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  • Ban’ei Tokachi (Obihiro Racecourse)
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    4.0
    411 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Nishijusanjouminami 9
    This racecourse in Obihiro City, Hokkaido is the only racecourse in the world where regular ban’ei races are held. Ban’ei horse racing is a race where horses compete against each other by pulling heavy weighted iron sleds. Horses are raced along a 200 meter long track over two slopes with the jockey riding on top of the sled while controlling the power and direction of the horse. At the racecourse you can find shops, a museum about horses, and a petting zoo where you can meet some of the animals. It’s a nice place to bring the children. They also conduct tours around the stables and other areas at extra charge.

    Amazing spectacle. Very cheap to get in 100 y. Horses pulling heavy sleds on a sand track. Very unique.

  • Shichiku Garden
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Bieichou West 4 Line 107
    This garden comprised of expansive flower fields extends along Tokachiheiya’s rural area in the outskirts of Obihiro. This park was created when gardener Akiyo Shichiku was 63 years old. Shichiku, who has a long-standing love of flowers, felt that she wanted to create a landscape where the wildflowers she played in as a child would bloom. All of the plants inside the 4,950 square meters of land that includes assorted trees from Hokkaido such as Japanese white birch and magnolia as well as more than 2,500 types of flowers were planted by Shichiku, and seeing the appearance of the garden change each season is a soothing sight to behold. The park has a restaurant and a horticulture shop.

    I visit this garden during autumn, not many flowers are blooming , but I can imagine how it's gonna be look like during spring and summer. the story behind this garden is very romantic and full of...

  • Tokachi Nature Center
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    5 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Katougunotofukechou Tokachigawaonsenminami 12-1-12
    Tokachi Nature Center hosts outdoor tours that can be enjoyed in the Tokachigawa Onsen area of Otofuke Town, Kato County, Hokkaido. They offer various tours throughout the four seasons such as salmon watching and nature tours down the Tokachi River, hot air ballooning, snowmobiling, and banana boating on snow! With specialized guided support you can safely have a go at any of the activities even if it is your first time. You can hire mountain bikes too.

    冬(1月上旬まで)の週末に開催されている「ワシ観察クルーズ」に参加してきました。 天気は快晴、気温は−13度くらいでしたが、ほぼ無風でしたので、それほど寒さは気になりませんでした(スキーウエア+スノーブーツを着用)。 ただガイドさんの話だと、今シーズン一番のベストコンディションだったそうですので、少しでも風が吹いたりすると、まったく体感気温が変わってくると思います。 開始時間の15分前くらい...

  • Tokachi Millennium Forest
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    Hokkaido Kamikawagunshimizuchou Haobi South 10 Line
    This forest was made with the aim of preserving our precious nature for another thousand years. A variety of plants and animals live here and you can take a Segway to explore the fields and forest paths. On a clear day you can see everything from the Tokachi Plain to Mt. Meakandake. You can also try cheese making or horseback riding and experience all of Hokkaido’s nature.
  • Tokachi Hills
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Nakagawagunmakubetsuchou Nisshin 13-5
    Tokachi Hills is a theme park based on the agriculture and food in Makubetsu Town, Nakagawa County, Hokkaido. There are about 1,000 different types of flowers planted on a small hill, and with vegetable and fruit tree gardens dotted about you can enjoy the fresh air and nature of the whole area. In the on-site restaurant the first-class Hungarian chef offers wonderfully created food using local Tokachi ingredients. Look out over the magnificent Tokachi Plain from the window, forget about everyday life and enjoy a relaxing meal. The shop sells original goods like seasoning made with flowers from the park and agricultural produce.

    The place is beautiful though many flowers yet to bloom. Many sakura trees were still blooming. It will be better to visit in summer when flowers ready to bloom. The ice-cream have 2 flavours, milk...

  • Rokka no Mori
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    4.5
    112 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kasaigunnakasatsunaimura Tokiwa West 3 rd line 249 - 6
    Rokka no Mori is a garden run by Rokkatei, a confectionery manufacturer closely associated with Hokkaido. A wide variety of flowers—including the “Six Flowers of Tokachi” that appear on Rokkatei confectionery wrappers—bloom in the garden at different times of year, making this an extremely beautiful place to visit. With the Naoyuki Sakamoto Commemorative Hall (dedicated to the artist who created the images seen on Rokkatei confectionery wrappers), several art galleries, and a rest house (with restaurant and shop), there is plenty to see and do as you enjoy strolling round the garden. Please note that Rokka no Mori is closed during the winter months.

