On the right bank of the Ishikari-gawa along Route 275, the agricultural town of Urausu (浦臼町) has Japan’s largest vineyard and some picnic spots around Tsurunuma (鶴沼). We recommend to visit here in spring or autumn.
Points of interests in Urausu
Chuo Bus runs between Takikawa Terminal and JR Urausu Station (38min), via Shintostukawa Town Hall and Tsurunuma Koen-mae.
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.
(鶴沼公園) 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).
(浦臼神社) 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.
Museum of Agricultural Machineries
(田園空間博物館 · 歴史的農機具展示施設) A huge collection of agricultural machines (more than 10,000!) exhibit in an old schoolhouse near the michi-no-eki.
Urausu Town Museum
(浦臼町郷土史料館) About 500m south of JR Urausu Station near the elementary school, this museum displays on local history until the 1960s.
(鶴沼ワイナリー) 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).