Perfect for families! 5 Recommended Sightseeing Farms in Hokkaido
Hokkaido, with its wealth of nature, is home to many sightseeing farms that children and adults alike can enjoy! Here are five of those farms that you might want to add to your itinerary when you go on a tour of Hokkaido. These farms are all places where you can relax and have fun, so they are recommended for the whole family.
Country Farmers Fujita Farm is a dairy farm that is know for having the same landscape as the farms found in Northern Europe. Here, you can join the farm excursion tour, enjoy milking cows, (reservations required, but it isn't available in the winter), or even stay overnight in one of the cottages at the farm. They also have a campsite that can accommodate up to three groups per day, so you can also stay there to fully enjoy a rich, outdoor lifestyle. This farm has an abundance of beautiful sightseeing spots nearby that will let you enjoy a wealth of nature, including Shikaribetsu and Shinonome Lakes that will give you a peek into beautiful scenery, and a viewing platform that will let you marvel at a panoramic view of the Tokachi plain.
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Northern Horse Park is a theme park that offers a rich lineup of activities that will let you interact with horses. There are a wide variety of breeds and colors of horses inside these stables! They even have numerous horses that used to work as racehorses. You can engage in such activities as horseback riding and lead rein rides, as well as watch pony shows and equestrian competitions between May and September. You can have fun playing mini-golf and golf putting and laser shooting, too. The beautiful flowers that cover this park’s landscape from spring until fall are also a sight to behold. Northern Horse Park is just about an hour away from Sapporo by train and cab, and approximately 20 minutes from the New Chitose Airport by cab, so it would be easy to fit this horse park in your itinerary.
Hokkaido Hakone Farm also boasts easy access as it is less than 30 minutes away from New Chitose Airport. Here, you can take part in the Country Bus Tour (available only in summer) that will give you a tour of the farm and fields while on a tractor bus, as well as experience making fresh caramel, butter, cheese, or sausage using fresh ingredients. There’s also a petting zoo including horses, sheep, rabbits, and other animals. During the winter, you can try thrilling snow activities (reservations required) like riding on a snowmobile and parasailing.
Farms Chiyoda is located in Biei, which is famous for its picturesque landscape. At the Fureai Animal Ranch where you can see ponies, Jersey cows, goats, ducks, and other animals, you can fully immerse yourself in some stress-busting and healing time by interacting with the cute animals through their experience program. On top of that, there is a restaurant that serves steaks, beef stew, hamburgers, and other dishes made from Biei Wagyu, which is the farm’s own brand of beef. There is also the Chiyoda no Oka, a scenic spot where you can see the hills and the grand mountains of Biei, as well as nature-rich promenades where you can go on a stroll. At Farms Chiyoda, you can enjoy the farm to your heart’s content.
The main appeal of this ranch which is located in the outskirts of Otofuke, is the breadth of its property. Built on a 4,092ha piece of land, this ranch is dotted with spots where anybody can freely stroll, including an avenue of Japanese white birch trees that spans 1.3km. You can walk around and take it easy while gazing at the pasture where horses, cows, and sheep graze. The elevated viewing deck offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the landscape! Witness the poignant scenery of the magnificent land and mountains spread out before your eyes. Meanwhile, at Pankechin Park, which is located at the bank of the river that runs through the ranch, you just might see wild squirrels if you’re lucky. If you hop in a car and travel for about 25 minutes, you can reach the hot spring Tokachigawa Onsen. How about checking that out as well if you come to Tokachi Ranch?
Even though these spots are all classified as farms, the kinds of animals and livestock they raise and the experiences they offer guests differ at each facility, so try to choose the farm according to your itinerary and preferences. If you decide to visit, note that there are programs that may not be available in certain seasons, depending on the farm or ranch.
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