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Rest Spot Spots in Hokkaido Area

  • Roadside Station Utoro/Shirietoku
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    Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido Utoro west 186-8
    This Shiretoko roadside rest area in Northern Hokkaido, situated on Route 334, is the gateway to the world heritage site of Shiretoko and is a great stepping stone for sightseeing into Shiretoko. Inside you can find shops selling food and products direct from Utoro fishing port, shops selling locally made products, and a restaurant where you can get great tasting seafood rice bowls. There is also a tourist information center where you can get more info and arrange sightseeing trips in Shiretoko, boat trips and accommodation.
  • Roadside Station Shiretoko Rausu
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Menashigunrausuchou Honchou 361-1
    Directly in front of Shiretoko Rausu Rest Area is Nemuro Strait, and behind is Mt. Rausu, one of Japan’s top 100 mountains. The rest area is the closest rest area to Kunashiri Island of the Northern Territories and is so close you can see the island’s trees on a clear day. The rest house is located at the entrance to the Shiretoko-Odan Road on the Rausu side, on Route 335. It’s close to one of the best whale and bird watching points in Japan and from here you can check departure and latest information on the bulletin boards at the tourist information office. There are places to eat where you can try some fish from Rausu and of course you can purchase different kinds of sea related products too.
  • Roadside Station Ryuhyo-Kaido Abashiri
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    3.5
    216 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Abashirishi Minamisanjouhigashi 4-chome
    The Roadside Station Ryuhyo Kaido Abashiri, situated on the Abashiri Port Line Road and located at the mouth of Abashiri River, is a good spot for sightseeing with views over the Sea of Okhotsk and Shiretoko. Here you can get tourist information and buy local farm produce and processed goods. The drift ice sightseeing & icebreaker ship Aurora, which runs from the latter half of January through to the end of March every year, departs from a dock on the Abashiri River in front of the Road Station. It’s worth checking their departure times before you travel.

    The rest stop along the pier is a nice stop to find a wide selection of locally produced items from Abashiri. The staff are helpful and some speak very good English, making it easy to understand...

  • Roadside Station Hot Haboro
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Tomamaegunhaborochou Kitasanjou 1
    A roadside station built around the midway point of National Route 231, nicknamed the Ororon Line. The station is notable for its white building modeled after a luxury cruise ship. The upper floors of the building are a hotel area offering lodging. Non-guests are also free to use the hotel's hot spring bath facility, restaurant, and lobby. The facility's shops sell products made with northern shrimp and wakame seaweed, local specialty products. The station is adjoined by a garden featuring rare northern roses as well as the Hokkaido Seabird Center, ensuring there's plenty of sightseeing for visitors here as well.
  • Salmon Park Chitose
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Hanazono 2-4-2
    A roadside station standing along National Route 337 connecting the cities of Chitose and Otaru. The Chitose River flows through the grounds and when in season you can see salmon swimming upstream here. The rest area has a large children's space and many families with children stop by here. The Chitose Aquarium, one of the largest freshwater fish aquariums in Japan, adjoins the station, and here you can see salmon as well as freshwater fish from around the world. A fish wheel on the river is used to catch salmon and you can observe the salmon fishing process.
  • Roadside Station Assabu
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    18 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Hiyamagunassabuchou Midorimachi 72-1
    A roadside station built with asunaro cypress located in Assabu Town. The station sells May Queen potatoes, a variety which became a local specialty product in Assabu in 1925, as well as asparagus, corn, and other fresh vegetables; black soybean tea; potato shochu, and other foods and drinks. Live music performances and other events are held in the spacious rest area and you can also buy a popular soft serve ice cream here as well as drinks and snacks, croquettes, and other tasty treats made with May Queen potatoes.

    江差と函館とを繋ぐ国道上にある道の駅で、付近にあまり休憩に適したスポットがないこともあってか、私は平日の夕刻の訪問でしたが、結構混雑していました。 ここは物産を売る販売ブースが広い一方で、休憩に適した屋内ブースは売店の前にテレビと数組のテーブルと椅子が設置された箇所しかなく、私の訪問時も、皆さん相席で窮屈そうに過ごされていました。物産品の選択肢は多くて、厚沢部町名物のメークインやその関連商品など...

