- June 12th, 2017
[Kitami Peppermint Memorial Hall] History of Peppermint in Japan Can Be Enjoyed for Free
Kitami Peppermint Memorial Hall
Kitami Peppermint Memorial Hall (北見ハッカ記念館) is a tourist facility near Kitami Station in the center of Kitami city, and the distance is about 1 km from there to here. It has been opened since 1986. About 20,000 tourists come. The Kitami is well-known as a peppermint town, and 70% peppermint in the world once was produced in the Kitami area because cultivation of the peppermint was prosperous in old days. This place was built in a special product's memory. There are 2 buildings, Peppermint Memorial Hall (ハッカ記念館) and Peppermint Distillation Hall (ハッカ蒸溜館) at the site, and the Peppermint Memorial Hall has been designed as a modernization period monument since 2007. Herbs are planted around the buildings, and the peppermin and the herbs of the Kitami was chosen as one of The Most Tasteful 100 Landscapes. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Maybe visitors can look around for 60 minutes.
Atmosphere of Kitami Peppermint Memorial Hall Can Be Watched on Youtube
An express bus "Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Kitami, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Kushiro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Kitami Station.
Kitami (北見) that about 120,000 people live is the 9th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northeastern Hokkaido area. The Kitami became incorporated with Rubeshibe town (留辺蘂), Tanno town (端野) and Tokoro town (常呂) in 2006, and has became the largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 4th latgest city by the area. The Kitami is also an agriculture city, and Onion and White Runner Bean are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -25 degrees in a winter, and it snow hard, too. Read More
List of Tourist Attractions
There are the Peppermint Memorial Hall and the Peppermint Distillation Hall.
Peppermint Memorial Hall
Peppermint Memorial Hall is a two-story laboratory of old Kitami Peppermint Factory built in 1935, and is open to public as a peppermint museum at present. Visitors can understand about knowledges and history of the peppermint. The building has a reading room, a laboratory, a royal suite and a plant manager room, and documents and used appliances are displayed there, too. The visitors can obtain an information from movies, too. In addition, a person in charge told me that the the building designed as the modernization cultural heritage is worth seeing.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (20 Cars)|
|Business hours||05/01-10/31 09:00-17:00
|Regular closing day||Monday, National holiday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||185 452 621*71|
Peppermint Distillation Hall
At the Peppermint Distillation Hall, a peppermint distillation device is displayed, and a way of making the peppermint is demonstrated. The demonstration is performed twice a day from June to October. Each farmhouses liquefied the peppermint from cultivation in old days. The visitors can understand the wisdom and laborer. A browsing document place and a shop are at the building, too, and limited peppermint products bought only here have a good reputation.
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Kitami. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
Kitami Ponyu Onsen
A page of Kitami is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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