Horokanai is the town with the largest area of buckwheat cultivation in Japan. In summer, the buckwheat flowers bloom in profusion, looking like a white carpet.
This beautiful scenery is so beautiful that it is said, “It snows twice in Horokanai.
The light and colors of the buckwheat fields change in the morning and evening, attracting photographers and tourists alike.
There are four viewpoints in the town of Horokanai. There are information boards along the road, so please take a look.
The viewpoint called “Junpaku no Oka” (pure white hill) is located in the Shinnarui area, about 6 km south of the Horokanai Town Hall, and was the first viewpoint developed in the town. Here, the white hill is gently curved and looks like a pure white veil. Please stop and take your time to view it.
parking space and benches are available.
This viewpoint was established in 2013. Entering at the information board 1.6 km up on the city side from the pure white hill to the left, you will find the recommended spot, White silver hill, Hakugin-no-oka, where you can overlook the sparkling landscape of pure white buckwheat flowers. The white buckwheat flowers all over the hill are reminiscent of the silvery white world of winter, even though it is summer.
This viewpoint was established in 2014. It is located 300m closer to Horokanai city center from the Pure White Hill.
The Masawa area is popular as a spot rich in nature. White buckwheat fields stretch as far as the eye can see. In the early morning, fog rolls in, creating a fantastic atmosphere, and in the evening, the setting sun turns the sky and the land red. From the viewpoint, you can see not only the soba fields, but also Mt. Santosan, one of the 100 most famous mountains in Hokkaido, and the surrounding mountains. The soba fields in the Masawa district are a place where visitors can experience the charm of Hokkaido’s nature.
Many soba stores from the town and all over Japan will gather to enjoy a soba-eating contest, and competitions will be held throughout the two days, including the Amateur Soba Making Dan Certification Tournament, the Hokkaido Amateur Soba Making Meijin Tournament, and the National Women’s Soba Making Meijin Tournament. There will also be a Soba Panel Exhibition where visitors can try their hand at stone milling, as well as an exhibition of heavy machinery used in the soba fields. This event is a great opportunity to enjoy Horokanai, the best soba town in Japan, and is usually enjoyed by many visitors from inside and outside of the town.
Period : early September each year
Place of the event : around the Horokanai Town Hall
Main Activities : Eating and drinking plaza, stage show, panel exhibition, etc.
*The time required is the shortest time calculated by Google Maps. Please refer to it only as a reference.
Koryu Plaza, Horokanai, Horokanai-cho, Uryu-gun, Hokkaido
TEL: +81-165-35-2380 FAX: +81-165-35-2555
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