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[Horonobe Reindeer Ranch in Horonobe] Phantom Blue Poppy and Reindeer Meat Can Be Enjoyed at Only Reindeer Ranch in Japan

Horonobe Reindeer Ranch

Horonobe Reindeer Ranch (トナカイ観光牧場) is a tourist facility in Horonobe town located in the southern part of Wakkanai city. In the eastern part of Sarobetsu Plain, Rishiri‐Rebun‐Sarobetsu National Park, the Horonobe Reindeer Ranch is nearby Japan Atomic Energy Agency Underground Research Center (日本原子力研究開発機構幌延深地層研究センター), and is relatively near Toyotomi Onsen (豊富温泉). The reindeer ranch is well-known as the only reindeer ranch in Japan, and about 60 reindeers are bred. About 50,000 tourists come here. North Garden (ノースガーデン) is built at the site, too, and Blue Poppy called "A phantom flower" is planted. Restaurant polo (レストランポロ), a souvenir shop, a parking lot and a restroom are at the site, too. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Reindeers
Horonobe Reindeer Ranch in Horonobe

Toyotomi Onsen

Toyotomi Onsen (豊富温泉) is a hot spring place located in Toyotomi town in the southern part of Wakkanai city, and is on the foot of Toyotomi Onsen Ski Resort (豊富温泉スキー場). It is far from the city area, and takes about 10 minutes by a vehicle. Toyotomi Onsen has hot springs mixed oil, and is famous for effective for psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. There are 7 hot spring facilities at the Toyotomi Onsen, and some restaurants open a business at some accommodations. But some accommodations have closed their businesses, and there are not a convenience store and a souvenir shop in the Toyotomi Onsen, so the hot spring place looks a deserted street. There are the Toyotomi Onsen Ski Resort and Nature Observation Center (自然観察館) around the hot spring place. Read More

Fureai Center
Toyotomi Onsen

Originally the reindeers have been bred for foods, so visitors can eat a rare reindeer meat at the restaurant. When I ate it, its smell was not like beasts, and I savored it. In addition, duck dishes also have a good reputation.

Restaurant Polo
Horonobe Reindeer Ranch in Horonobe
Curry and Rice with Reindeer Sausage
Horonobe Reindeer Ranch in Horonobe
Reindeer Sausage. Smells Are Not Like Beasts
Horonobe Reindeer Ranch in Horonobe
Reindeer Hot Dog
Horonobe Reindeer Ranch in Horonobe

There are some means of transportation for the Sarobetsu Plain tourism, for example, a fixed-route bus, a sightseeing taxi, a rental car and a rental bicycle. I suppose that the best means of transportation is that visitors rent a rental car in the Wakkanai.

List of Means of Transportation for Plain Tourism

Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Sarobetsu Plain. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Wakkanai Station and Wakkanai Airport.
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Wakkanai Station and Wakkanai Airport.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Wakkanai Station and Wakkanai Airport.
Jalan
Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Wakkanai Station and Wakkanai Airport.
Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Wakkanai Station and Wakkanai Airport.
Chiseki Sekiyu Choinori Rent-a-car(チセキ石油・ちょいのりレンタカー) Their offices are near the Minami-wakkanai Station and Toyotomi Onsen.
Jalan
Rakuten
Toyotomi Tourist Information Center(豊富町観光情報センター) They rent a rental bicycle at the Toyotomi Tourist Information Center and Yu-no-Mori Pokke (湯の杜ぽっけ).
Jalan
Rakuten
Toyotomi Hier(豊富ハイヤー) Reservation is required.
Jalan
Rakuten
Horonobe Town Office(幌延町) They lend a bicycle for free at Horokaru (ホロカル).
Jalan
Rakuten

Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park

Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park (利尻礼文サロベツ国立公園) located in the northern Hokkaido between Rishiri Island, Rebun Island, Toyotomi Town and Horonobe Town is the northernmost national park in Japan, and has been designated as the national park since 1974. The area is 24,166 ha. It consists of 2 islands, wetlands and the coast, and beautiful nature such as the sea, mountains, wild flowers and wetlands is highlight. Because the Northern Hokkaido has few famous tourist attracsions, the national park is one of the most famous nature tourist attracsions. The Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park is divided into 4 areas, Rishiri Area (利尻), Rebun Area (礼文), Coastal Sand-dune Area (海浜砂丘) and Sarobetsu Area (サロベツ), and the Rishiri Area (利尻), the Rebun Area (礼文) and the Sarobetsu Area have a lot of highlights. Read More

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Motochi Coast
Rebun Island

List of Horonobe Reindeer Ranch Toursit Attractions

There are the Horonobe Reindeer Ranch and the North Garden.

Horonobe Reindeer Ranch

The reindeer imported from Finland have been breed and fed. The reindeers can be watched through a fence in a summer, and the visitors can feed a bag of food to them for JPY 200. In a winter, the visitors can play sleds pulled by reindeers for JPY 500. White Festa (ホワイトフェスタ) is held only in a day, mid December.

Building of Horonobe Reindeer Ranch
Horonobe Reindeer Ranch in Horonobe
Most of Reindeers Sleep
Horonobe Reindeer Ranch in Horonobe

Movie of Horonobe Reindeer Ranch

Movie of White Festa

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (40 cars)
Business hour From April to September 09:00-17:00, From October to March 09:00-16:00
Regular closing day Year-end and New Year holidays
Telephone number +81-1632-5-2050
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 530 733 565*26

North Garden

The North Garden is at the north side of the ranch. Flowers such as Pyrethrum Coccineum and German Iris can be admired from June to September. In those flowers, the Blue Poppy, a flower native of the Himalayas, is the noted flower of the North Garden. It is called the Phantom Blue Poppy because it is hard to cultivate. The best time to see it is from mid June to mid July.

North Garden
Horonobe Reindeer Ranch in Horonobe
Some Blue Poppies Blossom
Horonobe Reindeer Ranch in Horonobe
Blue Poppy Called Phantom Blue Poppy
Horonobe Reindeer Ranch in Horonobe
Flowers
Horonobe Reindeer Ranch in Horonobe

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Toyotomi, the Horonobe and the Teshio. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Horonobe

Minshuku Ryokan Sarobetsu(民宿旅館サロベツ)
Booking
Business Hotel Hokutoso(ビジネスホテル北斗荘)
Booking
Jalan
Business Ryokan Koeiso(ビジネス旅館光栄荘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Meizanso(民宿名山荘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Furusato-no-Mori Forest Park Campsite(ふるさとの森森林公園キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Toyotomi Onsen

Kawashima Ryokan(川島旅館)
New Onsnekaku Hotel(ニュー温泉閣ホテル)
Booking
Jalan
Hotel Toyotomi(ホテル豊富)
Booking
Jalan
Win(ウィン)
Booking
Jalan
Yukaiyado(湯快宿)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Yunohanaso(湯の花荘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Share House "Yado"(シェアハウス「宿〜YADO〜」)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Ukasuymosir(湯治の宿「ウカスイモシリ」)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Toyotomi

Minshuku Ashita-no-Shiro(民宿あしたの城)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Toyo Hotel(トーヨーホテル)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Matsuya Ryokan(松屋旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Yadokari House(ヤドカリハウス)
Booking
Jalan
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Lodgement Miyamoto(ロッジメント宮本)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Kabutonuma Campsite(兜沼公園キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Teshio

Teshio Onsen Yubae(てしお温泉 夕映)
Sato Minshuku(さとう民宿)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Sun Hotel(サンホテル)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Takahashi Ryokan(高橋旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Nishizawa Ryokan(西澤旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Hinomaru Ryokan(日の丸旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Ichihana(ホテルいち花)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Maruse Ryokan(マルセ旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Kagaminuma Seaside Park Campsite(鏡沼海浜公園キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

A page of Sarobetsu Plain is here

Sarobetsu Plain

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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