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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan. Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan.
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare. An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare.
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife. Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife.
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan. Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan.
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara. The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara.
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower. Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower.
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving. Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving.
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky. The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky.
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Nature

Obihiro 帯広エリア

Outdoor adventures and soothing hot springs

Conveniently situated between Furano and Akan-Mashu National Park in southeastern Hokkaido, Obihiro is an ideal base for exploring the area. The well-planned city is known for its colorful gardens and natural spas.

Don't Miss

  • The colorful gardens surrounding Obihiro
  • The naturally skin-smoothing herbal baths of Tokachigawa Onsen

How to Get There

The Obihiro area can be accessed directly from Tokyo or by public transport from Sapporo.

Fly from Tokyo for direct flights to Tokachi-Obihiro Airport. It takes 50 minutes by car or one hour by bus to Obihiro Station from the airport. From New Chitose Airport or Sapporo Station, it takes around three hours to reach Obihiro Station by train.

A city built on horsepower

The first settlers in the early 1900s brought horses to Tokachi to use in the development of farming in the area. Banei horse racing, in which the strongest horses compete to pull heavy sleds, is a unique local tradition that can be seen at the Obihiro Racetrack.

The art of Obihiro

Visit Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art in Midorigaoka Park to learn more about the region through the works of artists with strong connections to the area.

A hot spring with a difference

Just outside Obihiro, Tokachikawa Onsen hot spring resort draws its water from a source on the bank of the Tokachi River. This special location on the riverbank produces soft waters infused with plants and other botanicals that have accumulated in the groundwater. The indigenous Ainu people called the hot springs here "kusuri no yu," or medicine water, for their healing properties and beneficial effect on the skin.

Home on the range

Tokachi is the farming heartland of Hokkaido, known for its fresh air, rich soil and wide open plains. Take a walk or drive to discover a friendly farm cafe serving Tokachi's famous buta-don (pork on rice). The Obihiro area also enjoys many pretty gardens, including Shichiku Garden, Tokachi Hills, Rokka no Mori and Manabe Garden, that become a riot of color in spring and summer.

Further afield

Take a day trip to the majestic Hidaka Mountains, which extend south of Obihiro to Cape Erimo and Hokkaido's stunning east coast.

To the northeast of Obihiro, the Tokachi plain stretches up to the Tokachi Mountains and Daisetsuzan National Park. Tomamu and Sahoro, two excellent ski resorts, are just a one hour drive from Obihiro. To the northwest, relish the quiet beauty of Lake Shikaribetsu, the highest lake in Hokkaido, or soak in the mineral-rich waters of Nukabira Gensenkyo near Lake Nukabira.

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