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GW旅の記録 パート1/My Golden Week Travel Part 1

I'm changing Japanese version into English. You can find replaced Japanese version clicking on "READ MORE". Pictures I took during my trip will be added later.

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Golden Week is a holiday studded week started from the end of April through May 5 or 6.

I went to Hidaka and Tokachi Districts in Hokkaido, both located in the southern center of the island. The aim of the travel was to see cherry blossoms standing both sides of Nijikken Road in Shizunai, Shin Hidaka town and Banei Horse Race in Obihiro city. My husband and I drove about 1,300 km in two days. Most of the travel, we spent driving but it was really enjoyable and I'm satisfied with the trip. It may be your travel reference(though I'm not sure it is good), so I'll show you our travel route as below. If your are interested in the tour, how about checking the route with a map in hand?

May 3, 2008
Departed Hakodate at 3:30
In addition to the time before the sunrise, dense fog was covering the western half of Hokkaido in the morning. So even after the Sun rose, we couldn't enjoy the scenery while driving. It was difficult to find speed traps installed ocassionally and it was also difficult to overtake cars for fear of an oncoming car from the dense fog. So we were obliged to drive safely. We used the Central Hokkaido Expressway from Tomakomai, the section temporarily offered for free. I think we used the express way from Numanohashi IC to Mukawa IC, because the road information told us that there was 2 km jam from the exit of Hidaka-Tomikawa IC. Hidaka-Tomikawa IC was the last IC of the Central Hokkaido Expressway. We got off at the Mukawa IC to avoid the jam and dropped by the Road Station of Mukawa. It was a very good road station with onsen facility for day trippers.

10:00 Arrived at Shizunai and headed to Nijikken Road
Nijikken Road

Nijikken Road runs parallel to prefectural road #71. It is 36meter wide(20(Niju) ken in old Japanese measurement) and 7km long. Both side of the road, numerous cherry trees are planted and when they bloom, it is spectacular and counted as one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing points in Hokkaido.
It was truely great. Over the cherry trees, you can see thoroughbred farms.
farm over there

The horses are sensitive and some parts are banned to have a drinking party under the cherry trees. I knew it for the first time. In the middle of the road, there might have been a venue for the cherry festival, but too many cars prevented us from reaching there. We gave up to drive through the road and doubled back to the dirrection we started.
too many cars


12:30 Arrived at Cape Erimo
cape erimo

We had lunch here. Todai-tsubu(Literally translated meaning is a lighthouse sea snail.) is its specialty and I had a sea snail ramen.
ramen


13:30 Departed Cape Erimo
We drove up the north enjoying the scenery of Hyakuninhama beach on the right and headed to Obihiro. The last race of the Banei Horse Race starts at 17:00 and the distance between Cape Erimo and Obihiro is more than 100 km. We were worried if we could arrive at the race ground on time. But I fell asleep for an hour or so. While I was sleeping, my husband drove fast and when I woke up, we were around Churui. Churui is famous as the place where fossils of Naumann elephants were excavated. We decided to drop by the former Kofuku station, because we were sure that we could arrive at the race gound before four and bet at least two races.

Around 15:30 left Kofuku Rail Road Station Park
Kofuku Station

On the walls of the former Kofuku Station building, numerous name cards were attached. There were many chinese names. It seems popular among the tourists from China(or Taiwan?) and Korea.

Around 16:00 arrived at the venue of the Banei Tokachi Horse Race, in Obihiro
banba

Bamba, or tough horses used to carry cargo at the time of pioneering in Hokkaido were really cool. There was a guidance for beginners how to bet the race. I hope strongly to the race continues in the future. We could bet the main race and the fina race of the day. We betted 1,000yen in total (Were we too frugal?) and both lost the bets(; ;).
bamba2


18:00 Dinner at Yurakucho(a mutton barbecue restaurant)
yurakucho

This restaurant is the one where my husband goes when he is in Obihiro on business. Its spicy sauce used to flavor the mutton was superb.

19:00 Day use of Onsen at Tokachigawa Onsen Daiichi Hotel Hoshu-tei
We experienced peat onsen, which is specific only two places on the earth. One is this Tokachigawa and the other is Baden Baden in Germany. It costs 1,000 per person. "It's expensive!", thought I at first, but its spring quality was rare and shampoo, conditioner and body soap, etc. were very good and it was worth paying 1,000yen.

20:30 left Tokachigawa Onsen
To accomplish my desire 'I want to drive through Nijikken Road from one end to the other end', we decided to visit the road again early in the next morning. So we headed to Shizunai. We took the route through Cape Erimo in the first half, we chose different route to drive back to Shizunai. The return road was the route crossing the Hidaka mountain range from Hiroo, Temma Kaido. It has the Notsuka Tunnel, the longest tunnel in Hokkaido and I wanted to drive through it. It was dark and we couldn't enjoy the scenery from the car window. but we could encounter some nocturnal animals.

