Spot Introduction for Each theme

Nature and Landscape

  • Hokuryu Sunflower Field

  • Cape Soya

  • Rebun Island (Cape Sukai)

  • Mt. Rishiri(A view from the Shiroi Koibito Hill)

  • Sarobetsu Wetland Center (Mt. Rishiri seen from Sarobetsu Wetland)

  • Sunflower Fields in Nayoro

Gourmet

  • Asahikawa Ramen Village

  • Bibai yakitori (skewered chicken)

  • Roadside Station Mochigome-no-Sato Nayoro

  • Kunimare Shuzo

  • Sunagawa Sweet Road

Activities

  • Takikawa Sky Park (flying a glider)

  • Daisetsuzan Asahidake Ropeway (nature observation trekking / Sugatami-no-ike Pond)

  • Asahiyama Zoo

  • The Rolling Soya Hills

History and Culture

  • Yubari Rokumeikan

  • Kobushi Toen (Kobushi Kiln)

  • Roadside Station Obira Nishin-Banya

  • Sunazawa Bikky Museum (Eco Museum Osashima Center Bikky Atelier 3 More)

  • Kan Yasuda Sculpture Museum Arte Piazza Bibai

  • Yubari Coal Mine Museum

Hokuryu Sunflower Field

This is one of Japan’s largest sunflower fields. The best season to see the town’s sunflowers is between late July and early August. Especially recommended is Himawari-no-Sato (sunflower garden), where 1.5 million sunflowers bloom on the extensive hill. The view of a yellow carpet of flowers spreading as far as the eye can see is overwhelming. Popular features include a tractor-towed car to tour leisurely around the sunflower field and a "sunflower maze" to walk through sunflowers grown to a man’s height. There are also many photo spots. The annual "Sunflower Festival" attracts many guests from both home and abroad.

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Cape Soya

Cape Soya, situated at the northernmost point of Japan, is a popular photo spot as the very top of Japan. "Japan’s northernmost point monument" is a triangular pyramid-shaped monument featuring one ridge of the North Star as its motif. Its round base represents "peace and harmony." On fine days, the cape commands a view of the island of Sakhalin, Russia, in the distance in front across the vast ocean, making visitors feel that they are actually at the northernmost point of Japan. The official certificate of reaching Japan’s northernmost point is sold at nearby souvenir shops.

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Rebun Island (Cape Sukai)

Japan’s northernmost island Rebun is also known as the “floating island of flowers” for its climate suited to the growth of native and alpine plants. The magnificent coastal view is also an attraction of the island. At Cape Sukai on the west side of the island is one of the most transparent inlets in Hokkaido with beautiful gradients of clear blue water. In summer, the contrast of flowers blooming on sheer cliffs and the ocean attracts visitors. The cape, which is also known as the location of the movie "Kita no Canaria-tachi" (northern canaries), has a shop where rare Steller’s sea lion meat dishes can be enjoyed.

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Mt. Rishiri(A view from the Shiroi Koibito Hill)

Mt. Rishiri, which is one of the best of Japan’s hundred most famous mountains, is also known familiarly as Rishiri Fuji for its beauty. The "Shiroi Koibito Hill" is a quiet lookout commanding views of Mt. Rishiri, Otatomari Marsh and Numaura Beach. It is the place from where the view of Mt. Rishiri on the package of Hokkaido’s famous Shiroi Koibito cookies can be seen. Anyone who makes a marriage proposal here can receive a "proposal certificate" officially recognized by Ishira Confectionary, the manufacturer of Shiroi Koibito (a photo or other form of proof required).

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Sarobetsu Wetland Center (Mt. Rishiri seen from Sarobetsu Wetland)

Sarobetsu Wetland Center (Mt. Rishiri seen from Sarobetsu Wetland) Sarobetsu Wetland, which is one of the best of Japan’s three largest wetlands, is located at the center of the 20,000-hectare Sarobetsu Plain. At the Sarobetsu Wetland Center at the entrance of the wetland, visitors can obtain the latest nature information and learn the history of the area. From the 1-km-long boardwalk that goes around there, more than 100 kinds of flowers and wild birds can be observed from up close. The 360-degree panoramic view fascinates many visitors. On fine days, a magnificent view of grand Mt. Rishiri beyond the horizon can be enjoyed.

