Umemura Garden

This is a Japanese-style garden certified as a Hokkaido landscaping heritage.

It is a Japanese-style garden called a chisen stroll garden, where you can go around the area with a pond in the middle.
It is a garden style where the landscaping has been done by individuals, rarely seen in Hokkaido, and it has been designated a Hokkaido landscaping heritage because traditional landscaping techniques are evident everywhere.
Originally, it was landscaped from 1912 (Meiji 45) to 1930 (Showa 5) by Tajuro Umemura, the son of Tazo Umemura, a former Owari clansman, who had moved to Yakumo village. A pond was dug and maintained in what was originally marshy land, and Matsutaro Nonaka, a landscaper from Hakodate, worked on it from around 1923 (Taisho 12).
The unique pruning of Japanese yew is the pruning method he started in this Umemura garden. It was designated a Yakumo cultural property (a scenic spot) in May 1983 (Showa 58), and has been used by many people.
In 2001 (Heisei 13), it was taken over by Yakumo with the kind consent of the Umemura family, and in 2002/2003 (Heisei 14/15), it was developed as a city park where city dwellers can gather throughout the four seasons to enjoy greenery close to them.

A pond filled with abundant spring water

The pond in the center of the garden is filled with spring water, stays without drying up throughout the year, and has carps swimming in it.
Around the pond, artificial hills and dry landscape gardens are arranged in abundance, and two concrete lanterns are installed.
There is an old stone bridge and a new wooden bridge that can be used by people in wheelchairs.

It is a spot for taking pictures of maples that turn red in spring and fall.

The garden is planted with various plants, not only all manner of azaleas such as Rhododendron dauricum, Rhododendron japonicum, Rhododendron kampferi, Rhododendron obtusum, Rhododendron x mucronatum, Enkianthus perulatus, and Rhododendron indicum, but also Japanese yews, Japanese red pines, cherry trees, maples, Japanese umbrella pines, wild ginger, Cardiocrinum cordatum var. glehnii lilies, Neolindleya camtschatica orchids, Hemerocallis fulva var. kwanso day lilies, Gentiana triflora var. japonica subvar. montana gentians, and you can enjoy the scenery throughout four seasons.
In particular, the maples turn red in spring (May to June) and fall (October to November), and many photographers come to take pictures.

Facility information

0137-63-3131 (Yakumo Town Community Center)
Opening Hours
05/01 - 10/31: Monday (If Monday is a national holiday, the next day)
11/01 - 04/30: Mondays and holidays
12/29 - 03/31: Closed in winter
151 Suehirocho, Yakumo-cho, Futami-gun, Hokkaido
About 7 minutes on foot from JR Yakumo Station
Parking lot available at the adjacent community center (free)