Hidaka Travel | Central Hokkaido

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Hemmed in by the Hidaka Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, this sun-kissed region is Japan’s top racehorse breeding ground with countless stables. The scenic coastal byway runs between Tomakomai and Tokachi, passes through the dramatic windy cape Erimo-misaki. Hidaka’s main river Saru-gawa winds for Nibutani, one of Hokkaido’s most famous Ainu villages with excellent cultural museums.


Biratori & Nibutani

Seeing a great collection of Ainu artifacts.

Shinhidaka (Shizunai)

Admiring the engaging racehorse stables and cherry trees.


Touring one of the world’s greatest blood-horse training centers.


Discovering Apoi-dake Global Geopark and eight attractive views.


Wandering around the stunning Erimo-misaki.


This mountain town is a good base for rafting, skiing and hiking.

Guide Map

Getting There

TRAIN Currently the trains on the JR Hidaka Line from Tomakomai end in Mukawa. Alternative buses run between Mukawa and Samani (4hrs) with require a change at Shizunai.

BUS: Donan Bus operates the Pegasus-go (ペガサス号) from Sapporo to Urakawa (7 daily / 3hrs 45min / Compulsory reservation by the day before) on the Thoroughbred Road Hidaka. Tokachi Bus connects Hiroo with Obihiro (2hrs 20min) on Route 236 in Tokachi Region.

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