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Obihiro is located approximately three and a half hours (3.5 hrs) drive east of Sapporo City. There are some places to visit in the city itself and because of its location almost in the middle of the Tokachi Sub-Prefecture, the city makes an excellent base from which to explore central parts of the Eastern Hokkaido areas. As of 2003 Obihiro has an estimated population of 171 557 and a total area of 619 km2. The city was founded on April 1, 1883 and is now a major agricultural and animal breeding area. The headquarters of several of Japan’s leading sweet and dairy product producers as well as the Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine which was established in 1949 are located here. Obihiro is also home to Hokkaido’s Hot Air Balloon Festival held during the summer.





Located approximately in the center of the Tokachi Sub-Prefecture, the main area of Obihiro City is bound on two sides by the Tokachi River to the north and the Satsunai River to the east. The main train station is the JR Obihiro Station which is located roughly in the center of the main area of the town and also houses the Tokachi Coordination Center and the Tokachi Tourism Information Center on the second floor. The city extends on all sides of the train station with the major shopping and entertainment area located to the north / north-east of the station and the wonderful Midorigaoka Park located to the south / south-west.

Access to Obihiro is via train from Sapporo on the JR Nemuro Line getting off at the JR Obihiro Station (approx. 135 min) or road (approx. 3.5 hrs drive from Sapporo) or aircraft to the the Obihiro Airport. Flights can be caught from / to New Chitose Airport (approx. 60 min) Haneda Airport (approx. 95 min) Nagoya Airport (approx. 100 min) or Kansai International Airport (approx. 115 min).

Obihiro ranges from a hot +30°C in the summer months to very cold -20°C in the winter months. The summer period will see quite strong sunlight and precaution for your skin is advised. Although Obihiro experiences a very cold winter there can still be many clear days during this season.

The Obihiro Tourist Information Center can be contacted on (0155) 22-8600 or The Tokachi Coordination Center & The Tokachi Tourism Information Center JR Obihiro Station Esta East Bldg. 2F. West 2, South 12 Obihiro Ph : (0155) 23-6403
Obihiro is the center of the Tokachi Area in Hokkaido and is well known for agricultural products and the annual balloon festival.


Obihiro Places To Visit

  • Tokachi No Nagaya & Kita No Yatai
    For a night out on the town in Obihiro most of the bars and restaurants are on the north side of Obihiro Station. Walking the streets you will come across Tokachi No Nagaya & Kitanoyatai. These narrow streets cover two blocks and seem to be one of the most popular areas for the locals.
  • Obihiro Shrine
    In 1881, a man named Benzo Yoda and others from Shizuoka Prefecture organized a pioneer group called the "Bansei-sha". This group  and settled inShimo-Obihiro Village and started pioneering. During this time, they started holding festivals and later built a small shrine, though the connection with the current Obihiro Shrine is still not well known.
  • Obihiro Centennial Hall
    The Obihiro Centennial City Museum was opened back in 1982. It is part of Midorigaoka Park which also contains the Obihiro Zoo. This museum exhibits materials relating to the natural history and local history of Obihiro and the Tokachi region.
  • Kofukuji
    In the Obihiro district there is an expanse of farmlands and wilderness. Between the city of Obihiro and Hiroo, you can find Kofukuji. This temple, also known as the 'happiness temple' is a Shinto temple that is just off the main highway highway off route 236
  • Kōfuku Station
    Kōfuku Station is a closed railway station from the now defunct Hiroo line. The station originally opened on 1st November 1956, but the line, which went from Obihiro to Hiroo, was discontinued in 1987 bringing an end to the station. Even though the station closed down, it still remains a popular sightseeing spot for tourists.

Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art

This museum is located in the large Midorigaoka Park. The permanent exhibition centers on works produced by artists who have been associated with the Eastern Hokkaido area. The museum also houses a collection of modern and contemporary block prints. The museum holds special exhibitions at irregular intervals throughout the year. Top
Admission(Permanent Exhibition)
Adults ¥100
University Students ¥60
Over 65 & Under 18 Free of charge
Opening Hours10 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday
ClosedMondays and Public Holidays
+81 155-22-6963
Getting ThereJapan, 〒080-0846 北海道帯広市緑ケ丘2

Obihiro Centennial Memorial Hall

This museum has a permanent exhibition which centers around artifacts from the prehistoric era to the present day of the Tokachi region. It also houses interesting artifacts related to the Tokachi areas agricultural and natural history. Top

AdmissionAdults ¥350
High School Students ¥250
Junior High School ¥150
Opening Hours9:30 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday to Sunday
ClosedMondays & Public Holidays
+81 155-24-5352
Getting There2 Midorigaoka, Obihiro-shi, Hokkaidō 080-0846, Japan

Manabe Garden

This huge, exquisitely presented garden makes a wonderful place to rest and relax during the warm summer months. The garden houses both a European and Japanese style garden with various lengths of walking paths through it. There are plenty of benches on which to sit and rest along the course of the paths. Contained in the garden area are several ponds with carp and other fish, a lovely coffee shop, Japanese tea house and an eight (8) meter waterfall. Top

AdmissionAdults ¥500
Junior High School & Under ¥200
Opening Hours8 am to 5 pm April to December
ClosedEarly December to Mid April
+81 155-48-2120
Getting ThereJapan, 〒080-0832 Hokkaido Prefecture, Obihiro, 稲田町 東2線6番地