Nestled between the Hidaka Mountain Range and the Tokachi River, Obihiro is known for its high volcanic peaks and beautiful alpine flora. The fertile valley is home to dairy farms responsible for producing Japan’s famous desserts, while natural hot springs can be found along the river.
Things to do in Obihiro
Obihio is known as Hokkaido's home of dairy, so a visit to the Tokachi Toteppo Workshop is a must for those with a sweet tooth. Learn about the Tokachi dairy farmers and indulge in a slice of their famous cheesecake. If you’re looking to unwind, stop by the Tokachigawa Hot Spring where you can bathe in steamy alkaline waters from the Takachi River.
Experience the thrill of Ban’ei horse racing at Ban’ei Tokachi Obihiro horse race track. Unique to Japan, Ban’ei is a form of horse racing in which draft horses pull heavy sleds around a dirt track up and over ramps. Make a bet as you watch the jockeys balance on the sleds and urge the horses on.
Keen to try the local cuisine? You’ll be spoilt for choice along Kita no Yatai, a narrow laneway lined with traditional Izakayas. These intimate restaurants seat just a handful of people at a time, creating a cosy atmosphere. Sample a typical pork rice bowl, known locally as “Butadon”, and wash it down with sake.
Visit the Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art. Located in the cultural zone of Midorigaoka Park, it showcases a vast collection of traditional art from the eastern region of Hokkaido, alongside modern prints and etchings from Japanese artists.
Getting around Obihiro
Tokachi-Obihiro Airport is a 35-minute drive or bus ride from the centre of Obihiro. JR Obihiro Station receives long-distance buses and trains from Sapporo, Hakodate, Kushiro and Asahikawa. Obihiro’s compact streets make it is easy to navigate on foot.