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Spots in Obihiro / Tokachi Area

  • Family friendly Tonkatsu Restaurant Akazukin
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Kasaigunmemurochou Higashinijou 2-4
    An abundant variety of pork cutlet dishes are available at this pork cutlet restaurant, such as classic pork cutlets and “katsu don” (a rice bowl topped with a pork cutlet) of course, and three colored pork cutlets and pork cutlets with miso sauce. The restaurant is also extremely particular about issues of health such as using high oleic acid canola oil which are better for your health, Tokachi’s SPF pork and natural bread flour with no synthetic preservatives; their food is safe to be eaten by men and women of all ages. The takeout dishes are also popular such as the light snacks and bento lunch boxes.
  • Masuya Bread “Mugioto”
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Inadachou Minami8sennishi 16-43
    This bakery on an extensive 11,000 square meter site in Inadacho, Obihiro City in Hokkaido, is a wooden building surrounded by a spacious garden and a field of wheat. They sell breads and are particular about local ingredients such as using 100% Tokachi grown wheat in all their breads. There is a bakery with an open kitchen in the spacious store, and besides prepared breads such as sandwiches and hearth-baked pizzas, they also make ample amounts of crusty breads. You can eat the breads you purchase in a bright glass-sided space within the building.
  • Ramen Misuzu
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Nishinijouminami 8-20 Inside of Hirokoji
    This is a ramen shop popular for “Kodawari Misuzu”, a spicy ramen topped with plenty of soft white welsh onion from Hokkaido. The Welsh onions which are finished by pouring hot oil over them, don’t have a heavy taste, and the balance of the sweetness and acidity merges together with the exquisite soup to give a refreshing taste. You can choose from three flavors: soy sauce, miso and salt. The “roasted pork fillet Misuzu” ramen which is topped with five slices of homemade roast pork fillet of Boston butt has the perfect amount and is popular with male customers. There are counter and table seats in the store, and one can feel at ease entering whether alone or in a group.
  • Garden Cafe Raurau
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Kamikawagunshimizuchou Haobi South 10 Line in Tokachi Millennium Woods
    A cafe area inside the expansive Tokachi Millennium Forest natural garden. Here you can eat pastas and pizzas made with an abundance of fresh vegetables grown in the garden. The cheese used with the cafe's pizzas is also homemade in the garden. The cafe's blueberry tarts, overflowing with blueberries, are a limited time item only available when blueberries are in season. The cafe also sells soft serve ice cream and cheese made with goat's milk, a rarity in Japan.
  • Flower Hearts
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Bieichou West 4 Line 107 Purple Bamboo Garden
    A restaurant inside the Shichiku Garden sightseeing garden. Here you can enjoy a meal and a view of colorful garden flowers. One of the most popular sweets on the restaurant's menu is its light pink rose soft serve ice cream. The restaurant also serves a variety of other handmade baked sweets such as chiffon cake and scones. Meanwhile, the restaurant's food menu consists of delicious meals made with the abundant culinary blessings of the Tokachi area, including the cherry blossom gozen meal, flower viewing bento box lunches, and picnic baskets. A buffet-style breakfast aimed at customers with advance reservations is served from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Rokkatei Garden
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Nishinijunijouminami 2-21-9
    A cafe owned and operated by the Rokkatei confectionary company. Aiming to create an establishment which will last a century, the cafe is built with some 100 thousand Tokachi bricks. The cafe's menu includes popular Rokkatei products like Marusei Butter Sandwiches. Other sweets such as parfaits and soft serve ice cream made with seasonal ingredients are Rokkatei Garden originals. The cafe also serves light meals like fresh-baked margherita pizzas and mixed sandwiches.
  • Farm Restaurant Viz
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Nakagawagunmakubetsuchou Nisshin 13-5 within Tokachi Hills
    A restaurant located in the Tokachi Hills tourist garden in Tokachi. The restaurant's large windows provide a view of the surrounding seasonal landscape. Viz' menu consists of authentic Hungarian cuisine created by the Hungarian head chef. Viz uses fish and beef from the region and fresh Tokachi vegetables just picked from local farms. Viz also uses Mangalica pork, designated an edible national treasure by the government of Hungary. Viz primarily serves course meals which vary in content depending on the time of day.
  • Tokachi Cheese and Pizza Making Class
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Kamikawagunshimizuchou Haobi South 10 Line
    A cooking classroom located in the Tokachi Millennium Forest tourist garden in Tokachi. The classroom makes use of the knowhow cultivated in the garden's Nochiyu cheese workshop. The facility's classes consist of three parts. First, participants learn about the plants and animals living in Tokachi and about cheese making. Next, participants make real mozzarella cheese from curds. Finally, participants slice the cheese and place it on a pizza for baking before getting to try the finished product. Classes are held twice a day, but only in summer. Advance reservation required.
  • Taushubetsu Lookout
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Katougunkamishihorochou Nukabiragensenkyou
    An observatory built on the shore of Lake Nukabira. The observatory offers a sweeping view of the Taushubetsu River Bridge and the natural beauty of the lake. The Taushubetsu River Bridge is a concrete arch bridge which was built for the former Japan National Railways Shihoro Line. The line was closed with the building of the nearby dam, which formed Lake Nukabira, enveloping the bridge. Accordingly, today, the bridge is only visible in winter when water levels are low, leading it to be called a phantom bridge. There are parking spaces along the nearby National Route and a walking path leads to the observatory, making it easy to stop by and enjoy the view while on a drive.
