|| The Tokachi area
is a leading and advanced region of upland farming and dairy farming in
Japan, and the central industry of Tokachi is agriculture.
Its spacious agricultural scenery reminds everyone of Europe and the
contrast with the grand mountain scenery of surrounding Mt. Taisetsu, Akan
National Park and Hidaka and Erimo Semi-national Park has become the main
image of Tokachi.
There are many tourist facilities which take advantage of the rich nature,
abundant hot springs and beautiful lakes , but because the facilities are
scattered about, small-scaled and unpopular, they have become merely passing
The number of tourists going into the area totals 9,010,000 up until now,
constituting 6.0% of the total number for Hokkaido. The tourists to the area
are mainly day-trippers from inside of Hokkaido, and their number is the
smallest among the tourist areas in Hokkaido.
Among all the sightseeing spots in the Tokachi area, Obihiro city, where the
airport, the railroad station, convention halls and overnight accommodations
are concentrated, has had 2,150,000 tourists, the largest number and 23.9%
of the total within the area. Otofuke Town which has the Tokachigawa hot
spring resort is ranked second with 1,360,000 tourists, accounting for 15.1%
of the total for the area. Shintoku Town with the Karikachi Pass and Sahoro
Resort, Shikaoi Town with Lake Shikaribetsu, Kamishihoro Town, a host town
for a hot-air balloon meeting and lkeda Town with Tokachi wine follow in the
order mentioned .
Recently, new tourist movements are growing including outdoor activities
such as horse-
trekking and canoeing, and overnight-type tours in a rural area, such as
staying in a private home while experiencing farm work. To meet the diversified touring
forms , promotion of tourist spots by inviting tourists from the capital
sphere as well as from the central area of Hokkaido, and by providing
information and enhancing hospitality is needed.