Category: Tokachi & Obihiro

Kamishihoro Naitai Kogen Farm

Agricultural town Kamishihoro (上士幌町) is beautifully sited on Northern Tokachi. It is a good base for cycling in the nearby picturesque countryside and highlands, as well as organic cafes. Japan’s largest public farm (1700-hectare) on the highland grassy meadow, Naitai…

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Tokachi’s Hidden Marsh Onne-to

Onne-to (オンネトー) is a beautiful cobalt-blue lake at the foot of Meakan-dake surrounded by forest, you can hike a lakeside circumference trail take an hour. There is also a 1.6km-long trail between Nonaka Onsen and Onne-to. A 40-minute return walk…

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Ikeda Wine Castle in Tokachi

Dating back to 1974 as Japan’s first winery, the town-managed Wine Castle (ワイン城: Wain-jo) is located diagonally behind JR Ikeda Station, on the pleasant hilltop overlooking the town. It has a wine cellar, maturing room, restaurant, shop and looftop observatory.…

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Otofuke Tokachigawa Onsen

About 10km northeast of Obihiro, this serene riverside onsen resort (十勝川温泉) has a variety of hotels. The moor water contains organic matter of vegetable origin. Whooper swans congregating on the bank of the river from December to March. More info…

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Obihiro Midorigaoka Park

A 15-minute walk south of JR Obihiro Station along Koen-odori, the 50-hectare Midorigaoka Park (緑ヶ丘公園: opened in 1929) was the site of old Tokachi Prison (十勝監獄) founded in 1893. There are museums, sculptures, a zoo and a wildflower garden. You…

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