This tour takes you inside Tashiro-no-Mori, a forest garden in Hiroo Town in Hokkaido’s Tokachi region. This forest is owned and managed by Yukihiro Izumi, who named it after his great grandfather Tashiro, a settler who moved to Tokachi during the pioneering days of Hokkaido. Streams and springs flow throughout the forest, and various wild flowers bloom all over the place from spring to autumn. Izumi-san will guide you around the forest and tell you all about its flora and fauna. After the walk, you’ll take a rest on a thatched hut hand-built by Izumi-san, where you can enjoy a warm cup of coffee and some famous sweets made in Tokachi.
It took almost 20 years for Yukihiro Izumi to build the forest garden by himself, and he knows the place like the back of his hand.
In summer, the forest grows thick with various wild plants, and you can see wild flowers such as Veratrum, Geranium, and Iris sanguniea.
You can enjoy a refreshing walk inside the forest, with the scent of the wild flowers permeating the crisp air.
After the walk, you’ll visit one of the thatched huts in the forest, where you can take a rest while enjoying some local sweets and a cup of coffee brewed using water from the forest’s natural springs.
Note: All images are for illustration purposes only. Your actual experience may vary.
|9:30||Meetup at Tashiro-no-Mori|
|9:35||Forest walk with Izumi-san|
|10:25||Coffee and sweets break|