May 15, 13 | Fumiko Magota
"Kamiyubetsu Tulip Fair - Open until early June" - One of the best times and places to see tulips in Hokkaido!
"Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park" is located just an hour and a half drive from the Memanbetsu Airport in the Okhotsk area. It is well known among flower fanatics in Hokkaido as a fantastic spot for enjoying tulip blossoms.
This year it seems that the blossoms will be at their peak near mid to late-May, providing a variety of colors and shapes for visitors to enjoy.
These vast fields contain some 1.2 million tulip plants of 190 varieties, 70 which are brand new this year!
There are so many varieties that as you walk the fields you are sure to be surprised by tulips that you didn't even know existed!
There are many interesting names given to the new varieties, from "Lion King" to "Mickey Mouse," but perhaps the most interesting is the "Zombie" tulip, which has a flower that changes appearance completely as time goes by.
The fields are arranged in a variety of shapes, including the "Heart-Shaped Flower Bed" featured above. This arrangement combines the "Yellow Baby" and "Flight Jaume" tulips inside a natural stone flower bed.
Pictured below is a wonderful collaboration of 20 different types of tulips in a bed of violet Muscari.
You may walk the fields freely or take the "Chupiddo" electric bus on a 12 minute tour of the area.
At the tulip canal sales corner you are allowed to pick any tulip, dig it up, and take it home with you! (One plant is 100 Yen.)
Until the 4th of June the "Kamiyubetsu Tulip Fair" is being held at the park. The weather has finally taken a turn for the warmer, so why not head out this weekend for a visit!
▲On Saturdays and Sundays, when the weather is nice, the mascots "Tu" and "Lip" are waiting to greet you!
【かみゆうべつチューリップフェア】 (Kamiyubetsu Tulip Fair)
Official Website: http://www.town.yubetsu.lg.jp/tulippark/index.htm
When: 8:00-6:00 from May 1st through June 4th. (Entry permitted until 5:30)
Where: 湧別町上湧別屯田市街地 かみゆうべつチューリップ公園
(Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park, Shigaichi, Kamiyubetsutonden, Monbetsu)
Adults -500 Yen
Elementary and Junior High Schoolers - 250 Yen
Babies get in free!
For more information call: 015-862-3600
※Photographs provided by 湧別町観光協会.
※Information is current as of early May, 2013.
(Hokkaido Likers Photo Writer - Fukko)