Discover the best top things to do in Tomakomai, Japan including Mount Tarumae, Lake Utonai, Tomakomai City Science Center, Sea Station Plat Seaport Market, Mol Ferry Sunflower, Michinoeki Utonaiko, Nishiki Onuma Park, Lake Utonai Sanctuary, Lake Utonai Wildlife Conservation Center, Tomakomai City Midorigaoka Park Observation Deck.
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4.5 based on 46 reviews
We visited on a weekday afternoon and there were few other walkers. The usual bear warnings apply in this area. The climb to the crater is initially in thick vegetation but opens up and provides splendid views of the surrounding landscape and the volcano itself. The track requires a good degree of fitness and sturdy footwear (track is stony in parts). We used a hire car to get to Mt Tarumae.
N.B. Mt Tarumae is an active volcano and the road into the car park is unmade.
3.5 based on 97 reviews
Visited this last week..the lake is no big deal although if you have small kids they could feed the swans...The wild life centre or bird sanctuary is very good and a nice walk...
4.5 based on 27 reviews
We only went into the MIR museum, which is free. I think you might have to pay for the rest of the science museum. It's so amazing to see the MIR twin up close, especially the small areas they had to work and live in. There is a pamphlet available in English, and English labelling of certain parts to help you get a better understanding of everything. It was the highlight of our visit to Tomakomai.
4 based on 68 reviews
A fresh fish shop, greengrocery, 21 stores including the restaurant are markets linking the eaves. It is next to business, Tomakomai fishing port and the wholesale market from 7:00 a.m. and offers fresh fishery products and farm products. In addition, the restaurant where a lot of dishes using ホッキ shellfish made specially in Tomakomai gather is popular. It is the market which it does well as a citizen's kitchen, and a lot of tourists visit as a tourist attraction of the Tomakomai only meal.
Sea Station Plat Seaport Market – About a 30 minute walk from Tomakomai train station. The market is situated in two long buildings housing fresh seafood dealers, restaurants and other shops selling groceries and other items. The restaurants offer special sets of fresh shellfish meals at really good prices.
4 based on 28 reviews
There’s no reviews written in English concerning this service. I read a somewhat negative report on CNNGo. My report is more positive than the CNN report.
My family and I (wife, children aged 8 and 10) took the 1845 ferry from Hokkaido (Tomakomai) to Ibaraki (Oarai) in March 2013 after a ski trip in Niseko. We stayed in a standard room. The sea was calm along the way and we found it to be a comfortable and pleasantly memorable experience. We may or may not do it again because it took 2 days to get to Tokyo instead of the usual 1 day. My children loved it however.
Getting there and away.
The simplest way, even coming from Niseko, is to go back to the airport and catch the shuttle bus that departs Chitose Airport at 1720. It’s very smooth, the bus drops you off at the ferry well on time.
On the Tokyo side of the trip, there is again a shuttle bus right there. However, we had to wait 40 min for it. Once we got to Mito station (most people get off the bus there and it looks like a station), we took a Joban train local which takes an eternity to travel. We should have splurged and done one of two things: buy green car tickets (if on the local train) or not take the local train and instead get on a shinkansen.
The boat is big. They have greeters when you board who usher you politely and efficiently to your room. The interior looks like you’re back in the 60s, even though the boat was built in 1998.
We had a standard room. It was clean and spacious. Still tight, because it’s a japanese boat, but more comfortable than the rooms on the Tokyo-Sapporo Hokutosei sleeper train.
We brought our own, bought at the airport. We didn’t look forward to all-you-can-eat buffets on a relatively cheap ferry. The buffet did not look appetizing but we didn't look closely.
Lots of booze for sale on board.
Surprisingly clean. But I was silly and stayed a whole 12min in the sauna because there’s a clock on the wall that counts up to 12min. I wasn’t feeling too good after that. I don't advise staying 12min just because the clock counts 12min.
They’re too frequent and in Japanese only. But they don’t announce anything that you don’t know. Mostly: “time for breakfast...breakfast will end soon... breakfast ended,” and so on. So you can just turn off the volume. There's a volume button near the door.
There are many on the boat. The CNNGo review made a big fuss about them. We didn’t ourselves see much of them. They’re segregated from the other passengers. And they seemed to be polite and most civilized.
All in all
A positive experience. But it's a long way to reach Tokyo. Make sure to get a nice train to Tokyo from Mito station. It ruins the trip to be standing the whole way on the Joban local train.
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