- May 15th, 2016
[Yushun Sakura Road in Urakawa] Scenery with Tunnel of Cherry Blossoms and Horses
Yushun Sakura Road
Yushun Sakura Road (優駿さくらロード) is a good place to see cherry blossoms in Urakawa located in the northwestern direction of Cape Erimo (えりも岬), and is a little away from the downtown of the Urakawa. It is also called "Nishicha Sakuranamiki (西舎桜並木)", and about 1,000 cherry trees such as Yezo Mounatin Cherry Tree (エゾヤマザクラ) are planted along both sides of a town road with about 3 km in length from an entrance of Yushun-no-Sato Park (優駿の里公園) to Hidaka Training Ranch (日高育成牧場). Because the width of the road is narrower than Shizunai Nijukkendouro Sakuranamiki (静内二十間道路桜並木), one of most famous cherry blossom spots in Hokkaido, in Shinhidaka, the Yushun Sakura Road cross each branches looks like a tunnel of the cherry blossoms well. It got first place in "Hokkaido Walker Plus Best Cherry Blossom Spots That Readers Want to Go 2019". The best time to see the cherry blossoms is about from early May to mid May. About 10,000 tourists come. In the evening, a part of the Yushun Sakura Road is lit up. Admission free. Parking lots are free of charge.
Urakawa Cherry Blossom Festival (浦河桜まつり) is held between 2days in early May. Speaking of highly reputed restaurants in the Urakawa, Ajidokoro Sannosuke (味処 三之助) and Ramen Yakumo (ラーメン 八雲) are given bib gourmand by the Michelin Hokkaido. Sushidokoro Ozaki (鮨処おざ喜) is given Michelin Plate. By the way, an express bus "Limited Express Hidaka Yushun-go (特急ひだか優駿号)", a highway bus, runs between New Chitose Airport and the Urakawa, and an express bus "Kosoku Pegasus-go (高速ペガサス号)", a highway bus, runs between Sapporo and the Urakawa. In addition, an express bus "Kosoku Hiroo Santa-go (高速ひろおサンタ号)", a highway bus, runs between the Sapporo and Hiroo, and an express bus "Kosoku Erimo-go (高速えりも号)", a highway bus, runs between the Sapporo and the Erimo, and those buses stop at the Urakawa.
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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
List of Tourist Attractions
There are the Nishicha Sakuranamiki, Urakawa Yushun Village Aeru (うらかわ優駿ビレッジアエル) and Japan Racing Association Hidaka Training Ranch Observation Deck (JRA日高育成牧場展望台) along the Yushun Sakura Road. My visited places are as follows.
The Nishicha Sakuranamiki is a cherry trees lined along town road in Nishicha, Urakawa, and the cherry trees have been planted since 1930. The road is surrounded by some ranches, and a conbination of green grass, the blue sky and the gray road is comfortable. Some parking spaces are provided along the road, so visitors should seek photogenic places while drinving their cars.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking lot is provided (370 cars)|
|Business hours||Open for 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open years all round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||564 418 181*63|
Japan Racing Association Hidaka Training Ranch Observation Deck
Japan Racing Association built an observatoion deck at the Hidaka Training Ranch, and visitors can enter it for free. Open period: from April 1 to October 31, and Open hours: from 08:00 to 16:00. Yezo Mountain Cherry Trees named Hyakunen-Zakura (百年桜 * One Hundred Cherry Tree) and Choju-Zakura (長寿桜 * Longevity Cherry Tree) are planted near the observatoion deck, and are over 100 years old. The hight of the Hyakunen-Zakura is about 12 m, and the trunk is about 3.75 m. The hight of the Choju-Zakura is about 8.5 m. Its branches roughly forked into 2 parts, and the width is about 20 m. A horse is set out to pasture near the Choju-Zakura, too. But the horse may turn restive if the visitors get too close, Beware of the horse. In the Japan Racing Association Hidaka Training Ranch, a tour is held, too. But it is not held in cherry blossom season.
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Urakawa. 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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