The Beautiful Shikisai-no-Oka Flower Gardens at Biei, Hokkaido

Out of all the regions in Japan, Hokkaido is probably one of the youngest. There isn’t really that much cultural sights to visit as when you’re in the Honshu area (where Tokyo is located), but it’s still worth a visit as for the lack of history, it makes up for beautiful landscape and natural sceneries. During the winter, a lot of people go here because of winter sports like skiing and the like. However, during spring and summer, it’s also visited for several activities such as hiking, summer festivals, and of course, to view the pretty flower gardens there. One of the flower gardens we visited during our trip to Hokkaido was the panoramic flower gardens of Shikisai-no-Oka, which is fifteen hectares of land in Oka-no-machi Biei that provides breathtaking views of rows upon rows of flowers.

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Such a pretty sight! During our visit, it was really hot but being able to see this view was worth it. I suggest that you bring an umbrella and a hat when you visit though!

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The place sort of reminds me of Sirao Flower Farm in Cebu. Obviously this one is bigger though and there are much more varieties of flowers to be seen here compared to the ones you can see in Sirao.

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Field upon field of flowers. With the sun beating down on us, we didn’t really get too far, but even so, I think I was able to get a number of nice shots! 😀

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I’m not really knowledgeable when it comes to flowers, so I don’t really know what most of them are called but what I do know for sure is that I really loved how colourful and pretty they looked! Actually, if you want to go around the whole place, you can board the Shikisai-no-oka Norokko (tractor bus) – it’s a very popular ride that will take you around the most impressive course around the park. It also has one photostop throughout the ride. The ride’s duration is around 15 minutes and it’s not free though the fare isn’t too expensive. For elementary school and junior high students, rides are at 300 yen, while high school students and above have to pay 500 yen up.

I can’t really say I recommend a ride around the place because I was already content with what we were able to see on foot but, I suppose if we had more time I would like to go around the place on the tractor – it seemed like loads of fun, haha!

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Pretty! ❤

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The only flowers that I really recognised by name was the sunflowers. There’s a lot filled with them. As we were making our way back to the entrance, I couldn’t help but stop and take photos of this one.

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Look, it’s a bee! 😀 It took me quite a number of times to get a photo that I liked, but I’m really satisfied with this one. It’s actually just the same photo as the one above, albeit it’s a cropped and zoomed in, to better to see the details.

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After going round the place and having exhausted ourselves taking photos of the flowers and all, we went to buy ice cream near the entrance. They have unique flavours like pumpkin, melon, and lavender, but of course, they also have the forever reliable vanilla. Anyway, whatever flavour you choose, it’s always nice to eat ice cream on a hot day! 😀

They also have alpacas here but we didn’t have enough time to explore the place so I wasn’t able to take any photos of them – let alone figure out where they were, which was a bit disappointing!

Also, there’s no entrance fee to get to the flower gardens of Shikisai-no-Oka, but you may opt to donate at least 200 yen per person (donation boxes are located at the entrance), – that’s if you want to, anyway. This is to help with the upkeep of the place, but again, donating is on a voluntary basis.

Opening hours by season

April to May/October 9:00~17:00
June to September 8:30~18:00
November 9:00~16:30
December to February 9:00~16:00
March 9:00~16:30

Shikisai-no-Oka is located at Shinsei, 美瑛町 Kamikawa District, Hokkaido Prefecture 071-0473, Japan.


8 thoughts on “The Beautiful Shikisai-no-Oka Flower Gardens at Biei, Hokkaido

    • Hi! I went around the second week of July if I’m not mistaken. I saw your post and yeah, the colours do look different. When did you go? Also!! I love the blue pond – never had the chance to go there myself, maybe next time. 🙂
      Anyway, sorry for the super late reply – I ended up taking quite a long hiatus due to work, haha.


      • We saw the flower fields end of July / beginning of August, it’s incredible how fast the flower seasons and colours change! Next time you go to Furano, you should definitely go and see the blue pond, it looks incredible!

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