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Pacific Ocean and Mountains Are Beautiful -Orofure Pass Observatory in Noboribetsu-

October 9th, 2016

Orofure Pass Observatory (オロフレ峠展望台) is a viewing point in the neighborhood of top of the Mt. Orofure between Noboribetsu city and Sobetsu town and is famous for looking over the Pacific Ocean and mountains. It is located 930 m above sea level. Another name is "Daikanbou (大観望 * Great View)". I wsa interested in former road covered with grass. White soil is chosen as geological feature 100 selections of Hokkaido. There is a trailhead for Mt. Orofure (オロフレ山), so many mountain climbers come. Traffic will be stopped from late November to mid June. There are facilities such as a restroom and a parking lot. Free admission. The parking lot is free of charge.

Orofure Pass
Orofure Pass Observatory in Noboribetsu
Face of Mountain Is White
Orofure Pass Observatory in Noboribetsu
Near Top
Orofure Pass Observatory in Noboribetsu
Comfortable View
Orofure Pass Observatory in Noboribetsu
Mountain Is Covered with White Birch
Orofure Pass Observatory in Noboribetsu
Orofure Pass Observatory in Noboribetsu
Former Road Can Be Seen
Orofure Pass Observatory in Noboribetsu
Range of Mountains is Comfortable
Orofure Pass Observatory in Noboribetsu
Hiking Registration Box
Orofure Pass Observatory in Noboribetsu
Parking Lot
Orofure Pass Observatory in Noboribetsu
Orofure Pass Observatory in Noboribetsu

Atmosphere of Orofure Pass Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Orofure Pass Observatory

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (80 cars)
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day From late November to mid June
Telephone number +81-143-84-3311
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 603 459 825*13


Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Orofure Pass Observatory.

Suzuki Ryokan(鈴木旅館)
Hotel Iwai(ホテル岩井)
Yumoto Orofureso(湯元オロフレ荘)
Mori-no-Yu Sanseikan(森の湯山静館)

A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

Shikotsu-Toya National Park



  1. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi, Cindy san,
    I found as follows on the internet (I am not acquainted with them unfortunately).


    They can drive their cars and communicate with the client in English
    Please try to contact them, so you will respond to the your client’s request.

  2. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi, Cindy san,
    Please give me some time because I will look into it.

  3. Cindy says:

    Thank you for your advice regarding Orofure Pass last year. Although I did not manage to drive through it to visit Lake Toya, I had a wonderful time in Hokkaido. I love it so much that I have started a free lance travel planning service (https://cinleehan.wordpress.com/personalised-travel-services/) to help people visiting Hokkaido and other parts of Japan.
    I am currently planning 2 trips for end of this year. One trip is for a family of 6 visiting Hokkaido. They will not be driving and would like to hire a van and driver. Do you have any good contacts that I can work with?

  4. good! hokkaido! says:

    Thank you Cindy san!
    I appreciate your support.
    Have a nice trip!

  5. Cindy says:

    Thank you 🙂 Will heed your advice and drive carefully.

    Just want to let you know that your website is fantastic! Your articles have helped me planned my upcoming trip.

    I mentioned your site in my blog (https://cinleehan.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/planning-a-14-day-hokkaido-winter-trip/) so others can know about it.

    Please continue to share your Hokkaido adventures!

  6. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi, Cindy san,

    Yes, you can drive Orofure Pass from 09:00 to 19:00.
    That road is closed to motor vehicles from 19:01 to 08:59.
    But it may snow in early December and that road may freeze.
    Careful of driving!

    In addition, Orofure Pass Observatory is closed from November to June.

  7. Cindy says:

    I’m be in Hotel Mahoroba early Dec. Can I drvie to Lake Toya via Orofure Pass?