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TOUR PROGRAMS

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride through the Snowy Forest

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.

Tour name Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride through the Snowy Forest
Area OBIHIRO / TOKACHI
Category NATURE FARM/INDUSTRY SNOW/ICE
Season WINTER
Available period Late January to late March 2020
Time 9:00-12:00 / 13:00-16:00 (3 hours)
Participants Minimum 3 persons, maximum 8 persons
Fee ¥16,000 per person
* Please inquire for groups with less than 3 persons.
Optional
Services
・Pick-up and drop-off from hotel in Obihiro City or Tokachigawa Onsen (free)
Included
Services
・Private transfer by taxi (please inquire if you intend to travel to the venue on your own)
・Horse-drawn sleigh ride fee
・Tour insurance
Not included
Things to bring Warm winter clothing
Meetup Location

JR Obihiro Station
Address: Nishi 12-jo Minami 2-chome, Obihiro-shi, Hokkaido
Mapcode: 124 594 771*23
Notes ・Please reserve at least 3 days in advance.
・Tours may be changed or cancelled depending on the weather or the health condition of the horses.
・This tour includes private transfer by taxi. Please inquire if you intend to travel to the venue on your own.

Cancellation Fee:
・2 or more days before the tour date: full refund
・1 day before the tour date: 40% of the tour fare
・On the day of the tour prior to the start time: 50% of the tour fare
・No show: 100% of the tour fare