The city of Ishikari is a seaside escape from Sapporo. Hokkaido’s longest river Ishikari-gawa comes here from Daisetsuzan National Park. The coastal Route 231 for Rumoi passes through the fishing villages and beaches. This city is also known as the birthplace of Ishikari-nabe (salmon and vegetables hot pot).
Location 25km north of Sapporo
Highlights Hamanasu-no-oka Park
Tourist Information Ishikari Tourism Center (石狩市観光センター): 107 Oyafune-cho / 8.45am-6pm / www.ishikari-kankou.net
01 SCENIC COAST
はまなすの丘公園 / Hama-machi / 24hrs / FREE
A wilderness sand spit between the ocean and river, you will see hamanasu (rugosa roses) from June to August. The 1892 red-and-white Ishikari Lighthouse is the city’s landmark. The Hamanasu-no-oka Visitor Center (9am-6pm 29 Apr-Aug, 9am-5pm Sep-3 Nov) has a shop with observation deck. Especially the sunset scenery is emotional. It is a 15-minute walk north of Ishikari terminus along the embankment.
ISHIKARI CITY MAP
From the Chuo Bus Sapporo terminal, take an hourly bus for Ishikari (石狩: 1hr).