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A blissful time of flowers and plants with the glam of a garden cafe

A blissful time of flowers and plants with the glam of a garden cafe

Hokkaido Garden Path

The Hokkaido Garden Path is dotted with 8 gardens that rise over Kamikawa, Furano, Tokachi. In the summer, lots of people visit the path to see the beautiful world of flowers and garden plants. I can understand that you may want to go and see every inch of the gardens as much as possible, but don’t forget to also spend some time relaxing in the garden cafe and enjoy the warm Hokkaido breeze too. Let’s take a look at 3 places from the Hokkaido Garden.

Tokachi Millennium Forest

十勝千年の森

The eastern side of the Tokachi plain rests at the foot of the Hidaka Mountains, which is said to be the backbone of Hokkaido. The forest and garden stretch over a vast expanse of land as big as 85 Tokyo Domes. The garden, often admired as one of the most beautiful, won the Grand Award of the Society of Garden Designers Awards 2012. They also have a variety of tour plans to experience and enjoy there. Japan’s first Segway Tour, as well as Horseback Riding, Cheese Making, and Art tours accommodate for all kinds of people’s tastes.

Tokachi Millennium ForestGarden Cafe Raurau

The cafe is able to connect “agriculture” and “food” together. You can have your meal while enjoying the Kitchen Garden, where fresh vegetables and herbs grow.

十勝千年の森

Their pizzas use cheese and herbs which were produced in the cheese factory, Nochiyu. At Garden Cafe Raurau, they serve Tokachi mushroom spaghetti and cheese plates with small buns. They have an assortment of drinks too, including herb tea, English tea, coffee, and wine. You can enjoy light meals and cheese with the wine. Lastly for dessert, you can indulge in sweets like the chocolate kouglof, amongst a variety of cakes and ice cream.

十勝千年の森

On the patio, you can feel the gentle breeze and enjoy the beautiful garden and forest with comfort food. It will be a precious and delicious memory.

十勝千年の森

Tokachi Millenium Forest – Garden Cafe Raurau
2016 Schedule: Open from April 29 to October 31 (the Tokachi Millennium Forest is open until November 3)
Business Hours: 10:00-16:00 (Last Order 15:30)
* The cafe is inside the garden. Please note that there is an entry fee to enter the garden.
http://www.tmf.jp/restaurant_raurau.php

Daisetsu Mori no Garden

大雪 森のガーデン

Daisetsu Mori no Garden was developed in a stretch of forest in the plateau of Asahigaoka, where it is surrounded by the Taisetsu Mountain Range. The garden zone, Mori no Hanazono, is composed of 5 themes and about 500 various types of colorful plants. Morino Geihinkan, another zone, has 7 forests with a garden theme, making full use of the topographical features of nature.

The garden restaurant, Fratello Di Mikuni, specializing inan authentic fusion of French and Italian, is also located there. The owner chef, Kiyomi Mikuni, is a master of French cuisine. They use fresh ingredients from Hokkaido to prepare unique dishes only available there.

To learn more about Fratello Di Mikuni, please check this article: Experiencing World Class Authentic Hokkaido Cuisine in the Garden Where Gods Play / Fratello Di Mikuni.

Daisetsu Mori no Garden- Garden Cafe

大雪 森のガーデン

The Garden Cafe is next to the Mori no Hanazono area of the Daisetsu Mori no Garden. The cafe has a casual atmosphere and light meals such as curry, hot dogs, and sweets, produced by Fratello Di Mikuni. Of special note, you can also enjoy Kamikawa Hokkaido Soup Curry, which uses a lot of fresh vegetables locally harvested.

大雪森のガーデン

A milk-based gelato from Kamikawa is the most popular here. The gelato has 6-7 seasonal flavors and makes the most out of the original ingredients. All are very delicious.

You can enjoy your meal while looking at the scenery from inside the cafe or at a table on the terrace when the weather is nice. Good food, beautiful scenery, and clear air are waiting for you.

Daisetsu Mori no Garden – Garden Cafe
2016 Schedule: Open from May 14 to October 16 (the Tokachi Millennium Forest is open until November 3)
Business Hours: 9:30-17:30 (Last Order 17:00)
*From September 26 to October 16, the cafe closes at 16:30 (Last Order 16:00)
* The cafe is inside the garden. Please note that there is an entry fee to enter the garden.
http://www.daisetsu-asahigaoka.jp/cafe.html

Kaze no Garden

風のガーデン

Perfectly clear sky with a light breeze encompasses the essence of Furano town, where the Kaze no Garden is located. The garden took 2 years to plant all of the flowers. Today, it has 365 kinds of flowers and about 20,000 plants. The garden is delicately beautiful, coordinating flowers to enjoy each season and dotting the landscape with a rainbow of colors. The Rose Garden, opened in 2014, is one of the main attractions. Of special note, this garden was also used as a set to film a popular TV drama.

Kaze no Garden- Cafe Mori no Tokei

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This cafe was once the setting for the famous script writer SouKuramoto’s TV drama YasashiJikan. The pleasant-smelling aroma of coffee and cafe atmosphere is still the same as at that time of filming. You can grind the coffee beans by yourself if you have a seat at the counter and watch the barrister make your favorite cup of coffee in front of you. You will be moved by all of the experiences in Furano.

喫茶森の時計

Kaze no Garden – Cafe Mori no Tokei
Open all year round from 12:00-20:45 (Last Order 20:00)
http://www.princehotels.co.jp/furano-area/summer/morinotokei/
*This cafe is on the premises of the New Furano Prince Hotel

Having introduced 3 gardens out of the 8 along the Hokkaido Garden Path, here are a few other honorable mentions that also have attractive cafes and restaurants. Please enjoy the gardens for both their visual and culinary appeal.