The main gateway town for Yotei-sanroku area from Sapporo via the scenic Nakayama-toge pass, Kimobetsu (喜茂別) has wonderful views of both Yotei-zan and Shiribetsu-dake, which looks like twin Ezo-Fuji. There are some excellent lookout points around the town.


Nakayama-toge Pass


1min walk from Nakayama-toge bus stop

On the border pass of Kimobetsu and Sapporo at 835m, Nakayama-toge is a popular place to break up a driving on Route 230. The lookout point has a view of Yotei-zan. The Michi-no-eki Boyo Nakayama (道の駅望羊中山) has a souvenir shop and a restaurant. Ageimo (skewed fried potato) is a speciality take-away food here. Sapporo-Toyako buses make a 10-minute stop at Kimobetsu-side car park.

Nakayama-toge Ski Area


15min walk from Nakayama-toge bus stop

Only open on early December and early spring each year, this small ski area boasts one of Hokkaido’s best terrain parks overlooking the surrounding mountains. Equipment rental is available. 

Aikawa Viewpoint Parking Lot


20min walk from Chomin-koen bus stop / 28min walk from Kimobetsu bus stop

About 2km west of the town hall on Route 276, you can overlooking the scenic straight road backed by Yotei-zan.


Getting There


Kimobetsu bus stop is located near Sato-no-eki Hot Kimobetsu (郷の駅ホッときもべつ) on Route 230 facing the 7-Eleven.

Donan Bus operates intercity buses (compulsory reservation) to Kimobetsu from Sapporo (1hr 46min) via Jozankei and Nakayama-toge, as well as Toyako-onsen (51min) vis Rusutsu Resort and Chomin-koen-mae (町民公園前).

From JR Kutchan Station, local buses run to Kimobetsu (45min) via Kyogoku.

Getting Around


From Kimobetsu bus stop, the municipal bus Usapara-go (ウサパラ号) runs around the town (Mon-Sat except holiday).


Kimobetsu Tourism Association

bus stop printed on asphalt road

Kimobetsu bus stop

喜茂別 | 키모베츠

Address:Kimobetsu-cho, Hokkaido

Distance:72km from Sapporo