Shinkansen sightseeing information

The area surrounding Asahikawa, Wakkanai and Furano(Northern Hokkaido)

Former Hanada Family Fisherman's Lodge(Obira)

A lodging house that epitomizes the golden age of Pacific herring fishing that brought great wealth to the area.

Hokkaido's Pacific herring fishing was at its height from the Meiji to Taisho periods. Nishin banya, which were extravagant mansions owned by fishermen could be seen in fishing towns along the Sea of Japan. They were occupied both as a residence and business base, while a part of the mansion was used as a lodging house for seasonal workers. During the peak of Pacific herring fishing, the Hanada family was the largest employer of herring fishing in all of Hokkaido, with a workforce of 500 fishermen, nearly 100 storage houses and 18 fixed fishing nets.

The former Hanada Family Fisherman's Lodge was built around 1905, and is the largest existing lodging house in Hokkaido. The historic building is designated nationally as an important cultural property, and recognized as Hokkaido heritage as part of Rumoi's Herring Street. The lodging house features a spacious dirt ground where fishermen spent their down time, as well as magnificent pillars, lavishly decorated office and a carefully crafted parlour. Adjacent to the house is Michi-no-Eki Obira Nishin Banya, a rest area with a restaurant that serves a variety of herring dishes.

Address35-2 Aza Onishikahirotomi, Obiracho, Rumoigun TEL0164-57-1411
(Former Hanada Family Fisherman's Lodge Maintenance Office)
May - October
9:30 - 17:00
November - April
10:00 - 16:00
ClosedMondays, December 28 - January 15 (Open daily between the 3rd Monday in June and the 2nd Monday in August)
Getting there
  1. From Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
  2. JR Fukagawa Station
  3. JR Rumoi Station
  4. Near the Engan Bus Hanadabanya-mae
FeesAdults 400 yen, elementary and junior high school children 150 yen, groups of 20 persons or more 300 yen URL