- April 23rd, 2016
[Matsuyama Farm in Bifuka] Sheep Milk Ice Cream Can Be Savored at Setting of Novel
Matsuyama Farm (松山農場) is a farm near Truck Kingdom (トロッコ王国), Niupu Cold Spring (仁宇布の冷水), Tenryu Marsh (天竜沼) and Matsuyama Wetland (松山湿原) in Niupu (仁宇布), Bifuka located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city, and has been established since 1980. Matsuyama Farm corp. (有限会社 松山農場) runs it, and Mr. Yoshiki Yagyu (柳生 佳樹) is a company president. They raise sheep, and produce potatoes, and open an accommodation called "Farm Inn Tonto (ファームイントント)". It is said that the Niupu district is the setting of "A Wild Sheep Chase (羊を巡る冒険)" written by Mr. Haruki Murakami (村上春樹), a famous novelist, and this place is deeply connected with the sheep. They process sheep milk and sheep meat, and serve Merrys Sheep Milk Ice Cream (メリーさんの羊アイス), Merrys Sheep Milk Yogurt (メリーさんのひつじヨーグルト), Merrys Sheep Milk Cheese (メリーさんのひつじチーズ), Sheep Milk, Merrys Sheep Milk Soft Serve Ice Cream (メリーさんのひつじソフトクリーム), Mori-no-Shizuku Drink (森の雫) using white birch sap, Mori-no-Shizuku Jelly (森の雫ドリンクゼリー) and so on.
3 types of the sheep, East Friesian Sheep for milking, Poll Dorset Sheep for meat and Romanov Sheep for leather are bred, and ice cream is made from the sheep milk of the Friesland Sheep. Speaking of the ice cream, cow milk is commonly used, and it is a rare ice cream using sheep milk. Their products are sold at Roadside Station "Bifuka (美深)", Farm Inn Tonto (ファームイントント) run by the Matsuyama Farm and Koibu (コイブ).
Matsuyama Wetland (松山湿原) is a marshland at 797 m elevation in Bifuka town located in the northern part of Asahikawa city, and is the northernmost high moor at a high place in Japan, and has been chosen as one of 500 Most Important Wetlands in the Japan. By the way, the northernmost high moor in the Japan is Meguma-numa Wetland (メグマ沼湿原) in Wakkanai. The high moor does not point to a high place, and point to a wetland formed at higher place than ground-water level. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. A public restroom is built beside the parking lot. Besides the parking lot and the restroom, there is not a sightseeing facility at all. Tenryu Marsh (天竜沼) is nearby the parking lot. A road to the Matsuyama Wetland is closed around from late October to mid June. Read More
Tenryu Marsh (天竜沼) is a small marsh at about 600 m elevation in Bifuka town located in the northern part of Asahikawa city. The perimeter of the marsh is about 400 m. A parking lot for Matsuyama Wetland (松山湿原) is nearby here. The marsh is known for beautiful fall foliage, and seems to be famous for looking blue, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. A public restroom is built beside the parking lot. Besides the parking lot and the restroom, there is not a sightseeing facility at all. A road to the Tenryu Marsh is closed around from late October to mid June. Beware of brown bears, too. Read More
Merrys Sheep Milk Ice Cream
Since I was in the Bifuka, I had come to the Bifuka, and I visited the Farm Inn Tonto to buy the Merrys Sheep Milk Ice Cream. The price was JPY 324. This place had a good atomosphere because of the setting of the novel, and I decided to eat the ice cream while seeing sheep at the side of the ranch.
White ice cream came into sight when I opened a top cover, and I spooned the ice cream up with a wooden spoon, but the ice cream was hard unexpectedly. The taste was very rich, and was not too sweet, and it was well balanced. Besides, I had thought that the ice cream had a beast smell before I ate the ice cream, but it did not have the beast smell at all. It was good taste! The sheep milk was higher in lipid and protein than cow milk, and I thought that it was better for the health. Thaks for the tasty ice cream!
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (5 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||832 791 593*21|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Bifuka. 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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