  • Roadside Station Kaminokuni Monju
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hiyamagunkaminokunichou Harauta 3
    A roadside station in Kaminokuni Town offering a sweeping view of the Sea of Japan. The beautiful view was awarded gold in HokkaidoWalker's picturesque scenery category. Black silica is a natural ore produced only in Kaminokuni Town which releases far infrared rays and negative ions, providing a warming effect on the body, and here at Roadside Station Kaminokuni Monju you can purchase health goods using this ore as well as its processed form, cera silica, such as cera silica bath pebbles and necklaces. You can also buy marine products like arabesque greenling and rock nori, farm products like cloud ear and shiitake mushrooms, fruit pork, and more. In the station's restaurant, you can enjoy Godzilla shrimp seafood rice bowls stuffed with seafood and other delicious meals while looking out over the sea.

    You can see beautiful view such as sea and sunset because this is built near the sea. At a restaurant, you can eat Japanese food such as Tempura, Sashimi and so on. In addition, you can go to the...

  • Roadside Station Shikabe Geyser Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Kayabegunshikabechou Shikabe 18-1
    A roadside station located in Shikabe Town with a geyser on its grounds. Discovered in 1924, the geyser blows every 12 minutes or so; the roadside station also has a footbath filled with waters from the hot spring that fuels the geyser. In the local specialty products shop, you can buy marine products like Shikabe cod roe, fresh seafood, and local vegetables. There's an adjoining facility offering hot spring-steamed and barbecued food. Women from the Shikabe Fishery Cooperative serve seafood dishes in the Hama no Kasan Shokudo restaurant and also hold short classes on how to make local meals.
  • Roadside Station Shiriuchi
    Travel / Tourism
    Ueno-cho, Ueno-gun, Hokkaido 48-13 Yunosato
    A roadside station located in Shiriuchi Town where a Paleolithic grave site, the oldest in Japan, was discovered. The site is now a National Important Cultural Property. In the local specialty products shop, you can buy garlic chives, tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, and other vegetables grown in Shiriuchi Town, as well as marine products like cuttlefish salted and dried overnight. Shiriuchi Town is also the birthplace of the famous enka folk singer Saburo Kitajima and you can find merchandise featuring the artists here as well. Staff in the tourist information center inside the shop can provide you with information about the town and give you tourism pamphlets.
  • Road Station Space Apple Yoichi
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Yoichigunyoichichou Kurokawachou 6-4-1
    A roadside station in Yoichi Town where you can experience the wonders of space. The Yoichi Space Museum Space Dome is located on the grounds of the station. The museum presents the achievements of Japan's first astronaut, Mamoru Mohri. In the dome theater, you can see videos taken by NASA. There's also a digital planetarium and museum shop selling over 10 varieties of space food. You can also find gelato and other foods made with apples, a local specialty product.
  • Roadside Station Swan 44 Nemuro
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Nemuroshi Rakuyou 1
    A roadside station notable for its wall-to-wall glass windows located in Nemuro City. You can enjoy a sweeping view of the natural beauty of Lake Furen and Shunkunitai while eating blue king crab ramen, minced Pacific saury over rice, or other local Nemuro seafood specialties in the station's restaurant. Depending on the season, you can watch wild birds such as Japanese cranes and whooper swans. Binoculars can be borrowed for free in the information corner. In the local specialty products shop, there's a fresh fish area where you can buy fresh seafood.

    毎月第4の土曜日に限定スイーツ発売して20セットしかないためすぐ完売!毎月チーズケーキやらガトーショコラなどホールサイズで800円〜1000円 毎月ワクワクしなが買いに行ってます

  • "Roadside Station Biei ""Okanokura"""
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    3.5
    143 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Kamikawagumbieichou Motomachi 1-9-21
    A roadside station housed inside a remodeled storehouse built of local soft stone in Biei Town. Inside, the extensive use of Biei Japanese larch wood gives the station a warm, inviting atmosphere. Here you can buy cider modeled after Biei's famous Blue Pond; local specialty products like Biei milk, pork, and flour; and wood and ceramic pieces by local artists. Events such as solo and photo exhibitions featuring artists connected to Biei are periodically held in the station's event space.

    didn't see too much here...just a wayside stop and a place where folks sold some natural produce. there was a nice apple crepe shop next to it.

