A 15-minute walk south of JR Obihiro Station along Koen-odori, the 50-hectare Midorigaoka Park (緑ヶ丘公園: opened in 1929) was the site of old Tokachi Prison (十勝監獄) founded in 1893. There are museums, sculptures, a zoo and a wildflower garden. You will find the 1900 red brick warehouse of the old prison.A well-landscaped lawn is a great place to break for a picnic.
Obihiro Centennial Museum
(帯広百年記念館) Built in 1982 to mark Obihiro’s centennial, this museum houses interesting exhibitions coverning the history of the city and Tokachi, archaeological finds and local Ainu culture. It is well worth visiting.
More info museum-obihiro.jp/occm/
Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art
(北海道立帯広美術館) At the western side of Midorigaoka Park, this museum stages regularly changing displays of woodcuts, landscape paintings and modern art related to Tokachi and Eastern Hokkaido.
More info www.dokyoi.pref.hokkaido.lg.jp/hk/obj
(おびひろ動物園) This zoo houses 73 species and 400 animals such as kangaroos, flamingos, bisons, giraffes and monkeys. They have Hokkaido’s foxes, deers, raccoons, squirrel and seals too.
More info www.city.obihiro.hokkaido.jp/zoo