Lake Nukabira Phantom Bridge and Onsen Tour (Summer)

Experience the history and nature of the Lake Nukabira area in Kamishihoro Town. First you’ll go on a guided tour to see some concrete arch bridges formerly used in railway lines, including the famous Taushubetsu River Bridge. You’ll then re-energize yourself with a delicious lunch at a quiet log cabin called Mitsumata Sanso. Afterwards, you’ll visit Nukabira Onsen Nakamuraya, a lodge in Nukabira Gensenkyo where you can take a relaxing warm bath in the hot springs, enjoy roasted potato chips, or try your hand at making unique handicrafts. Before the end of the tour, you can stop by Pia 21 Shihoro Roadside Station to buy snacks or souvenirs.

The Taushubetsu River Bridge is a 130-meter long, 10-meter high concrete arch bridge that was part of the old National Railway Shihoro Line. Depending on the season, the bridge becomes visible or completely submerged under the lake, leading it to be called a “phantom bridge”. It is normally inaccessible to the public during the summer season, so this tour offers a rare chance to see it up close along with the changing water level and scenery of Lake Nukabira. You will also get to see other concrete arch bridges in the area.

After the concrete arch bridge tour, you’ll take a break at Mitsumata Sanso, a secluded log cabin with a relaxing atmosphere. You can also see and buy various handicrafts inside.

You can enjoy a hearty and delicious lunch made with local ingredients. Choose from Hatake-no-Lunch (sausages and potatoes) or Bokujo-no-Beef Rice (rice bowl with beef patty). 

At Nukabira Onsen Nakamuraya, you can rejuvenate yourself with a warm bath in the hot springs.

You can also relax in the lobby while roasting potato chips on a “hibachi” fire bowl, or try your hand at making various handicrafts.

Note: All images are for illustration purposes only. Your actual experience may vary.


7:30 Meetup at northern style studio SLOW living
8:50-11:30 Taushubetsu River Bridge and concrete arch bridge tour
12:10-12:30 Sightseeing at Mikuni Pass 
12:45-13:10 Walk around Mitsumata Sanso
13:10-14:10 Lunch at Mitsumata Sanso
14:40-16:00 Nakamuraya (onsen bath, handicrafts experience, snack time)
16:40-16:55 Shopping and free time at Pia 21 Shihoro Roadside Station 
17:30 Arrive at northern style studio SLOW living
Tour name Lake Nukabira Phantom Bridge and Onsen Tour (Summer)
Available period Mid May to Mid October 2023
Time 7:30-17:30 (10 hours)
Participants Minimum 2 persons, maximum 6 persons
Fee 2-3 persons: ¥35,000 per person
4-6 persons: ¥25,000 per person
Pick-up and drop-off from hotel in Obihiro City or Tokachigawa Onsen
Transportation by taxi from the meetup point and back, guide fee, lunch, activity and bathing fee, tour insurance
Not included Personal expenses
Things to bring Comfortable clothes and shoes (with socks) for walking (skirts not recommended)
Meetup Location

Sogo Printing office
Address: Nishi 16-jo Kita 1-chome 25, Obihiro-shi, Hokkaido
Mapcode: 124 651 309*02
Notes ・Please reserve at least 3 days in advance.
・Depending on the availability of the guide, we may not be able to accommodate your preferred tour date.
・The tour may be changed or cancelled due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.
・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