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Sunflower Fields in Nayoro

The Nisshin and Chiebun areas are the two best places to see sunflowers that are cultivated throughout Nayoro City. The best season is between early and late August every year. In particular, the sunflowers of "Sun Pillar Park" in the Nisshin Area, which is a hill overlooking the city, bloom like a yellow carpet that cover the slopes. Check the official website before you go out for the latest blooming information.

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Asahikawa Ramen Village

This village of ramen noodles opened in 1996 to make Asahikawa’s ramen culture known to a wide public. Eight popular local ramen restaurants stand side by side serving Asahikawa ramen of various tastes. Small-size ramen of each restaurant is available to allow customers to compare the tastes of different ones. Also with the Ramen Village Shrine for matchmaking, a souvenir/gift shop and photo spots, the Ramen Village is a popular tourist destination.

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Bibai yakitori (skewered chicken)

This dish consisting of the whole chicken is the traditional soul food of Bibai’s citizens, Bibai yakitori, loved by miners in Bibai which used to prosper with coal mining, uses not only chicken meat, but also the liver, heart, gizzard, ovarian egg, skin and various other parts, broiled on one skewer with onion. It is seasoned only with salt and pepper, and each mouthful tastes different. Motsu (chicken offal)-soba noodles with yakitori on top and Torimeshi (seasoned rice with Motsu and chicken meat) should also be enjoyed at the same time.

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Roadside Station Mochigome-no-Sato Nayoro

The roadside station is located in a lush rural area on the south side of Nayoro City. It has a large selection of safe and reliable farm products from local farms and gift items, including "Soft Daifuku", which is a smooth rice cake made with a unique recipe using Nayoro’s specialty glutinous rice. The attached restaurant is popular for its menu using plenty of local ingredients. Feel free to use the facility not only for a break from driving, but also for obtaining information on local tourism.

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Kunimare Shuzo

Kunimare Shuzo is a sake brewery in Mashike Town, which prospered as a port town in the Edo period. Its representative brand is "Hokkai Onikoroshi" made by using clear and abundant water from the Shokanbetsu Mountain Range and making the most of the cool climate. The mellow flavor unique to sake spreads in the mouth. Visitors can have a tour of the brewery and taste 16 kinds of sake for free at the tasting room. The brewery has a sake shop that sells all of this brewery's sake and also sells popular sweets and snacks using sake lees and limited local sake that is only available here.

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Sunagawa Sweet Road

Sunagawa has prospered as an important point for traffic since olden days, and its confections that used to relieve the fatigue of coalminers who worked at nearby collieries have been loved by many people. The area along Route 12 that runs north-south through the city may be little known, but is a hotspot for sweets. There are 19 shops, including Western- and Japanese confection stores, bakeries and gelato shops. Various sweets using Hokkaido’s local ingredients can be enjoyed in these shops, including a long-established shop that has been in business for more than 100 years, a shop known nationwide and a fashionable café. It is also recommended to takeout some sweets and enjoy them while seeing a superb view.

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Takikawa Sky Park (flying a glider)

This is Japan’s first full-fledged aviation park, which is an airport that can also be enjoyed as a park. The extensive 50-ha park, which has a walking trail, a museum that displays gliders that are currently in use and a café, is popular among families who want to see glider flights while playing in the park. Visitors can also experience flying a glider, and enjoy overlooking the extensive land of Hokkaido from 500 meters high in the air. Feel free to contact the park in the flight season between mid-April and mid-November, as it operates almost every day (except for some Wednesdays) during the season.

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Daisetsuzan Asahidake Ropeway (nature observation trekking / Sugatami-no-ike Pond)

Mt. Asahidake, which is the highest peak of the Daisetsu Mountain Range that is located almost at the center of Hokkaido and is known as the "Roof of Hokkaido", is a beautiful mountain that has been selected as one of Japan’s 100 most famous mountains. Visitors can go up to 1,600 m above sea level on a ropeway, while enjoying a “walk in the air” overlooking magnificent scenery. The trekking course starting from the Sugatami terminal station is also popular. The Sugatami-no-ike pond tour course is an easy course even for beginners. Pretty alpine plants and wild animals, such as Siberian chipmunks, can be observed from the course, and the exquisite view of Asahidake reflected upside down on the surface of the pond is a must-see.

