Biei is a small town located 25 km south-southeast of Asahikawa city.
It is well-known as a town with many picturesque beautiful hills and
In the east side of the town, there are Mount Tokachidake (2,077 m) and
some mountains, which are active volcanoes.
This town is originally a volcanic ash land by the volcanoes.
Since 1900, the farmers have been plowed this poor land and planted
potato, wheat, sugar beet and other vegitables.
In 1971, a landscape photographer, Shinzo Maeda (1922-1998), saw this
landscape by chance and was very impressed, then he introduced this
area on his photo books.
After that, since the 1980s, young travelers got to visit here, then in
the 1990s, Biei had became one of the most popular spots in Hokkaido.
The center of the town which has shops and restaurants are around JR
The northwestern scenic area of the station is named as "Road of
patchwork", and the southern scenic area is named as "Panoramic road".
Additionally, a route from the station to the foot of Tokachidake
volcano is named as "Refresh
There is the information center named as "The tower of the four
seasons" just east of the station.
We can get the maps of the areas and other information there.
Most scenic points are in general farming land.
Please don't disturb the farmers in their work. And please don't enter
any field and meadow.
Tourism Association Corporation website : Japanese webseite.
To avoid repeat cultivation,
different crops are planted in each piece of fields.
So we can see the landscape of the hills like a patchwork.
hill observatory Park /1/ : It is located 2 km north of
It is on a top of a gently sloping hill, and there is an observatory
like a pyramid.
- Hill of
Zerubu /2/ : It is located 2.5
northeast of Biei station
and on the Route 237.
This is a new observatory which young men in this town built in 1998.
- Tree of
Ken and Mary /3/ : It is located 2.5 km north of
It is a solitary poplar. "Ken and Mary" is the words in the commercial
song for a car of Nissan in 1972, then this landscape was used in the
- Trees of
family /4/ : It is located 4 km
northwest of Biei station.
There are 3 oak trees standing like a family on a hill.
- Tree of
Seven Stars /5/ : It is located 6 km
northwest of Biei
It is a solitary oak. In 1976, this landscape is used the commercial of
a Japanese cigarette "Seven Stars".
Around here, we can see the landscape of "patchwork".
- Hill of
Mild Seven /6/ : It is located 4 km
west of Biei station.
Some larches stand in line on the hill. In 1977, this landscape is used
the commercial of a Japanese cigarette "Mild Seven".
This area is wider than "Road
It is on the gentle slope of the foot of Tokachidake volcano, so we
- Shin'ei hill
observatory Park /11/ : It is located 5 km south of
It is on a top of a hill, and has a good view. Many tourist visit here,
so it is always crowded.
- San'ai hill
observatory Park /12/
: It is located 1.5 km east of
It is nearer to Tokachidake mountains than Shin'ei hill, so we can see
the view more grandly.
/13/ : It is located 8 km
south-southeast of Biei station.
It is a famous photo gallery opened by Shinzo Maeda in 1987. His main
works are exhibited.
- Tree of
Philosophy /14/ : It is located 2 km
east of Takushinkan.
A solitary big tree stand at the center of wide field. It is
slightly-tilted, so we look like "thinking tree". The naming derives
Unfortunately, this tree had
been cut down by the owner in February of 2016.
Because, it had become very
old. And especially, many tourists had ignored the manner that they
must not enter the owner's field.
- Hill of
Shikisai /15/ : It is located 8 km
south of Biei station.
It has a good view, and there is extensive flower field around here.
- Tree of
/16/ : It is located 1 km
southwest of Shin'ei hill.
A spruce tree stands at the center of wide field. It looks like a
- Trees of
/17/ : It is located 4 km
west of Shin'ei hill.
There are two poplars. "Puffy" is the Japansese female duo, and a drama
starring them was shot here in 1997.
Shirakaba Street /21/ : Shirakaba means white birch.
Many white birches have grown naturally on the mudflow by Tokachidake
volcano eruption in 1925.
We can see them along the street for 4km long to Shirogane hot spring
resort. Now they are naturally changing to pine tree and so on.
- Shirogane hot
spring resort /22/
: It is located 22 km southeast of
Biei station and is just at the foot of Tokachidake volcano.
There are a few hotels along the gorge where the Biei river flows.
By route bus, it takes 26 minutes from Biei station.
: It is a waterfall located just
north of Shirogane hot spring resort.
From the middle of a cliff, ground water falls down into the stream.
The color of water is clear.
waterfall /24/ : It is a waterfall
located 1km northwest of Shirogane hot spring resort.
Cold water fall down on the rocks like stairs
Tokachidake Observatory /25/ : It is located 4 km south of
Shirogane hot spring resort.
It is at a height of 930 meters, and is called "Bougakudai" in Japanese.
The Tokachidake volcano is outspread before us.
Scenic or Nature /
Park or Garden /
City, Town or Village /
Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine /
Museum or Laboratory /
Market or Commercial facility /
Other Building or Construction /
Historic place /
World Heritage Site
How to get to here
- By airplane, from each airport
to Asahikawa Airport.
(For example, it takes 1 hour and 40 minutes from Haneda (Tokyo) and 1
hour and 55 minutes from
Kansai or Itami (Osaka).)
- Then by route bus, from the
airport to Biei Station, it takes 16 minutes.
By local train of JR Furano line,
it takes about 35 minutes from Asahikawa.
It takes 50 minutes from JR
Asahikawa station to Biei station.
How to tour around Biei
- On foot : If you
time, this is the best tour.
- By rental bicycle :
some rental shops around Biei station. Prepare to pedal on many slopes.
- By car : You can
effectively. But parkings around most spots are not enough.
- By "Twinkle bus" :
This is the
sightseeing bus for only JR passengers to Biei station. You can see
about 4 spots in a short period of time. (Only from June to early
Hill course (The road of patchwork) : 55 minutes / Takushinkan course
(Panoramic road) : 1 hour and 30 minutes
- By sightseeing taxi
: The taxi driver leads you about 5 spots for an hour.
The fare is about 5,400 yen.
Copyright © travel-around-japan.com
All Rights Reserved.