Hokkaido Yoichi tourism information, Sapporo, Otaru, Yoichi, Tourism fruit fields, Kamui Cape, Shakotan Peninsula, Yoichi Wine, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Apples of Yoichi

Yoichi, the town with Nikka Whiskey's Hokkaido factory that was used as a location for the NHK serial TV drama, Massan, is popular as a whiskey town, a wine town, a seafood town, and a fruit town. It's a neighboring town of Otaru (25 minutes by JR train).

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Yoichi tourism information

About Yoichi!
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Elra Plaza

■Elra Plaza
Adjacent to the JR Yoichi Station. Central location for Yoichi tourism information. In addition to a shop selling various local produce, the 2nd floor features an exhibit of athletes from Yoichi, the ski jump capital.
( 9:00a.m.〜6:00p.m. Open throughout summer months, closed Mondays during winter months)

■Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
3minute walk from JR Yoichi sta. The building located on vast factory lands is reminiscent of Scotland. In addition to being certified as a Registered Tangible Cultural Property, the building also is registered as a Hokkaido Heritage.
Free entry. Free tasting available.

■Yoichi Space Museum
Japan’s first NASA astronaut, Mamoru Mohri was born in Yoichi. Build in commemoration of that accomplishment, the Yoichi Space Museum features a space telescope, a 3D theater, and exhibits of the clothing, food, and living quarters used in space.
(9:00a.m.~5:00p.m. Closed Mondays, Adults 500yen/Children 300yen, closed during winter months)

■Old Shimoyoichi Unjyoya
The only such building still standing in Japan, the Unjyoya was a commercial building that served as a place for trade between Japanese and the native Ainu people during the Edo Period. Today, the Unjyoya provides an opportunity to learn about business during that period. Designated as a National Historical Site and an Important Cultural Property.
(9:00a.m.~4:30p.m. Closed Mondays, Adults 300yen/Children 100yen, closed during winter months)

■Old Yoichi Fukuhara gyoba
Learn about the fishing sites for herring that helped Yoichi thrive. Provides an opportunity to learn about the herring fishing and how they were processed, the lifestyles of the fishermen during that period, and the roots of the seafood processing industry that served as the foundation for Yoichi’s development. A National Historical Site.
(9:00a.m.~4:30p.m. Closed Mondays, Adults 300yen/Children 100yen, closed during winter months)

■Fugoppe Cave
One of Japan’s largest historical caves with some 800 cave paintings from the Post-Jomon Period some 1500 – 2000 years ago. Experience the romanticism of ancient history. A National Historical Site.
(9:00a.m.~4:30p.m. Closed Mondays, Adults 300yen/Children 100yen, closed during winter months)

■Yoichi Fisheries Museum
Exhibit of ships called Benzaisen and lifestyle artifacts from the height of the herring fishing industry boom.
(9:00a.m.~4:30p.m. Closed Mondays, Adults 300yen/Children 100yen)

The land of fruit. Tourism fruit fields.

■The land of fruit. Tourism fruit fields.
Yoichi was the first town to grow apples in Japan.Today, the town produces strawberries, cherries, peaches, plums, prunes, blueberries, grapes, pears, and many more varieties to be worthy of being called the land of fruit. Fruit picking can be enjoyed on tourism farms from early summer through autumn.

Welcome to Yoichi-cho.

The tourism information center in front of the Yoichi station provides guidance in English. Feel free to ask any questions you may have.

1 hour from Sapporo, 25 minutes from Otaru (by JR train), Yoichi is a popular tourist attraction as it is the town with a whiskey factory, a wine town, a sightseeing orchid town, and a town of fresh seafood products. The town is also famous as the birthplace of Japan's first astronaut Mamoru Mohri and gold medalist ski jumper.

Yoichi is designated as a part of the Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National Park. In the summers, people can enjoy swimming. With bountiful wine grape production, the area has seen the construction of multiple new wineries and is becoming famous both in Japan and worldwide as a Hokkaido’s premier wine valley.Come enjoy the wonderful nature of Yoichi.

