日高 | POPULATION 64,000
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.
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.