We saw a toddling raccoon dog cross the road, a deer that made me return the route to make sure of it, but later we encountered a group of deer just next to a signboad that said "Caution! Horses cross here." It made me chuckle;-> Then I saw a fox. At first I thought, "Is that a dog?" but it had a bushy brush. Next mornign, I almost ran over a squirrel. It was panicking in the middle of the road, but the driver, it was me, was also panicking and thinking "Nooooh!! I'm running over it!!" Then we encountered a pheasant(!) crossing the road.

Around 24:00 arrived at Shizunai
We were planning to sleep in car, but we stayed at a net cafe using a "night pack".

To be continued...
GWは新ひだか町静内にある二十間道路の桜並木と帯広のばんえい競馬を見に日高&十勝に行ってきました。北海道の真ん中の下の方です。二日で約1300キロというドライブ旅行ですが、かなり満足な内容でした。参考(?)までにコースなど紹介させていただきます。興味のある方は地図を片手にイメージしてみてくださいませ♪

5月3日
3:30 函館発
夜明け前に加え、濃い霧のかかる日で、夜が明けてもまったく景色楽しめず。それどころかオービスも見えず、追い越しかけようにも対向車が見えず安全運転に努めるのみでした。
高速は暫定無料使用中の苫小牧から道央自動車道を使用しました。確か沼ノ端ICから乗りました。日高富川ICは2キロの渋滞、とあったので、手前の鵡川ICで高速をおり、ついでに鵡川の道の駅に寄りました。温泉付きの道の駅です。

10:00 静内着・二十間道路へ。
二十間道路は道道71号線に平行して走る幅36メートル(二十間)の直線道路の両脇に、7キロに渡って桜並木の続く道内屈指の桜の名所です。
壮観でした。そして、桜の向こうにはサラブレッドの育成農場が広がります。デリケートな馬に悪影響を与えないため、宴会などは禁止されている区間があるということを初めて知りました。さくらまつりの会場に向かう車線は車・車・車です。ぜんっぜん進まないので、途中で車を切り返して先へ急ぎます。

12:30 襟裳岬到着。
ここで昼食。灯台ツブが有名とのことで、ツブラーメンにしました。

13:30 襟裳岬を出発
百人浜を右にみながら黄金道路を北上、帯広に向かいます。ばんえい競馬の最終レースが17時、襟裳岬から帯広までは100キロ以上の距離。間に合うかどうか微妙でしたが、ここで私は眠くて小一時間ほど寝てしまいました。その間、夫ががんばって車を走らせ、私が目ざめるとそこはナウマン象で有名な忠類近辺。ばんえい競馬は4時くらいから2レースくらい見られれば十分、ということで、途中の幸福駅鉄道公園に寄ることに。

15:30くらい 幸福駅鉄道公園発。
幸福駅にはたくさんの人の名刺が所狭しと貼り付けられていました。中国語のものも多数あります。中国・韓国からの観光客も多いようです。


16:00前後  ばんえい十勝の会場、帯広に到着。
輓馬、かっこ良かったです。初心者に賭け方を指導してくれる初心者向けの案内もあり、がんばっていました。メインと最終レースに間に合い、夫婦で千円分(せこい?)賭けたのですが、どちらも見事はずしてしまいました。

18:00  夕食@有楽町(ジンギスカン屋)
夫が帯広出張に行くとかならず行くというジンギスカン屋さんで夕食。ピリカラ付けだれが絶品でした。


19:00   十勝川温泉 第一ホテル豊洲亭で日帰り入浴
ドイツのバーデンバーデンと十勝川の二ヶ所だけでしか体験できない植物性モール温泉を体験して来ました。日帰り入浴千円とは高い!と思いましたが、珍しい泉質だし、シャンプーやボディソープも気合いが入っていたのでその価値ありでした。


20:30 十勝川温泉発。
静内の二十間道路を通過したい!ということで、翌朝早朝を狙うため静内に向け出発。行きは襟裳岬を通って海沿いの道を行ったので、帰りは広尾から日高山脈を横断する天馬街道ルートを選択。道内で一番長い野塚トンネルを通過。夜なので当然景色は全く楽しめない変わりに、夜行性の動物に遭遇。

とことこ横断するたぬき、わざわざ車を戻らせて見に行った鹿、『横断する馬に注意』という看板の脇を集団ですりぬけていく鹿!、『あれ?犬かな?』とおもったらしっぽふさふさのキツネなどを目にすることができました。翌朝は道路の中央でおたおたするエゾリス(ドライバーの私も『どえ?っ!轢いちゃう!』とおたおた。)、そして道路をとことこ横断するキジ(!)にも遭遇しました。

24:00前後 静内到着。
車中泊の予定を変更して、ネットカフェのナイトパックを利用しました。







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Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too.
函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。

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