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Day Camp at Takino Suzuran Kyuryou Kouen, Sapporo


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BGM: Glory by Sojiro

As the cool breezes of autumn tickled the trees of Odori Park to blushing red, my Ukrainian friend and I found ourselves a little homesick for forests and wide open spaces. So she invited me to hang out with her and some climbing club buddies for day camping at Sapporo's Takino Suzuran Kyuryou Kouen (Takino Suzuran Hillside Park). There we could spend the entire day roaming free to our hearts' content, frolicking in the fallen leaves and communing with Mother Nature, without a concrete building in sight! I was on it!

1Image028.jpgFiery Reds of Autumn

Fiery Reds of Autumn

From Odori Station, we took the Namboku (green) subway line to Makomanai Station and boarded the Chuo-Bus Takino to "Takino Suzuran Koen" bus stop. It was emotionally uplifting to watch the city melt into the wild once again. The trees had turned to matchsticks with fuzzy tops, with splashes of orange, yellow and red blasting the brown monotony. The park is fully equipped with every facility a camper would need: toilets, gathering halls, barbecue pits, playgrounds for the kids, even flower gardens for plant lovers! But as soon as we stepped off the bus, the others immediately ran with their gear to the climbing walls and began their practice. Just watching them was fun enough!


From our campground near the climbing wall, we took a pleasant hike through the trees to where walls of water crashed and splashed on both sides of us. Punctuated with a stark red viewing bridge, Ashiribetsunotaki (Ashiribetsu Waterfall) is a real treat for the eyes -and aptly designated one of Japan's "Top 100 Most Notable Waterfalls." I lingered here quite a bit, thankful that such places still exist in this modernized land.


Drunk only on our natural high, we returned to our campsite refreshed and hungry. The menu: salmon stew pot! We took turns chopping up shungiku leaves (edible chrysanthemum), green onion, and other vegetables. We then threw it into a huge pot with some dashi soup stock, soy sauce and several pounds worth of Chilean salmon steaks. Served up with a piping-hot bowl of steaming white rice and some rich, creamy curry, it warmed us to our very souls as the temperature dipped so low we could see our breaths.


It was a therapeutic day for body and spirit that I will never forget.


Posted by GenkiLee 06:15 Archived in Japan Tagged salmon waterfall camping climbing sapporo takino_suzuran_hillside_park ashiribetsunotaki_waterfall

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I expected to see you swimming in the pool beneath the water fall! Oh, yeah... not Hawaii!
Absolutly beautiful scenery! You are so blessed... I think I need to get out more!

by npete

Ha ha!! It was cold, there! Maybe around 39 degrees!

by GenkiLee

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