Taushubetsu River Bridge and Nukabira Gensenkyo Tour

This tour lets you experience the winter at Nukabira Gensenkyo, a hot spring district in Kamishihoro Town. You’ll go on a snowshoe hiking tour in Lake Nukabira to see the famous Taushubetsu River Bridge, a concrete arch bridge that once part of a railway line. You’ll then go to a quiet log cabin called Mitsumata Sanso where you can re-energize yourself with a delicious lunch. Afterwards, you’ll visit Nakamuraya, a famous lodge in Nukabira Gensenkyo where you can take a relaxing warm bath in the hot springs, or try your hand at making unique handicrafts. Before ending 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 concrete arch bridge that was part of the old National Railway Shihoro Line. It can only be seen up close by the public during winter, by walking across the frozen surface of Lake Nukabira (this activity changes to an observation tour from the lake shore in late February).

After the snowshoe tour, 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 Nakamuraya, you can rejuvenate yourself with a warm bath in the hot springs.

You can also relax in front of a “hibachi” fire bowl in the lounge, or experience making various handicrafts.

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 hiking or lake shore observation tour
13:10-14:10 Lunch at Mitsumata Sanso
14:40-16:00 Nakamuraya (onsen bath or handicrafts experience, tea time)
16:40-16:55 Shopping at Pia 21 Shihoro Roadside Station
17:35 Drop-off at JR Obihiro Station or your hotel


Tour name Taushubetsu River Bridge and Nukabira Gensenkyo Tour
Available period 10 January 2019 to 31 March 2019
Time 7:30-17:35 (10 hours 5 minutes)
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 (free)
・Ski pants rental (S, M, L, LL): ¥500
・English guide interpreter (¥30,000)
・Private transfer by taxi from the meetup point and back
・Snowshoe rental and guided tour of Taushubetsu River Bridge
・Lunch at Mitsumata Sanso
・Activity or bathing fee at Nakamuraya
・Tour insurance
Not included ・Souvenir purchases at Nakamuraya
・Expenses at Pia 21 Shihoro Roadside Station
Things to bring Warm winter clothing
Meetup Location

JR Obihiro Station
Address: Nishi 12-jo Minami 2-chome, Obihiro-shi, Hokkaido
Notes ・Please reserve at least 3 days in advance.
・Tours 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