Wholesome, natural foods and spectacular scenery on the northern farming plain of Tokachi
A vast plain with the largest farming area in Hokkaido, Tokachi is surrounded by the Hidaka Mountains to the west and the 2000-meter peaks of the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group to the north. Tokachi’s geography makes it an ideal place to enjoy the scenic wilderness that Hokkaido is famous for. The long summer days at this northerly latitude are excellent for growing crops and raising livestock, and the soft, rich soil is filled with nutrients from volcanic ash. These natural conditions yield milk with high fat content that is excellent for making cheese. Tokachi produces the majority of the natural cheese made in Japan, and people come from all over the country and the world to sample the region’s bounty.
Regional foods: Cheese
A specialty food of the area is Tokachi Raclette Cheese Moor Wash, one of the few cheeses in the world created using hot spring water. The unique moor spring water aids in fermentation, drawing out the umami of the cheese. A thick drizzle of Tokachi raclette on locally produced vegetables is a sumptuous delight.
Breads and rolls known as “Tokachi pan” are made with 100 percent local wheat; Tokachi wine has well-balanced acidity and is produced from local grapes, and Tokachi Beef is raised on the land and formed by the frigid winters. These are among the many wonderful culinary attractions to enjoy when visiting Tokachi. And lest you forget dessert, the confections made from local azuki (red beans) are a special treat as well.
The great outdoors of Tokachi is enjoyable in every season of the year: the budding plants in spring, the crops laden with their bounty in summer, and, in fall, the industrious harvesting of crops by large agricultural machinery all have their own charms. Winter is a special time when the plains are enveloped by air as cold as -25° C. The landscape becomes a wonderland of diamond dust, hoarfrost, and other marvels of winter.
Tokachi Garden Spa provides a way for families to enjoy the moor’s unique hot spring water together. For a bit of light agricultural education, join the Field Guided Tour, a popular activity that includes sampling freshly harvested foods. Culinary enthusiasts will also enjoy visiting a workshop to learn how to make cheese and prosciutto.
With so many attractions, there are lots of ways to enjoy Tokachi. Visit Ikeda Wine Castle for a taste of local wines or relax your mind and body at Tokachigawa Hot Springs. For a little excitement, go to the horseraces at Banei Tokachi. The historical race developed during Hokkaido’s pioneering days and features large draft horses racing while hauling heavy sleds. Come to Tokachi and take away memories and experiences that will last forever.
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