge Kita-no-Dan-Dan(オーベルジュ 北の暖暖)
Tento-no-Sato Hotel Honjin Abashiriko(天都の郷 ホテル本陣網走湖)
Pension Wani-no-Ie(ペンション わにの家)
Notoronoso Kagariya(能取の荘 かがり屋)

A page of Abashiri is here




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