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[Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu] Huge Gardens in Nature

September 5th, 2019

Tokachi Millennium Forest

Tokachi Millennium Forest (十勝千年の森) is a popular garden at the foot of Hidaka Mountains in Shimizu town located in the northwestern part of Obihiro city, and is near Shimizu Maruyama Observation Deck (清水円山展望台), and is one of 8 gardens chosen by Hokkaido Garden Path (北海道ガーデン街道). Mr. Dan Pearson, a famous British gardener, designed this garden, and the Tokachi Millennium Forest has been opend since 2008. 5 gardens, ranches, Garden Cafe Rau Rau (ガーデンカフェ ラウラウ), Natural Cheese Making Experience Studio Kisara (ナチュラルチーズ体験工房 キサラ), a public restroom and a parking lot are built at the site of about 40 ha. Except tour on foot, segwey tour is psroivded, too, and it is popular. Admission is JPY 1200. The parking lot is free of charge. They close a business from late October to late April.

Tokachi Millennium Forest
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Segway Test Driving
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Parking Lot
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu

The Tokachi Millennium Forest has 5 gardens, Earth Garden, Forest Garden, Meadow Garden, Farm Garden and HGS Designer's Garden. In those gardens, the Earth Garden and the Meadow Garden have been given Grand Award and International Award by SGD Awards 2012, so the Tokachi Millennium Forest has a good reputation internationally.

Earth Garden
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Meadow Garden
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
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Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu

Movie of Tokachi Millennium Forest

Speaking of the Shimizu, some restaurants serve Diced Steak and Scrambled Eggs Rice Bowl (牛玉ステーキ丼), a local dish. I ate it at Restaurant Fusha (レストラン風車), and it was tasty. As for tasty restaurants in the Shimizu, Mebunryo (目分料), Sobadokoro Mishina (そば処 三品), Tonkatsu-no-Mishina (とんかつのみしな), Sobadokoro Noshijuku (そば処 農志塾), Drive-in Ito Tokachi Shimizu Head Office (ドライブインいとう とかち清水本店) and Horyu Shimizu Branch (寶龍 清水店) are popular in particular. Unfortunately, a day trip onsen can not be enjoyed in the Shimizu.

Shimizu Maruyama Observation Deck

Maruyama Observation Deck (円山展望台) is a viewing platform on a small hill in Maruyama Ranch, Shimizu town located in the northwestern part of Obihiro city, and is near Tokachi Millennium Forest (十勝千年の森). Here is known as a good place to view Tokachi Plain (十勝平野), so visitors can enjoy a good scenery with few artifacts because the Maruyama Observation Deck is surrounded by pastures. The Maruyama Ranch is used as shooting places for Japanese Movie "Silver Spoon" (映画「銀の匙」) and NHK Morning Drama serials "The Summer Sky" (NHK連続テレビ小説「なつぞら」). A parking lot, a public restroom, a field kitchen, outdoor tables, Gozu Kannon (牛頭観世音菩薩) as well as the observation deck are built at the site. But the public restroom and the field kitchen are closed. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Tokachi Plain from Observation Deck
Maruyama Observation Deck in Shimizu

Diced Steak and Scrambled Eggs Rice Bowl

I visited here to eat Diced Steak and Scrambled Eggs Rice Bowl (十勝清水牛玉ステーキ丼) around 15:00 on a weekday. No customer enjoyed their meal. I sat at a table seat, and ordered the Diced Steak and Scrambled Eggs Rice Bowl. The price was JPY 980. The Diced Steak and Scrambled Eggs Rice Bowl is a local gourmet born on July 17, 2010 in the Shimizu. It won consecutive victories in Local Gourmet Grand Prix Hokkaido (新・ご当地グルメグランプリ北海道) 2013 and 2014. Some restaurants in the Shimizu serve it. Article is here

Tasty Smell
Diced Steak and Scrambled Eggs Rice Bowl -Restaurant Fusha in Shimizu-

Gardens of Tokachi Millennium Forest

The Earth Garden, the Forest Garden, the Meadow Garden, the Farm Garden and the HGS Designer's Garden are built at the site. The Tokachi Millennium Forest has the only entrance, so visitors should enter the gardens through Visitor Center Mansard Hall. At the Visitor Center, a ticket as well as their cheese are sold, and documents related to the Tokachi Millennium Forest are displayed. Here is map

Entrnace of Tokachi Millennium Forest
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Visitor Center Mansard Hall
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Look of Mansard Hall
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Their Cheese Are Sold
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu

The Tokachi Millennium Forest is very large, so I guess that it takes about 2-3 hours to look around on foot. I expect that walkers are exhausted if they look around all the gardens, so they should bring water. Besides, I recommend that visiotrs wear comfortable shoes, too.

