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Daisetsu Mori no Gardens

For two contrasting gardens in one large space, come visit Daisetsu Mori no Garden.

By Elizabeth Sok

Located on Hokkaido’s Taisetsu mountain range, Daisetsu Mori no Gardens comprises two interconnected gardens. With each having its own unique character, you’ll be able to get two experiences for the price of one.

Mori no Geihinkan

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Photo by: PIXTA/ hiro cafe Pass through the gateway.

The first garden at Daisetsu Mori no Gardens is Mori no Gaihinkan. Trees and wildflowers populate this garden. Although the grounds have been carefully designed by Kozaburo Ryu, the atmosphere of this garden is intended to feel natural and timeless. Coming from the main entrance to Daisetsu Mori no Garden, you’ll pass through the Forest Gateway. Here, you’ll walk into the forest and the ever-darker greens that call the space home.

The Forest Carpet retains some of the vegetation that existed prior to the garden alongside the flowers and subtle colorful plants that have since been added.  The Forest Living Room marries the idea of your personal home with the natural beauty of the Taisetsu Highlands. Situated at the other end of Mori no Geihinkan, the Forest Museum houses over 70 varieties of plant life found throughout Hokkaido. Stroll through this serene space and enjoy the peacefulness that comes with it.

Mori no Hanazono

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Photo by: PIXTA/ H・東洋 Sit among the flowers.

The second garden at Daisetsu Mori no Gardens is Mori no Hanazono, and it’s colorful. The garden has flowers from different parts of Hokkaido. Daisetsu Garden is one of the smaller zones that houses the alpine species. In the Seasonal Habitats area, you can see flowers that bloom throughout the year.

The Familiarity Garden allows visitors to touch the flowers and plants that reside there. The biggest space in the garden is Kamui Mintara, or Playground of the Gods. Here, plant life has free rein to capture the natural landscape of the prefecture. Furthermore, over 70 types of flowers blossom during the year in different areas of the gardens. In spring, check out the tulips and irises. Come early summer, spot Jacob’s Ladder and allium. By midsummer, there are delphiniums and roses, while asters bloom in autumn.

Things To Know


The garden is open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., but times may vary depending on the season. The garden is closed from mid-October to mid-April. Admission to the garden is ¥800


How To Get There


By train

Take the JR Sekihoku Main Line and get off at JR Kamikawa station. There is a shuttle bus that brings you directly to the garden in about 20 minutes. 

By car

Take National Road 39 to Kamikawa Town and follow the signs for the garden.

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