* 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.



釧路濕原站 / Kushiro Shitsugen Station


Kushiro Shitsugen Station is on the JR Senmou Line which runs between Kushiro and Abashiri, famous for the drift ice in the sea in winter. This station is about 900 meters from Hosooka Observation Deck, where people can take in the wonderful landscape of Kushiro Marsh, so it’s easy to visit by foot. In the summer and winter, when a lot of tourists come to the eastern part of Hokkaido, special tourist trains run and stop at this station. However, in the tourism off season, the station is quite quiet. This quiet time is also good.

細岡遊客休息室 / Hosooka Visitors’ Lounge


Hosooka Visitors’ Lounge (Kushiro Town) is an information center next to the Hosooka Observation deck, where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Kushiro Marsh, or Kushiro Shitsugen in Japanese. In this center, many photos of local nature, including the marsh, landscape, or taxidermied animals are exhibited. You can enjoy snacks and drinks at the cafe, and in the shop, you can find souvenirs unique to this location. This center provides a resting spot after enjoying the view and nature. It’s about five minutes from JR Kushiro Shitsugen Station on foot. Hosooka is the district name.

鐘鳴之鎮·CHIPPUBETSU / Kanega Narumachi Chippubetsu


Kanega Narumachi Chippubetsu (Chippubetsu Town) is a road station on route 233, which connects Fukagawa and Rumoi. Kanega Narumachi stands for ‘town from where the sound of bells is spread.’ There is a memorial tower to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the town being established. It is about 30 meters high and a big bell, rung four times a day, is at the top. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view from there. There is also an onsen, or hot springs, where one can take a day spa, or stay in the on site accommodation . At the shop, fresh vegetables are sold. Soft ice cream made of broccoli is popular.



TAKIKAWA (Takikawa City) is a road station on route 12, located midway between Sapporo and Asahikawa. A gallery there shows beautiful photos of the highlights of the city. A Lantern Festival is held for one day in mid-winter, with lanterns fashioned out of paper bags used in shops, as a kind of recycling project. Visitors can see photos of this festival and others taken in the city through the year. In summer, a small local market is open at the entrance and fresh vegetables are sold.

Rice Land深川 / Rice Land Fukagawa

Rice Land深川(位於深川市)是位在國道12號線和233號線的交叉口的道路休息站。深川市位在北海道內著名的稻作區域內,休息站內的商店除了有賣米之外,也有賣飯等其他輕食。例如使用米粉的可麗餅,這裡可以看到使用米來製作的獨特的食物。也有稻米相關的猜謎區塊,是個從小孩到大人都可以玩得很開心的地方。

Rice Land Fukagawa (Fukagawa City) is a road station at the intersection of routes 12 and 233. Fukagawa City is in the Sorachi district, which is known for producing the most rice of any area in Hokkaido. At the shop, rice grown in the area is sold, as well as light meals such as onigiri (rice balls). Also, some unique snacks using rice are sold, for example crepes or ice cream made of powdered rice. At the restaurant, people can choose from a rice themed menu. In addition, there is a learning facility where information panels and Q and A puzzles can be enjoyed.

藝廊PuruPuru / Gallery Puru Puru


Gallery Puru Puru (Asahikawa City) is managed by a non-profit organization. Hiroshi Abe is the president of this organization, and also a children’s picture book artist. He was born in Asahikawa City in 1948, and worked for Asahiyama Zoo, a highlight of Asahikawa tourism and famous throughout Japan, for 25 years before becoming an artist. His picture books usually use animals as characters. At the gallery, original drawings by Hiroshi Abe and the work of other artists are exhibited. There is a bookshop next door focusing on picture books. The gallery opened in May, 2011. Workshops are sometimes held there.

支笏湖遊客中心 / Lake Shikotsu Visitor Center


Lake Shikotsu Visitor Center (Chitose City) is in the developed, tourist section of the lakeside. Visitors can learn about the nature around the lake. There are many information panels, photos, taxidermied animals, and dioramas of the landscape to enable visitors to learn how this caldera lake was formed in ancient times. This center is also eco-friendly, as it uses solar panels to generate electricity and geothermal heating to warm the interior of the building. This is an educational facility managed by the Ministry of Environment, as well as a good place to take a rest while walking along the lakeside.

森之家 / Mori-no-ie


Mori-no-ie (Sapporo City Chuo-ku), which literally translates to Forest House in English, is the administration office of Asahiyama Memorial Park, as well as the park’s information center. There are information panels about, and specimens of animals, birds, amphibians and plants. This park is about 15 minutes by car from the center of Sapporo. It’s close to Mt. Moiwa and there is a path to the summit. 109 species of wild bird can be seen in the park. Of these, 28 can be seen year round. At this information center, there are tables and chairs for visitors to have a rest.