    Of the 7 gardens I visited in Hokkaido, this has to be the highlight. It is a beautiful garden that incorporates a lovely forest, avenues of plants, art huts, a real babbling brook and some amazing...

  • TAC Tokachi Adventure Club
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    13 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kamikawagunshintokuchou Kuttari 539-21
    This outdoor tour shop in Shintoku Town, Kamikawa County, Hokkaido, focusses mainly on rafting and canoeing. Rafting down the rapids of the Tokachi River in a rubber boat is sure to leave an impact and you can enjoy the comradery of pooling your strength with your fellow rafter to navigate the boat. Having a more laidback paddle in a canoe around the lake downstream is also popular. There are tours suitable for everyone ages five and up allowing entire families to experience the nature of the Tokachi region.

    お盆休みに家族でラフティングしました。面白い人ばかりでとても楽しかったです。 母と父は50歳代でしたが二人とも楽しくラフティングしてました。

  • Nakasatsunai Art Village
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kasaigunnakasatsunaimura Sakae East 5 Line
    Located in the Tokachi region, Nakasatsunai Art Village (which covers an area of around 145,000 square meters) is a place where you can stroll along beautiful paths, stopping off to look round art galleries or have a bite to eat. Nakasatsunai Art Village is located around 15 minutes’ drive from Tokachi-Obihiro Airport; the Village is open from late April through to mid-October.

    We stopped in for a visit to see the sculptures in the woods and the old buildings. We saw an art exhibit where we were pleased to hear a professional violinist perform. She played about 30 minutes...

  • Tokachigaoka Park
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    Hokkaido Katougunotofukechou Tokachigawaonsenkita 14
    This is a park with vast lawns, and a huge flower clock “Hanak” at the center. The clock has a diameter of 18 meters and a second hand of about 10 meters in length. The colorful red, pink and yellow flowers that surround the clock are beautiful. There is also a playground with wooden athletic equipment and is a popular park for families.
  • Kaneda Berry Garden
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    Hokkaido Kamikawagunshintokuchou Kuttari West 1 line 58
    An organic berry farm. The farm avoids the use of agricultural chemicals and chemical fertilizers if at all possible, cultivating its berries according to a proprietary method. In addition to haskap berry, standard black currant, and gooseberries, the farm also grows red currant and white currant berries. The farm's homemade jams made with just berries and beet sugar are a popular item to buy via mail order. During harvest season, you can try berry picking yourself. The picking fee depends not on how long you pick but rather by the quantity.
  • Segway Guided Tour
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    Hokkaido Kamikawagunshimizuchou Haobi South 10 Line
    Japan's first guided Segway tour conducted in Tokachi Millennium Forest overlooking the Tokachi Plain. Segways are futuristic, two-wheeled vehicles which move simply by tilting your body weight forward. Electrically powered and environmentally friendly, riding a Segway is a comfortable way to enjoy the beauty of the 400 hectare forest. There are two courses, a beginner's course sticking mainly to the grassy plain, and an intermediate course through the forest itself. The tour focuses on the landscape, the environment, and re-foresting, and participants can enjoy different scenery depending on the season. Participants must be 16 years of age or older. An advance reservation is required.
  • Kofuku Kotsu Park
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    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Koufukuchou Higashi1sen 161
    This park, located in Obihiro City, Hokkaido is the Kofuku Station on the former Hiroo Line of the National Railway. Kofuku, meaning happiness, was in 1973 popularized as a 'sacred' lovers' site. In 1987 the line was closed, and the station was reborn as the Kofuku Kotsu Park. A wooden structure, used as the waiting room for the station, remains as a symbol of Kofuku Station. Its ceiling and walls are covered with pieces of paper memorializing past visitors. These are tickets, business cards or photos of visitors from all over. Located on the path between the platform and depot is a bell, popular with tourists, that is said to bring happiness for all who ring it.
  • Obihiro Zoo
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    4.0
    86 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Midorigaoka 2
    This is Hokkaido's second ever zoo, located inside Obihiro City's Midori ga Oka Park. It (all 70 kinds of animals) includes Japan's first cold-resistant tropical animal rearing program, with Hokkaido's only elephant. There are also rides like a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round, as well as regular events like Zoo Keeper for a Day, to keep animal lovers coming back for more!

