JAPAN TRAVEL: Misogi no Sato in Kikonai, A Sightseeing Hub in Southern Hokkaido
When traveling in Japan, Michi-no-eki may be a familiar sight for tourists, especially when on the road. Michi-no-eki is a roadside station that you often see along the roads in Japan. It serves as a pit stop for travelers who want to take a quick break from driving.
Michi-no-Eki Misogi-no-Sato in Kikonai
In Kikonai, their Michi-no-eki is not just an ordinary roadside station. This particular Michi-no-eki called Misogi-no-Sato, plays a vital role in promoting Southern Hokkaido. Located in front of South Hokkaido Railway Station and the Hokkaido Shinkansen, this one-stop shop is a place where tourists can enjoy shopping for local products from nine towns in Southern Hokkaido.
Buy local products made from nine towns in Southern Hokkaido!
When you drop by at this roadside stop, you’ll find all the best souvenirs you can get not only from Kikonai, but also from Shiriuchi, Fukushima, Matsumae, Kaminokuni, Esashi, Assabu, Otobe, and Okushiri.
Robi Domingo with Kiko, the red wagyu bull mascot of Kikonai
In front of the shop, you’ll find Kikonai’s official mascot “Kiko” to welcome you to the shop. Inside, you’ll find different local products that you can take home as souvenirs. From food, beverage, to Kiko merchandise, you can buy it all here.
Buy Kikonai merchandise here!
Aside from being a souvenir shop, it’s also your starting point when you want to explore Kikonai. In this place, there’s a tourism concierge where tourists can get sightseeing information.
It’s also where the famous bakery Coppendot and Italian restaurant Dounan de’s Ochuda Spirits are located.
Misogi-no-Sato also provides bicycle and car rental services to make your tour around Kikonai more convenient. If you wish to join the Kikonai Walking Tour, this roadside station is also where the tour starts.
How to get here
From Kikonai-ekimae stop, it takes a 1-minute walk to Misogi-no-sato.
Address: Aza Honcho 338-14 Kikonai-cho, Kamiiso-gun, Hokkaido
Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Closed on year-end holidays)
Contact: +81 1392-2-3161
This first appeared on Philippine Primer magazine’s January 2019 issue.