The state-owned Takino Suzuran Hillside Park, which is directly connected to Hokkaido’s great nature, is located in the center of a triangle that connects Sapporo’s city center, Chitose Airport and Shikotsu Lake. It is located at the southern end of Sapporo City, 18 kilometers south of Sapporo city area and about 40 minutes by car. Hokkaido is the only national park with a vast site of about 400 ha.
With over 800 varieties of flowers blooming from spring to autumn, you can see Hokkaido’s pastoral scenery that makes use of the hilly terrain. In addition, there are four waterfalls in the mountain stream zone, including a landmark selected as one of the “100 Best Waterfalls in Japan”, and you can enjoy river play and barbecue in the mountain stream. Furthermore, in winter, the landscape changes to white silver and the slopes open. A walking ski course is also provided, and you can enjoy the natural beauty of the tranquil forest landscape and the ice-falling waterfall.
The site of 400 hectares includes colorful flower fields, large playground equipment, 3 waterfalls, a forest suitable for walks, and is full of Sapporo citizens and tourists. When it comes to Christmas, the name changes to “Takino Snow World” and it opens in winter. Admission is free in winter and you can enjoy various snow games. The 250 meter length and 7 degree slope make it perfect for a child’s ski debut. Ski equipment is also available. (The slopes ski is 2,900 yen for adults and 1,900 yen for junior high school students, and for walking skis are 820 yen for adults and 510 yen for junior high students and less)
The area where the flower garden spreads over the hill is one of the best shooting spots in the park. The tulips that will be in full bloom from late May and the cosmoses that will be in full bloom in early September are popular. Autumn leaves are also recommended.
“Children’s Valley” with large play equipment and “Forest of Takino” with a roller slide and a mouse slide should be able to enjoy small children. It’s a playground in the woods, where adult feeling like a child again.
The mountain stream zone, which extends along the Atsubetsu River, has three waterfalls, including the Ashiribetsu Falls, which is “One of the Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls” at a height of 26 meters. If you go around three waterfalls, it is recommended to rent a bicycle at the park station near the bus stop “Masumiguchi”.
A combination of autumn leaves and waterfall is also a must see. If you visit from 9 am to 10.30 in October, you may be able to see where the rainbow falls over the Asiri Betsu Falls.
One of Japan’s largest “Slip Tube” that slides down a straight line 200 meters, “Snowshoe” that walks in the woods is popular among foreign tourists. Both can be rented for free. Don’t miss the Asiribetsu Falls, which begins to freeze from late December!
Takino Suzuran Hillside Park is the only national park in Hokkaido. The site containing “Waterfall of Ashiribetsu” used as the origin of the name of the place called Takino is as vast as 400ha. In the park, it is divided into four areas, the central zone, the mountain stream zone, and the forest zone of Takino (the eastern area and the western area), each having a different way to enjoy. In any area, what is in common is rich nature. In the central zone, the beautifully maintained garden, waterfalls and rivers in the mountain stream zone, and in the woods wild grasses welcomes you.
“Takino Suzuran Hillside Park” in Sapporo City South Ward is a vast park where adults and children can enjoy. About 110 kinds of tulips color the hills from the middle of May to the beginning of June. “Tulip and Suzuran (lily bell) Festa” is held annually and you can enjoy tulip taking experience etc.
Suzuran (lily bell), also a name of the park, has pretty flowers blooming in “the pathway of Suzuran”. There is also “The Garden Tour of the Highlight of the Flowers”, and it is devised so that even people who visited this park for the first time can enjoy it.
Among the extensive grounds, there are the playground equipment that children can interact with nature, such as “Anthills Tower” and “Rainbow Nest Dome”. The “Children’s Valley” is recommended for parents with small children. It is a pleasant facility such as “Walkway of Squirrel” and “Melody Mushroom” in the “Home in the forest” using nature. It’s the park where you can enjoy nature, such as flowers, trees and the wide sky, whichever season you go.
Although you can bring a lunch box in the park, the “Yakiniku garden” is also set up so you can enjoy a barbecue on sunny days. In the official web site, there are flower information, flower calendar, etc. what kind of flowers can be seen at that time, so it is a good idea to check in advance.
|Name:||Takino Lily Bell's Hillside Park|
|Address:||Takino 247 Sapporo Minami-ku, Hokkaido 005-0862 Japan|
|Access:||Sapporo Municipal Subway Nanboku-sen Line “Makomanai-eki Station” (31 minutes by bus)|
|Price / Charge:||450 yen (Adult)
Free (children under age 15)
Please refer the official web page