Ice flows, peppermint candy, and curling
Kitami faces the Okhotsk Sea, famous for its ice flows that arrive in February and for being a center for the sport of curling, producing Olympians.
- The child-friendly Wakka Nature Center
- The Kitami Winter Festival in the second week of February for some exercise and fun
- The Kitami Chrysanthemum Festival, which takes place around October
Kitami used to supply the most mint around the world
Onneyu comes from the indigenous Ainu word meaning large hot spring
How to Get There
Accessible by bus or car
You can catch a Hokkaido Kitami Bus, Hokkaido Bus or Abashiri Bus to Kitami from Sapporo. It's about a four hour and 30-minute ride.
Fun for the whole family
There is an amusement park and aquarium, plus a curling rink. For adults, there is also a place to enjoy delicious craft beer. You can find some of the best onions and vegetables in Hokkaido here so be sure to eat at the local restaurants while you're in town.
* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.