  • Naitai Kogen Farm
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Katougunkamishihorochou Kamiotofuke 85-2
    The largest communal farm in Japan. The total area of the farm is some 1,700 hectares, the equivalent of 358 Tokyo Domes. Naitai Kogen Farm primarily raises milk cows. A dairy breeding farm, Naitai Kogen Farm looks after other owner's milk cows, artificially inseminating them and returning them just prior to calving. Deer and other wild animals also sometimes appear on the spacious grounds. There's a mountain on the farm with an observatory at the top offering a sweeping view of the area. The farm also has a rest house serving soft serve ice cream and Japanese wagyu beef hamburgers.
  • Enjin
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Nishichijouminami 10 - Ichiguki Dori First Street
    A Japanese izakaya bar offering creative smoked cuisine. The menu consists of various items smoked by the owner himself. Particularly popular are the smoked oysters and homemade sausage and bacon. There's also a daily smoked assortment consisting of five smoked dishes recommended by the owner. Depending on the season, the menu may also include deer and other wild game hunted by the owner up in the mountains. You can buy the restaurant's smoked soy sauce and smoked oysters to take home as a souvenir.
  • Okashi no Yakata no Akutsu
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Taishouhonchouhondori 3-9
    A Western confectionary shop with close ties to the local community located in Obihiro. The shop offers a variety of sweets made with ingredients from the Tokachi area. The shop's signature product is its Milk Road sponge cakes made with plenty of butter and coated bottom and top with white chocolate. Many of its products have charming names relating to the local area, such as the Ezo Violet Azalea and the Tokachi Diary cakes. The shop has no eat-in space and offers takeout sales only. The shop's soft serve ice cream, however, is a popular treat to enjoy on the go while walking about town.
  • Kaneda Berry Garden
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Green Garden
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Inadachou Higashi2sen 6
    A cafe located inside Manabe Garden, a tourist garden primarily growing imported plants. The cafe was created in collaboration with Cafe Green, a popular cafe in Obihiro. From the cafe's terrace seating area, customers can get a sweeping view of the lush garden. The restaurant's meal menu primarily consists of light meals such as pastas and sandwiches. The cafe also offers fashionable Italian sodas made with soda water and flavored syrups like raspberry. The cafe's original cappuccino soft serve ice cream is quite popular.
  • Shihoro Town Green Tourism Network
    Travel / Tourism
    Shihoro cho, Habori-gun, Hokkaido
    Shihoro Town is known for producing some of the greatest quantities of potatoes in Japan. The JA Shihoro City coop gives tourists the chance to dig up their own potatoes fresh from the farm. Potato digging is offered from mid-August to late September. A reservation is required but groups of up to 50 can be accommodated. And of course you can take home the potatoes you've pulled from the ground. The potatoes grown in Shihoro Town are primarily used for making potato chips. Here you can get a rare opportunity to get your hands dirty and harvest this common foodstuff that is a common part of our daily lives.
  • Segway Guided Tour
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Tsukuriya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Nishichijouminami 10-7 Ichuku-dori Avenue Ninth Avenue
    A restaurant serving creative Japanese cuisine located about midway along the Kita no Yatai area on Ikinuki Dori in Obihiro. The restaurant's concept is a street stall which has a comfortable atmosphere even women will find friendly and approachable. The restaurant was designed in collaboration with a woman designer and features many feminine touches. The restaurant's menu of over 50 dishes is made with local vegetables and fresh seafood from the Tokachi coast. Tsukuriya's chicken liver is particularly popular and is the restaurant's signature dish. Other dishes like the sashimi go great with a cup of sake. Tsukuriya also stocks rare sake varieties and can accommodate small group parties as well.
  • Hanamame
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Nishichijouminami 10 - 7 Ichinoku Dori First Street
    A Japanese izakaya bar in the Kita no Yatai area on Ikinuki Dori. Harnessing 25 years of chef experience, the owner of Hanamame has created a menu designed never to tire. Hanamae is famous for its miso dishes made by stewing and baking seasonal Tokachi ingredients with Tokachi miso and Kyoto white miso. You can also enjoy beef sinew stewed in miso, a local specialty from the owner's home area of Osaka; homemade shimesaba lightly pickled domestic mackerel; Tokachi beef rib roast steak; and a special dashi yakitamago omelet with which you can choose toppings such as Welsh onion, walleye pollack roe, and cheese.
  • Harukoma Bakery
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Nishijukyujouminami 5-43-11
    A bakery in Tokachi City owned and operated by the first president of the Tokachi Bread Making Society. The bakery's breads, made with 100% Hokkaido flour, are all created with the aim of conveying the simple deliciousness of wheat. The cream bread, made with plenty of homemade custard, the thrice daily-baked salt butter bread, and numerous other breads are made fresh each and every day. In the bakery's cafe space, you can enjoy hot coffee or other beverages as well as a lunch set.
  • Pitan Farm
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Kasaigunnakasatsunaimura Nakatotsuta East 6 Line 133-2
    A tourist-oriented farm located in Nakasatsunai Village. From mid-May to mid-August, visitors can enjoy picking strawberries from the farm's elevated beds and eat them on the spot or bag them to take home. The farm's strawberries are grown in a greenhouse, ensuring that you can go picking even if it's raining out. Another nice thing is that you can eat around 10 different varieties of ripe, delicious strawberries. From late October to early November, visitors can pull up daikon radishes. Visitors are also recommended to try the special strawberry ice cream made without agricultural chemicals, and the ripe strawberry ice cream made with plenty of tasty strawberry chunks. For information on farm conditions, be sure to call beforehand.

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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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