- May 25th, 2014
[Shibazakura Takinoue Park in Takinoue] One of Japan's Largest Moss Pink Field Is in Full Bloom during Fairy Tale village Takinoue Moss Pink Festival
Shibazakura Takinoue Park
Shibazakura Takinoue Park (芝ざくら滝上公園) is in Takinoue town located in the northeastern part of Asahikawa city, and is well-known as one of the largest places famous for moss pink together with Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park (東藻琴芝桜公園) in Japan, and Fairy Tale village Takinoue Moss Pink Festival (童話村たきのうえ芝ざくらまつり) is famous as one of 3 major Okhotsk Spring Festivals together with Kamiyubetsu Tulip Festival (かみゆうべつチューリップフェスティバル) and Higashimokoto Moss Pink Feastival (東藻琴芝桜祭). The park is near the center of the Takinoue, and is developed on a hillslope. It is the origin of the park that Takinoue people planted moss pink from a cardboard box for mandarin oranges in 1958. The moss pink is a perennial plant of the family polemoniaceae native of North America, and is a kind of the phlox. They expanded the moss pink field every year, and now the park space is 100,000 m2. Admission is charged, but a parking lot is free of charge. Except the Fairy Tale village Takinoue Moss Pink Festival season, admission free.
There are a souvenir shop "Phlox House (フロックスハウス)", a light meal shop "Rest House (レストハウス)", a public restroom on the site, and a moss pink soft serve ice cream is sold, too. Restraunts and a convenience store are built along Shokotsu River (渚滑川) or Shokotsu National Route (渚滑国道 * National Route 273） near here. By the way, famous tourist attractions in Takinoue are Keikoku Park (渓谷公園), Yoshokuen (陽殖園) and Kaori-no-Sato Herb Garden (香りの里ハーブガーデン), too.
Higashimokoto Moss Pink Feastival
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park (東藻琴芝桜公園) is in Higashimokoto, Ozora town located in the southern part of Abashiri city, and is well-known as one of the largest place famous for moss pink together with Shibazakura Takinoue Park (芝ざくら滝上公園), and Higashimokoto Moss Pink Feastival (東藻琴芝桜祭) is famous as one of 3 major Okhotsk Spring Festival together with Kamiyubetsu Tulip Festival (かみゆうべつチューリップフェスティバル) and Fairy Tale village Takinoue Moss Pink Festival (童話村たきのうえ芝ざくらまつり). The Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park surrounded by fields is developed with containing hillslope along Hokkaido Road 102. It is the origin of the park that Mr. Suekichi Nakabachi (中鉢末吉) planted the moss pink that he grew at his home on the steep slope in 1977. The moss pink is a perennial plant of the family polemoniaceae native of North America, and is a kind of the phlox. He expanded the moss pink field of 1 ha a year, and now the park space is 100,000 m2. I think that visitors must be very impressed by the moss pink over the steep slope. When I drove my car on the road, the pink moss came into my sight, and I was very moved. You will be moved by beautiful red, pink, purple and white color, too. Admission is charged, but a parking lot is free of charge. Except the Higashimokoto Moss Pink Feastival season, admission free. Read More
Kamiyubetsu Tulip Fair
Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park (かみゆうべつチューリップ公園) is in in Kamiyubetsu, Yubetsu town located in the northern part of Kitami city, and is well-known as 2 major places famous for tulips together with Takino Suzuran Hillside National Government Park (滝野すずらん公園) in Hokkaido, and the Kamiyubetsu Tulip Fair (かみゆうべつチューリップフェア) is famous as one of 3 major Okhotsk Spring Festivals together with Higashimokoto Moss Pink Feastival (東藻琴芝桜祭) and Fairy Tale village Takinoue Moss Pink Festival (童話村たきのうえ芝ざくらまつり). The park surrounded by fields is developed as a flower field along Oketo National Route (National Route 242). It is the origin of the Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park that Mr. Terunori Nishikawa (西川照憲) planted a tulip, and described here as old people's farm in 1957. About 200 kinds of 1.2 million tulips are planted on the site of 700,000 m2 at present. I think that visitors must be very impressed by colorful tulip lines on the flatland. Admission is charged, but a parking lot is free of charge. Except the Kamiyubetsu Tulip Fair season, admission free. Read More
Fairy Tale village Takinoue Moss Pink Festival
Fairy Tale village Takinoue Moss Pink Festival (童話村たきのうえ芝ざくらまつり) is held from early May to early June. A lot of tourists come every year. Admission is JPY 500. The time it takes to look around pink carpets on the hillside at about 200 m above sea level is around 2 hours. You may be tired because of a difference of elevation, so you should wear comfortable shoes. In addition, tourists can ride in a helicopter to look over the pink carpets from the sky.
The park is divided into 4 parts, Eastern Slope (東側斜面), Western Slope (西側斜面), Upper Parking Lot (駐車場上側) and Lower Parking Lot (駐車場下側). Except the moss pink, tulips are planted on the Eastern Slope, and a combination of the tulips and the moss pink are worth seeing, too. A bell of happiness (幸せの鐘) is built on the Upper Parking Lot, too.
Atmosphere of Takinoue Moss Pink Festival Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 250.|
|Parking lot||A pay parking lot is provided (150 cars).|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||570 699 378*33|
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Takinoue. 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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