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.