Nature landscape in Yoichi

Ebisu, Daikoku-iwa and Cape Eboshi

Cape Shiripa

Cherry tree
Cherry tree

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Popular food and local produce

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Enjoying and experiencing in Yoichi

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Map & Access

Getting to Yoichi

 New Chitose Airport – JR Sapporo sta.(Rapid Train 36 minutes)
 - JR Otaru sta.(Rapid Train 32 minutes)- JR Yoichi sta.(36 minutes)
 One-way ticket 2,440 yen

Departing Otaru sta. Arriving in Yoichi sta. Departing Otaru sta. Arriving in Yoichi sta.
6:13a.m. 6:39a.m. 4:52p.m. 5:17p.m.
7:04a.m. 7:39a.m. 5:27p.m. 5:52p.m.
8:06a.m. 8:31a.m. 6:42p.m. 7:05p.m.
9:38a.m. 10:05a.m. 7:29p.m. 7:57p.m.
10:53a.m. 11:18a.m. 8:24p.m. 8:49p.m.
0:34p.m. 1:01p.m. 9:35p.m. 9:58p.m.
1:51p.m. 2:17p.m. 10:30p.m. 10:55p.m.
3:05p.m. 3:33p.m.
3:51p.m. 4:16p.m.

※ change on March 12, 2022

 440 yen one way (30 to 40 minutes) from in front of Otaru Station to Yoichi Station Crossroads
 (in front of the Nikka Whiskey factory) → timetable

  Shiribeshi Expressway

New Chitose Airport - Yoichi :
Expressway - passenger cars 2,760 yen (from New Chitose Airport IC to Yoichi IC)
1 hour and 20 minutes.
Sapporo - Yoichi :
Expressway - passenger cars 1,330 yen (from Sapporo-Nishi IC to Yoichi IC) 35 minutes.

Parking map around Yoichi station (Japanese, Englilsh)

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Yoichi tourism spots

  • By taxi: TSUBAME taxi, MINATO hyer
  • By rental car: Yoichi rental car lease, Yoichi automobile industry

To Yoichi suburban areas

■BUS Yoichi sta. Otaru, Sapporo
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Furubira, Shakotan

Popular Spot - Kamui Cape Scenic View

● Heading to Kamui Cape
About 93 minutes by bus from in front of Yoichi Station

From no.6 bus stop (Yoichi Station Crossroads)
・Express Shakotan-go 10:53a.m. departure
・Shakotan Line bound for Kamui Cape
 7:34a.m. departure, 9:34a.m. departure,
 0:34p.m. departure

● Kamui Cape Walk
About a 90 minute walk both ways from the bus stop

Bus stop - Kiosk - The gate excluding the passage of women - Buddha prayer space -
Charenka path - Light house - Observation space

● Returning to Yoichi
About 93 minutes by bus from Kamui Cape

・Express Shakotan-go 1:42p.m. departure
・Shakotan Line bound for in front of Yoichi
 10:17a.m. departure, 0:17p.m. departure,
 3:17p.m. departure

Kamui Cape

Introduction of nearby towns

  • Niki-cho: Hokkaido’s premier land of fruit, a popular spot for fruit picking tours.
  • Furubira-cho: A town that boasts delicious seafood and a beautiful shoreline lined with uniquely shaped boulders and rocks.
  • Shakotan-cho: A town popular for its unique boulder-lined shoreline and cliffs with a beautiful blue ocean view and wonderful seafood cuisine.
  • Akaigawa-mura: Surrounded on all sides by mountain ranges, this peaceful town is a member town of Japan’s Most Beautiful Villages.

Events of Yoichi

Hokkai Soran Festival

Hokkai Soran Festival

July 4 - 5, 2020 (Cancelled)
Held in Yoichi, the birthplace of the Soran Bushi folk dance.
You can enjoy the Hokkai Soran dance parade, fireworks as well as the local food and more.

Mikaku Festival (food festival)

Mikaku Festival (food festival)

Late September
An event where you can taste autumn flavors from Yoichi such as fruit and seafood to your heart's content.

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Bus lines connecting Hokkaido

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