Things to do and Places to go
Mikasa Asuka UmenomoriEvery year the “Mikasa Ume Matsuri (Festival)” takes place in Mikasa Asuka Umenomori, one of the largest plum-grove filled parks in Hokkaido. There are different activities going on here which you may take part in, including a “Plum stone blowing contest”, a “Jumbo ring tossing contest featuring local specialties” as prizes, and stage shows with “Popular songs”.
Enjoy a very special spring time while you relax enjoying the beautiful sight of the blossoming plum trees.
|Dates and hours||10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in mid May|
|Location||Mikasa Asuka Umenomori (63 banchi, Yamatecho, Ikushunbetsu, Mikasa), Phone: +81(0)1267-3-2828, Mikasa Tourist Agency|
Lake KatsurazawaLake Katsurazawa, also Katsura-zawa-ko, is a large artificial lake with a 62 km shoreline, created together with the Katsurazawa Dam. The lake is surrounded by forests that offer breathtakingly beautiful views of nature, and it is designated as a natural park by Hokkaido authorities. The hills around Katsurazawako are internationally famous as a treasure house for fossils which conveys a feeling of the romance of those ancient times. Many fossils of ammonites and other creatures which flourished in those days have been found around here, and some of these are exhibited at the Mikasa City Museum.
In the lakeside park you will also be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery as it varies with the seasons.
Katsurazawa National Ski Area
|Location||Nishi Katsurazawa 50, Mikasa; Phone: +81(0)1267-6-8235|
|Open||9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Operated daily during the winter season|
|Admission||Adult lift ticket (adults older than 15 years of age): 230 yen per ride, Coupon ticket: 1,640 yen for 11 rides to the mid slope lift station, 1 day ticket: 2,370 yen|
|Rentals||Ski and Snowboard sets: 2,000 yen per person|
Mikasa Railroad VillageThe Mikasa Railroad Village was opened in 1987 to commemorate Mikasa as the birthplace of railroads in Hokkaido, and to preserve the historical and cultural heritage (the first railroad in Hokkaido was opened in 1882, between Horonai and Otaru Temiya).
The Mikasa Railroad Village operates a real steam locomotive (SL) type “S-304” with miniature railcars, and railcars that have seen active service in Hokkaido are exhibited.
The Railroad Memorial Museum exhibits miniature steam locomotives such as the “D51” and “Benkeigo”, showing them as they appeared in active service, and there are other valuable exhibits from the Meiji Period, as well as there are time tables, railway staff uniforms, parts of steam locomotives, signals, and many other railway memorabilia used in the Taisho and Showa Eras.
|Location||287 banchi, 2 chome, Horonaicho, Mikasa Phone: +81(0)1267-3-1123|
|Open||9 A.M. to 5 P.M.|
|Admission||Adults (senior high school age and older): 530 yen, Elementary and junior high school ages: 210 yen, 160 yen for groups|
|Closed||Monday (or Tuesday when the previous Monday was a national holiday) (also closed October 16 to April 15)|
Yunomoto Onsen RyokanYunomoto Onsen Ryokan is a hotel surrounded by natural beauty with an abundance of green, adjacent to a National Park of Hokkaido. The hot spring is known to be effective for relieving various complaints including nerve pain, arthritis, and chronic skin diseases.
The amiable and relaxed atmosphere deep in the surrounding nature offers the promise of a relaxing break from a busy every day.
|Location||94 banchi, Katsurazawa, Mikasa, Phone: +81(0)1267-6-8518|
|Open||10 A.M. to 9 P.M. *Open 7 days a week|
|Rates||8,100 yen/adult/night with two meals (junior high school age and older) 7,020 yen for elementary school age and younger|
|Hot spring bath only||500 yen/adult (junior high school age and older)
250 yen for elementary school age children, 100 yen for children younger than school age
|What you should not miss here||Aigamo Nabe (duck served in a “Nabe” (hotpot)), a specialty of Yunomoto Onsen Ryokan, which has been featured on TV programs and is highly recommended. This duck meat hotpot with soybean (miso) based soup makes the duck meat lean and the taste light. No need to worry about a heavy fatty taste.|
Mikasa Tennen Onsen Taiko-no YuTaiko-no Yu is a Japanese style hotel offering natural hot spring bathing. The building is made with traditional natural materials. In the main building, there are many facilities where you can make yourself at home: the “Yuagari Dokoro”, a spacious tatami room for rest and relaxation after enjoying the hot spring, the “Itsuki”, a restaurant, the “Oyasumi Dokoro”, a spacious room with LCD TVs and reclining chairs, and the “Kutsurogi Dokoro” where you can pamper yourself enjoying comics, all free of charge.
“Hatago” the lodging wing featuring a Japanese but modern design using traditional building materials, and everywhere together with warm and considerate service offering you the utmost in relaxation. We will be able to offer you an accommodation plan depending on your needs and wishes.
|Location||1042 -20 banchi, Okayama, Mikasa, Phone: +81(0)1267-2-8700|
|Open||10 A.M. to 11 P.M. (check-in before 10 P.M.)|
|Rates||From 8,500 yen/adult/night with two meals|
|Hot spring bath only||880 yen/adult (junior high school age and older)
540 yen for elementary school age, 440 yen for 3 years to 5 years of age
|What you should not miss here||A special plan for meetings in a meeting room with an open hearth, available for three groups a day. Recommended for people wishing a very special dinner.|