* Hokkaido Travel Tips的部落格

*Hokkaido Travel Tips’ Blog
We compile information on “0 yen tourist spots” and “must-see paid spots with extra benefits” and then keep them in our blog as archives for your convenience. We also introduce the food of Hokkaido and interesting souvenirs to take home.



東明車站舊址 / Old Toumei Station


Old Toumei Station (Bibai City) is located on the Bibai Railway Line which was discontinued in 1972. An old steam locomotive is preserved and exhibited there, as well as the old station buildings. This place is also known as a spot in Bibai which is a good walking or cycling course to take in nature and old town in the modern city. Historically, the Toumei area was hugely prosperous via its coal mines which were established in 1945 at he end of the Pacific War. The population rapidly increased at that time, and in 1948 Toumei Station was opened.

咩咩樂園 / Meh Meh Land


Meh Meh Land (Chippubetsu Town) is a tourism and study facility which focuses on sheep. Meh meh is Japanese onomatopoeia of a sheep's voice. Chippubetsu Town used to have a thriving sheep industry, producing wool for clothing, and mutton or lamb to eat. They have several different specimens of a number of species of sheep, which they exhibit for free. They hold workshops in which visitors can make crafts using wool, which does have an admission fee. This activity is always on offer at the center. Furthermore, they preserve the Japanese crayfish, which is in danger of extinction. They exhibit them at an artificial outdoor water path.

秩父別玫瑰花園 / Rose Garden Chippubetsu


Rose Garden Chippubetsu (Chippubetsu Town) is a green park dedicated to plants and flowers, focusing on roses in particular. As it is located on a hill, it allows visitors to enjoy the town's rural, panoramic landscape. There are three thousand colorful roses from three hundred different species. There are also facilities for visitors - Rose Castle houses a cafe and a shop which sells souvenirs made from roses, and Welcome is an eating house which offers a menu using Chippubetsu's local specialties and snacks. In the garden, some heart-shaped objects are installed, giving the feeling of romance.

向日葵之里 / Sunflower Village


Sunflower Village (Hokuryu Town) has 1.5 million sunflowers in the field, made up of several different species. They bloom from the end of July to the middle of August; at which time the field turns completely yellow. It's popular for visitors to take photos while standing in this yellow field. They don't charge for admission or car parking, but there are paid activities such as a maze made in the sunflower field, a carriage pulled by tractor, and rental bicycles. Hokuryu Town is recognized as the town of the sunflower as the town's streetlights' design incorporates the sunflower as its motif. They also produce different goods using sunflowers and their seeds.

三笠地質公園 / Mikasa Geopark


Mikasa Geopark (Mikasa City) is one of 39 sites designated as Geoparks in Japan. Geo refers to the earth. Mikasa City is known as a place where a lot of ammonite fossils have been discovered, and as a place where coal mines once flourished. Visitors can enjoy both ancient and modern artifacts, as if they were time travelers from one million years in the future. There are six areas of interest in the city for tourists. The highlights are closed coal mines and their town, which used to be a hive of activity and geologic stratum or fossils which are proof of the city having once been underwater.

北海道大學綜合博物館 / Hokkaido University Museum


Hokkaido University Museum (Sapporo City Kita-ku) opened on July 26, 2016, after being renovated . In the university, there are twelve schools. Around four million specimens and materials in total are stored there; having been collected, studied and preserved over the 130 years since the university was established. Their academic and scientific worth is beyond measure. Some specimens, materials, results of study of the latest study developments are are also exhibited. There is a special room dedicated to Akira Suzuki, an emeritus professor, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2010. Furthermore, a cafe and museum shop is available for visitors. The fossils of dinosaurs are popular for children.