Drive around Farming Villages in the Tokachi Plain for the Beautiful Landscape of Farms like a Patchwork Quilt
Clear air in a perfect blue sky, lush fields, and straight roads that seem to go on forever. All of them give a sense of openness to the landscape of Tokachi. Tokachi is the largest farming area in Hokkaido, accounting for about 12% of the total agricultural land in Japan. This vast, open land of Tokachi offers a wide variety of wonderful experiences, especially for those who love nature and driving.
A spectacular patchwork-quilt landscape of fields
Just a short drive from an airport or main train station brings you to rural farming villages. The vast agricultural fields are dotted with just a few houses amid this truly off-the-beaten-path destination.
Hokkaido’s renowned straight roads are perfect for driving while feeling the wind, though it is best not to open the windows in autumn and winter as the thermometer plunges. If you enjoy photography, why not stop the car and capture outstanding photos of the dynamic, natural landscape?
In particular, we highly recommend the views from a hill, looking out over the immense landscape, as you can see below.
The landscape of fields like a patchwork quilt is truly impressive.
If you have time, take up position on a hill and watch how the color in the sky changes during sunrise and sunset.
A peaceful landscape with cattle grazing
The Tokachi area is ideal for dairy farming with its long daylight hours as well as soft, nutrient-rich volcanic ash soil. Many types of dairy products are produced in Tokachi and are highly regarded for their excellent taste.
While driving, you will see cattle grazing in the fields and on the hills all around, creating a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.
In Japan, cattle are now typically raised in dairy barns, but Tokachi is one of the few places remaining where you can see cattle grazing outside.
Beautiful landscape changing with the season
The Tokachi area consists of fields spread over a vast plain, surrounded by 2000-meter mountains with the Hidaka mountains to the west and Daisetsuzan to the north, creating a magnificent landscape specific to Tokachi. A further charm of the Tokachi area is the dramatic changes in the landscape according to the season. After a long winter, spring finally comes to Tokachi. Trees sprout leaves and bloom, and you can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms lining the streets and in the parks. The cherry blossom generally starts in late March, but the best time is between late April and early May, since Hokkaido is in northern Japan.
In summer vegetables and plants grow in abundance. Driving through the lush trees on a crisp sunny day will surely refresh the spirit.
Autumn is the harvest season. You can see harvesting in progress using large agricultural machinery. It is the best season to visit for gourmands, as you can enjoy freshly harvested crops such as potatoes and beans.
Finally, winter comes to Tokachi. Honestly speaking, the winter months in Hokkaido are brutally cold. And yet the coldness of winter attracts many people to Tokachi. The land is covered with snow and temperatures fall to -25°, creating a magical world of diamond dust and rime ice.
Especially for tourists from countries with a mild climate, the snow-filled landscape will leave a lasting impression. Tokachi never disappoints in any season.