Northern Sorachi’s small rural town of Chippubetsu (秩父別町), 10km west of Fukagawa, is a good stopover point on the the way to Rumoi. About 500m walk along the railway track from JR Chippubetsu Station, there is a cozy onsen and campsite.
Points of interests in Chippubetsu
Local train runs from Fukagawa (10min) and Rumoi (45min). The Chippubetsu Onsen is 2km west of Chippubetsu IC on the Fukagawa-Rumoi Expressway.
Chippubetsu Family Sports Park
(秩父別ファミリースポーツ公園) This sports park has a comfy campsite near Chippubetsu Onsen. It has pleasant lawn camping grounds and shared kitchen. It is often crowded in summer holiday, so plan accordingly. Check-in is available until 5.15pm. You can get an onsen discount ticket.
Chippubetsu Centennial Memorial Tower
(秩父別町開基百年記念塔) Opposite the Chippubetsu Onsen and roadside station, the 30m-tall tower provides panoramic views across the rice fields. It is open from 9am to 7pm.
(秩父別温泉ちっぷゆう＆ゆ) This pleasant onsen offers clean bathroom with sauna and free tatami-mat rest room. There is a good-value accommodation on-site.
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