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Photogenic flower field “Abashiri Phlox Park” is a perfect place to get the view of Lake Abashiri

網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」▲The picture is provided by Abashiri Phlox Park


The hotness of the summer becomes at its peak during the Obon holidays every year. 

The colorful phlox flowers also called Bon Flowers in Hokkaido, will be in full bloom around this time of the year. 

Abashiri Phlox Park has a flower field filled with phloxes, and not only that, visitors can get the view of Lake Abashiri which makes the park extremely photogenic. 

 

Table of Contents

- What kind of flower is “Phlox”? 
- The photogenic Abashiri Phlox Park
- Abashiri Phlox Park is a hidden gem to get the view of Lake Abashiri
- Abashiri Phlox Park is a handmade flower field which was created by volunteers
- Enjoy hardy kiwi picking at Abashiri Phlox Park in autumn
- How to get to Abashiri Phlox Park


 

What kind of flower is “Phlox”? 

Did you know that there are more than 60 breeds which are called “Phlox”?
 
Among them, you can see one of the perennial kind called Garden Phlox at Abashiri Phlox Park. 

As it has a smell like face powders used by Oiran (Geisha), it is sometimes called Oiran Plant. In this article, I use the term Phlox as it is in the park’s name. 


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」フロックスの花▲There are various colors of phloxes: red, reddish purple, pink, white, and some with gradation colors. (The picture is provided by Abashiri Phlox Park)


Numerous small flowers bloom together and makeup phloxes. 

That figure inspires the language of flowers and words has relations to sympathy or matching. 

The language of flowers in Western culture is “Our souls are united”. How romantic! The park must be a perfect place for a couple to visit together to wish for a long-term relationship. 

 

The photogenic Abashiri Phlox Park

The park started with 1,000 plants, now increased to 150,000 and fill the vast flower field. 


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」▲Abashiri Phlox Park is a hillock with approximately 10 hectares land. 


The hilly landscapes stand out the contrast of colors, and it makes Phlox flowers look even more beautiful. 


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」▲The contrast with the blue sky is fantastic! (The picture is provided by Abashiri Phlox Park) 


I could see the Okhotsk blue sky and green forests with phlox flowers as I looked up the flower field from the lower part of the hills. It was like a picture book and was very photogenic. 


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」▲They put scallop shells on the promenades. 


The white promenades made with scallop shells make the colors of the photogenic flower field even richer.  
 
The objective of putting scallop shells was to avoid sediment runoff. However, they realized that it makes the flower field very much attractive. 

 

Abashiri Phlox Park is a hidden gem to get the view of Lake Abashiri

Abashiri Phlox Park is located at a higher elevation than the National Route 39 which connects Memanbetsu Airport to Abashiri downtown. The park is a hidden gem to enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Abashiri and farm fields of Okhotsk. 


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」▲People can get the fantastic views of Lake Abashiri and rice fields. (The picture is provided by Abashiri Phlox Park) 


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」▲White promenade, Okhotsk blue sky, and the Lake Abashiri far ahead. 


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」▲This spot is the best place to view Lake Abashiri even though without flowers! 


You can enjoy the flowers of Phloxes from late July to early September and the best period is mid-August. 

The most recommended time to visit the park is, of course, when phloxes are blooming but the park has picturesque sceneries of Okhotsk region even the times without flowers. 
 


Abashiri Phlox Park is a handmade flower field which was created by volunteers

Abashiri Phlox Park started from reclamation of a Japanese larch forest in 2002 and opened in 2011. 
 
The park is handmade by volunteer staffs of an NPO “Gangakugyoukou Koboresachi”. Volunteer staffs in their sixties and eighties who are mostly retired, work to maintain the park every day. 


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」看板▲Most of the facilities are made by volunteer staffs including this information board. 


In general, we think that flower fields and flower theme parks this big require some entrance fees, but Abashiri Phlox Park is free entry.

They maintain the park from donations and sales of vegetables which people can purchase in the park. 


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」募金箱▲Abashiri Phlox Park asks for approximately 200 yen/person donations.


The hilly landscape makes the flower field look beautiful but it might be hard for some people to walk up and down. They have a tractor bus for those people. (300 yen/person)


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」トラクターバス▲You can go around the park for 10 mins in the tractor bus. 


The driver of the tractor bus is also volunteer staffs. Ask for a ride at the information. 

During the blooming periods, they also sell Shiso juice (100 yen/cup) made from shiso leaves grew in the park. 

Shiso juice is good for hot weather so it is perfect for a drink after sweating from walking around the flower fields for a while. 

 

Enjoy hardy kiwi picking at Abashiri Phlox Park in autumn

After the season of phlox flowers and when Hokkaido welcomes autumn, you can participate in some delicious experiences. 


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」コクワ狩り看板▲You can enjoy hardy kiwi picking (700yen/1kg) at the park for about a month from late September. (The picture is provided by Abashiri Phlox Park) 


Hardy kiwi is also called mini-kiwi because the flavor and the flesh look like kiwi fruits. 


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」コクワの実▲Hardy kiwi is planted along the promenades in the park. (The picture is provided by Abashiri Phlox Park) 


People enjoy hard kiwi by processing it to jams or making hardy kiwi alcohol. 

They told me that there are many repeat customers to do the hardy kiwi picking. 
 
Why don’t you visit Abashiri Phlox Park to experience something different from the phlox flower season? 

 

How to get to Abashiri Phlox Park

Abashiri Phlox Park is approximately 25 mins drive from Memanbetsu Airport, and 20 mins drive from JR Abashiri Station. 


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」看板▲Keep driving the gravel road for about 400 meters after you see the sign. 


Abashiri Phlox Park is surrounded by rice fields, and the only landmark building in the neighborhood is “JA Okhostk Abashiri wheat and barley drying facility Abashiri Factory”. There are temporary signs put along the roads around from late July to early September. 


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」看板▲The park appears after driving this narrow unpaved road for about 500 meters. 


As I have been introducing, the park is located a little far from the Abashiri downtown. There are no stations of public transportations such as buses and trains which are in the walkable distance from the park.

If you are not traveling by your car, I strongly recommend visiting there with a rental car or a taxi. 


網走市「あばしりフロックス公園」入り口


Abashiri Phlox Park is maintained by elderly volunteer staffs, so there are times when there are no staffs in the park. 

This is a flower field which has taken a long time to make how it is today by those volunteer staffs, wishing that many people would enjoy phlox flowers. 

It would be nice to appreciate their feelings and enjoy the park with good manners. 

 

Abashiri Phlox Park

Address: 465 Yobito Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Phlox: late July to early September
Hard kiwi picking: About a month from late September (700yen/1kg)
Entry fee: Free
Parking: There is a parking
Bathroom: There are bathrooms
Inquiry: Abashiri City Tourist Association
Phone: 0152-44-5849

 

Related Links

- Abashiri City Tourist Association
- Abashiri Phlox Park Facebook
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