On the right bank of the Ishikari-gawa along Route 275, the agricultural town of Urausu has Japan’s largest vineyard and some picnic spots around Tsurunuma. We recommend to visit here in spring or autumn.
Highlights Urausu Jinja’s ezo-engosaku (blue corydalis ambiguas) and katakuri (violet trout lilies)
Tourist Information Michi-no-eki Tsurunuma (道の駅つるぬま): Opposite Tsurunuma Park, 86-214 Kiusunai / 9am-6pm, to 5pm Oct-late Apr /Closed Mon
01 PARK & CAMPING
鶴沼公園 / Tsurunuma Koen / Tel 0125-67-3109 / Campsite late Apr-mdi Oct
Opposite the Michi-no-eki Tsurunuma, this marsh park offers Urausu Onsen (うらうす温泉: 10am-9pm), campsites (¥600 per tent), boat rentals (¥300) and bungalows (¥4500).
There are five Chuo buses to Tsurunuma Koen-mae (鶴沼公園前) from Takikawa terminal (30min) and JR Urausu Station (4min).
02 SHRINE & FLOWERS
浦臼神社 / 186-90 Kiusunai / 24hrs / FREE
Just a short walk from the michi-no-eki (roadside station) and Tsurunuma Park, you will find the white torii (shrine gate) on Route 275. The hillside shrine of Uraush Jinja is famous for both its lovely ezo-engosaku (blue corydalis ambiguas) and katakuri (violet trout lilies) bloom in the forest from late April to early May. You will see adorable Ezo-risu (chipmunks).
Behind the shrine is a pleasant Ikoi-no-mori Park (いこいの森公園), with idyllic rural and mountain views.
03 LOCAL HISTORY
Museum of Agricultural Machineries
田園空間博物館 · 歴史的農機具展示施設 / Den’en Kukan Hakubutsukan / 186-26 Kiusunai / 10am-4pm Sat & Sun & holiday May-Sep / FREE
A huge collection of agricultural machines (more than 10,000!) exhibit in an old schoolhouse near the michi-no-eki.
鶴沼ワイナリー / Tel 0125-68-2646 / 428-17 Osatsunai / www.hokkaidowine.com
If you are driving on Route 275, don’t miss the country’s largest vineyard spreading on the hills (not open to the public), about 3km west of Tsurunuma. There is a small direct sales depot (9am-4pm).
05 LOCAL HISTORY
Urausu Town Museum
浦臼町郷土史料館 / 183-12 Urausunai / 10am-4pm Sat & Sun & holiday May-late Sep / FREE
About 500m south of JR Urausu Station near the elementary school, this museum displays on local history until the 1960s.
GETTING THERE & AROUND
Chuo Bus runs between Takikawa Terminal and JR Urausu Station (浦臼駅: 38min), via Shintostukawa Town Hall (新十津川役場) and Tsurunuma Koen-mae (鶴沼公園前).
The municipal bus Kabato-ru-go (かばとーる号) runs between Tsukigata and Urausu Station (浦臼駅 / 5 daily / 30min / ¥400) via Tsukigata Onsen (月形温泉) in Kairaku Park.
On weekdays, municipal buses (浦臼町営バス) run between Naie Station (奈井江駅) on the JR Hakodate Line and JR Urausu Station (24min), stopping at Tsurunuma Koen-mae.