- September 5th, 2019
[Tokachi Hills in Makubetsu] Stylish Garden on Hills
Tokachi Hills (十勝ヒルズ) is a popular garden on a small hill of about 120 m elevation in Makubetsu town adjacent to the eastern part of Obihiro city, and is one of 8 gardens chosen by Hokkaido Garden Path (北海道ガーデン街道), and is near Tokachi Carmelite Monastery and Makubetsu Onsen (幕別温泉). Marukatsu coro. (株式会社 丸勝) has run the garden as one of their business since 2009, and gardens, restaurants, farms, others, restrooms and a parking lot are built at the site of about 230,000 m2. Except looking around on foot, visitors can look around the gardens by a paid cart car. Pets are allowed, too. Admission is JPY 1000. A parking lot is free of charge. Only the garden is closed from late Octomer to late April. But restaurants open a business through the winter season.
Their gardens are roughly divided into 8 gardens, Wise Potage (ヴィーズ・ポタジェ), Sky Mirror (スカイミラー), Alfresco (アルフレスコ), Nartural Oasis (ナチュラルオアシス), Aneka’s Garden (アニーカの庭), Rose Garden (ローズガーデン), Flower Islands (フラワーアイランズ) and Wise Terrace (ヴィーズテラス), and the Tokachi Hills also has some farms such as Rental Farm (レンタルファーム), Natural Cultivation Fields (自然栽培畑), Herb Fields (ハーブ畑), Hills Farm (ヒルズファーム), Orchard (果樹園), Blue Honeysuckle (ハスカップ), Blueberry (ブルーベリー) and Organic House.
2 restaurants, Washokudokoro Shibubundo (和食処四分分度) and Farm Restaurant VIZ (ファームレストラン ヴィーズ), are built, and light meals and drinks are served at the Hills Shop and Cafe (ヒルズショップ＆カフェ), and foods and drinks can be savored at Open Terrace (オープンテラス), the Wise Terrace and the Alfresco. Except those, an accessible restroom, an office, Hills Chapel (ヒルズチャペル), Water Place (ウォータープレイス), Blue Dragonfly Pond (トンボ池), a fountain, Kids Park (こどものひろば), Fureai Open Space (ふれあいひろば), Gakuya (がくや) and Big Farm are at the site.
The Tokachi Hills has a paid zone and a free zone at the Open Terrace beside the parking lot and Hills Shop and Cafe. The Open Terrace has the Water Place, and underground water of Satsunai River (札内川) gushes out from it. The water is drinkable. Most of the gardens are the paid zone. Besides, Early Summer Soba Festival (初夏の蕎麦祭り) is held only in a day, early June, and Autumn Soba Festival (秋の蕎麦祭り) and Azuki Festival (小豆祭り) are held only in a day, early September.
Makubetsu Onsen (幕別温泉) is a hot spring place in Makubetsu town located in the eastern direction of Obihiro city. 2 hot spring facilities are along Tobestu River (途別川), Hana-no-Yu (華の湯) is built on a small hill at around 95 m above sea level, and Park Hotel Yuyukan (パークホテル悠湯館) is built at around 40 m above sea level in a forest. There are Yoda Park (依田公園), a park golf course and Makubetsu-cho Furusato hall (幕別町ふるさと館) near Hana-no-Yu (華の湯). Those rather are closer Satsunai than the Makubetsu, and the distance is around 1.5 km away from the center of the Satsunai, and restaurants, cafes, convenience stores and super markets are built there. Tokachi Hills (十勝ヒルズ), Aikoku Station (愛国駅), Kofuku Station (幸福駅), Manabe Farden (真鍋庭園) and Tokachigawa Onsen (十勝川温泉) are relatively near here. Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Makubetsu, Hyakushoan (百姓（笑）庵), Farm Restaurant VIZ (ファームレストラン・ヴィーズ) and Soba Dokoro Koshiro (そば処小代) are popular in particular. Article is here
Gardens of Tokachi Hills
8 gardens, the Wise Potage, the Sky Mirror, the Alfresco, the Nartural Oasis, the Aneka’s Garden, the Rose Garden, the Flower Islands and the Wise Terrace are at the Tokachi Hills, and about 1000 types of plants are seen from a spring to an autumn. The Tokachi Hills has the only entrance, so visitors should enter the gardens through and the Hills Shop and Cafe. A ticket is sold there, and souvenirs also are sold, and light meals and drinks are served at the cafe, too. I visited the Tokachi Hills in the autumn.
The Tokachi Hills is large, so I guess that it takes about 1-1.5 hours to look around on foot. Besides, I recommend that visiotrs wear comfortable shoes, too.
The Wise Potage is a vegetable garden close to the entrance. Vegetable, rice cereals, herb, edible flower and so on are cultivated organically, and those are served at the Farm Restaurant VIZ. At the restaurant, visitors can savor course meals using Tokachi foods cooked by Mr. Adam Garai, a Hungarian chef.
The Sky Mirror is the best garden to take a picture in the Tokachi Hills. Arched flower bed of blue and white salvia are planted. The white salvia figures “Clouds”, and the blue salvia figures “Sky”. A conbination of a white birch, the salvia and the downtown of the Obihiro in the distance can be viewed from here.
The Alfresco is a lawn garden, and means “Outside the house” in Italian. Outdoor tables and chairs are provided, and a picnic can be enjoyed. Perennial flower beds are built, so seasonal flowers can be savored.
35 types of 960 roses are planted at the Rose Garden. A gazebo is built at the site, and scent of roses is enjoyed along walks.
The Aneka’s Garden is the innermost garden. The Aneka is the name of a fairy in the Tokachi Hills, and cute pink flowers are collected here. But it was maintained when I visited here.
The Natural Oasis is a garden around the Blue Dragonfly Pond, and willow trees are planted around the pond, and water lilies float at the surface of the pond. The pond is reflacted Monet’s Garden in France as a motif. By the way, the pond is called “The Blue Dragonfly Pond” because a lots of blue dragonflies live.
The Flower Islands is a garden at the lower part of the Sky Mirror. 15 large and small round flower beds are dotted with the site. Tulips are planted in the spring, and sunflowers are planted in the summer, and other flowers are planted in the autumn.
The Wise Terrace has walks and a public restroom, and seasonal flowers are bloom along the walks. Kushiro Yae Double Cherry Trees (釧路八重) are planted along Main Border to the public restroom, and cherry blossoms are full in bloom in the spring.
|Admission fee||Adult: JPY 1000, Junior high school student: JPY 400|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (150 cars)|
|Business hour||09:00-17:00 * It is changed depening on seasons|
|Regular closing day||From late October to late April|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||124 419 261*41|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Makubetsu. 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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