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The tastes of Tokachi savored under a starlit sky

The Tokachi Ecology Park, along the Tokachi River, provides a playground where visitors can learn about and enjoy the natural environment of Tokachi. Animals and plants of many species live within the precincts: 99 species of bird, 14 of fish and 290 of plants. “Autumn Festa in Tokachigawa” is held at this nature-rich park. The fresh farm flavors of Tokachi can be enjoyed under a starlit sky. The Tokachi River becomes a fun place for stargazing, pumpkin lantern-making and other autumn recreation. At the Night Balloon Flight event, huge hot-air balloons illuminate the night sky.

Tokachi Ecology Park

369 637 681*65

Hours: 9:00-17:00

Address: 18-1 Tokachigawaonsen Minami, Otofuke Town

URL: (in Japanese)

Autumn Festa in Tokachigawa

Venue: Tokachi Ecology Park

Period: Oct. 15 – Nov. 13

Time: 20:00-20:40 (tentative)

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Ginga-no-Mori Astronomical Observatory: star-watching even in daytime

The Ginga-no-Mori Astronomical Observatory is in Rikubetsu, a town of starry skies. At night, the sky is like a natural planetarium where the stars feel close. Star watching through the 115cm-wide telescope at night is exciting, but you can see stars twinkling even in the daytime.
In the fall, the air becomes so clear that the stars can be watched even more clearly. Have a relaxing time watching starlit skies over Tokachi on long, quiet nights in autumn.

Rikubetsu Space-Earth Science Museum (a.k.a. Ginga-no Mori Astronomical Observatory)

596 437 492*58

HOURS: 13:00-21:30

CLOSED: Oct. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
Nov. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

Address: Uenbetsu, Rikubetsu Town

URL: Japanese)

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Introducing large horses each weighing one ton

The Banei Horse Races are known for powerful horses each drawing an iron sleigh 200 m on straight but bumpy track. There’s a facility where visitors are able to interact with these one ton horses. It’s a Petting zoo, situated within the precincts of the Obihiro Horse Track. How about feeding a carrot to a horse twice as heavy as a thoroughbred?
In fall, the adjacent facility, Tokachimura, is filled with the seasonal produce of Tokachi, such as pumpkins, garlic and cheeses. Confections and generously portioned meals featuring local ingredients are served.

Petting zoo in Obihiro Horse Track

124 622 198*32

HOURS: 10:00-17:00 on Sat., Sun., Mon.
11:00-15:00 on Wed., Thur., Fri.

CLOSED: Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Address: 9 Minami, 13 Nishi, Obihiro City

URL: Japanese)


124 622 198*32

 Hours and closed days differ from shop to shop.
e.g.) Tokachimura Farm Fresh Market

HOURS: Oct.: 10:00-19:00,
Nov.: 10:00-17:00

Address: 8-1 Minami, 13 Nishi, Obihiro city

URL: Japanese)

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Autumn foliage and the snowcapped Hidaka Mountain Range

The Hidaka Mountain Range runs 150 km north-south. In early November, the mountains are blanketed in snow. White-capped mountains stand in splendid contrast to autumn-tinted foothills. This fleeting beauty is seen only in the season of approaching winter. The Churui district of Makubetsu is within easy access of Obihiro, the central city of Tokachi. Taking the Obihiro-Hiroo Expressway and exit at the Churui Interchange. Near the interchange are Michi-no-Eki(Roadside Rest Area)Churui and the Churui Naumann Elephant Museum, the latter of which was built to commemorate the discovery of a fossilized Naumann elephant. The magnificent scenery conjures fantastic images of prehistoric times.

Photography spot

396 292 233*43

(near the spot)

Address: Churui, Makubetsu Town

Churui Naumann Elephant Museum

396 201 583*10

HOURS: 9:00-17:00

Oct.: 4, 11, 18, 25
Nov.: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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Lake Shikaribetsu, higher in elevation than any other lake in Hokkaido

Lake Shikaribetsu (elev. 810 m) is the highest lake in Hokkaido. Surrounded by primeval forests, it’s the only natural lake in Daisetsuzan National Park. The lakeside foliage is said to be the loveliest during the fall. Visitors are encouraged to paddle a canoe or ride a sightseeing boat to appreciate the autumn foliage up close from the lake.
Thanks to the high elevation, the starlit sky is so magnificent that it will remain with you as a treasured memory.

Lake Shikaribetsu

702 388 421*44

Address: Shikaribetsukohan, Shikaoi Town

Tourist information

・Sightseeing boats operate until Nov. 3. (Hours vary.)

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