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[Hiragishi Tenjin Wisteria in Sapporo] Huge Wisteria Is Oldest Wisteria in Hokkaido

June 2nd, 2015

Tenjinyama Park

Tenjinyama Park (天神山緑地) is located in Hiragishi, Toyohira ward, Sapporo city. There is Mt. Tenjinyama with an altitude of about 90 m along National Route 453, and Tenjin Wisteria (天神藤), Soma Shrine (相馬神社), Taiheizan Miyoshi Shrine (太平山三吉神社), Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio (さっぽろ天神山アートスタジオ) and Jaoanese-style Garden (日本庭園) are on the site. The Mt. Tenkjinyama used to be a fort built by Ainu people, and a view is good, too. There are vestiges of the fort now. The Tenjin Wisteria is donated to Sapporo city by Mr. Akihiro Yamagiwa (山際廣昭) that lived at the foot of Mt. Tenjinyama in 2016 , and become a part of the Tenjinyama Park. 300 cherry trees such as double cherry trees and Yezo mountain cherry trees are planted, so pink flowers and purple flowers can be enjoyed from a spring to an early summer. This park is a relaxing place that local people enjoy themselves in a city. Admission free.

View from Top of Tenjiyama Park
Tenjinyama Park in Sapporo
Japanese-style Garden
Tenjinyama Park in Sapporo
Japanese-style Garden
Tenjinyama Park in Sapporo
Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
Tenjinyama Park in Sapporo
Path on Park
Tenjinyama Park in Sapporo
Taiheizan Miyoshi Shrine
Tenjinyama Park in Sapporo
Votive Pictures of Horse
Tenjinyama Park in Sapporo

The Tenjinyama Park is near Sumikawa or Nakanoshima, so there are some popular ramen restaurants around here. Sapporo Junren Head Office (さっぽろ純連 札幌本店) is at the foot of the Mt. Tenjinyama, and Men Eiji Hiragishi Base (麺eiji平岸ベース), Yamaarashi Head Office (山嵐 本店), Sumire Sapporo Head Office (すみれ 札幌本店) and Garyumenbu Hien (我流麺舞 飛燕) are relatively near here. I ate ramen at the Sapporo Junren Head Office, the Men Eiji Hiragishi Base, the Sumire Sapporo Head Office and the Garyumenbu Hien. Those were tasty.

Sapporo Junren Head Office

Sapporo Junren Head Office (さっぽろ純連本店) is a popular ramen restraunt in Hiragishi, Toyohira ward, Sapporo city. The nearest station is Sumikawa Subway Station and customers need to walk a little from the station. This ramen restraunt's miso broth ramen has a long history. It was founded in 1964. I ate the Sumire's (すみれ) miso broth ramen yesterday and visited to eat the Junren's miso broth ramen. Mrs. Akiko Muranaka is a founder, and her eldest son opened Junren and her third son opened Sumire, famous ramen restraunt. Collectively, they are called Junsumi-kei type (純すみ系). There are a parking lot in front of a building and on the opposite side of a road, and the third parking lot seems to be provided. Article is here

Miso Broth Ramen
Miso Broth Ramen -Junren Head Office in Sapporo-

Men Eiji Hiragishi Base

Men Eiji Hiragishi Base (麺eiji 平岸ベース) is a popular ramen restraunt in Toyohira ward, Sapporo city and was founded in 2011. There is a building at a residential area. This ramen restraunt seems to be popular restraunt that there is always a long line, and I visited here around 13:30 on weekdays to avoid lunchtime. Article is here

Soy Sauce Broth Ramen with Small Dried Sardines and Pork Bone Flavor
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen with Small Dried Sardines amd Pork Bone Flavor -Men Eiji Hiragishi Base in Sapporo-

Garyumenbu Hien

Garyumenbu Hien (我流麺舞飛燕) is a popular ramen restraunt near the jcho hokkaido hospital (JCHO北海道病院) in Nakanoshima, Toyohira ward, Sapporo city and was founded in 2010. I visited here around 14:00 on weekdays. There were 3 groups of customers at the ramen restraunt at such time. Then, 2 groups of visitors came in, and this restraunt was popular after all. The customers seems to form a line at lunch time. The ramen restraunt was small but cozy and had counter seats, tables and a raised seating place, so a family customer seems to enjoy. Hien uses a meal ticket system, and the customers must buy a meal ticket first. I bought the Salty Chicken Broth Ramen with Fish Powder (魚介鶏塩白湯), a most popular ramen, and the price was JPY 750. I bought large serving of noodles, too, and the price was JPY 100. Hien Ramen seems to be popular, too. Article is here

