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観光客の皆様へのおねがい A request to all visitors

Map of Hokkaido
Biei is such a place Photo 1 Biei is such a place Photo 2

This is what Biei is like.

Biei-cho is located almost in the center of Hokkaido and is conveniently accessible from Sapporo in about 2 hours and 30 minutes by car. It is also about 15 minutes from Asahikawa Airport by car and about 2 hours and 30 minutes from New Chitose Airport. The beautiful natural environment with lush greenery against the backdrop of vast rolling hills and the majestic Tokachi Mountain Range is an attractive feature. In recent years, efforts have been made to pass on the beautiful scenery to the next generation, including the “Most Beautiful Village in Japan” Coalition initiative.

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Beautiful hill town

Biei, with its hilly terrain similar to that of European farming villages, attracts many visitors every year who come to enjoy the beautiful scenery and peace of mind. The topography of these overlapping hills was formed about 2 million years ago when sediments from a major volcanic eruption on the east side of present-day Tokachi-dake volcano were slowly eroded away over a long period of time. The current landscape of the hills in Biei is based on the agricultural activities of farmers, who took time and effort to cultivate the land created in this way as farmland.

Beautiful Hill Town Photo
The beautiful land is the very picture of agricultural activities.

The beautiful land is the very workings of agriculture.

The colorful patchwork hills that symbolize the “City of Hills, Biei”. These beautifully laid out fields, often seen on posters and other media, are not created for tourism. These hills, which are covered with seasonal colors, are the workplaces of farmers who grow a variety of agricultural products such as wheat, potatoes, beets, corn, beans, and more. The beautiful scenery of the hills is another product of agriculture.

Townscape of Biei

The street in front of Biei Station is a beautiful “Biei townscape” with a sense of unity where nature and landscape are in harmony, with a triangular roof inspired by “Tokachi-dake” (Mt. Tokachi), the use of Biei soft stone, a local resource, and the year of establishment to indicate the history of the stores.

Townscape of Biei

Tokachi Mountain Range

Tokachi-dake is an active volcano that is still billowing out its smoke. Biei has many wonderful places blessed by the volcano.

Baei Shirogane Onsen

Located at the foot of the mountains overlooking the Tokachi Mountain Range, this natural hot spring offers a taste of the rich nature of the mountains and their surroundings. It is a 30-minute drive from downtown Biei, and you can easily enjoy a one-day trip to the hot spring. Enjoying the seasonal nature while bathing in the hot spring will relax your mind and soul.

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Biei Shirogane Onsen Photo
History Photos

In 1899, the Asahikawa-Biei section of the Tokachi-Line (now JR Furano Line) opened and Biei Station opened, and the following year, Biei-village was established as a branch of Kagura Village. Why not follow in the footsteps of history? Read more