- June 2nd, 2015
[Hiragishi Tenjin Wisteria in Sapporo] Huge Wisteria Is Oldest Wisteria in Hokkaido
- Tenjinyama Park
- Tenjin Wisteria
- List of Activities
- Sapporo One-Day Bus Tours
- Sightseeing Taxi
- Canoe Tour
- Outdoor Activities
- Horse Trekking and Horseback Riding
- Japanese Kimono Rental and Lolita Fashion
- Ninja Experience, Calligraphy Experience and Tea Ceremony Experience
- Pottery Experience and Craft Experience
- Flower Arrangement
- Skiing and Cross-country Skiing
- List of Accommodations
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 at 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.
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 (さっぽろ純連) is a popular ramen restraunt based in Hiragishi, Toyohira ward, Sapporo city. Mr. Noriyoshi Muranaka (村中 教愛) established it in 1987, and RENFOODS corp. runs it. Mr. Takanori Yamagishi (山岸 敬典) is a company president at present. Mrs. Akeko Muranaka (村中 明子), the founder’s mother, established Sumire (純連) in 1964, and the Junren successed her taste. The head office and a brach are in the Sapporo, and the Junren is well-known as a long-established ramen restraunt of Sapporo Miso Broth Ramen. By the way, Mr. Noriyoshi, the founder, is a company president of Miki Food corp. (有限会社 ミキフード), and runs Sapporo Junren Sendai Branch now. Read More
Men Eiji Hiragishi Base
Men Eiji Hiragishi Base (麺eiji 平岸ベース) is a popular ramen restraunt run by Furukawa corp. at a residential area, Toyohira ward, Sapporo city, and is relatively near Subway Nanboku Line Hiragishi Station and Minami-hiragishi Station. Mr. Jun Furukawa (古川 淳), a company president, has established it since 2006. The Men Eiji Hiragishi Base was given the Bib Gourmand by MICHELIN Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition, and got the 1st place in Ramen Walker Grandpix Hokkaido 2016. He trained his cooking skills at some ramen restraunts such as Ramen Tetsuya (らーめんてつや), a famous ramen restraunt in the Sapporo. The Men Eiji Hiragishi Base has sister ramen restraunts, MEN-EIJI Full. near Susukino and DUCK RAMEN EIJI in Higashi ward. Read More
Garyumenbu Hien (我流麺舞飛燕) is a popular ramen restraunt in Nakanoshima, Toyohira ward, Sapporo city, and is near JCHO Hokkaido Hospital (JCHO北海道病院). Mr. Shuji Maeda (前田 修志), a ramen restraunt owner, has established it since 2010.The Hien was given the MICHELIN PLATE by MICHELIN Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition. He trained his cooking skill at some ramen restraunts such as Yamaarashi (山嵐), a famous ramen restraunt in the Sapporo, and has sister ramen restraunts, Ramen Tsubame (ラーメンツバメ) in Yamahana, Menya Gensho (麺や 玄鳥) in Susukino and Sapporo Hien (札幌飛燕) in New Chitose Airport. Read More
Sumire Sapporo Head Office
Sumire (すみれ) is a popular ramen restraunt based in Nakanoshima, Toyohira ward, Sapporo city. Sumire corp. runs it, and Mr. Nobuyoshi Muranaka (村中 伸宜) is a company president. Mrs. Akiko Muranaka (村中 明子), his mother, established Sumire (純連) in 1964. The head office is in the Sapporo, and branch ramen restraunts open a business in the Sapporo and Yokohama. The Sumire is well-known as a long-established ramen restraunt of Sapporo Miso Broth Ramen. A lot of ramen restraunts are affected by the Sumire, and a lots of pupils also appear in crowds. It is also famous that an owner of Saimi (彩味), a famous ramen restraunt, trained his cooking skill at the Sumire. Read More
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. Read More
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.
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.
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
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (about 25 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||From mid June to early May|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 374 332*06|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Toyohira Ward. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Sapporo is here
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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