Salty Chicken Broth Ramen with Fish Powder
Salty Chicken Broth Ramen with Fish Powder -Hien in Sapporo-

Sumire Sapporo Head Office

I visited here around 13:00 on weekdays. Timing might make customers change and there were a few csutomers at a building. The building was new and the appearance of the building and interior decoration were fresh. I sat at a counter seat and read a menu, and I ordered miso broth ramen (味噌ラーメン). The price is JPY 870. By the way, walls were covered by cards for autographs, and I was overwhelmed on that situation. Approximately 15 minutes later, the miso broth ramen was served. While waiting for the ramen, a lot of customers came to the ramen restraunt one after another. I was thinking of visiting here more later, I was happy to visit around 13:00. Article is here

Miso Broth Ramen
Miso Ramen -Sumire Head Office in Sapporo-


Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Article is here


Tenjin Wisteria

Tenjin Wisteria at the foot of the Mt. Tenjinayama is open to the general public only during flowering season (from mid May to early June), and I visited here. This tree is about 200 year-old, and it is said to be the oldest wisteria in Hokkaido. This wisteria was brought from Honshu 200 years ago to put it on a bonsai, and I am surprised at growing big. Admission free. Visitors seem to park their cars at a parking lot of the Tanjinyama Park. By the way, a small shrine is built on the site, too.

Tenjin Wisteria on Mr Yamagiwa's Parking Lot
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo
Area Is About 64 m2
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo
Length of About 2 m around Trunk
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo
Iron Columns Support Heavy Branch
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo

A length around trunk seems to be about 2 m, and branches of Wisteria tree have grown and covered a parking lot of about 64 m2 completely, and iron columns support the heavy branches. Flowers like a bunch of grapes with about 30 cm in height droop here and there. Excellent flowers and large tree is worth seeing. In addition, various trees such as azalea beside the wisteria, so a conbination of the purple flowers and other color flowers is good, too.

Wonderful Wisteria
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo
Wisteria Becomes Natural Blind
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo
Wisteria Is in Bloom!
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo
Growth of Branch Is Sublime
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo
Wisteria Look Like Grapes
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo
Colorful as Well as Wisteria
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo
About 200 Year-Old Tree
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo
Full of Wisteria
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo
Shrine on Site
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo
Main Shrine
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo
Free Parking Lot of Tenjinyama Park
Tenjin Wisteria in Hiragishi, Sapporo

Origin of Name

This Tenjin Wisteria is over 150 years-old, and is the oldest wisteria in Hokkaido. Predecessors that settled to develop the Hokkaido brought the wisteria on the bonsai from Honshu, and planted it here. It has grown and made beautiful flowers bloom on a wisteria trellis of about 64 m2 every year while weathering. Mr. Yosaku Harada (原田与作), the mayor of the Sapporo, came to name the marvelous wisteria as Tenjin Wisteria in 1969. On a fine day in June, 1970.

Atmosphere of Tenjin Wisteria Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Tenjin Wisteria

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (about 25 Cars)
Business hours 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day From mid June to early May
Telephone number +81-11-811-5100
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 9 374 332*06

List of Accommodations

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



Hotel SULATA Sapporo(ホテルSULATA札幌)


