十勝千年の森Tokachi Millennium Forest

© Tokachi Millennium Forest

© Tokachi Millennium Forest

Tokachi Millenium Forest is located in Shimizu-cho Hokkaido in the vast nature of Tokachi Plain and Hidaka Mountains. In 400 hectares of the site, there are various gardens日高山脈と十勝平野の大自然が広がる北海道・清水町に位置する「十勝千年の森」。400ヘクタールもの敷地内には、日本では六本木ヒルズの屋上庭園などを手掛けたイギリスを代表するガーデンデザイナー、ダン・ピアソンと日本を代表する高野ランドスケーププランニングが監修した様々な庭園が広がっている。






supervised by one of the leading garden designer from UK, Dan Pearson and Takano Landscape Planning from Japan.

One of their gardens is Meadow Garden by Dan Pearson, which invites you to the flower carpet designed along the garden road. At the Earth Garden (photo), you will experience the dynamic landscape created with wavy grasses. In here you can feel the nature of surrounding mountains and vast sky as important elements to create the garden.

Millennium Forest Artline is another area to enjoy this place, installing works of internationally notable artists such as Yoko Ono, all of whom has visited this place and worked on pieces. Yoko Ono made 4 pieces in 2005 including “Sky TV for Hokkaido”, “Wish Tree for Hokkaido”, “Cloud Piece”, and “Blue Room Event.” The paper strips collected from the Wish Trees are placed in the Imagine Peace Tower.

Other works include: “The Fragment of KISARA” by Masaru Bando (2002), “210 Small and Medium Pieces Occasionally Taking Shape” by Ingo Gunther (2003), “Amanogawa Bridge” by Sami Rintala (2007), “Field of Nusa” by Shigeaki Iwai (2008), “Seven Diamonds” by Didier Courbot (2008), and “Stable Structure and Reflection” (Kyo and Jitsu) by Osamu Asano (2008).

The farm restaurant “Cafe Kisara” serves menus based on the concepts of “local consumptotion of local products” and “slow food.” And at the Soba Restaurant Honoki you can enjoy hand-made soba (buckwheat noodles) which they make the most of the food. From 2007 the first “Segway™ Tour” in Japan started in this place. You can ride around the huge site of the garden. (Reservation must be made by the day before.)

Tokachi Millennium Forest aims to restore Tokachi’s forests to their original states, create opportunities for ecology education in which people can learn from the rich natural environment, and provide people in general with opportunities to deepen their understanding of agriculture. Tokachi Mainichi Newspaper, who owns the mountain forest, works on carbon offset by growing forest. Grow woods with a new value by imagining the future after a millennium. You will feel it much closer if you visit this forest.

Tokachi Millennium Forest
Address: 10 Haobi-minami, Shimizu-cho, Hokkaido
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Last entry 16:00)
Entrance Fee: Adult 800 yen, Students 400 yen
Tel: 0156-63-3400

Translation: Mariko Takei


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