Lake Nukabira Phantom Bridge and Onsen Tour (Winter)

Experience the Hokkaido winter at Nukabira Gensenkyo, a hot spring district in Kamishihoro Town. First you’ll go on a snowshoe trek in Lake Nukabira to see the famous Taushubetsu River Bridge, a concrete arch bridge that once part of a railway line. 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”. In winter, you can see the bridge up close by walking across the frozen surface of Lake Nukabira (this activity changes to an observation tour from the lake shore from late February to late March).

After the snowshoe trek to see the bridge, you’ll take a break at Mitsumata Sanso, a secluded log cabin with a relaxing atmosphere.

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, or try your hand at making various handicrafts.

Afterwards, you can relax in the lobby while roasting potato chips over a “hibachi” fire bowl. You can also check out their souvenir shop.

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


7:30 Meetup at JR Obihiro Station or pick-up from your hotel
8:50-12:30 Taushubetsu River Bridge snowshoe trek or lake shore observation tour
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 Drop-off at JR Obihiro Station or your hotel


Tour name Lake Nukabira Phantom Bridge and Onsen Tour (Winter)
Available period Early January to late March 2020
Time 7:30-17:30 (10 hours)
Participants Minimum 2 persons, maximum 6 persons
Fee <Self-drive plan>
2-3 persons: ¥15,000 per person
4-6 persons: ¥13,000 per person

<With private transfer by taxi>
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
・Snowshoe rental and guided tour of Taushubetsu River Bridge
・Lunch at Mitsumata Sanso
・Activity and bathing fee at Nakamuraya
・Tour insurance

<For plan with private transfer>
・Private transfer by taxi from the meetup point and back
Not included Shopping and other personal expenses
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 due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

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