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Region
Hokkaido
Island
Hokkaido
Largest City
Sapporo
Population
5,682,950

Tokachi Hills

From cherry blossoms to hundreds of roses, the gardens at Tokachi Hills has lots to see for floral fans.

By Elizabeth Sok

Located in the central Hokkaido town of Ohibiro, Tokachi Hills is a collection of gardens, cafes and recreational areas. Designed in the style of English gardens, it brings a touch of England to Hokkaido’s floral landscape.

The garden section covers an area of five hectares. Here, you’ll find motifs typically found in English gardens, like paths made from stone or wood, trees and shrubs sculpted into shapes and plenty of color.

Exploring Tokachi Hills

Tokachi Hills

Photo by: PIXTA/ hiro cafe Sit by the Dragonfly pond.

There are several green spaces in Tokachi Hills, and each one provides a unique atmosphere. On the main stretch, you’ll find a path flanked by kushiro yae (a variety of cherry tree). While you may have seen cherry blossoms in late March and early April before, these tend to bloom much later due to Hokkaido’s colder climate. Come around the Golden Week period at the start of May and feast your eyes on the blossoms filled with as many as 40 fluffy pink petals. In the rose garden, there are more than 800 roses representing over 35 varieties. For a peek at flora and fauna in coexistence, pass by Dragonfly Pond to see water lilies sitting atop the water’s surface, willow trees along the edge and animal and insect life going about their day.

Tokachi Hills hosts a variety of events throughout the green season. During the rainy season, dozens of colorful umbrellas are installed overhead as part of an art installation called Umbrella Sky. Morning Markets are also regularly held, allowing visitors to purchase local foods and crafts.

Seasonal flowers

Tokachi Hills

Photo by: PIXTA/ Ayu Something new to look forward to whenever you visit.

From spring to the middle of autumn, Tokachi Hills is alive with color. In May and June, visitors can see azaleas ranging from pinks and whites to purples and reds. This colorful array is matched only by the blooming magnolias that flower during the same period. In July and August, roses, ornamental onions and geraniums blanket the green spaces.

As the opening season comes to a close in September and October, the temperatures start to dip low enough for the autumn foliage to emerge in its fiery red and orange glory. Underneath this canopy, you can also enjoy asters and Japanese purple sage.

Things To Know

Hours and fees

The gardens are open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and are closed from mid-Oct. to late-Apr. Admission to the garden ranges from ¥300 – ¥700.

How To Get There

Address

By train

Take the Nemuro Main Line and get off at JR Obihiro station. The garden is about 15 minutes away by car or taxi.

Where To Stay

Tokachi-Makubetsu Grandvrio Hotel
  • 384 Yoda, Nakagawa-gun Makubetsu-cho, Hokkaido, 089-0571 Japan
  • ¥19,650 - ¥20,150
  • 4.05/5 (846 reviews)
  • 3.9 km
Forest Spa Resort Hokkaido Hotel
  • 19-1 Nishi 7-Jo Minami, Obihiro-shi, Hokkaido, 080-0017 Japan
  • ¥17,800 - ¥176,640
  • 4.59/5 (2,187 reviews)
  • 6.4 km
Comfort Hotel Obihiro
  • 13-2 Nishi 1-Jo Minami, Obihiro-shi, Hokkaido, 080-0011 Japan
  • ¥12,100 - ¥15,200
  • 6.7 km
Hotel Nikko Northland Obihiro
  • 13-1 Nishi 2-Jo Minami, Obihiro-shi, Hokkaido, 080-0012 Japan
  • ¥12,600 - ¥23,600
  • 4.51/5 (2,088 reviews)
  • 6.7 km
APA Hotel Obihiro-Ekimae
  • 12-8 Nishi 1-Jo Minami, Obihiro-shi, Hokkaido, 080-0011 Japan
  • ¥13,400 - ¥18,500
  • 3.94/5 (724 reviews)
  • 6.8 km

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