Sorachi Travel | Central Hokkaido

空知 | POPULATION 282,000

From the 1870s to the 1980s, Sorachi Region was one of Japan’s major coalfields with more than a hundred mining sites along the Yubari Mountains and supported Hokkaido’s rapid economic growth after the 1950s. Today several mining heritages are open to the public. Flower lovers should head to the high altitude wetland of Uryu-numa Shitsugen or the sunflower fields of Hokuryu in summer.



Sorachi’s capital and transport hub.


Exploring the historic heart of Sorachi.


Admiring the sculptures, bird migration and tasty yakitori.


Once one of Japan’s most dynamic coal mining cities.


Japan’s smallest city by population.


Holds the original forms of old mining remnants.


Cycling through the Rice Land.


Seeing Japan’s largest sunflower fields.

Uryu-numa Shitsugen

About 700 marshes are scattered with 200 kinds of wildflowers.


Has Japan’s largest vineyard and picnic spots around Tsurunuma.


Founded as Hokkaido’s first prison in 1881.


Visiting Hokkaido’s oldest sake brewery.

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Getting There

TRAIN: The limited express trains Kamui and Lilac run between Sapporo and Asahikawa, stopping at Iwamizawa, Bibai, Sunagawa, Takikawa and Fukagawa.
There are also local trains between Sapporo and Asahikawa, and between Iwamizawa and Tomakomai via Kuriyama.

BUS: Chuo Bus operates many non-reserved highway buses (IC card is available) from Sapporo to the following destinations:

  • Akabira (for Furano): Hourly / 1.5hrs / ¥1780

  • Fukagawa (for Rumoi): 4 daily / 1.5hrs / ¥1680

  • Hokuryu (for Rumoi via Takikawa and Uryu): 4 daily / 2hrs / ¥1880

  • Iwamizawa: Frequent / 1hr / ¥800

  • Kuriyama: 9 daily / 1hr / ¥1150

  • Takikawa: Frequent / 1.5hrs / ¥1360

  • Yubari (Racey Resort via Kuriyama): 3 daily / 1.5hrs / ¥1780

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