Travel to Hiyama

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that no one has ever told you.

About Assabu

Known as the northern limit of Hiba and the southern limit of Japanese beech, this is a town of agricultural products; Assabu

Once you are surrounded by the dense forests, take a deep breath. Assabu is a place where you can feel a sense of relief simply by doing so. Here you will find a vigorous natural environment formed by clear rivers and forests, including primeval forests of Hiba (cypress family) from the Edo period, potato fields with faint pink May Queen flowers and a gigantic tree dating back more than 500 years called Hiba Jii-san. The national highway is dotted with numerous direct vegetable sales stands. May Queen potatoes, a variety that originated in this town, are recommended. In May, when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, the Tatejo Castle Ruins Festival retelling the harsh battle between the Matsumae clan and the former Shogunate forces is held and allows visitors to experience the atmosphere of the end of the Edo period. Experience a peaceful journey by listening to the birds sing in Assabu, the namesake of the grey starling in the Ainu language.

HiyaMap Assabu Okushiri Setana 今金(いまかね) Otobe Esashi Assabu Kaminokuni

A lovely town is better if it has somewhat of a lonesome atmosphere.

Healing power that can be exhibited only by primeval forests that have survived for more than 500 years

01A gigantic tree dating back 500 years Hiba Jii-san

You will come across this gigantic Hiba tree (cypress family) dating back more than 500 years and known as Hiba Jii-san—the master of the woods—when walking in Reku-no-Mori (recreation forest). This mammoth tree, measuring two meters in diameter and 30 meters in height, is definitely worth seeing. Reku-no-Mori in Assabu is known for being the northern limit of Hiba and the southern limit of Sakhalin fir, and its diversity in ecosystems attracts a large number of visitors. This is one of the natural assets representing the Southern Hokkaido area.

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  • Hiba Jii-san
  • Hiba Jii-san
  • Hiba Jii-san

Aza Midorimachi 18, Assabu-cho, Hiyama-gun, Hokkaido 043-1112
Contact: Assabu Town Board of Education Tel. 0139-64-3318

02The birth place of May Queen May Queen

May Queen potatoes were first experimentally produced at the Hokkaido Hiyama Agricultural Experiment Station in Assabu. The oval, slim shape of this variety has an air of elegance and the sweetness increases during storage under low temperatures. In 1976, a monument for the birth place of May Queen was built on the premises of Assabu Agricultural Cooperative to honor the accomplishments of leaders.

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  • The birth place of May Queen
  • The birth place of May Queen
  • The birth place of May Queen

Aza Shinmachi, Assabu-cho, Hiyama-gun, Hokkaido 043-1113
Contact: Assabu Town Board of Education Tel. 0139-64-3311

03Japan's last Japanese-style Castle Tatejo Castle Ruins

The Matsumae Domain left the Matsumae Castle and started building a new castle in Tate Village in Assabu in 1868. However, it is said that the new castle was attacked and burned down by the former Japanese feudal government only two and a half months after the start of construction. The ruins were designated as a national historical site in 2002 and the old epic battle scene in history is currently a popular cherry blossom viewing spot.

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  • Tatejo Castle Ruins
  • Tatejo Castle Ruins
  • Tatejo Castle Ruins

Aza Shirooka, Assabu-cho, Hiyama-gun, Hokkaido 043-1364
Contact: Assabu Town Board of Education Tel. 0139-64-3311

Take a break and enjoy the taste of a long-established shop after strolling around Assabu.
Kuraya Confectionery Kuromame roll cake
Kuraya Confectionery Kuromame roll cake

This roll cake contains a generous amount of softly stewed black beans from Assabu mixed into whipped cream. Although this is a Western-style cake, it also has the enjoyable taste of Japanese sweets.

♦Address: Hon-cho 90-2, Assabu-cho, Hiyama-gun, Hokkaido 043-1114
♦Tel.: 0139-64-3103 ♦Hours: 7:00 - 20:00 ♦Closed: Sundays

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