- May 12th, 2016
[Tomei Park in Bibai] One of Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Central Hokkaido
Tomei Park (東明公園) is a comprehensive park in Bibai city between Sapporo city and Asahikawa city, and has Bibai Baseball Ground (美唄野球場)、Bibai Athletic Field (美唄陸上競技場), a tennis court, a park golf ground, Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan (ピパの湯 ゆ～りん館), Furusatonomieruoka Obsevation Deck (ふるさとの見える丘展望台), a pond, Space Carillon Tower (スぺースカリヨン), public restrooms and parking lots. About 1,600 cherry trees such as Yezo Mountain Cherry Tree (エゾヤマザクラ) and Yoshino Cherry Tree (ソメイヨシノ), and about 5,000 azaleas are planted at the park. The Yoshino Cherry Trees are northern limit of cherry tree forest, and here is one of most famous good places to see the cherry blossoms in Sorachi district. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is about early May. The park is also well-known as a good place to see the azaleas, and the best time to see the azaleas is about from May to June. Admission free. The parking lots are free of charge. A road is closed from November to April.
Bibai Cherry Blossom Festival (桜まつり) is held between 2days in early May. Speaking of the Bibai, Bibai Grilled Chicken Giblets on Skewer (美唄焼き鳥) and Bibai Fried Noodles (美唄焼きそば) are famous. Some restraunts serve the grilled chicken on skewer in the Bibai, and the fried noodles can be bought at Coa Bibai (コアビバイ). As for tasty restaurants in the Bibai, Yakitori Tatsumi (やき鳥 たつみ), Sobadokoro Shoan (そば処匠庵), Sugiura Bakery (すぎうらベーカリー), Fukuyoshi (福よし) and Cafe Stoven (カフェ ストウヴ) are popular in particular. I ate foods at the Yakitori Tatsumi and the Sugiura Bakery, and those were tasty.
Bibai Onsen (美唄温泉) is a hot spring place in Bibai city located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo city. Only Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan (ピパの湯 ゆ～りん館) is built on a small hill with a distant view of the Bibai at about 70 m above sea level. A park golf course is built on the site, too, there are a lot of athletic facilities such as a baseball field and a tennis court in the area. In addition, there is Tomei Park (東明公園) that is one of the 10 best places for cherry-blossom viewing in Hokkaido next to here, too. The distance is around 5 km away from the center of the Bibai, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built near here. Read More
Grilled Chicken Rice Bowl of Tatsumi
Yakitori Tatsumi (やき鳥 たつみ) is a popular yakitori shop in Bibai city located between Sapporo city and Asahikawa city, and is relatively near Bibai Station. The shop is well-known for serving Bibai Yakitori (美唄焼き鳥 * Baibai Grilled Chicken on a Skewer), and Mr. Masaaki Fujimoto (藤本 正明) established it in 1968. He trained his cooking skill at Mishima (三船), an originator of the Bibai Yakitori, and was under Mr. Fukutaro Mifune (三船 福太郎 * Father of the Bibai Yakitori)'s tutelage, and inherited Mifune's skill and taste. People can savor the taste. They basically sell the Bibai Yakitori to take away, but visitors can savor meals only at lunchime from 12:00 to 14:30 in the shop.Read More
Bibai Fried Noodles
Bibai Fried Noodles (美唄焼きそば) are sold by Kadoya (角屋) in Bibai city, and have been sold since 1970, and are one of famous local dishes. The Bibai Fried Noodles seem to be devised to fill stomaches of workers in coal mine town "Bibai" and are called "Sacked Fried Noodles", too, and customers can eat directly the bibai fried noodles from a package without geting our hands dirty. In addition, the Kadoya does not retail the Bibai Fried Noodles and the customers can buy the Bibai Fried Noodles at the Coa Bibai (コアビバイ). 3 kinds of the Bibai Fried Noodles, the Reproduction of Bibai Fried Noodles (復刻版焼きそば), the Coal Bibai Fried Noodles (石炭焼きそば) and the Salt Bibai Fried Noodles (塩やきそば), were sold when I visited the Coa Bibai. I bought 1 Coal Bibai Fried Noodles and 1 Reproduction of Bibai Fried Noodles. Each prices are JPY 108. Read More
Sugiura Bakery (すぎうらベーカリー) is a popular bakery based in Bibai city located between Sapporo city and Asahikawa city, and has been established since 1997. Mr. Shinobu Sugiura (杉浦 忍) is a bakery owner at present. A bread is famous for using rice flour. The head office is in the Bibai, and a branch opens a buisiness in the Sapporo. My visited place is the head office facing National Route 12. The stylish appearance of the building stands out. A bread sales area, a bread making area and a place for custmers to enjoy foods and drinks are at the building. Customers can drink coffee or water freely, too. Read More
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. Read More
Cherry Blossoms of Tomei Park
The cherry blossoms can be savored around the Space Carillon Tower and along the road, and are in full bloom on both sides of the road. That looks a beautiful tunnel of the cherry blossoms. In the evening, the cherry blossoms are lit up during the cherry blossom season. The site is large, so it takes at least 60 minutes to look around on foot. You may be tired because of a difference of elevation, so you should wear comfortable shoes.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking lot is provided (20 cars)|
|Business hours||Open for 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Homepage||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||180 619 217*80|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Bibai. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Hokkaido Cherry Tree is here
Hokkaido Cherry Tree
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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