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Asahiyama Zoo

Asahiyama Zoo is popular for its “behavioral exhibition” that shows the lively behavior of animals. Animals, such as penguins swimming as if they are flying in the sky, polar bears that make dynamic leaps into the pool and orangutans walking in the air (swinging and crossing a towering rope bridge over visitors’ heads), are exhibited in a near-natural state to allow visitors to see their natural behavior. As “mogumogu time,” when visitors can watch animals eat up close while listening to the guidance by a zoo attendant, is another feature that should not be missed, visitors are advised to check the timetable in advance.

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The Rolling Soya Hills

The Rolling Soya Hills is designated as a Hokkaido Heritage. On the hills is the Cape Soya Wind Farm, which is one of Japan’s largest wind power plants making the most of strong winds. On fine days, the hills also have a view of Mt. Rishiri in the distance. The "White Road", which is a part of the Soya Hillside course of the Wakkanai Footpath, is a scenic point with a 3-km road paved with scallop shells stretching toward the sea. It is an exquisite location where a beautiful contrast of the white road, blue sky and green hills and a 360-degree panoramic view can be enjoyed.

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Yubari Rokumeikan

This sumptuous historical building is reminiscent of the glorious days of Yubari as a coal mining town. It is an authentic Japanese-style structure built by combining technologies of those days, but it has a combination of Japanese- and Western-style rooms. The large windows of the building command seasonal views. Highly artistic interior decorations and historical furniture are a must-see. It is also known as a place where Emperor Showa and the Empress stayed. It was designated as a tangible cultural asset by the national government in 2011.

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Kobushi Toen (Kobushi Kiln)

Iwamizawa City is a little more than a 1 hour-drive from downtown Sapporo. This oldest pottery maker in Hokkaido is making colorful vessels that reflect the lives of locals. The makers are particular about creating works based on the local culture, and many fans love the vessels that color the table. At the studio in the facility, visitors can watch the production process using pottery wheels and the kiln, do their shopping and have hands-on experience of pottery making by making a prior reservation. You can choose from hand-turning a potter’s wheel or painting. Why not make a one and only vessel in the world?

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Roadside Station Obira Nishin-Banya

The roadside station in Obira Town consists of three facilities - the "Obira Tourism Exchange Center" where visitors can buy local specialties and learn about the town’s history and culture, the "Shokuzai Kyokyu Shisetsu" (food supply facility) restaurant where delicacies from the Sea of Japan can be enjoyed and the "former Hanada Family Fishermen’s Lodge", which is an important national cultural asset. The restaurant serves fresh food, and the 120-year-old historical building is open to the public to allow visitors to experience the history of Obira that prospered with herring fishing. The wellhole-style hall with walls covered with colorful banners that were actually used by fishermen is also a highlight of the facility.

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Sunazawa Bikky Museum (Eco Museum Osashima Center Bikky Atelier 3 More)

The central attraction of this museum is the studio/residence of world-famous modern sculptor Bikky Sunazawa, who moved to the Osashima area of Otoineppu Village in 1978 and produced many works while living here for more than ten years until his death. Of 1,000 works he produced in his lifetime based on his identity as Ainu, 200 are exhibited in the museum. Visitors can see sculptures created through his deep dialogue with wood, as well as tools he used.

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Kan Yasuda Sculpture Museum Arte Piazza Bibai

This is a sculpture museum exhibiting works of world-famous sculptor Kan Yasuda from Bibai City. The extensive park adjoining a forest is dotted with approximately 40 sculptures, which blends with the beautiful nature and creates a unique and diverse space. The wooden building and gymnasium of a closed elementary school are also used as facilities for exhibitions and concerts. It is a precious place where magnificent nature that changes with the seasons can be experienced with art at the same time. There is also a café where homemade sweets can be enjoyed.

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Yubari Coal Mine Museum

A facility, where you can learn about the history of Yubari City that flourished as a city of coal mines which has supported Japanese industry, was renovated in approximately two years and renewed in 2018. In addition to the material pictures, panels and the diorama exhibition which realistically expresses the mining scenery across time, the unique "simulated tunnel" which exists only in Japan is a must-see. The Old Hokutan Yubari Coal Mine Tunnel which had been actually used has been arranged for inspection, so you can touch the real coal layer with your hands. Also, "The Large-Scale Coal Exposure of Yubari 24-shaku (7.2m) Layer" where you can closely look at massive coal beds is also designated as a natural monument of Hokkaido.

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