The area surrounding Kikonai station(Kikonai, Matsumae, Esashi)
- Michi-no-Eki Misogi-no Sato Kikonai(Kikonai)
There is a resident tourist concierge who has a thorough knowledge of the region. There is a Michi-no-Eki which is attracting attention as a new base for southern Hokkaido tourism.
The Michi-no-Eki opened on the 13th January 2016 in front of the Hokkaido Shinkansen and South Hokkaido Railway Company's Kikonai station.
Its name is associated with the traditional Shinto "mid-winter purification ritual festival" which is held in January every year between the 13th and 15th in the town. It has a convenient location which also looks out onto the point of arrival and departure for bus routes heading in the direction of Matsumae, Esashi and Hakodate.
There is also a concierge who is permanently stationed at the Michi-no-Eki and has expert knowledge on tourist information regarding 9 towns in south-west Hokkaido starting with the town of Kikonai.
Besides this, there is a shopping corner where different famous confections have been brought together which are representative of Hokkaido and the Seikan areas with a focus on the 9 towns in south-west Hokkaido.
Masayuki Okuda, who was selected as "one of the world's top 1,000 chefs" and is the owner and chef at "Al-ché-cciano" in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata prefecture oversees the complete facilities such as the restaurant, "Dounan de's Ocuda Spirits".
It has been attracting attention as one of southern Hokkaido's newest sightseeing spot.
|Address||338-14 Aza Honcho, Kikonaicho||TEL||01392-2-3161|
|Hours||9:00 - 18:00(varies according to season)||Closed||Year-end and New Year holidays|