Location 25km east of Obihiro
Highlights Ikeda Wine Castle
Tourist Information Ikeda Town Tourist Association (池田町観光協会): Tel 015-572-2286 / 1st floor of Wine Castle, 83 Kiyomi / 9am-5pm / kankou-ikeda.com
Ikeda Wine Castle
ワイン城 / 83 Kiyomi / 9am-5pm / FREE / www.tokachi-wine.com
Dating back to 1974 as Japan’s first winery, the town-managed Wine Castle (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. Of course you can taste wine of the day. Plum brandy (梅酒: ume-shu) is also popular souvenir with foreigners. Free guided tours start at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
All trains on the JR Nemuro Line stop at Ikeda. The limited express trains Ozora runs from Sapporo (2hrs 45min), Obihiro (17min) and Kushiro (1hr 15min). There are local trains to Obihiro (30min) and Kushiro (1.5hrs) from Ikeda.