Obihiro / HokkaidoEnjoy rural relaxation, local interaction, and hands-on food experiences in Obihiro/Tokachi, Hokkaido

Combine countryside adventure and city-based fun with a trip to Obihiro/Tokachi, Hokkaido. The area boasts the Hidaka Mountains and Daisetsuzan National Park to the north, while the Pacific Ocean sits to the south, giving rise to some magnificent vistas. Dairy farming and agriculture are a major part of everyday life - Tokachi has a food self-sufficiency rate of 1,200%. The area's charms include farm stays, hands-on agricultural experiences, scenic gardens, and banei draft-horse racing.

Story 1Vacation in rustic style; tuck into a luxury breakfast buffet

Guesthouse Route 55, Obihiro

To get a taste of rural life in the Tokachi area - a powerhouse of Japanese food production - consider a stay at either Guesthouse Route 55 or Guesthouse Biei, operated by Tokachi Toyama Farm, which covers some 36 hectares. Guesthouse Route 55 is a compact yet comfortable one-room cabin, while Guesthouse Biei is a larger, self-contained holiday home. Whichever you choose, the Toyama family will extend the warmest of welcomes.

Try Shichiku Garden's sumptuous breakfast buffet

While staying on the farm, take a trip to the nearby Shichiku Garden, where you can tuck into a luxury breakfast buffet centered around local produce. After filling up on tasty eats, enjoy a walk through the colorful gardens.

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Story 2Whip up a block of tofu, hunker down to dig potatoes at an agricultural museum

Making tofu at Tokachi Agriculture Museum Obihiro Visitor Center

Get in touch with your inner foodie with an immersive and unusual trip to Tokachi Agriculture Museum Obihiro Visitor Center. Try your hand at tofu-making and potato-harvesting, and learn about the region's long farming history. Staff will help you make a block of tofu from scratch, starting with soaking soybeans harvested from a local farm through to enjoying a multi-dish tofu-based meal.

Bagging freshly dug potatoes

After polishing off your grub, sign up for a spot of potato-harvesting in the small field behind the visitor center (gloves and boots supplied). It's a relaxing and rewarding experience, and you even get to keep the spuds you pull up.

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Story 3Tasty craft beer on the hoof; food stalls under hospitable roofs

Basha Bar, Obihiro

If the idea of drinking beer and consuming snacks on an open-top, horse-drawn carriage while trekking along busy nighttime roads sounds up your street, book a trip on the Basha Bar in Obihiro. (During the day, you can visit the stables that raised the powerful carriage-pulling horse - a former iron sled-hauling racer.)

Kita no Yatai, Obihiro

After a leisurely trip around town, stop off at the Kita no Yatai area to sample a wide range of foods at one of the small and welcoming food stalls that line two streets (and where friendly locals are always happy to chat). To round things off, spend the night at a modern yet affordable guesthouse/cafe - Hotel Nupka.

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Getting to Obihiro, Hokkaido:

Flights to Tokachi–Obihiro Airport take about 90 minutes from Haneda International Airport and just over three hours from Kansai International Airport. It takes about 2 hours 30 minutes by train from Sapporo's New Chitose Airport to JR Obihiro Station.

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About “Countryside Stay Japan“

If you’re looking for a new way to experience Japan, sign up for a farm-stay experience through the Countryside Stay Japan program and participate in traditional rural-lifestyle activities in recommended countryside locations.


Obihiro / HokkaidoEnjoy rural relaxation, local interaction, and hands-on food experiences in Obihiro/Tokachi, Hokkaido

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