    Went with 2 children. Wasn't expecting much. The zoo is small and located next to various parks and small museums. The parts we enjoyed the most was the aviary that had small birds flying freely...

  • Shikaribetsu Lake Nature Center
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    Hokkaido Katougunshikaoichou Shikoku lakeside
    Leisure center in Shikaoi-cho, Katou County, Hokkaido. Experience various leisure activities in summer and winter in the center of Shikaribetsu Lake. Summer offers canoeing, sea kayaking and forest nature walks. Winter brings you snowmobiles, cross-country skiing and more. Enjoy various activities in nature with guides.
  • Hokkaido Tokachi Ecology Park
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    Hokkaido Katougunotofukechou Tokachigawaonsenminami 18-1
    A park in Otofuke, Kato, Hokkaido. The large grounds cover parts of Otofuke, Ikeda, and Makubetsu and include a water playground, playfields, a large trampoline Bouncy Dome, and plenty of other natural play areas. Camp grounds are also available, as are bicycle rentals, making this the perfect place to spend your free time.
  • Sahoro Resort Ski Area
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    79 Reviews
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    Hakuba-gun, Shintoku-gun, Hokkaido Hakubatsu Kogen
    A ski resort located in Shintoku Town Kamikawa County Hokkaido. Here you can enjoy skiing amidst a beautiful landscape while enjoying the scenery of the Tokachi Plain area. The resort is characterized by its low water content down snow which differs from the snow of areas with heavier snowfalls. In January and February skiers can catch sight of diamond dust and sun pillar (light pillar) phenomena. The resort's courses range from beginner to advanced and equipment can be rented at the rental shop.

    We had the best family holiday The facilities were great the rooms were well presented, the restaurant was spacious and well set up The food was great All the staff were very friendly and...

  • Ashoro Museum of Paleontology
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    19 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Ashorogunashorochou Kounan 1-29-25
    Situated along National Route 241 in Konan, Ashoro Town, Ashoro County, Hokkaido Prefecture. This museum collects and studies paleontological materials with a focus on the fossils of marine mammals excavated in Ashoro. Exploring the plant and animal life of Ashoro as well as tracing the history of the planet, exhibits include the skeletons of a variety of whales as well as examples of the extinct, mysterious Desmostylus. The museum also offers curator guided tours and activities like a miniature dig and replica making.

    A teaching museum featuring the Desmostylia fossils found in the area and expanding to a full skeletons of marine whale species, replicas of human skeletons, this museum is perfectly designed to...

  • Urahoro Forest Park
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    Hokkaido Tokachigunurahorochou Higashiyamachou 22
    This park in Higashiyama-cho, Urahoro Town, Tokachi County is equipped with a wide range of facilities. The Furusato-no-Minorikan features a barbeque house, a terrace, a multipurpose hall, and more. Other facilities include campsites, bungalows, a massive 15,000 square-meter grassy open space, a park golf course, and an observatory.
  • MY STABLE
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    Hokkaido Katougunshikaoichou Sasagawa Kita7sen 11-3
    This equestrian facility is located along Nissho Pass (National Route 274) in Sasagawa, Shikaoi Town, Kato County. In addition to horseback riding lessons and introductory trekking experiences, the stable also offers trekking along a range of courses such as a riverside course, a mountain forest course, and a one-day course (reservation required). Several endurance rides, events in which riders on horseback compete to set the best time covering a long distance, are held in Shikaoi Town each year. The stable provides support for participants in these events.
  • Tokachi Makiba no Ie
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    17 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Nakagawa-gun Ikedacho Kiyomi 144
    This nature experience facility has restaurants and cottages on its vast premises. The observation deck offers an unhindered view of Ikeda Town, and visitors can also see a variety of plants and animals in the pure natural surroundings of the forest. The sheepdog show and barbecue lunch are also very popular.

    コテージは結構年季が入っています。豪華ホテルとは違うのでそこはよしとしましょう。トイレやバスは清潔でしたし。 ここは、広々とした敷地で愛犬を思う存分走らせてあげられます。周りには何もなく本当に静かです。 そして、部屋の横にある東屋で頂いたバーベキューはとってもおいしかったです! 北海道の海の幸、山の幸がふんだんで予想以上の豪華さとボリュームでした。 ぜひまた行きたいです。

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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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