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遠軽観光案内 | Engaru Travel

大雪山国立公園の北東部に位置する遠軽町はオホーツク地方を代表する林業の町。巨大な岩がそびえ立つ遠軽中心部、黒曜石の産出地として名高い白滝、森の中を蒸気機関車が駆ける丸瀬布、木のおもちゃ博物館が建つ生田原という4つの地域から成り立っており、それぞれの駅に石北本線の特急列車が停車する。

鉄道に加えて高規格道路や都市間バスの便もあり、オホーツク地方の中でも札幌や旭川からの日帰りが比較的容易なところだ。山あいには瀬戸瀬やマウレ山荘などの閑静な温泉がある。


The forested town of Engaru on the JR Sekihoku Line functions as a useful transport hub for access to Monbetsu via Yubetsu by bus. You might find yourself in the town while waiting for transport connections. Otherwise, take a dip in the tranquil onsen or visit the flower gardens.


PRACTICAL TIPS

Location 120km east of Asahikawa, 45km southeast of Monbetsu

Population 19,000

Highlights Ganbo-iwa, Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park Cosmos Garden (late Aug-mid Sep), Museum of Worldwide Wooden Toys Chacha World

Tourist Information Engaru Tourist Association (遠軽町観光協会): www.engaru-kankou.jp


01 ROCK & SCENIC VIEWPOINT

Ganbo-iwa

がんぼう岩 / 1 Nishi-machi / 24hrs

If you are waiting for a train or bus, it is an ideal time to a 15-minute climb the huge rock of Ganbo-iwa (78m) with good views over the town and its environs. This Pirikanoka (ピリカノカ: beautiful form) was an old battlefield of Ainu and called Inkar-us-i, the town name of Engaru comes from here. Get there on foot from the south side of the Town Museum.


02 FLOWER GARDEN

Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park

太陽の丘えんがる公園 / 9am-5pm 29 Apr-31 Oct / Cosmos Festival ¥300 / cosmos-love.com

From September to mid October, Engaru Park is covered in around 10 million of cosmos. It is also famous for its phlox which peaks in late May. This park is possible to get there by taxi or on foot from Ganbo-iwa.


03 LOCAL HISTORY

Engaru Town Museum

遠軽町郷土館 / Engaru-cho Kyodokan / 1-2-5 Nishi-machi / 9am-5pm / Closed Mon / ¥150

Located at the foot of Ganbo-iwa, this small museum displays permanent exhibits on the local history, including artefacts and railway (including old JR Nayoro Line for Monbetsu).



04 ART MUSEUM

Museum of Worldwide Wooden Toys Chacha World

ちゃちゃワールド / 143 Ikutahara / 9.30am-6pm Apr-Oct, 10am-5pm Nov-Mar / Adult ¥600, child ¥300 / Wi-Fi / cha2world.com

This delightful museum has about 10,000 cheerful and playable wooden toys around the world. Fujishiro Seiji’s Kosai Rikuri, the world largest shadow picture (measuring 9m by 18m) is also installed with his 30 works (photography is not allowed). You can purchase a variety of wooden toys, local crafts and dolls on your own in the shop.
The Chacha World is about 700m west of JR Ikutahara Station. A discounted combination ticket (adult ¥1000, child ¥500) is available for the Chacha World and day use entry at the onsen hotel North King.


05 ONSEN & SLEEPING

Ikutahara Onsen Hotel North King

生田原温泉ホテルノースキング / Tel 0158-45-2336 / 874-1 Ikutahara / Day bathing 10am-10pm (¥500) / www.northking.jp

Immediately to the left as you exit JR Ikutahara Station, the North King is a convenient and pleasant onsen for railway travelers. 28 rooms are clean and affordable rates. There is also a restaurant (11am-2pm & 5-9pm).


06 STEAM LOCOMOTIVE

Forest Railroad SL ‘Amemiya 21’

森林鉄道蒸気機関車雨宮21号 / Ikoi-no-mori / 10am-4.30pm (departs every 30min except 12.30pm) weekend of late Apr-late Oct, Golden Week, mid Jul-mid Aug / ¥500 / www.engaru-kankou.jp/ikoi.htm

An old steam locomotive for a forest railroad, the Amemiya 21 date from 1928 chug the short distance in the forest park Ikoi-no-mori. It does run on weekends from late April to late October, and daily during Golden Week and summer (mid Jul-mid Aug).
From JR Maruseppu Station, there are three buses (7.15am, 12.05pm and 4pm) daily to the Maure Sanso (20min), stopping at the Ikoi-no-mori (15min) forest park.



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GETTING THERE

TRAIN: Reserving station Engaru is on the JR Sekihoku Line. There are a few daily limited express trains from Sapporo (3.5hrs), Asahikawa (2hrs) and Abashiri (1hr 45min). Most limited express trains and all rapid trains stop at Shirataki, Maruseppu and Ikutahara in town.
One daily rapid train (特別快速: tokubetsu kaisoku) connects Asahikawa with Engaru (2hrs).

BUS: From Engaru terminal (tickets 7.30am-6pm) on Route 242, about 200m from the train station, local buses run to Monbetsu (紋別: 9 daily / 1hr 25min) via Yubetsu.
The highway bus Kosoku Engaru-go (高速えんがる号) runs to Sapporo (3hrs 45min) and the intercity bus Tokkyu Kita-Taisetsu-go (特急北大雪号) runs to Asahikawa (2hrs 20min).