■The Nanyakanya House Farm
Last year, around the end of May, our writer went strawberry picking at the Nanyakanya Farm !
For 1000 yen, you can pick all the big strawberries you want for 40 minutes!
We couldn't stop our hands from picking the sweet and tasty strawberries and before we knew it, we had eaten about 3 packs...!!
You can also take the strawberries home as a souvenir for an extra charge!
This may also be a great chance to make homemade parfait or sweets with the strawberries you picked up!
There are no details yet about when the strawberry-picking event will be held this year, but last year you had to make a reservation to participate, so if it's going to be held again this year, don't forget to call and make a reservation!
Address: Hokkaido, Asahikawa, Higashiasahikawacho, 13−15
Tel: 0166-36-7785 (for reservations only) 9:00-18:00 090-1522-6864 (for non-reservation enquiries)
Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Regular holiday→Not fixed
Parking lot available
■～The Asahiyama zoo～
If there's one place in Asahikawa that you can't miss, it's the Asahiyama Zoo!
You can see penguins, lions, seals and many other animals that you can't see everyday.
Our reporter’s favourite animal is the wolf!
Everyday, when the zoo is about to close, an announcement is broadcasted on the speakers. And every-time, the wolves start howling!
If you go around the zoo after your strawberry picking you might be able to hear their beautiful voices !
Address: Kuranuma Higashiasahikawacho, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
Opening hours: Thursday 29 April 2021 (National holiday) - Friday 15 October 2021
9:30 - 17:15 (last admission 16:00)
Holidays: New Year holidays (30 December - 1 January).
Parking spaces available
■～Shirogane Blue Pond～
The Blue Pond in Biei is one of the most famous tourist spots in Japan!
Our writer always goes to see it when she visit Biei.
This beautiful blue colour created by nature is wonderfully mysterious!
In April, the pond is lit up from 18:30 to 21:00, so it might be a good idea to go and see it when the sun starts to go down...!
Shirogane Blue Pond
Address: Shirogane, Biei-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
Opening hours: 8:00 - 21:30
Closed: No holidays
Parking: paid parking lot available
■The Flower garden: Shikisai-no-oka
Shikisai-no-oka (the colourful hill) is a place where you can see flowers throughout the seasons.
This year, tulips, grape hyacinth, pansies and more are blooming since early May!
In addition to the flower gardens, there's also an alpaca farm where you can interact with adorable alpacas. However, an entrance fee and feeding fee are required.
The Shikisai-no-Oka is a place where people of all ages can enjoy themselves.
Shikisai-no-Oka (Flower Garden)
Address: Hokkaidō Kamikawa-gun Biei-chō Shinsei No. 3
Opening hours: April to May: 9:00-17:00 (Alpaca farm closes at 16:30)
Closed: No holidays (the restaurant is closed every Wednesday from November to the following March): available (parking fees apply from July to September).
■Asahikawa Airport Park: Green Port
Did you know that there were such beautiful flowers blooming in the grounds of the Asahikawa Airport?
The park is decorated with various flowers from summer to autumn.
Depending on the time of the year, the whole field may be full of sunflowers!
At dusk, you can take this kind of picture with the sunset right behind you.
There is also a small playground, and you can see the planes taking off and landing on the runway, so it may be a fun place for people with children too!
The car park of Asahikawa Airport is a paid parking lot.
However, there is a free car park near the Green Port, so you may want to park your car there if you are only planning to visit the Green Port.
Asahikawa Airport Park Green Port
Address: Hokkaidō, Kamikawa-gun, Higashikagura, Machihigashi 2-sen
Opening hours: 7:00 - 21:30
Closed: No holidays
Parking: Available (one free and one paid parking)
■Ice Cream Studio Tamura Farm Clover
Next up is our selection of sweet desserts to enjoy after a long day at Asahikawa Airport's Green Port!
The Ice Cream Studio Tamura Farm Clover is an ice cream and soft-serve ice cream shop located near the Asahikawa Airport
The ice cream here is very rich and a lots of different flavours are available.
Our writer bought there a tiramisu ice cream, the shop’s most popular flavour, and the seasonal flavour, mugwort!
Our author’s favourite ice cream flavours are tiramisu and tucurbita pepo with pumpkin seeds. You have to try those flavours too !
Ice Cream Studio Tamura Farm Clover
Address: Hokkaidō, Kamikawa-gun, Higashikagura, Machihigashi 2-sen 16-gō 97-banchi
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00
Holidays: undefined/December, January, February, March
Wednesdays / April, May, October, November
No holiday / June, July, August, September
Car park: Available
■Golden Beach Rumoi
In our opinion, Rumoi's main attraction is the sea!
Just strolling along the seaside while feeling the breeze will refresh you.
In summer, you can swim here ! Our reporter can’t wait for summer to come !
Golden Beach Rumoi
Address: 1 Chisaki, Okimi-cho, Rumoi-shi, Hokkaido
Car park: Available
Note: Swimming is prohibited before April.
■Suzuki Kamaboko - Ekimae Branch
If you get a little hungry after your stroll on the beach, Suzuki Kamaboko is the place to go for freshly fried kamaboko!
Kamaboko is a type of cured surimi, a processed seafood product common in Japanese cuisine.
It is made by forming various pureed deboned white fish with either natural or man-made additives and flavorings into distinctive loaves, which are then steamed until fully cooked and firm.
Source: A friend
The freshly fried kamaboko are served hot and available in various flavours such as scallop, octopus, shrimp and vegetable.
It’s great as a snack, when you get a bit hungry. But of course, you can even take some home to eat them later with your family. If you happen to visit Rumoi, be sure to stop by!
Address: Hokkaidō, Rumoi-shi, Sakaemachi 1-chōme 1 − 10
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed: Year-end and New Year holidays
Parking: No parking
This time we've introduced some places to go when the weather gets warmer!
Those places were mainly focused on outdoors activities and are what our reporter is looking forward to this year. If you happen to be close to one of those places or have some time to kill, why not take a look ?
Translated from m@yuka's article.