Famed for its rural landscapes and as the main setting of the long TV drama series Kita-no-Kuni-kara (北の国から: From the Northern Country), Rokugo is a lovely agricultural village and 16km southeast of Furano. Several attractions are closed in winter.
Points of interests in Rokugo
Furano Bus (www.furanobus.jp) operates local buses from JR Furano Station to Rokugo (4 daily; 40min).
Furano Glass Factory
(富良野ガラス工房) Rokugo-based large glass studio can be found beside the Recycled House near the main crossroads, with a wide range of top-quality glass crafts beging hand-blown in six showrooms. The most famous products are the heat-resistant shibare glasses (しばれガラス) that sells in the showroom 1. You can take a lesson in glass blowing or make glass accessories.
More info www.furano-glass.jp
(拾ってきた家) About 300m east of Rokugo bus stop, these unique houses were setting for the Kita-no-Kuni-kara and the 2002 TV drama. The houses were built with scarp woods, scrapped bus and gondolas. From here, you can hire a bike (mid Apr-late Oct; ¥1000) and explore Rokugo.
(麓郷の森) This lovely forest holds the manmade wooden houses, setting for the Kita-no-Kuni-kara and the 1982 original TV drama.
Goro’s Stone House
(五郎の石の家) Goro’s ishi-no-ie (stone house) is the iconic symbol of the Kita-no-Kuni-kara and the 1989 TV drama. The house was built by stacking stones excavated from local fields.
(アンパンマンショップ) Operated by Furano Jam Garden, this cheerful place on the eastern edge of Rokugo is full of popular anime series Anpanman goods, from picture books to toys. There is also a gallery of Anpanman on the 2nd floor.
More info www.furanojam.com/furano_us
(麓郷展望台) Within Furano Jam Garden on a hilltop, you can overlooking the rural landscape of Rokugo from this viewpoint.
(森林資料館) Housed in an old work place of the University of Tokyo Hokkaido Forest built in 1927, this museum has a number of sample woods and rare mushrooms from its own forest. Behind the museum, there is a short trail through the forest of Hakucho-yama (白鳥山).
More info www.uf.a.u-tokyo.ac.jp/hokuen