Ibis Styles Sapporo(イビス スタイルズ 札幌)
B4 Apartment in Sapporo(B4 アパートメント イン 札幌)
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino Ekinishi(アパホテル 札幌すすきの駅西)
ANA Holiday Inn Sapporo Susukino(ANAホリデイ・イン札幌すすきの)
HOTEL MYSTAYS Sapporo Susukino(ホテルマイステイズ札幌すすきの)
the b sapporo susukino(ザ・ビー 札幌すすきの)
Tmark City Hotel Sapporo(Tマーク シティ ホテル 札幌)
HOTEL RELIEF Sapporo Susukino(ホテルリリーフ札幌すすきの)
Hotel Nets Sapporo(ホテルネッツ札幌)
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino Ekiminami(アパホテル 札幌すすきの駅南)
Mercure Hotel Sapporo(メルキュールホテル札幌)
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino Ekimae(アパホテル 札幌すすきの駅前)
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino(アパホテル 札幌すすきの)
Sapporo Oriental Hotel(札幌オリエンタルホテル)
Premier Hotel-CABIN-Sapporo(天然温泉プレミアホテル -CABIN- 札幌)
Spa Hotel SOLE Susukino(SPA HOTEL ソーレ すすきの)
Hotel Route-Inn Sapporo Chuo(ホテルルートイン 札幌中央)
Marks Inn Sapporo(マークスイン札幌)
The Stay Sapporo(The Stay Sapporo)
Spa Safro(すすきの天然温泉 スパ・サフロ)
Super Hotel Sapporo Susukino(スーパーホテル札幌・すすきの)
Red Planet Sapporo Susukino South(レッドプラネット札幌すすきの南)
Hotel WBF Sapporo Susukino(ホテルWBF札幌すすきの)
Comfort Hotel Sapporo Susukino(コンフォートホテル札幌すすきの)
Smile Hotel Premium Sapporo Susukino(スマイルホテルプレミアム札幌すすきの)
Toyoko Inn Sapporo Susukino Crossroads(東横イン札幌すすきの交差点)
Toyoko Inn Sapporo Susukino Minami(東横イン札幌すすきの南)
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Susukino(ダイワロイネットホテル札幌すすきの)
Comics and Capsule Hotel Comicap Sapporo Susukino(Comics&CapsuleHotelコミカプ札幌すすきの店)
Sapporo Tobu Hotel(札幌東武ホテル)
HOTEL LiVEMAX Sapporo(ホテルリブマックス札幌)
JASMAC PLAZA HOTEL(ジャスマックプラザホテル)
Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel(札幌東急REIホテル)
Hotel North City(ホテルノースシティ)
Weekly Sapporo 2000 & Annex(ウィークリーさっぽろ2000&アネックス)
SappoLodge(ゲストハウス SappoLodge)
Capsule Inn Sapporo (Male Only)(カプセル・イン札幌)
Business Hotel Line(ビジネスホテルライン)
Ibis Styles Sapporo(イビススタイルズ札幌)
Sapporo Park Hotel(札幌パークホテル)
Hotel Annex(ホテルアネックス)
Hotel Ronshan Sapporo(ホテル ロンシャンサッポロ)
Hotel New Budget Sapporo(ホテルニューバジェット札幌)
Hotel Royal Stay Sapporo(ホテル ローヤルステイ・サッポロ)
Frame Hotel Sapporo(フレイムホテル札幌)
Swanky Hotel Otomo(スワンキーホテル・オートモ)
Sapporo Daiichi Hotel(札幌第一ホテル)
Quintessa Hotel Sapporo(クインテッサホテル札幌)
Hotel Resol Sapporo Nakajima Koen(ホテルリソル札幌 中島公園)
HOTEL MYSTAYS PREMIER Sapporo Park(ホテルマイステイズプレミア札幌パーク)
Hotel Porte(HOTEL PORTE)
Hotel Shinto(ホテル新東)
Karaksa Hotel Sapporo(からくさホテル札幌)
Social Hostel 365(Social Hostel 365)
Time Peace Apartment(タイムピースアパートメント)
Sapporo Oriental Hotel(札幌オリエンタルホテル)
Kuranoya Sapporo(倉のや 札幌)
Sapporo Guest House Nariya(札幌ゲストハウス 成屋)
The Stay Sapporo Nagomi(THE STAY SAPPORO 和ーNAGOMIー)
Sapporo Inn Nada(サッポロイン NADA)
Igloo Dorm & Breakfast(IGLOO Dorm&Breakfast)
Ten to Ten Nakajima-Koen(Ten to Ten HOKKAIDO Hostel & Kitchen)
Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu(札幌エクセルホテル東急)
Hotel Lifort Sapporo(ホテルライフォート札幌)
Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park(ベッセルイン札幌中島公園)
Hotel Vista Sapporo Nakajima Koen(ホテルビスタ札幌 中島公園)
City Cabin by Nikoh Refre (Male Only)(ニコーカプセルホテル リフレ)
HOTEL MYSTAYS Sapporo Nakajima Park(ホテルマイステイズ札幌中島公園)

A page of Sapporo is here




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