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.
TO DO 01
Seeing a Great Collection of Ainu Artifacts in Nibutani
In the part of Biratori-cho, this riverside small village is a traditional heart of Ainu culture in Hidaka Region; museums, folk crafts and a spiritual landscape.
TO DO 02
Admiring the Stables & Cherry-blossom in Shizunai
Halfway between Tomakomai and Erimo, Hidaka’s largest town is the base of visit the engaging racehorse stables. Nijukken Road is full of cherry blooms in early to mid May.
TO DO 03
Touring the JRA Blood-House Training Center in Urakawa
The small capital of Hidaka Region, Urakawa is a good destination for horse lovers. One of the world’s greatest blood-horse training centers spread out along the Pegasus Road.
TO DO 04
Discovering Samani’s Eight Attractive Views
Listed as a Unesco Global Geopark, this fishing town has a variety of unusual terrains such as the scenic coastlines. It is worth spending a half day for explore the town on the way to Erimo-misaki.
TO DO 05
Hiking Up Apoi-dake Geopark
Hidaka Mountain’s most peaks are hard to climb, however the pleasant mountain of Apoi-dake (810m) is relativity easy to climb. From the trailhead it is two hours hike to Uma-no-se half-way up point with a stunning view.
TO DO 06
Wandering Around the Stunning Erimo-misaki
Japan’s most windy point on the level, the 60m-high cliff cape Erimo-misaki (beautiful form in Ainu) is the most dynamic coastal point in Hidaka juts out into the ocean.
GETTING THERE & AROUND
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.