Location 45km north of Asahikawa
Highlights Countryside Cycling Routes, Picture Books Museum
Tourist Information & Bike Rentals Kenbuchi Tourist Information Center (剣淵町観光交流センターまちの駅): Tel 0165-34-3848 / 7-1 Midori-machi / 9am-5pm / www.kembuchi-kankou.com
Kenbuchi’s Countryside Cycling Routes
There are 20km- and 38km-long circumference cycling routes around the picturesque town. Among the highlights are upland fields spreading to the west side of town, especially Chobo-no-oka (眺望の丘) bus stop and Patchwork-no-oka (パッチワークの丘) are a bit hard to find but the best places to explore.
You can hire a bicycle from Kenbuchi Tourist Information Center near JR Kenbuchi Station and Michi-no-eki Ehon-no-sato Kenbuchi on Route 40.
02 LIBRARY & MUSEUM
Picture Books Museum
絵本の館 / Ehon-no-Yakata / 15-3 Midori-machi / 10am-5pm / Closed Wed / FREE/ ehon-yakata.com
This pleasant library has a huge collection of ehon (Japanese- and foreign-language picture books) and small galleries of temporary artwork. There is also a cafe and a shop. It is a 10-minute walk from JR Kenbuchi Station.
BUS: Four to five highway buses Kosoku Nayoro-go (高速なよろ号) daily run from and to Sapporo Station and stopping at Michi-no-eki Kenbuchi (道の駅けんぶち) on Route 40.