Starting Point of Walks
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Maifan Stone
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Aconitum Yesoense
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Path to Earth Garden
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu

Earth Garden

The Earth Garden is the largest garden in the Tokachi Millennium Forest, and a conbination of waved lawns, Millenium Hill (千年の丘) and the Hidaka Mountains is very good. The Natural Cheese Making Experience Studio Kisara, Kisara-no-Kakera (キサラのかけら * A piece of Kisara), Sky TV for Hokkaido (北海道のためのスカイTV), Camuy Circle (カムイのサークル), 7 Diamonds (七つのダイヤモンド) and Venus-no-Kakera (ヴィーナスのかけら * A piece of Venus) are built at the site. A view from the lawns is good, and Tokachi Plain (十勝平野) from the hilltop of the Millenium Hill is also very good.

Earth Garden
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Sculpture and Woods
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Kisara
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Inside of Kisara
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Lawns Covered with Land
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Very Large!
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Wet Lawns
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Camuy Circle
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Path to Millenium Hill
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Millenium Hill
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Hilltop of Millenium Hill
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Tokachi Plain from Millenium Hill
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Hidaka Mountains from Millenium Hill
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu

Forest Garden

The Forest Garden is a garden made in a forest. At the garden, some streams flow, and leaves are fallen, and mushrooms grow, and natural process is repeated. Some wooden objects and something such as remains of a fort are built here and there, so I think that visitors should look around to find those. Here is just nature, so a lot of insects grow.

Forest Garden
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Wooden Object
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Water Line
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Here Looks Like Remains of Fort
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
River Flows through Forest
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Swamp
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Stone Bridge
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu

Meadow Garden

Native species and garden species grow at the Meadow Garden. Different flowers and plants can be seen depending on seasons, so here is suitable for photogenic flowers and plants. Types of seasonal flowers and plants are displayed at the entrance beside the parking lot.

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Meadow Garden
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Joe-pye Weed
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Wooden Path Is Good
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Farm Garden

The Farm Garden is next to the Meadow Garden. To be honest, I do not know where the Farm Garden ends, so it is about Farm Garden. Here is a place to feel agriculture, foods and a garden. They raise vegetables, goat and sheep, so a typical atmosphere of Hokkaido can be felt. Rose Garden, Goat Farm, the Garden Cafe Rau Rau are built at the site, and foods and drinks can be savored. A lot of visitors come the cafe to cure their fatigue for walking.

Farm Garden
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Goat Stable
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Young Goat
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Rose Garden
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Rose Garden
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Rose
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Goat Farm
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Flowers
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Garden Cafe Rau Rau
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Inside of Garden Cafe
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Shop
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Table and Chairs
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu

HGS Designer's Garden

Hokkaido Garden Show Designer's Garden is a garden for the Hokkaido Garden Show held in 2012, and is next to a pasture for horses. But I could not find where the HGS Designer's Garden was. Some walks are built around the garden, visitors can enjoy a curved wooden bridge called Crossing and a lots of wind chimes with strange views and sounds.

Path Through Forest
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Path to HGS Designer's Garden
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Paths
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Pasture for Horse
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Pines and Grass
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Pasture for Horse
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Yellow Flowers
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Crossing
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Wind Chimes
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Memory of Stones
Tokachi Millennium Forest in Shimizu
Admission fee Adult: JPY 1200, Child: JPY 600, Infant: Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (180 cars)
Business hour 09:00-17:00 * It is changed depening on seasons
Regular closing day From late October to late April
Telephone number +81-156-63-3000
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 608 059 799*13

List of Activities

Some activities can be enjoyed at the Tokachi Millennium Forest. Refer to following websites for the activities. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Segway Tour

Movie of Segway Tour

Tokachi Millennium Forest(十勝千年の森)
ASOVIEW

Tokachi Natural Cheese Making Experience

Tokachi Millennium Forest(十勝千年の森)
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Jalan

Horse Riding Experience

Movie of Horse Riding Experience

Stable of Forest(森の馬小屋)
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Jalan

List of Accommodations

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

Tokachi Inn Shozo(清水イン勝造)
Booking
Jalan
Guest House Radaniva(ゲストハウス ラーダニーヴァ)
Booking
Rakuten
Small Inn Komorebi(大草原の小さな宿こもれび)
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Nagomi-no-Kaze(和みの風)
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Rakuten
Business Hotel Marufuku(ビジネスホテルまるふく)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Ariake Ryokan(ありあけ旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

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