  • Otaru Port Marina (Marine Wave Otaru Co., Ltd.)
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Otarushi Chikkou 5-7
    Located at Otaru Port in Otaru City, Hokkaido, this year-round marina provides city residents and tourists alike with a relaxed experience of the sea. There are rental boats and yachts available for people to enjoy at their leisure. The shop sells general goods, oil for outboard motors, and original wear. There is also a cafe where you can enjoy coffee and cakes while taking in a view of the marina. Their hour long Madoiwa Cruise goes along the coast taking in the scenery of spots like Madoiwa and Blue Cave.
  • Roadside Station Asahikawa
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Asahikawashi Kagurayonjou 6-1-12
    Located about five minutes from Asahikawa Station by car, this is Hokkaido's 66th roadside station. Located in Asahikawa City, where four main national highways pass through and that is a center for tourism in the prefecture, this roadside station has very convenient access along National Route 237. Inside the facility, you can find a large exhibition hall where several kinds of events can be held, rental classrooms for training and meetings, a shop, a food court and tourist information. The shop has a rich selection of specialty products from northern Hokkaido. Freshly picked local vegetables are also available for sale. You can get a taste the local dish Asahikawa Ramen in the food court, and freshly baked bread at the bakery and cafe.
  • Roadside Station Nakasatsunai
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    4.0
    101 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Kasaigunnakasatsunaimura Odoriminami 7
    This roadside station is located at the junction of National Route 236 and the Shimizu-Taiki line of the Hokkaido Prefectural Route at the entrance to Minami Tokachi Kanko. The country plaza adjacent to a parking lot has an information facility introducing agriculture and attractions of Nakasatsunai, and restaurants with menus using fresh local ingredients. In addition, there are also facilities such as a takeout corner with fresh local vegetables, processed goods and curry, and a Pioneer Memorial with exhibitions of old clothing and toys. As an attached facility, you can also enjoy learning at the Beans Museum built on the relocated and restored former Potato Foundation Seed Farm.

    For a roadside rest area this place is pretty nice. There are a couple of stalls selling chicken shish kebobs (yakitori) and chicken nuggets (zangi) which are pretty tasty. There are also 2...

  • Roadside Station 230 Rusutsu
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    Hokkaido Abutagunrusutsumura Rusutsu 127-191
    This roadside station is located along National Route 230 that runs through Rusutsu-mura. It is placed in a scenic area where you can view Yoteizan, nicknamed Ezo Fuji, from within the facility. The restaurants there have menus that use local ingredients. In addition, at the direct sales store for agricultural, forestry and fishery products, they cheaply offer fresh vegetables harvested in the village as well as processed foods. Rusutsu-mura is known as the setting for the nursery rhyme Akai Kutsu (Red Shoes), and Akai Kutsu Furusato park is located right next to the roadside station 230 Rusutsu. In the park, besides a bathroom corner with a triangular roof where the melody of the children's song Akai Kutsu is played, there is also a bust of the famous pioneer of shiatsu (finger pressure) massage Tokujiro Namikoshi, where many people take commemorative photos.
  • Roadside Station Mashu Onsen
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    123 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Yunoshima 3-5-5
    This roadside station is located along National Route 241 in Yunoshima in Teshikaga-cho. It provides information about attractions in Teshikaga-cho, lodging, hot springs and transportation. There are also two computers that you can freely use. In addition, there is a gallery, pamphlet corner and rest corner, making it a place where tourists can relax. In the special product sales corner for Teshikaga, there are products rooted in the local community such as sweets made locally and works by local artists. There is also a simple alkaline foot bath on the premises, giving you a place to heal the wear from your travels.

    Clean and effificient and the same as all the other roadside service areas. Good coffee available plus usual souvenirs.

  • Niseko View Plaza
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Abuta-gun Niseko Machi Motomachi 77-10
    This rest area is in Niseko Town, Abuta County. The Information Plaza sells works by local artists and craftspeople, as well as local specialties, the Toilet Hall has a view of the splendid Mt. Yotei and the Free Space Hall sells local food ingredients. It's very popular with those in search souvenirs, as well as a break from driving.
  • Roadside Station Yubari Meroad
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    3.0
    72 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Yubarishi Momijiyama 526-19
    This rest area is connected to JR Shin-Yubari Station, along National Route 274 in Yubari. They offer the famous Yubari Melons, as well as farm-fresh foods from direct sales areas, and their take-out area has Yubari sweets to try. The Yubari Melon Baum Kuchen, made in limited batches each day, are a big hit.

    We decided to stop over at this roadside station on our way to Sapporo from Obihiro. Upon arrival, we were surprised to find that it was closed (given the GPS location) and soon realised the actual...

  • Roadside Station Minami Furano
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    63 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sorachigunminamifuranochou Ikutora 687-1
    This michi-no-eki roadside station is on National Route 38 in Minami Furano Town, Sorachi County, Hokkaido. There's a massive fish pool with live Sakhalin taimen and white spotted char from the nearby Sorachi River, and the Butter Potatoes made with local Minami Furano potatoes are a hit. Canoes are also quite popular with locals, so the building itself was designed to resemble one.

    割と規模の大きい道の駅 地元産商品の販売ラインナップも充実していました。 プリンが美味しそう〜。でした 入り口近くに、、 幻の魚 イトウを飼っておられます。

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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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