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JP 2006 May Hokkaido (Part 2)

Shichiku garden (紫竹ガーデン)

visited Shichiku garden when tulip was blossoming on a sunny day.

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Drove by beautiful Tokachi plain and onward to Furano. Visited Tomita Farm for the first time in early June.



visited rapeseed farms outside Takikawa.



returned to Sapporo and stayed in hotel on top of station.


JP 2006 May Hokkaido (Part 1)

My first time driving in Japan.

After landing in New Chitose airport, took train to Obihiro and stayed overnight. Picked up rental car on next morning then drove to Akan-ko. Stayed in Tsuruga onsen ryokan for the first time. 


It was a rainy and cold day, around 11C if my memory was correct even in end May.

Higashi-Mokoto Shibazakura Park (東藻琴芝桜公園)

It was a rainy day with drizzles at times, but the scenery was awesome with the scale of Shibazakura on the hill slope.

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visited this lake for the first time and immediately fell in love with it. It was serene with almost perfect reflections from the hotel garden and from room.



Tokachigawa onsen

stayed in this onsen for the first time and would return another 5 times.


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JP 2011 June Hokkaido (Part 2)

Yuni Garden

The Yuni Garden is a huge English garden. Various flowers were blooming in late June when we visited. Worthy to spend a few hours there for those who love gardens and flowers.

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Second visit in Shikotsu-ko for relaxing onsen stay.



Visited and stayed in Toya-ko 4th time.  The sculptures around the lake rim are interesting.


Fireworks in the evening and on the next day before returning to Sapporo



JP 2011 June Hokkaido (Part 1)

Visited Hokkaido in late June for 1 week after the 3.11 Tohoku big earthquake to support Japan.

CTS > Yubari > Tokachigawa onsen > Furano > Toya-ko > Sapporo


After a brief overnight stay in Yubari, drove to Obihiro and stayed in our favourite Tokachigawa onsen again.




stopped by serene Kanayama-ko while driving en route to Furano.


Tomita Farm

flowers were blooming such as Iris, Dahlia, Gazania, Poppy and early Lavender etc.

Senbou-toge, Flowerland

Stopped by Senbou-toge for panoramic view of Tokachi plain, and to our surprise Wisteria (Fuji) was blooming in the resting area. Wild Lupins were blooming here and there on the road side and Flowerland.

Shikisai-no-oka, Biei Patchwork Road

Dropped by Shikisai-no-oka as usual and had quick lunch there. Re-visited some famous trees in that area before visiting the Philosophical Tree. We did not realize this would be our last encounter 🙁


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JP 2015 April Awaji

First visit to Awaji for Tulips after Hanami in Kyoto. Drove across the 4km Akashi Kaikyo bridge to Awaji.


While tulip was the main theme, sakura and other Spring flowers were nicely planted and arranged in the park. We spent around 5 hours, including a brief lunch.

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Rapeseed farm



Onaruto Bridge and whirlpools

drove to the southern tip of Awaji where the Onaruto bridge connects Awaji to Tokushima in Shikoku.


JP 2007 May Rose Garden

Flower Festival Commemorative Park in Kani

After returning from Hida-Takayama, visited the Rose Garden in Kani, which was more than 1hr from Nagoya by train and shuttle bus. This rose garden was huge – apart from 30,000 rose bushes, it also had many Spring flowers such as Poppy, Daisy, Camelia etc.


Inside the greenhouse and other flowers

Roses from rest of the world



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JP 2016 May Hokkaido (Part 2)

Lakes in Hokkaido East

After visiting the Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park, drove to Abashiri-ko for onsen resort, while stopping by Saroma-ko, Notoro-ko en route. Each of these lakes are huge and almost indiscernible from the sea. On the next day, visited Kussharo-ko, Mashu-ko and Onneto while heading to Tokachigawa onsen.

Tomita Farm

There were not many flowers blooming in Tomita Farm in end May, except for some poppies. The Hoshi Hayazaki (deep purple early blossom) Lavender grown in a small house was always an attraction, same for the dried flowers in the shop.

Daisetsuzan in Spring

Out of the several times we had visited Biei, this is the 1st time when Daisetsuzan could be seen so clearly in blue sky and not covered by clouds/mists. In fact, when we passed by Minami-Furano, it rained quite heavily. We also dropped by the blue bond before checking in an onsen hotel in Furano. Though it is beautiful, it is overrated in my opinion if compared with the lakes in Hokkaido East.

Sapporo Moerenuma Park

This is another huge park in the north-eastern corner of the city. This park is a fusion of art and nature. Bicycles can be rented from the entrance. 

Moerenuma Park website


 Sapporo Lilac Festival

The Sapporo Lilac Festival lasted from mid to late May. There were 2 venues but we went to the one in Odori Park only. During the weekends, there were live music performances, food stalls and wine bars offering fresh food and drinks. There were many people on that Sunday morning, all having a good time welcoming the arrival of Spring.

Sapporo Lilac Festival


JP 2016 May Hokkaido (Part 1)

Visited Hokkaido in May for the 2nd time for Shibazakura and Tulips before end May. We were lucky to catch the Lilac Festival in Sapporo on the last day before we left.


4th stay in onsen ryokan there right after landing and before embarking on long road trip. Clear views of mountains surrounding the lake this time.

Tulips in Takino-Suzuran Park

This park is in the southern outskirts of Sapporo. The park is huge and we only covered the central area where the tulips were grown, and pansies from locals for exhibition. Weather was in low 20C for few days – warmer than normal, thus some tulips had pelted.

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Nanohana in Takikawa

2nd visit since May 2006. Stopped by before arriving at Asahikawa for an overnight stay.

Shibazakura in Takinoue Park

Visited Shibazakura 10 years ago in Higashi-Motoko Park. The Takinoue Park is to the north east of Asahikawa, almost reaching Monbetsu. Unlike the Higashi-Motoko Park which was privately managed, this is operated by the Takinoue Machi Government. Size is about 100,000 square metre, according to its official website. The Shibazakura here has more pink and violet whereas the other in white and pink.

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Tulips in Kamiyubetsu

Kamiyubetsu is less than 100km from Takinoue. Based on its historical reports I had decided to visit before end May and that proved to be a correct call. Spoke to a staff and she mentioned that some tulips had started to pelt prior to our arrival due to warmer weather for several days. The tulip park was huge and we spent probably 3hrs including lunch.

Tulip Park Official website

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