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北見観光案内 | Kitami Travel

西は大雪山国立公園から東はオホーツク海まで、現在の北見は2006年に留辺蘂町、端野町、常呂町と合併して誕生した、北海道で最も面積が広い都市である。日本一のタマネギ生産地である北見盆地の中心に位置し、人口はオホーツク地方の中で最も多い。

旭川・十勝方面と網走方面を結ぶルートの通過点にあり、阿寒湖やサロマ湖、チミケップ湖への玄関口でもある。かつて世界屈指の生産量を誇った北見ハッカの歴史を訪ねに立ち寄ってみてはいかがだろう。


Hokkaido’s widest city (1427-sq-km) of Kitami makes a convenient stopover point for the beautiful lakes of Chimikeppu-ko, Saroma-ko and Akan-ko. The city has a few interesting sights and a large number of yakiniku restaurants. The city center is easily walkable in a matter of hours from JR Kitami Station. Otherwise, taxi tours around the city are also good.


PRACTICAL TIPS

Location 160km east of Asahikawa via Sounkyo (90km) and Onneyu Onsen (33km), 53km southwest of Abashiri, 150km northeast of Obihiro, 67km north of Akan-ko

Population 115,000

Highlights Kitami Mint Memorial Museum

Tourist Information Kitami Tourist Association (北見市観光案内所): el 0157-32-9900 / 1st floor of Odori building, 2-2-1 Odori-nishi / 9am-5pm / Closed 30 Dec–3 Jan / kitamikanko.jp


01 LOCAL HISTORY

Kitami Mint Memorial Museum

北見ハッカ記念館 / 1-7-28 Minami-Nakamachi / 9am-5pm May-Oct, 9.30am-4.30pm Nov-Apr / Closed Mon / FREE / www.kitamihakka.jp

Kitami has been a peppermint producing area for centuries, which supplied 70 percent of the world in the 1930s. An old mint factory office now houses a collection of peppermint, processed goods, old machines and photos.

The Mint Distillery (薄荷蒸留館) demonstrates the distillation of peppermint. It is a 10-minute walk south of JR Kitami Station.


02 HISTORIC BUILDING

Pierson Memorial House

ピアソン記念館 / Pierson Kinenkan / 7-4-28 Saiwai-cho / 9.30am-4.30pm / Closed Mon & 30 Dec-6 Jan / FREE / www.npo-pierson.org

Designed by William Merrell Vories in 1914, American missioners Pierson and his wife lived in this Swiss-style lovely wooden house on a hill for 15 years. Their historic photos, letters and books are on display. It is about 1km northwest of JR Kitami Station.


03 HERB GARDEN & HISTORIC BUILDINGS

Nikoro Mint Park

仁頃はっか公園 / Nikoro Hakka Koen / 301 Nikoro-cho / 10am-4pm May-Jun & Sep-Oct, 9.30am-4.30pm Jul & Aug / FREE

About 15km north of the city center, this park tells the heyday of peppermint producing with a relocated marchant mansion (built in 1937), and ezo-misohagi (lythraceae mint) garden that blooms from late July to late August. On-site information center sells local peppermint products.
To get there from Kitami, take the bus for Tokoro to Nikoro Hakka-koen (仁頃はっか公園: 4 daily / 28min).



Guide Map


Directions

TRAIN: Limited express trains make the trip to Kitami from Sapporo (2 daily / 4.5hrs), Asahikawa (4 daily / 3hrs) and Abashiri (4 daily / 50min) on the JR Sekihoku Line. If you save money or use the Seishun 18, there is a tokubetsu-kaisoku (特別快速: rapid train) from Asahikawa (3hrs 20min).

BUS: Buses depart from Kitami bus terminal (tickets 6.40am-6pm) beside JR Kitami Station. All local buses and some intercity buses are operated by Kitami Bus (www.h-kitamibus.co.jp).