Biei Roadside Rest Area「Oka-no-kura」
|Facility Name||Biei Roadside Rest Area「Oka-no-kura」|
|Address||1-chome9-21, Motomachi,Biei-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido|
|Access||3-min. walk from JR Biei Station|
|Fee and etc.|
|Opening period||All year round
*Close for New Year National Holiday
|Opening hours||Biei Roadside Rest Area「Oka-no-kura」
|others||Michi no Eki Biei (Roadside Station Biei) is
a 3-minute walk from JR Biei Station.
This warehouse was one of three built
in 1917 by Biei Soko Co. using Biei soft
stone as material, and has been used
mainly as a storage warehouse for beans
(red beans, soya, etc.).
Mining of this stone began in 1916 in the
Murayama area of the town
(north of Route 237) and continued until
around 1969, when it was widely used as
a building and civil engineering material.
The stone was formed by pyroclastic
flow deposits from old eruptions and is
called rhyolitic ashlar, with quartz visible
to the naked eye. It was widely used
in Hokkaido and is still in use at JR Biei
Station (built in 1952) and The Sun
Kuranin (a confectionary shop in Asahikawa).
The last building of this facility was reborn in
April 2006 as a facility with a cafeteria selling
local products and using Biei-cho ingredients.
And, on 1 March 2007, it became the Roadside
Station Biei "Oka(Hill)-no-Kura".
In this building, there is a restaurant serving
the new local gourmet "Biei Kare Udon"
(udon noodles), attractive souvenirs,
such as woodwork and ceramics from
ateliers in the town, are sold only here.
We look forward to welcoming you.