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Monday, May 30, 2011

Shikisai-no-Oka (四季彩の丘)| Biei in late May

The panoramic flower garden of Shikisai-no-oka (the Hill of Seasonal Colors) provides spectacular views across seven hectares of land on Oka-no-Machi (hilly town) Biei. It is a paradise of seasonal blossoms from spring through to fall, in which several dozen different species of flowers and grasses flourish.

This is a mascot of the garden named Roll-kun (Little Roll). How cute it is!

Actually it is a little bit early to come here to enjoy flowers, but now is one of the best seasons to see the Tokachi Mountain Range capped with snow!!!!

How beautiful the mountains are!

Then I'll show you some flowers here in late May.

■Grape hyacinth
They look like lavenders.
(Lavender season is usually from late June to early August.)


■Cherry blossom

■Flower Information■
From early to mid June, we can enjoy different flowers here such as Oriental Poppy, Campanula, Lupine, Peony, Gayfeather, Iceland Poppy, Common Snapdragon and so on.

Just for reference, this pic was taken last summer! How beautiful the hilly garden was!

There are a restaurant & a shop at the entrance.

Biei is famous for its agriculture products such as potatoes, pumpkins, asparagus and so on. You can enjoy delicious vegetables depending on the season. Now is the time for asparagus!

Look at the green asparagus grown here in this garden! You can buy the freshly picked vegetables in the shop!! They look delicious, don' t they!!!

There are two famous brand of potatoes here; Danshaku (baron) and Kitaakari (northern light).

Danshaku brand of potato turns flaky and soft when cooked.

Kitaakari is a new variety and yellow potato. It has extremely high vitamin C.

I like the shopping rule here for these potatoes.
First, you'll get a plastic bag. Then you can put potatoes into it as many as possible! Of course the potatoes were grown in this garden!

Last but not least, I bought a croquette cooked with potatoes grown in this garden. It was really difficult to choose one out of the two brands, but this time I chose Kitaakari, which I think is sweeter than Danshaku.

When I come here again, I want to try some melon with ice cream and colorful flowers! If you are interested in Hokkaido flowers, I recommend you to come here in late June to September.

Entering the park garden itself is free - although if you're kind enough, they'd be happy if you donate 200 yen.

If you are interested in the garden in the mid-July, which I believe is one of the best seasons to see flowers, please refer to my other post→click!

■Where is Shikisai-no-Oka?

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■Tour guide information■
Do you need a nationally-licensed English-speaking tour guide when you travel to Hokkaido?
I'll guide you! Plz click here!


Chloe Gan said...

Hi K.K.

Will i see the beautiful flowers in Mid of May (8th -10th May) ?

Thanks | Chloe.G

Nuttapon Pichetpongsa said...

Thanks it's a great review!

I have a question - Is it a good timing to visit Shikisai-no-Oka, Biei in mid of October? will i see the beautiful flowers?

Thank you very much
Nuttapon P

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