Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park [HOKKAIDO / JAPAN]
Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park is Hokkaido's only state-run park Hokkaido's only state-run park, Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, is vast and requires driving during your visit as it covers 400 hectares of land. The Park encompasses magnificent natural sceneries including forests, rivers, waterfalls, and more. Pay a visit to the park and you will find that it is divided into four areas: the vast Central Area, East Forest Area, West Forest Area, and Stream Area. The East Forest Area features numerous recreational facilities and the West Forest Area is adjacent to the mountains and the open nature. The Central Area features many well-ordered flowerbeds and gardens. The Stream Area features streams and waterfalls. What is worthy of note is the Atsubetsu Waterfall in the Stream Area, as it is listed as Japan's top 100 waterfalls and is well worth a visit.
Endless sea of flowers and lawn
spreading towards the horizon
The well-manicured flower fields and the vast lawn spreading to the horizon are the most stunning sceneries in Takino's West Forest Area. It has won the title, “Takino's Secret Paradise.” Are you having an irrepressible feeling to explore the well-manicured charming scenery?
Birds warble in the vast forest that covers a wide area
There are two forest areas in the densely vegetated Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, i.e. the East and the West area. The East Forest features Takino's most iconic observatory deck and wooden planks that facilitate access of people and vehicles. The West Forest, on the other hand, is established with the theme of maintaining the “coexistence of nature and human in the north,” providing everyone a space to get close to nature. Scenes allowing intimate contact with the nature are found everywhere.