[Tomayama Hitome Senbon Zakura in Toma] One of Cherry Blossom Spots in Northern Hokkaido
June 8th, 2017
Mt. Toma (当麻山) is a mountain with an elevation of 292 m in Toma town located in the eastern part of Asahikawa city, and the distance is about 2.5 km away from the center of the toma. It has Toma Sport Lnad Field Athletics Course (とうまスポーツランド フィールドアスレチックコース), a campsite, Toma Ski Resort, and an observation deck is built on the top of the mountain. a famous place for cherry blossoms called Tomayama Hitome Senbon Zakura (当麻山一目千本桜) is at the Toma Sport Lnad Field Athletics Course and the campsite, and cherry trees also bloom along streets. It is easy to enjoy the cherry blossoms because those are not far away from a parking lot. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is about from late April to early May. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge, too.
A direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Toma. But Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and "Kosoku Engaru-go (高速えんがる号)", an express bus, runs between the Sapporo and the Engaru, and those stop at the Toma.
List of Highway Bus
Refer to following companies for the highway bus service between the Kitami and the Asahikawa or between the Sapporo and the Engaru.
|Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス)||From Asahikawa to Kitami|
|Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス)||From Kitami to Asahikawa|
|Hokkaido Chuo Bus(北海道中央バス)||From Sapporo to Engaru|
|Hokkaido Chuo Bus(北海道中央バス)||From Engaru to Sapporo|
Tomayama Observation Deck
The visitors can not go up the mountain by their cars. So the visitors must go up the mountain on foot. Walks of 544 m in total length is built, and it is not difficult to walk. But the walks have a lot hard steps, and I think that the visitors get tired very much. It took about 30 minutes for me from a trailhead to the obsevation deck on foot. I got tired. But the views were worth seeing. It was very comfortable. Article is here
Cherry Blossoms of Hokkaido
Cherry blossoms begin to bloom from late April in Hokkaido. The cherry blossoms in the Southern Hokkaido including Hakodate begin to bloom from late April, and in case of late blooming, the cherry blossoms in the Eastern Hokkaido and the Northern Hokkaido seem to bloom in early June. The cherry blossoms in Honshu (the main island of Japan) begin to bloom from mid March, and tourists can enjoy the cherry blossoms until too late season. If everybody forget to see the cherry blossoms in the Honshu, please visit the Hokkaido to savor the cherry blossoms. Article is here
Tomayama Hitome Senbon Zakura
The Tomayama Hitome Senbon Zakura is at foot of the Mt. Toma, and the cherry trees such as Yezo Mountain Cherry Trees (エゾヤマザクラ) are planted. It is one of Hitome Senbon Zakura in Japan, and a lot of the cherry trees has been planted to see a thousand of the cherry trees at first sight. So maybe, the number of the cherry trees is more than 1000. Visitors can appreciate the cherry blossoms while enjoying the camping or the field athletics. The site is not large, so it takes less than 30 minutes to look around on foot.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (20 cars)|
|Business hour||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Winter season|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||389 889 751*12|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Toma. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Gallery Pension Toma(ギャラリーペンション当麻)||
A page of Hokkaido Cherry Tree is here
Hokkaido Cherry Tree