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  • Nakasatsunai Art Village
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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.

    。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。 I love to visit Museum of Masami Mano. His technique is quite unique that he use watercolour paint with very precise outline which done by masking sheet. I was...

  • Obihiro-jinja Shrine
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    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Higashisanjouminami 2-1
    Founded in 1910, this shrine in Obihiro City, Hokkaido is dedicated to three gods of land reclamation. All of them are associated with national land, and because the shrine faces National Route 38, they are also honored for disaster prevention and traffic safety. A traditional dondo-yaki event is held on January 15th every year where participants burn New Year's pine decorations and sacred shrine ropes; these days, they also immolate votive plaques, talismans, and household altars. In February the shrine holds an event marking Setsubun, the holiday at the end of winter. They also conduct an exorcism of bad luck called yakubarai.

    With not much to do apart from the racing area, this is a nice little shrine thats easy to find in Obihiro. Easy to walk around and friendly staff. There early (around 10:00am) not many people...

  • Obihiro Centennial City Museum
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    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Midorigaoka 2
    An institute of lifelong learning in Obihiro City, Hokkaido. The museum has permanents exhibitions on the culture, history and nature of the Tokachi. Also visit the Riuka Information Center where you can learn more about the history and culture of the Ainu people. There is also a Reserve Cultural Property Center where you can view excavated ruins and relics. The museum is a great location to learn more about Tokachi and Obihiro.

    「十勝開拓日記 —史料が語る近代—」を見に行きました。入場無料。十勝の歴史がよく分かります。周囲はボケモンゴー人多数出没。但し、館内展示エリアに侵入してくることはありません。

  • Ashoro Museum of Paleontology
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    22 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...

  • Kita no Daichi Museum
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    Hokkaido Kasai-gun Nakasatsunaimura Sakae Higashi 5-sen
    "This museum is inside Nakasatsunai Art Village, an art forest that boasts of around 145,000 square meters of space. The atmospheric wooden building displays items submitted for the "" The 20 years Self-portrait competition. The 20 years Self-portrait competition is focused on self-portraits of young artists at the age of 20. It is open to professionals and amateurs from all over Japan, and these displays allow visitors to appreciate these intimate portraits of Japanese artists. There are also exhibits of pieces by the late Nakasatsunai native print artist Yoshinori Sato."
  • Aihara Kyuichiro Art Museum
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    Hokkaido Kasai-gun Nakasatsunaimura Sakae Higashi 5-sen
    "This museum sits in a corner of the Nakasatsunai Art Village, surrounded in spreading Japanese oak forest. The 145,000 square meters of space in the village hosts museums and restaurants, and this particular museum exhibits work by Kawagoe city, Saitama prefecture native painter Kyuichiro Aihara. These exhibits allow a view of the world as seen from the painter's perspective. Famous for the poetry flowing through the Hokkaido landscapes, his representative works ""Ten Famous Mountains of the North"" are always on display."
  • Fukuhara Memorial Museum
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    Hokkaido Kato-gun Shikaoi Cho Izumimachi 1-21
    This museum is located about an hour's drive from Obihiro Airport. It was founded in 2007 by Jihei Fukuhara, founder of Tokachi and Kushiro area supermarket group Fukuhara, Inc., because he wanted a way to exhibit the collection he'd accumulated over long years. The building has five display halls of varying size, and the exhibition of 150 pieces of fine art includes western style paintings by artist Itsuki Saito and traditional Japanese works by Noriko Fujii. The 13,200 square meter grounds are covered in beautifully manicured lawn, and offer an enthralling view of the changing seasonal scenery. The Japanese yew trees dotting the grounds including some registered ancient examples that are said to be 1,000 years old.

    平日の12時ごろランチを食べに行きました。 1.メイン(和風、デミグラスハンバーグ、パスタ5種?、デミグラスオムライス、カレーライス2種類?など) 2.ミニデザート(ケーキ、アイスの小さい盛り合わせ) 3.選べるドリンク(コーヒー、紅茶、ソフトドリンク、ハーブティーなど)がついて、税込1000円で大満足でした! 飲み物はメニューに載っているドリンクの全てから選んで良いそうです。約20種類ぐらい?私...

  • Kanda Nissho Memorial Museum of Art
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    Hokkaido Kato-gun Shikaoi Cho Higashimachi 3-2
    "This art museum is about a 30-minute drive from the Tokachi-Shimizu Interchange off the Doto Expressway. It was founded to honor the work of Nissho Kanda, who described himself as ""Farmer, and artist,"" and to serve as a base and promoter of Shikaoi's artistic culture. Nissho's work itself is marked by his use of painting knives to paint on plywood. Exhibits include many pieces that pursue a sense presence of the subjects, or that create the impression of following the observer. The museum also offers materials for those wishing to study Kanda's work, and they allow drawing and observation of representative works like his ""Indoor Landscape"" and the unfinished piece ""Horse""."

