Bordering on both Central and Eastern Hokkaido, this peaceful and tranquil village embraced by the majestic forest in the mountains. Shimukappu (占冠村) was once Hokkaido’s most inland village and hard to reach, but today you can easily visit here by train on the JR Sekisho Line or by car on the Doto Expressway.
Michi-no-eki Shizentaikan Shimukappu
(道の駅自然体感しむかっぷ) Located at Shimukappu’s central crossroads, this michi-no-eki (roadside station) housing four restaurants and take-away shops.
Milk Kitchen Fry Pan (ミルクキッチンフライパン: 11.30am-3pm), run by an Japanese-American couple, serves hamburg (salisbury steak), beef steak, sausage, curry, Colorad-style burger and ice cream using local ingredients. Desserts are available to take-away from 10am to 5pm.
The small tourist desk has rental bikes (¥500 per hour) throughout the year.
More info shimukappu.com
(赤岩青巌峡) About 5km southwest of the village center passed through the long tunnel, you will reach this stunning gorge following the clear stream Mu-kawa, filled with climbable red and blue megaliths. There are short trails around the rocks.
Yunosawa Onsen Mori-no-Shiki
(湯の沢温泉森の四季) Surrounded by peaceful mountain forest, this perfectly rustic lodging is a nice place to chill out, offering Japanese-style rooms and seasonal cuisine featuring local ingredients. The clean onsen and the restaurant are open to nonguests except Tuesday and Wednesday. A Furano-Shimukappu bus stops here. Check-in by 9pm.
More Info www.yunosawa.com
Shimukappu Station (7.35am-3.25pm, to 3pm Sat & Sun) is on the JR Sekisho Line. Limited express trains run from Sapporo, Obihiro and Kushiro.
Shimukappu Municipal Bus (占冠村営バス) daily runs between Shimukappu (via the village hall and the train station) and JR Furano Station (3 daily; 70min; ¥870) via Yunosawa Onsen and JR Kanayama Station.