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[Place That Hokkaido Was Named in Otoineppu] Place That Mr. Takeshiro Matsuura Get Hint About Name of Hokkaido

Place That Hokkaido Was Named

The place that Hokkaido was named (北海道命名の地) is a monument in Otoineppu village between Wakkanai city and Nayoro city. The distance is about 8 km away from the center of the Otoineppu, and the monument is near Eco Museum Osashima Center (エコミュージアムおさしまセンター). Mr. Takeshiro Matsuura (松浦武四郎) was learned a meaning of "Kiner (カイナー)" from an elder of Ainu people around this place in the Edo period, and this place has been well-known for having his opportunity to give the name about Hokkaido. Except the monument near Teshio River (天塩川), there is nothing. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Monument of Place That Hokkaido Was Named
Place That Hokkaido Was Named in Otoineppu

Movie of Dramatic Re-enactment for Mr. Takeshiro Matsuura

Speaking of the Otoineppu, Otoineppu Buckwheat Noodles (音威子府そば) is famous, and is served by some restaurants in the village. I ate it in Tokiwaken (常盤軒) that is famous as the most tasty buckwheat noodles among the all Japan's stations, and it was tasty. As for onsen, Ponpira Onsen (ぽんぴら温泉) and Teshiogawa Onsen (天塩川温泉) are relatively near here.

Otoineppu Buckwheat Noodles of Tokiwaken

Tokiwaken (常盤軒) is a popular buckwheat noodles restaurant at Otoineppu station (音威子府駅) in Otoineppu. It is said to be the most tasty buckwheat noodles among the all Japan's stations. It features black color and strong chewy noodles made by Hatakeyama noodles factory (畠山製麺). Because they have been making the noodles for 80 years, it will be tasty. A table is set at the station and visitors can eat the buckwheat noodles there or can use waiting chairs of station. In addition, there is the Tenpoku Line Reference Library (天北線資料室) at the station, too, and the visit is possible. Read More

Tempura, Raw Egg, Green Onions
Otoineppu Buckwheat Noodles -Tokiwaken-

Teshiogawa Onsen

Teshiogawa Onsen (天塩川温泉) is a hot spring place in Otoineppu village located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city. Only Otoineppu Recreation Center (音威子府住民保養センター) is built beside Teshio River. There are Teshiogawa Riverside Campsite (天塩川リバーサイドパークキャンプ場) and a park golf course near the building, and Ougyo-no-Matsu (天仰の松 * Pine looking up to the sky) grows in the heart of a mountain. In addition, Teshiogawa Onsen Station is popular with railfans as an unexplored station. The distance is around 10 km far away from the center of the Otoineppu, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. By the way, there is Place That Hokkaido Was Named (北海道命名の地) in the Otoineppu. Read More

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Teshiogawa Onsen in Otoineppu Recreation Center

Ponpira Onsen

Ponpira Onsen (ぽんぴら温泉) is a hot spring place in Teshio Nakagawa town located between Nayoro city and Wakkanai city, and is close to Tesio River (天塩川). Only Ponpira Aqua Rizink (ポンピラ・アクア・リズイング) is built at foot of Maharashi Park (見晴公園), and is close to an auto camping ground named Naport Park (ナポートパーク). A canoe can be enjoyed because a canoe port is built, and here is surrounded by forests, so nature is rich, and fishing and forest bathing can be enjoyed, too. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Read More

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Ponpira Onsen in Nakagawa, Ponpira Aqua Rizink

Look of Place That Hokkaido Was Named

Only the monument written "The Place That Hokkaido Was Named" and signborads explained about the Takeshiro Matsuura are built at the site. But some anglers came, so I think that this place is famous fishing spot. Soya Main Line (宗谷本線) is built in the opposite of the river, so visitors can take a photo at the rivershore.

Teshio River
Place That Hokkaido Was Named in Otoineppu
People Are Catching Fishes
Place That Hokkaido Was Named in Otoineppu
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (3 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-1656-5-3039
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 684 247 307*60

List of Accommodations

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

Otoineppu

    Ikere Otoineppu(イケレ音威子府)
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    Rakuten
    Blueberry House Otoineppu Village(BlueberryHouse音威子府村)
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    Rakuten
    Tomute(トムテ)
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    Rakuten
    Rider House Sakkuru(ライダーハウス咲来)
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    Rakuten

    Teshiogawa Onsen

      Recreation Center(住民保養センター)
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      Rakuten
      Teshiogawa Riverside Park Campsite(天塩川リバーサイドパークキャンプ場)
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      Rakuten

      Nakagawa

        Sakaeya Ryokan(栄屋旅館)
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        Rakuten
        Nakagawa Forest Park Campsite(中川町森林公園キャンプ場)
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        Rakuten

        Ponpira Onsen

          Ponpira Aqua Rizink(ポンピラ・アクア・リズイング)
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          Rakuten
          Napauto Park Automobile Campsite(ナポートパークオートキャンプ場)
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          Rakuten

          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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