Destinations

新得・清水観光案内 | Shintoku & Shimizu Travel

新得は十勝地方の表玄関にあたるさわやかな高原の町で、古くから狩勝峠を越える交通の要衝となっており、大雪山国立公園のトムラウシ温泉や然別湖へ向かう中継地としての役割も担う。十勝平野の西端に位置し、日高山脈の峰々が間近に迫る風景はどこかドラマチックだ。この町は道東地方を代表するそばの生産地。昼食がてらに立ち寄る価値は十分にある。

十勝清水は道東自動車道と国道274号線、国道38号線が交わる道路交通の要衝。農村地帯の眺望スポットに足を伸ばせば、十勝平野のスケールを実感することができる。


The refreshing highland town of Shintoku is the main gateway of Tokachi Region and has grown into the railway town for crossing the dynamic Karikachi Pass. Shintoku is also the main hub for the peaceful lake Shikaribetsu-ko and the surprisingly hidden Tomuraushi Onsen in Daisetsuzan National Park, as well as for the Furano Basin in Northern Hokkaido.


PRACTICAL TIPS

Location 40km northwest of Obihiro, 75km southwest of Furano, 180km east of Sapporo

Population 5800

Highlights Karikachi Pass

Tourist Information & Bike Rentals Shintoku Stellar Station (しんとくステラステーション): JR Shintoku Station / 9.30am-4pm / Bike rentals 9.30am-4pm May-Oct / www.shintoku-town.net


01 SCENIC PASS

Karikachi Pass

狩勝峠 / Karikachi-toge

On the border of former Ishikari and Tokachi provinces, about 17km northwest of Shintoku on Roue 38, there is an observation deck with panoramic views of the Tokachi Plain and surrounding mountains. It is best reached by car or taxi from Shintoku.


02 NATURAL PARK & SHRINE

Shintoku Jinja

新得神社 / 11W1N3 / 24hrs / FREE

If you are getting on or off the train (or bus) at JR Shintoku Station in the daytime, take a stroll around the town such as Shintoku Jinja at the foot of Shintoku-yama (新得山: 456m) with a panoramic ski area (mid Feb-mid Mar / 1-day pass ¥2000).


03 BATHHOUSE

Shintoku-ekimae Onsen

新得駅前温泉 / 1-21-18 Hon-dori-minami / 2-10pm / Closed 1-2 Jan / ¥420

This little public bathhouse to your right as you exit JR Shintoku Station offers onsen water delivered from Tomuraushi Onsen by a tank lorry. It is a better place to soak after a stroll.


04 SCENIC LANDSCAPE

Hokkaido Animal Research Center

道立総合研究機構畜産試験場 / Hokkaido Chikusan Shiken-jo

Japan’s largest animal research center (1622-hectare) is not a tourist attraction, and all buildings and farms themselves are closed to the public, but the scenic public roads in the center are open to all. You will enjoy idyllic landscapes by bicycle or car. It is about 3km west of the town center along Odasshu-dori.



05 HIKING

Karikachi Poppo-no-michi 

狩勝ポッポの道

A 10km-long footpath from Shintoku to the Karikachi Highland along the former rail track of Nemuro Line (changed to the current route in 1966), passes through the Soba-no-Yakata (そばの館) and an old radio tower (無線鉄塔). The trail begins at the SL Hiroba (SL広場: steam locomotive square), about 1km north of the train station. Bicycles can also available to run on the trail.


06 SOBA RESTAURANT

Shintoku Soba-no-Yakata

新得そばの館 / Kisen 102 / 11am-7pm, to 5pm Nov-Mar / shintokusoba.com

Operated by a local soba factory, this roadside restaurant on Route 38, about 5km north of JR Shintoku Station, offers tasty soba noodles from its own farm. The favorites are seiro-soba (cold soba on a flat basket) and tempura soba. It also has a souvenir shop.


07 RAILWAY & LOCAL HISTORY

Karikachi-kogen Eco Torokko Railway

狩勝高原エコトロッコ鉄道 / Nishi 5-639 Niinai / 9.30am-4.30pm Sat & Sun & holiday late Apr-mid Jul & Sep-mid Oct (daily mid Jul-late Aug) / Adult ¥700, child ¥400 / ecotorocco.jp

At the northern end of Karikachi Poppo-no-michi, you can pedal a torokko (draisine) on a rail track at Old Niinai Station (旧新内駅). The Old Karikachi Line Museum (旧狩勝線ミュージアム: 10am-4pm Sat & Sun & holiday May-mid Oct; ¥200) housed in three nostalgic sleeping cars, there are smal exhibits the history of local railway. From here, you can hike on the rail trail (5km) to the entrance of the closed Karikachi Tunnel (狩勝トンネル) built in 1905.


08 SHOPPING

Sahoro Distillery

さほろ酒造 / 639-2 Niinai / 9.30am-4pm weekday / FREE/ www.sahoro-sake.jp

Just a short walk from Old Niinai Station, this distillery produces all its shochu (distilled spirits from barley and buckwheat).



SHINTOKU MAP


GETTING THERE

TRAIN: Currently the trains on the JR Nemuro Line from Takikawa via Furano end in Higash-Shikagoe (東鹿越: 2hrs) in Minamifurano. Alternative JR buses run between Higashi-Shikagoe and Shintoku (1hr) on Route 38, stopping at Ikutora and Ochiai. Most buses pause at Sahoro Resorto (サホロリゾート), too.
Limited express trains run to Shintoku from Sapporo (2hrs) via the JR Sekisho Line, Obihiro (30min) and Kushiro (2hrs). There are also local trains from Obihiro (1hr).

BUS: The North Liner (ノースライナー: 3 daily) pause at the Shintoku Yakuba-mae (新得役場前) bus stop in front of the town hall on Route 38. Buses depart from JR Asahikawa Station (2hrs), stopping at Biei, Furano and the Ikutora Bussan Center (michi-no-eki in Minamifurano). Compulsory reservation.