The tulip is the official flower of Yubetsu Town. By the time the late spring wind blows in this northern land, 1.2 million of them are in full bloom in the Tulip Park along National Route 242.
The flower garden, covering a total area of 70,000 m2, features 1.2 million tulips of 120 varieties, including some named after fairy-tale characters such as Kintaro, Momotaro, and Snow White, as well as rare species imported directly from Holland. With its Tulip-kan and a management building modeled after a Dutch windmill, the park resembles Holland in beautiful May.
The cultivation of tulip bulbs for export in Yubetsu (formerly Kamiyubetsu) Town began in the mid-1950s. The practice declined from the mid-1960s onward as bulbs could no longer be exported due to price competition from Dutch bulbs on the world market.
However, locals who wanted to hand down the town’s floral culture to future generations began to plant tulips in 1982 at the site of the present Tulip Park. The coverage spread yearly, and the town’s government designated the site as the Tulip Park in 1988.
Since then, the facility has been further expanded and improved. At present, 1.2 million tulips of 120 varieties bloom over an expanse of 70,000 m2. The Tulip Fair held in the park between May 1 and early June every year features a variety of events and attracts many tourists.
Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park Guide:
- Admission ticket counter/ general information
This is the headquarters of the Tulip Fair. Besides admission ticket sales, it also offers free loans of wheelchairs, strollers and umbrellas.
Visitors can take a 15-minute tour of the Tulip Park on an electric bus. The fare is ¥300 for adults and ¥100 for children.
- Jumbo clog
A photo point featuring a gigantic clog made by a Dutch clog maker from a 50-year-old poplar tree.
- Dutch Windmill (observatory)
A symbol of the Tulip Park with an observatory commanding panoramic views over the 70,000-m2 expanse of the tulip field.
- Street organThis organ was made in Holland specifically for the park. Live performances can be enjoyed during the Tulip Fair.
- Photo spot
This slightly raised area is an ideal spot for souvenir photos as it commands views of the entire tulip field.
- Bulb drying/storage facility (shop, rest area, toilet)
Orders for tulip bulbs are taken here (¥70 per bulb/¥2,000 for a set of 30, not including postage). There are also souvenir shops.
- Tulip pot shop
Tulip pots are sold in the greenhouse here. Visitors can buy tulips of their choice (¥150 per flower).
- Tulip digging/sales corner
Tulips growing in the field are sold here. Visitors can dig up any of the tulips for sale (¥100 per tulip, including the bulb).
- Taking photos with Tupit Visitors can have their photo taken with Tupit, the park’s mascot, who appears in the park during the fair. Feel free to ask a park attendant to take a photo for you.
- Sightseeing heliport
Sightseeing helicopter tours are operated from mid-to-late May. Enjoy splendid views of the tulip field from the sky.
- Tulip-kan (refreshment area/shop)
Light meals are served in this modern brick building, which has Japanese-style private rooms that are ideal for parents with children. A variety of souvenirs are also sold here.
This area houses outlets from local restaurants and souvenir shops. Yubetsu specialties, sweets made from tulips and character goods depicting Tupit and Lip-chan are also sold here.
- Dog run
A dog run is open during the Tulip Fair. Please be careful as pets are prohibited in some areas of the field.
- Furusato-kan JRY (Tondenhei Historical Museum) This is a museum relating to the tondenhei (farmer-soldiers) who worked for the development of Yubetsu Town. A real tondenhei house and elaborate diorama are must-see attractions. Entrance fees are halved during the fair.
Admission: ¥200 (ages 18 and up), ¥120 (ages 15 to 17), ¥100 (ages 6 -14).
Walk In The Kamiyubetsu Tulip Flowers Park (Flower trail filled with spring blooms)
A gentle breeze blows from the Sea of Okhotsk and tulips bloom in bright colors. Yubetsu’s tulips are gifts from tender spring winds. Colorful flowers paint the beautiful landscape.
Takinoue Park (Takinoue)
The 100,000-m2 pink moss colony here covers the hills of Takinoue Park between early May and early June. In Takinoue Town (Takinoue-cho) you’ll find plenty of places along the way to stop, stretch the legs, and take a photo or two of the stunning white peaks of the Taisetsuzan Mountain Range.
Event: Shibazakura Festival (May 1 – early June)
Address: Honcho, Takinoue, Mombetsu-gun
Contact: Takinoue Town Tourist Association
Higashimokoto Pink Moss Park (ozora)
The panoramic views of pink moss from the mountaintop in the park are exquisite.
