• A party climbing the rocks by a waterfall on the rugged terrain. Approx. 8:30 a.m. on July 3, Urakawa

    Climbers enjoyed the expansive natural surroundings while being soaked in sun rays and water as they ascended the steep stream on Mt. Nozuka-dake (1,353 m), which straddles the towns of Urakawa and...

  • "Urakawa Friend Forest Kindergarten", located in Urakawa in the Central Hokkaido Hidaka region, started a service for taking care of children of families staying temporarily within the town for opportunities including "workations", or working vacations. From June 13 to 25, a married couple working at an IT company in Tokyo was the first family to use the service. Three more families are already slated to use the service, and the principal commented, "We want to do our part to help increase the number of town visitors and vitalize Urakawa."

  • Le Tuan Dat, 38, a native of Vietnam and a resident of the town of Urakawa in the Hidaka region of central Hokkaido, has been running a food truck at various locations in the region, serving ‘banh mi’ Vietnamese sandwiches. “I want to bring the authentic taste of Vietnam to the people of the Hidaka area,” says Dat. The name of the business is Banh My Hanoi, and it is licensed to operate in all regions of Hokkaido.

  • The Hidaka mountain range, which has been unofficially nominated as national park, is dotted with ‘knife ridges,’ that are cut off at both sides. Since the opening of the Nozuka Tunnel on National Highway Route 236 (from the town of Hiroo in the Tokachi region to the town of Urakawa in the Hidaka region), the number of climbers on Mt. Toyoni-dake (1,493 m) has rapidly increased, and this knife ridge is the most difficult traverse.

  • The end of January marked the conclusion of the test run of the sightseeing taxi "Hidaka Thoroughbred Taxi" service, in which a taxi driver showed participants around areas like the light horse ranch. Central Hokkaido Hidaka region's Urakawa Tourism Association and Nikko-Hire operated this trial service starting in November of last year. 41 groups, totally approximately 60 users, used the taxi, and positive reviews were received along the lines of, "I got to see places I cannot go on my own, and it was fun." However, the operators were also able to assess some issues with the project, like securing ranches where touring is available. Nikko-Hire aims to officially provide this service as a commercial enterprise starting this summer, and is currently constructing a service framework.

  • The town of Urakawa in Central Hokkaido's Hidaka region stretching alongside the Pacific Ocean has recognized an increase in Indian national workers in the Urakawa light horse industry, and has issued a Hindi language version of the Maternal and Child Health Handbook.

  • Last year, Tokyo resident and translator Kotake Mariko (58) participated in programs such as temporary residence housing in the horse breeding town of Urakawa in the Central Hokkaido region, and experienced living in areas away from home. She recently started a "workation" in Urakawa, which allows her to continue working while enjoying tourist spots in the town on her days off.