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From a Wetland to a Sea of Ice: The HOKKAIDO RAIL PASS Takes You There



Traveling across Hokkaido with the HOKKAIDO RAIL PASS means you can ride all JR Hokkaido trains (excluding Hokkaido Shinkansen) and designated JR buses to your desired destinations conveniently. 

Choose from three-day, five-day, seven-day, or flexible four-day passes. The three-day, five-day, and seven-day passes allow you to choose your starting date, and can be used for three, five, or seven consecutive days from your starting date. The Flexible Four-Day Pass differs from these other passes. If you purchase or exchange a Flexible Four-Day Pass on the 1st of February, it is effective until the 10th of February and you can use the pass at any four days within the 10-day period.

Now that you’ve got your pass, what do you do with it? Here are three recommended sightseeing spots in Hokkaido:
Kushiro Marsh Hosooka Observatory is a renowned tourist attraction for capturing the beautiful sunset in Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. Visitors often use the ridgeline of Mt. Oakandake and Mt. Meakandake as the backdrop for photo shoots. Besides, Kushiro River can be seen meandering through the Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland. It is said that many would like to pay a visit at least once in their lifetime to witness this breathtaking scenery.


Visit the Kushiro Marsh Hosooka Observatory for an expansive view of Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland.


JR Kitahama Station is an unmanned train station in the southeast portion of Abashiri City. This tiny station consists of a waiting room and a café called Café Teishaba, and it's only 50 meters away from the Sea of Okhotsk in Japan, the closest station to this major body of water. During winter, the sea is covered with drift ice and Kitahama Station is the only landmark that can be seen from a distance. This is where we can feel the power of Mother Nature.


Come winter, the Sea of Okhotsk, just 50 meters away from JR Kitahama Station, is covered in ice.


Obihiro, situated at Hokkaido’s Tokachi region, is famous for its agriculture and dairy farming. Boasting quality productions of wheat, sugar, adzuki red beans, and dairy products, Obihiro City has sweets shops all over the place, giving more visitors a chance to taste its variety of treats. Take note, pork lovers: Butadon is a highly recommended pork dish that combines domestically produced pork, binchotan (high-grade charcoal), and sweet and salty sauce. Get ready to surprise your taste buds!


Obihiro City is known for its sprouting sweet shops selling an assortment of sugary treats.



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