【FINISHED】One-Day Bus Tour: Cattle Herding under the Autumn Sky

This autumn bus tour that departs from Obihiro takes you to Arigatou Farm, a free-range dairy farm situated on the rolling hills of Ashoro Town. Together with the farm owner Yuji Yoshikawa, you can take a walk around the farm’s vast pastures and see the cows grazing freely. On clear days, you can even see the twin peaks of Mt. Akanfuji and Mt. Meakan-dake in the distance.

Before visiting Arigatou Farm, we will visit Honbetsu Park in Honbetsu Town to enjoy lunch while admiring the colorful autumn foliage. The lunch will be a healthy, vegetable-rich bento prepared by Saibiyori, the cafe of Ogasawara Farm in Makubetsu Town.

After the outdoor lunch, we will proceed to Arigatou Farm, where you will take a walk and enjoy the autumn scenery in the vast, hilly pastures. You can also get a taste of the cheese of Shiawase Cheese Factory, made from the milk produced by Arigatou Farm.

The tour’s highlight is without doubt the cattle herding experience. In the afternoon, the grazing cows will be led into the milking parlor, and you can join the farm staff in herding them. You can also see the milking process, and listen to Yoshikawa-san as he explains his concept and vision for his dairy farm. It’s a fun and educational experience for all ages!

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


11:00 Meetup at Obihiro (Sogo Printing parking lot), depart by bus
12:00 Bento lunch at Honbetsu Park
13:00 Depart from Honbetsu Park
13:40 Arigatou Farm tour, cattle herding, milking parlor observation, cheese tasting
16:00 Depart from Arigatou Farm
17:00 Finish at Obihiro (Sogo Printing parking lot)

Note: Schedule and itinerary may change without prior notice due to weather and other circumstances.

Information on the Domin-wari subsidy:
This tour is subject to the Domin-wari subsidy exclusive for Hokkaido residents. The tour fee has been discounted by ¥5,000 (from ¥10,000 to ¥5,000 per person) with support from the Hokkaido government.
・The subsidy provision will end as soon as the allocated budget has been reached.
・You must be a resident of Hokkaido to avail of the subsidized fee. Please show an ID showing your current address.
・The tour may be cancelled depending on the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

As a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our staff will implement the following practices during the tour:
・Wear masks and wash our hands frequently
・Sanitize any equipment or facilities used
・Practice social distancing
・Ensure proper ventilation
・Ask all tour participants to wear masks and monitor their health status

Tour name 【FINISHED】One-Day Bus Tour: Cattle Herding under the Autumn Sky
Available period 18 October 2020 (Sun) [Registration deadline: 9 October 2020 (Fri)]
Time 11:00-17:00 (6 hours)
Participants Minimum 10, maximum 15 persons
Fee ¥5,000 per person
(includes ¥5,000 subsidy from the Hokkaido government)
※One child (age 12 and below) may join for free per adult participant (lunch not included). If the child will have the same bento lunch, the fee will be ¥5,000.
Bus fee, guide fee, bento lunch, activity fees (farm tour), cheese tasting, tour insurance
Not included Transportation to and from the meetup location, personal expenses
Things to bring Comfortable clothes and shoes
Meetup Location

Sogo Printing parking lot
Address: Nishi 16-jo Kita 1-chome 25, Obihiro-shi, Hokkaido
Mapcode: 124 651 309*02
Notes ・Registration deadline: 9 October 2020 (Fri)
・The tour itinerary may be changed or cancelled due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.
・You must be a resident of Hokkaido to avail of the subsidized fee. Please show an ID showing your current address.
・The tour may be cancelled depending on the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
・In the interest of safety, we will maintain social distancing as much as possible inside the bus. All participants are asked to wear masks, get their temperature taken, and sanitize their hands regularly.

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