Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, located in the eastern part of Hokkaido, at the foot of Mokotoyama, Ohzora town, is one of the famous “ground pink” spots in Hokkaido. From spring to early summer when the fresh breeze blows, the ground pink blooms like a carpet across the hills of a vast park, and a great panoramic view spreads out.
The “Higashimokoto Shibazakura Festival” is held every year from May to early June, when the ground pink blooms, and you can enjoy a tour car, go-cart, fishing pond, day hot springs, and lively stage events on weekends. Why do not you spend a fairy tale surrounded by the scent of flowers in the magnificent and beautiful Higasimokoto Shibazakura Park, surrounded by turf cherry blossoms as far as you can see?
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park is located in Higashimokoto, Ohzora Town, about 25 kilometers from Memanbetsu Airport and about 30 minutes by car. The road to the park is also known as the “Shibazakura Hanakaido”. The field of view suddenly spreads out from the road along the fresh green mountain, and when you can see the hills dyed in bright pink, you will arrive at the park.
A spectacular sight where the ground pinks that have been waiting for spring bloom over the slopes of the hills beyond the long and severe winter of Hokkaido. Its area is 10 hectares. This is the largest ground pink park in Japan.
The large park surrounded by hills is rich in variety, with a view from below and a view from above. There are plenty of places to enjoy while walking around the park, such as the observatory, Azumaya, and the pink torii shrine.
Climb the long stairs and see the ground pink carpet you can see from the observatory on the hill, and the magnificent scenery of Mt. Mokoto. The contrast between the pink color of Shibazakura and the fresh green of the white birch is also wonderful. It is a superb view unique to Shibazakura Park in Hokkaido.
The history of Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park began with a handful of Shibazakura stocks planted in the garden by the young farmers. Surprisingly, about 70% of Shibazakura in this large park was planted by only one hand. It took 8 years to pioneer the steep hills and plow the ground. The effort to plant beauty by trial and error while pursuing beauty is this superb view park.
Shibazakura is a pink image, but there are various varieties such as red, peach, white and purple, and it is fascinated by its rich colors. And in Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park where a huge number of flowers bloom, the scent of flowers drifts out of the park when it is in full bloom. If you visit for the first time, you will be amazed at the intensity of the scent beyond your imagination.
The “Higashimokoto Shibazakura Festival” is held every year during the flowering period of Shibazakura. On weekends, there are stage events such as a song show and a character show.
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, Hokkaido Oki-cho, where Shibazakura (ground pink) is in full bloom on the vast grounds along with the arrival of spring in May. “Shibazakura Festival” is also held according to flowering time and you can enjoy the late spring of Hokkaido. There is also a shop where local dish can be enjoyed, go-carts and fishing ponds, day trips to hot springs, shrines etc, and is a recommended spot that you can enjoy all day.
If the unending stretch of blue sky and purple lavender represent the summer of Hokkaido, the scenery that represents spring is a Shibazakura (ground pink). Beginning around the middle of May every year, cute flowers such as red, pink and white will bloom. Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, located at the foot of Mt. Mokoto in the Okhotsk region, which opens from May 3 th to September 30 th every year, is known as a landmark of such Shibazakura.
Speaking of Shibazakura, it is an image of pink color, but there are also variegated kinds, such as red, peach, white and purple, and it is fascinated by its rich colors. And at the Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park where a huge number of flowers bloom, the scent of flowers drifts out of the park at the time of full bloom. Those who visited for the first time will be surprised by the strength of the fragrance beyond imagination. It is wrapped in lovely flowers and sweet fragrance as far as you can see, this place may be felt in a fairy tale world.
There is also the shrine in the park. In the middle of the stairway climbing the hill, there is a pink torii that is the same as the color of the Shibazakura, and when you reach it come to the top there is a small shrine. This “Yamatsumi Shrine” seems to have been built in 1913, the people who settled in this place from Fukushima Prefecture worshiped the god of the mountain. It is believed also as a god with various divine favor such as thriving business, good match, pregnancy, traffic safety etc.
It is about 40 minutes by car from Abashiri town and about 30 minutes from Memanbetsu Airport. At the time of flowering of Shibazakura, it is a popular tourist spot where many people visit from inside and outside of Hokkaido, recently from overseas.
|Name:||Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park|
|Address:||Higashimokotosuehiro 393 Abashirigun Ozoracho, Hokkaido 099-3232 Japan|
|Access:||JR Senmo-honsen Line “Abashiri-eki Station” (40 minutes by car)|
500 yen (Adults)
250 yen (Children)
In addition, separate fee is necessary for each facility.
Please refer the official web page.