Dash through the snow in a one horse open sleigh! In this tour, you’ll visit a horse stable in the Churui district of Makubetsu Town in the southern Tokachi region. This stable is run by Tooru Hirukawa, a horse shoer who also takes care of retired race horses. These large draft horses known as “banba” work with Hirukawa-san, pulling logs from the forest just like during the pioneering days of Hokkaido. They also like to take visitors for a ride on board a sleigh. You can experience the crisp air of winter and the power of the horses as they pull the sleigh across the scenic snow-covered landscapes of the forest.
Hirukawa-san’s horses live a relaxed life, and they have a friendly and welcoming demeanor.
Momo, one of the friendly horses in stable, likes to take visitors for a sleigh ride.
Hirukawa-san will tell you all about the draft horses as you ride into scenic snow-covered forest.
Morning Tour Schedule
|9:00||Meetup at JR Obihiro Station or pick-up from your hotel|
|10:00-11:00||Horse-drawn sleigh ride through the forest|
|12:00||Drop-off at JR Obihiro Station or your hotel|
Afternoon Tour Schedule
|13:00||Meetup at JR Obihiro Station or pick-up from your hotel|
|14:00-15:00||Horse-drawn sleigh ride through the forest|
|16:00||Drop-off at JR Obihiro Station or your hotel|
Note: All images are for illustration purposes only. Your actual experience may vary.