Located in the rural town of Biei in Hokkaido, Shikisai-no-Oka attracts many people with its beautiful scenery of panoramic flower gardens. It is a paradise of seasonal blossoms from spring through to fall, in which several dozen different species of flowers and grasses flourish.
Why not enjoy the beautiful fragrance of the blossoms amid spectacular panoramic scenery?
How to Get to Shikisai-no-Oka
If you’re coming from Sapporo and using public transportation, take the JR Hakodate Main Line Limited Express to Asahikawa Station which is about one and a half hours ride. Then transfer onto the JR Furano Line which is about 45 minutes ride to Mibaushi Station. From Mibaushi Station, it is about a 25 minutes walk to Shikisai-no-Oka. If you want to take a taxi, it is recommended to get off at Biei Station and take a taxi (around 12 minutes ride).
If you’re driving by car from Sapporo, take the Doo Expressway (toll) and get off at Takigawa IC. It takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes to reach Shikisai-no-Oka.
The entrance fee is ¥500 for visitors over 15 and ¥300 for those under 15.
Shikisai no Oka simply means the Hills of Seasonal ColorsKyuhoshi
Shikisai-no-Oka is a big flower garden or park in the Furano area with about 15 hectares of a wide range of seasonal flowers. The Green Season (from late April to late October or from spring to autumn), you can enjoy colourful stripes of flowers that are drawn over the hills.
Be sure to walk in the flower-filled fields. Given that the field is 15 hectares large, expect to do a fair amount of walking.
The Shikisai-no-oka Norokko (tractor bus) is a very popular ride that takes a slow run every 15 minutes or so through the most impressive course in the vast Shikisai-no-Oka Park, which is filled with the rich fragrance of flowers and offers spectacular views of the hills, Mt. Daisetsu, and the flower garden. It stops once during the ride for taking photographs against a background of breathtaking flowers.
- It costs 500 yen for high school students and older,
- it costs 300 yen for elementary and junior high school students, and
- it is free for elementary school students and younger.
If you want to get around at your own pace on your own or in a small group; you can rent a buggy or a cart. The buggy costs ¥500 for a single-seater on 1km circuit of the Shirakaba-batake (white birch garden). The 4-seater cart costs ¥2000 for a 15 minutes session to reach some of the best photo spots and explore around the park.
In the Winter Season (from early December to early April the following year), the flower garden turns to a world of silvery snow and there are many activities to be enjoyed. That’s the time when many winter sports enthusiasts enjoy their time doing various winter activities especially riding on the snowmobile and snow rafting.
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