Ishikari & Sorachi

Tsukigata Travel | Things to Do

Founded as Hokkaido’s first prison Kabato Shujikan (樺戸集治監) in 1881, this town was named after the first warden Tsukigata Kiyoshi (月形潔). Prisoners carved out the forest and roads of the region. Sorachi’s oldest town is now offers melon and cut flowers.


Tsukigata Kabato Museum

月形樺戸博物館 / 1219 Tsukigata-cho / 9.30am-5pm Apr-Nov / Closed Dec-Mar / ¥300

The old Kabato shujikan prison office near JR Ishikari-Tsukigata Station has been converted into a museum. It showcases with dioramas, photos, items for jailer and prisoner. It is closed from December to March.


Kairaku Park

皆楽公園 / Kairaku Koen / Tel 0126-53-2577 / May-Oct

An old oxbow lake of Ishikari-gawa is now a cheerful playground for locals. You can enjoy boating (¥300), park golf (¥400; closed Tue) and camping (¥200 per person). There are also rental bikes (¥100 per 30min). About 1km east of JR Ishikari-Tsukgiata Station.

After a picnic, take a moment to relax at the cozy onsen Yurikago (月形温泉ゆりかご) facing the Park.

Tsukigata Map

Getting There & Around

Eight buses run between Iwamizawa Terminal and Ishikari-Tsukigata Station (45min) via Kitamura Onsen (25min).

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