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[Ikeda Wine Castle] True Name Is Tokachi-Ikeda Reseach Institute for Viticulture and Enology

September 29th, 2014

Ikeda Wine Castle

Ikeda Wine Castle (池田ワイン城) is tourist facilities in Ikeda town located in the northeastern part of Obihiro city. The official name is Tokachi-Ikeda Reseach Institute for Viticulture and Enology (池田町ブドウ・ブドウ酒研究所), and it is called Wine Castle because the appearance of the building looks like an European-style castle in the Middle Ages. The distance is about 1 km away from Ikeda Station, and it is relatively near the castle. The building is built on a small hill of about 25 m elevation, so a view is good. Especially, the sunset is beautiful, so it has been chosen as one of Japan Sunset Best 100 (日本の夕陽百選). Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Ikeda Wine Castle
Ikeda Wine Castle

Movie of Ikeda Wine Castle

Grape Exhibition Garden (ブドウ展示園) is at a garden beside the Ikeda Wine Castle, so "Kiyomai (清舞)" and "Yamasachi (山幸)", original varieties, can be seen closely. Besides, DCTgarden IKEDA is build at the site, and items in relation to Ms. Miwa Yoshida (吉田美和 * Dreams Come True, a famous Japanese new wave/rhythm and blues band) from Ikeda town are displayed. As for an event, Ikeda Town Autumn Wine Festival (池田町秋のワイン祭り) is held only in a day, early October. By the way, Happiness Dairy (ハッピネスデーリ), a popular sweets shop, is relatiely near here. I visited there, and gelato was tasty.

Grape Exhibition Garden
Ikeda Wine Castle
Neighborhood of Vineyard
Ikeda Wine Castle
Varieties Grape Vine Origination "Kiyomai" and "Yamasachi" in Ikeda
Ikeda Wine Castle

Movie of Ikeda Town Autumn Wine Festival

Happiness Dairy

Happiness Dairy (ハッピネスデーリィ) is a sweets and cheese shop in Ikeda town located in the northeastern part of Obihiro city. They sell dairy products such a cheese, a pizza and a gelato. Shimaki ranch (嶋木牧場) runs it and sells their's products. There was a building near Ikeda Wine Castle, and I happened to pass there by chance, too. Because many cars were parked at a parking lot, I thought that it must be tasty, and I dropped in. Article is here

Left is Lotus Cup Millefeuille, Right is Pumpkin Taste Gelato
Happiness Dairy in Ikeda, Pumpkin and Lotus Cup Gelato

Look of Ikeda Wine Castle

In the Ikeda Wine Castle, an entrance is on the 1st floor under the ground, and an aging room under the ground is on the 2nd floor under the ground, and Exhibition room (展示ルーム), Shopping Area (ショッピングエリア), Free Wine Tasting Room (ワイン無料試飲コーナー) and Brandy and Large Cask Aging Room (ブランデー&大樽熟成室) are on the 1st floor. Then Wine Castle Restaurant (ワイン城のレストラン) is on the 4th floor, and Rooftop Observation Deck (屋上展望広場) is on the rooftop, so beautiful views can be seen. In addition, Wine Castle Guided Tour (ワインガイド城ツアー) is held.

Left Side Is Entrance
Ikeda Wine Castle

At the entrance, Stairs to the aging room under the ground on the 2nd floor under the ground is built. At the aging room, lined barrels and bottles are matured, and vintage wines is well-kept, too. Tourists can purchase wines on the 1st floor, and can sample those. The Ikeda Wine Castle is the facilities that the wine is felt close.

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Aging Room Under Ground
Ikeda Wine Castle
Barrel Aging and Bottle Aging
Ikeda Wine Castle
Under Barrel Aging
Ikeda Wine Castle

Atmosphere of Ikeda Wine Castle Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ikeda Wine Castle

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (100 cars)
Business hours 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day Year-end and New Year holidays
Telephone number +81-15-572-2467
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 369 595 881*16

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Ikeda. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Tokachi Makiba-no-Ie(十勝まきばの家)
Booking
Minshuku Wine Park(民宿ワインパーク)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Funbe HOF Ookuma(フンベHOFおおくま)
Rider House Route242(ライダーハウスルート242)
Booking
Jalan
Suzuki Ryokan(すゞ木旅館)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Booking.com
Booking.com

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