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Hokkaido’s Biei: Five Amazing Spots to Visit

Travel

ReleaseAugust 5, 2021

In the center of Hokkaido lies Biei; an expansive natural area full of rolling hills and wide fields. Here, we share our recommendations for beautiful, refreshing spots to visit in the summer!

writerSaori Nakamura

I live in Sapporo City, Hokkaido. I love to eat out. I am especially attracted by cafes with a retro feel and historical buildings.


1. Shirogane Blue Pond

北海道美瑛の青い池 Shirogane Aoi-ike (Blue Pond) is a very popular spot that has been featured on TV and other media. The wilted larch trees and the reflection of the light blue lake give a fantastical atmosphere that is a rare sight even in Japan. The color of the lake varies slightly according to the weather and temperature as well as water quality, so we recommend the morning hours as the best time to visit. The color also varies by season: light green in the spring, light blue in the fall, etc. There is a designated parking area available for use.

Access: 20 minutes by car from JR Biei Station




2. Panoramic Flower Park: Shikisai no Oka

北海道美瑛の四季彩の丘 Shikisai no Oka is a panoramic flower park that was built on a wide hill. It is approximately 15 hectares wide and there are several dozen varieties of flowers growing within its expanse. The area also features an alpaca ranch so there is fun to be had by the entire family for extended visits. It is possible to purchase souvenirs and local delicacies from the wholesale agricultural shop on the grounds. The flower garden is open from the end of April to the end of October, with the best viewing season from July to September. From the start of December to the start of April you can drive snowmobiles around the area.

Access: 12 minutes by car from JR Biei Station




3. Seven Stars Tree

北海道美瑛のセブンスターの木 The Seven Stars Tree got its name from being featured on the packaging of cigarettes by a brand of the same name back in 1976. The fact that it stands by itself in a field of large expanse gives it its commanding image. There is a designated parking space named “Parking area for the Seven Stars Tree” which is free of charge. There is an avenue lined with white birch trees nearby which has become an off the beaten path attraction to visitors. When the Seven Stars Tree loses all of its leaves in the winter, it becomes a popular photography subject as “the huge tree standing on a small hill” for photographers.

Access: 13 minutes by car from JR Biei Station




4. Parent and Child Tree

北海道美瑛の親子の木 The Parent and Child Tree is the nickname of a group of three oak trees. In between two large trees stands a smaller tree, hence the look of a family of three which earned them the nickname. Surrounding the tree is a large area of fields where potatoes and other crops grow. There is no designated place to park so you must observe it from the roadside. Please be careful of your surroundings.

Access: 10 minutes by car from JR Biei Station




5. Mild Seven Tree

北海道美瑛のマイルドセブンの木 The Mild Seven Tree, is a group of several dozens of larch trees. It gets its name much like the Seven Stars Tree, by the cigarette brand named Mild Seven featuring the tree in a TV commercial. To avoid backlit photos, it is recommended to visit in the morning hours.

Access: 10 minutes by car from JR Biei Station




In closing:

There are many other lovely spots in Biei such as The Christmas Tree and Hokusei no Oka Observatory Park.” There are many peaceful rural scenes rarely found in Honshu (main island) and the majestic Mt. Tokachi-dake active volcano is a real showstopper! Of course, you can use a rental car to get around but there are rental bicycles in front of Biei Station so it’s recommended to bike around the area to fully enjoy the surroundings. Won’t you come visit Biei to savor the unmatched scenery?


*The information herein is as of July 2021.



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