Ishikari & Sorachi e-Brochures

Ishikari & Sorachi e-Brochures

Overview With an idyllic countryside, relaxed onsen, scenic coastlines and family-friendly attractions, Ishikari and Sorachi regions can be seen in…

Tobetsu and Sweden Hills

Tobetsu and Sweden Hills

About 20km northeast of Sapporo cross the Ishikari-gawa, the rural town Tobetsu (当別町) is a good place to cycling, camping…

Red Brick Town Ebetsu

Red Brick Town Ebetsu

Ebetsu (江別市) is the largest satellite city of Sapporo and a little-known to tourists, however here is Japan’s top red…

Chippubetsu

Chippubetsu

Northern Sorachi’s small rural town of Chippubetsu (秩父別町), 10km west of Fukagawa, is a good stopover point on the the…

Sunflower Town Hokuryu

Sunflower Town Hokuryu

Knowns as Japan’s largest sunflower fields (himawari-batake), this small agricultural town (北竜町) is a popular destination with Asian tourists in…

Hiking Uryu-numa Wetland

Hiking Uryu-numa Wetland

Uryu-numa Shitsugen Wetland (雨竜沼湿原: high altitude wetland) is referred to as the ‘heavenly paradise’ that makes up Shokanbetsu-Teuri-Yagishiri Quasi-National Park.…

Tsukigata: Sorachi’s Oldest Town

Tsukigata: Sorachi’s Oldest Town

Founded as Hokkaido’s first prison Kabato Shujikan (樺戸集治監) in 1881, this town was named after the first warden Tsukigata Kiyoshi…

Akabira Coal Mine Heritage

Akabira Coal Mine Heritage

Beyond the mountains from Utashinai or runs along the Sorachi-gawa from Takikawa, Akabira (赤平市) holds the original forms of old…

Utashinai: Japan’s Smallest City

Utashinai: Japan’s Smallest City

Japan’s smallest city by population (3100!), Utashinai grew into a 46,000-person with nine coal mines in the 1950s. Sorachi’s last…

Bibai’s Nature and History

Bibai’s Nature and History

Sometimes called ‘Beautiful Songs Town’ or ‘Viva Bibai!’, Bibai (美唄市) was once Hokkaido’s second largest coal mining city sits halfway…

Mikasa Coal Mine Heritage

Mikasa Coal Mine Heritage

Japan’s second smallest city by population, however Mikasa (三笠市) holds some of the first-in-Hokkaido: a fledged underground coal mine (1879),…

Iwamizawa: Capital of Sorachi

Iwamizawa: Capital of Sorachi

Sorachi’s capital and transport hub founded in 1878, Iwamizawa (岩見沢市) is a good base of visit the old coal mine…

Riceland Fukagawa

Riceland Fukagawa

The northernmost city of the Ishikari Plain that has a nickname Rice Land, Fukagawa (深川市) is a jumping-off point for…

Shinshinotsu Onsen and Ice Fishing

Shinshinotsu Onsen and Ice Fishing

Ishikari Region’s smallest agricultural village of Shinshinotsu (新篠津村) is ideal for rural driving and family vacation. You can enjoy camping…

Kobayashi Sake Brewery in Kuriyama

Kobayashi Sake Brewery in Kuriyama

Hokkaido’s oldest sake brewery (小林酒造: Kobayashi Shuzo) established in 1878, this cultural place in Kuriyama has 18 stone and red…