Event: Nonki Land Shibazakura Festival (early May-early June)
Address: 393, Suehiro, Higashimokoto, Ozora, Abashiri-gun
Onneyu Onsen Tsutsuji Park(Kitami)
The 24,000-m2 mountain here is covered with 280,000 (70,000 plants) Dahurian Rhododendrons (designated a natural monument of Hokkaido) from early-to-mid May.
Event: Onneyu Onsen Tsutsuji Festival (early May)
Address: Hanaoka, Rubeshibe-cho, Kitami
Contact: Onneyu Onsen Tourist Association
Kitami Flower Paradise (Kitami)
A total of 30,000 seasonal flowers of 85 varieties fill the largest flower garden in the East (28 ha).
Address: 41-2, Wakamatsu, Kitami
Contact: Kitami Flower Paradise
Taiyo-no-oka Engaru Park (Engaru)
The park is filled with pink moss in spring/early summer and 10 million cosmos in autumn. Address: Marudai, Engaru, Mombetsu-gun
Contact: Engaru Town Tourist Association
Mombetsu Shunsen Festival (Mombetsu)
Don’t miss the chance to collect leaflets with vouchers distributed at major tourist facilities and visit participating shops that show flags.
Sites: Participating shops in Mombetsu
Contact: Mombetsu City Government Tourist Exchange Promotion Office
Kamiyubetsu/ Yubetsu Town Main sightseeing spots
Kamiyubetsu Onsen Tulip-no-yu Roadside Station
A unique facility combining a roadside station with a spa for day-trippers
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (both the roadside station and spa)
Holidays: Open every day
Admission: Adults (ages 12 and up) ¥500 / children (ages 6 to 11) ¥300
The park offers seasonal attractions such as cherry-blossom viewing in spring, camping, nature observation and park golf in summer, colored leaves in autumn and skiing in winter.
Ai Land Yubetsu Roadside Station
Ai Land Yubetsu Roadside Station adjoins the Family Ai Land You amusement park and Ikoi-no-mori natural park.
Holidays: Closed on Mondays. The following day if Monday is a national holiday.
Hours: You Shop (open throughout the year) 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Restaurant Saiko: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Skunk cabbage colony
The best time to view skunk cabbage flowers is from mid-to-late April.
Note: Kamiyubetsu is located north of Asahikawa just short of the Okhotsk coast line and is home to one of the most popular flower festivals on the Hokkaido flower calendar. On October 1, 2009 Kamiyubetsu was merged into the town of Yubetsu; both are in Monbetsu District, Okhotsk Subprefecture.
Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park Visitors Essential:
Access to Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park (Recommanded Driving Routes)
- Nayoro – Takinoue Park – Mombetsu Shunsen Festival – Tulip Park – Gokazan Park – Skunk cabbage colony – Lake Saroma
- Rausu/Shari (Shiretoko) – Koshimizu – Higashimotoko Pink Moss Park – Abashiri – Lake Saroma – Skunk cabbage colony – Gokazan Park – Tulip Park
- Kushiro – Teshikaga (Kawayu) – Nogami Pass – Higashimotoko Pink Moss Park – Kitami Flower Paradise – Taiyo-no-oka Engaru Park – Tulip Park
- Obihiro – [Doto Expressway] Otofuke-Obihiro IC – Ashoro IC – Onneyu Onsen Tsutsuji Park – Taiyo-no-oka Engaru Park – Tulip Park
- [Do-o Expressway] Sapporo/Asahikawa – Pippu JCT – [Asahikawa-Mombetsu Expressway] Maruseppu IC – Tulip Park – Mombetsu Shunsen Festival – Takinoue Park
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (last admission at 5:30 p.m.)
Holidays: (open every day during the Tulip Fair)
Adults (ages 15 and up) / ¥500 (discount rate of ¥400 for groups of 10 or more)
Children (ages 6 to 14) / ¥250 (discount rate of ¥200 for groups of 10 or more)
Infants (ages 5 and younger): Free
Special discount rates may be available depending on flowering conditions.
Season ticket: Adults / ¥800 Children / ¥400
Free loan service: Wheelchairs, strollers and umbrellas can be borrowed at the general information office (subject to availability).
Optimal flower viewing season: Around mid-May
Event: Tulip Fair (May 1 – early June)
Yubetsu Town Office – Commerce, Industry and Forestry Section
318, Tonden-shigaichi, Kamiyubetsu, Yubetsu, Mombetsu-gun, Hokkaido 099-6592
Industrial Promotion Section of the branch office
112-1, Sakae-machi, Yubetsu, Mombetsu-gun, Hokkaido 099-6404
Kamiyubetsu Town Tourist Association
Yubetsu Town Tourist Association
Kamiyubetsu is located north of Asahikawa just short of the Okhotsk: http://www.asahikawa-tourism.com/asahikawa/asahikawa_sites/kamiyubetsu/k…