    鹿追町にある馬がシンボルマークの美術館。車で数分の福原記念美術館との共通入館券600円がお得。連休中日に訪問。神田日勝×吉田傑ダンボール・アート「飛び出す!半身の馬」は子供連れや観光客で大いに混んでいました。「馬(絶筆)」は必見。常日頃某局を見ないため、朝ドラのモデルになった作家所縁の美術館であるとは露知らず。

  • Kamishihoro Town Railway Museum
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    Hokkaido Kato-gun Kamishihorocho Nukabira Gensen Go
    This cultural facility exhibits materials related to the former National Railway Shihoro line, which was decommissioned in 1987. The museum is located in the remains of the former Nukabira Station, and displays rails and trains actually used on the line. Inside the building, you can watch a film taken from the driver's seat back when the line was in use, showing the run from Obihiro Station to Nukabira Station. There are exhibits of rail maps, explanations of the history of the Shihoro line, pictures of construction, and track maintenance tools as well, all recreating that time in Shihoro's history. The authentic enamel station name signs and nostalgic timetables are hugely popular with rail fans.

    The entry fee is super low. Its nice to drop by. Very nostalgic inside. Made me think of the glorious days of this area in the past. Now the town has a very low population which is kind of sad...

  • Sugar beets Museum
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    Hokkaido Obihiro-shi Inadacho Minami 8 Nishi 14
    This museum is located approximately a 10-minute drive from JR Obihiro Station. It was built in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Nippon Beet Sugar Manufacturing Co., Ltd. The factory has exhibits and explanations of materials and processes related to the cultivation and manufacture of sugar and its raw material, sugar beet. The first exhibition room contains reproduction models of the old Obihiro Sugar Plant and other artifacts from the time of its construction. The second exhibition room contains exhibits that display the history of the technology and actual farm equipment that was historically used. And in the third exhibition room, the history of the sugar industry as a whole is displayed in three dimensions with panels and models. There are also videos that show the cultivation of sugar beet and the manufacturing process of sugar.

    ビートから砂糖ができるまでと、日本における製糖の歴史を学べます。本来館長?のおじさんが丁寧に案内してくれるようですが、この日は先客がいて自分で見て回りました。

  • Uemura Naomi Memorial Museum Hyosetsu no Ie
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    Hokkaido Obihiro-shi Midorigaoka 2 Obihiro Dobutsuen Nai
    This museum is located approximately a two-minute walk from the Dobutsuen-mae bus stop, or five minutes from Midorigaoka 6-Chome. It is a memorial museum located in Obihiro Zoo, inside Midorigaoka Park, and visitors to the museum can also use their entrance fee to enter the zoo. The building itself is styled like a Kamakura residential igloo, and the adventures and achievements of Naomi Uemura, a mountaineer who disappeared while climbing Mt. McKinley are displayed here. There are also exhibits of his writings and possessions, as well as public displays of models.
  • Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art
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    Hokkaido Obihiro-shi Midorigaoka 2-banchi Midorigaoka Park
    This museum is located approximately a two-minute walk from the Midorigaoka 6-Chome bus stop, or a ten-minute drive from Obihiro Station. Characteristic of the museum is the modern style of the building, which was opened in 1991, and its location in the center of Midorigaoka Park, which covers a vast area of ground. It mainly contains paintings by artists who are closely related to Eastern Hokkaido, and the contents of the exhibits are changed every two to three months. Also of note are the various projects and events, such as seminars and talks where visitors can appreciate the various exhibitions with tours provided by the museum's curators.

    A bronze statue titled Victory (1923) by a French artist Emile-Antoine Bourdelle in front of the building welcomes you at this Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art. It’s one of the six Hokkaido...

  • Tokachi-gawa Downriver Disaster Prevention Facility (Tokachi-gawa Museum)
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    Hokkaido Nakagawa-gun Ikedacho Odori Minami 1
    This facility is located approximately a 10-minute walk from Ikeda Station, or a 20-minute drive from Aoyama Interchange. The museum is open only on weekdays, and contains exhibits about rivers and dams. There are currently no guides for the museum, however visitors can freely examine the exhibits. Reservations are required at least one week in advance for group visits. A major feature of the Tokachi River Experience Panorama on the first floor, is that visitors can press a button to view a simulation of the effects of the weir collapsing due to heavy rain. Another attractive aspect of the museum is the 3D theater on the second floor, as well as many exhibits that are easy to understand just by looking at them. There is also a fish tank which contains the different types of fish that live in Tokachi River.
  • Churui Naumann Elephant Museum
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    Hokkaido Nakagawa-gun Makubetsucho Churui Shiroganemachi 383-1
    This memorial museum is located in the center of Naumann Park, approximately a five-minute drive from Churui Interchange, or a 15-minute drive from Sarabetsu Interchange. It was built to commemorate the 1969 excavation of the first Naumann elephant, the complete fossilized remains of which were discovered when one of its molar teeth was found by coincidence. Inside the museum grounds, a model of the restored skeleton and a parent & child model are on display, in addition to other artifacts and remnants of the excavation. Even more impressively, the building itself is made to resemble a Naumann elephant, and extending 100 meters from the car park to the entrance, is a length of copper plate that depicts the history of evolution up to the birth of the modern human.
  • Tokachi Gokoku Shrine
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    Hokkaido Obihiro-shi Higashi 4 Jominami 2-chome 1-ban
  • Fushiko Shrine
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    Hokkaido Obihiro-shi Nishi 21 Jokita 1-chome 1-ban 1-go
  • Koya Shrine
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    Hokkaido Obihiro-shi Hironocho Nishi 3-sen 150-ban
  • Paragliding Tokachi
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    Under Hokkaido Kato-gun Otofuke Engineering hood 57
  • North Farming Nitta
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    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Hironochou 210
  • Itadakimasu Company
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    Obihiro, Hokkaido west 12 Jonan 29-chome, 2-5

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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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