- September 25th, 2014
[Tokachi Ranch in Otofuke] Beautiful White Birch Tree Avenue
National Livestock Breeding Center Tokachi Ranch (家畜改良センター十勝牧場) is a ranch in Otofuke town located in the northern direction of Obihito city, and was established in 1909. The area is 42 km2. The ranch is one of 12 ranches of the National Livestock Breeding Center in Japan, and has the largest area. Horses, cattle and sheep are set out to pasture, and a typical view of Hokkaido can be seen. Especially, White Birch Avenue (白樺並木) at the site is famous, Japanese movie “What the Snow Brings (雪に願うこと)” and the NHK morning TV serial story “Massan (マッサン)” used the avenue as a shooting place. In addition, Tokachi Ranch Observation Deck (十勝牧場展望台), A Pair of Oak Trees (夫婦柏) and Driving Horses (馬追い運動) in Winter are well-known.
Information Map of the Tokachi Ranch
About 5 km is from an entrance to the Tokachi Ranch Observation Deck, and a small observation deck is built on the gentle pasture at about 160 m elevation, and scenries of the ranch and Higashitaisetu Mountain Range can be viewed. The magnificent natural landscape was used as a shooting place by Japanese movie “Senso to Ningen (戦争と人間)”. A gazebo and a parking lot as well as the observation deck are built at the site. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. The observation deck is closed from December to May.
The Driving Horses in the winter is popular. They make the horses run to take control of horses’s healthcare and overcome inactivity in the winter, and the powerful driving horses have a good reputation. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. It is open to the public only on the weekday from mid January to late February. Starting time is 9:30 a.m.
Look of White Birch Tree Avenue in Tokachi Ranch
White Birch Tree Avenue in Tokachi Ranch is at the entrance of the ranch. 567 white birches line up along a gravel road for about 1.3 km at green grass. A typical view of the Hokkaido is popular, and the white birch trees with fresh green lined along the road can be enjoyed in a summer, and the white birch trees with fall foliage lined along the road can be enjoyed in an autumn, and the white birch trees with snow lined along the road can be enjoyed in the winter. Now I know movies and TV drama series use here as a shooting place, and the view is beautiful. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Tourist facilties such as a food stall or a souvenir shop are not built.
Atmosphere of White Birch Tree Avenue in Tokachi Ranch Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (5 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||424 156 153*28|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Otofuke. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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