About 25km east of Obihiro, Ikeda (池田) is best known for its winemaking and a handy stopping-off point between Tokachi and Okhotsk regions. All trains on the JR Nemuro Line stop here.
Obihiro’s top attractions are dotted in Midorigaoka Park and easily walkable from the train station.
Ikeda Wine Castle
10min walk from Ikeda Station
Dating back to 1974 as Japan’s first winery, the town-managed Wine Castle (Wain-jo) is located diagonally behind JR Ikeda Station, on the pleasant hilltop overlooking the town. It has a wine cellar, maturing room, restaurant, shop and rooftop observatory. Of course you can taste wine of the day. Plum brandy is also popular souvenir with foreigners.
Ikeda Kiyomi Onsen ♨︎
20min walk from Ikeda Station
On the north side of Kiyomi Park, this simple onsen boasts Tokachi’s top saline springs. It is 1.2km north of the Wine Castle.
12min walk from Ikeda Station
On the left bank of Toshibetsu-gawa in the town center, this small museum exhibits dioramas and flood control panes of Tokachi-gawa, the region’s main river across the vast plain. It is open on weekdays.
3.4km northeast of Ikeda Station
A few kilometers east of Central Ikeda, this is a complex of pleasant wooden cottages on a leafy hill with a restaurant, shop and sheep farm. All cottages have a dining room for barbecue.
Pension Funbehof Okuma
ペンション フンベHOF おおくま
2min walk from Toshibetsu Station
This pension takes pride in its dinner menu, which uses plenty of local ingredients. It is in a residential area just 100m west of JR Toshibetsu Station. Cash only.
Get off the train at Ikeda Station.
The limited express trains Ozora run to Ikeda on the JR Nemuro Line from Sapporo (2hr 45min), Obihiro (17min) and Kushiro (1hr 15min). There are also local trains from Obihiro (30min) and Kushiro (1.5hr).
Tokachi Bus 17 runs to Rikubetsu from Obihiro Station bus terminal stop 7 via JR Ikeda Station.
You will find the Wine Taxi (ワインタクシー) in the town center, just 100m ahead of JR Ikeda Station.
Ikeda Town Tourist Association
On the ground floor of the Wine Castle.
池田 | 이케다
Address：East 1, Ikeda-cho, Hokkaido
Distance：24km from Obihiro