- June 16th, 2015
[Popura Farm Head Office in Naka-furano] Santa-no-Hige Has Soft Serve Ice Cream on Flesh of Melon
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Popura Farm (ポプラファーム) is a Santa-no-Hige (サンタのヒゲ * Santa Claus's Beard) specialty store in Naka-furano town located in the southern part of Asahikawa city. Furano Kaihatsu corp. (有限会社フラノ開発) runs it, and Ms. Shigeko Nagao (長尾 茂子) is a company president. The head office is in the Naka-furano, and a branch opens a business in Otaru. I guess that you may not know what the Santa-no-Hige is. It is a type of sweets put soft serve ice cream on a flesh of melon. Since smooth waved curves of the appearance looks like the Santa Claus's Beard, so I suppose that its looks is the origin of the name. But it becomes noted sweets of Furano district now.
My visited place is the head office facing National Route 237, and it is next to SPA and HOTELRESORT FURANO LA TERRE (ふらのラテール), and is near Farm Tomita and Nishinaka Station. A large parking lot is provided, and a monument of the Santa-no-Hige is built in front of the store. The store is large, and all seats are table seats, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.
Farm Tomita (ファーム富田) is a popular tourist flower garden in Nakafurano town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city, and is a representative lavender farm of Furano that is famous for the lavender. Except the lavender, a lot of colorful flowers are planted, so 1 million tourists visit here every year. * A population of the Nakafurano is around 5000. This farm is open from late April to early November. Thier fields are roughly divived into 2 places, the Farm Tomita and Lavender East, and each places are at a distance. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Temporary Lavender-batake Station (ラベンダー畑駅) is open from June to late October. Flower Fields No Trespassing ! Read More
Express Bus "Furano-go" (高速ふらの号) runs between Sapporo and the Furano, and Express Bus "Lavender-go" (ラベンダー号) runs between Asahikawa and the Furano. In addition, North Liner, an express bus, is in service between the Asahikawa and Obihiro, and stop in the Furano or Biei, too, so people can move more rapidly than common transportation facilities. In the Furano and Biei, some rent-a-car companies open a business, so tourists can drive a rental car.
Furano and Biei
Furano region (富良野) and Biei region (美瑛) are located in the center of Hokkaido, and are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hokkaido at present. 2 million tourists visit to savor lavenders, shooting places of "From the north country (北の国から)" that is famous Japanese television drama in the Furano and hills of the Biei. Blue Pond (青い池) and Shirahige Falls (白ひげの滝) in Shirogane (白金) has been became famous recently, and charms add to the Biei and the Furano as the popular tourist attractions more and more, and those region are receiving increased attention throughout the country and overseas country. It is one of characteristics that various colors can be enjoyed in the Furano and the Biei. Read More
I visited here to eat such a famous dessert around 10:00 on a weekday. I entered the store, and some types of the Santa-no-Hige were served. A milk flavored soft serve ice cream seemed to be most popular, but I wanted to eat a melon flavored soft serve ice cream, so I ordered a santa-de-mix (サンタデミックス) mixed the melon flavor with the milk flavor. The price was JPY 1200.
The diameter of a half-melon was around 10 cm. The swirl soft serve ice cream of around 15 cm height was put on a flesh of the half-melon. Typical foods of Hokkaido were combined into the dessert, and it had quite a lot of impact. Because the bottom of the half-melon was round, it was easy to fall down, so I ate the Santa-no-Hige while supporting with my hand.
I had a bite immediately, and that was very sweet. It was tasty! Besides, it melted steadily because the soft serve ice cream was fresh. I ate greedily it, and at last reached to the flesh of the half-melon. I enjoyed eating the melon produced in Furano. Thanks for the tasty soft serve!
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (100 Cars)|
|Business hours||From April to October 09:00-17:00
From December to March 10:30-15:30
|Regular closing day||From December to March Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||349 308 809*26|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Furno and the Biei. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Biei and Furano is here
Biei and Furano
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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