What kind of town is Hokkaido’s Shimokawa-cho? If you’re interested in finding out, then come on the Biomass Observation Tour!
Shimokawa-cho, Hokkaido
“Shimokawa-cho is called many things, like the environmental town of the future, or the future town of SDGs, but what kind of town is it really?” The Biomass Observation Tour is an introductory lecture for these kinds of people!
Knowing both the historical and present-day Shimokawacho
Japanese larch saplings hold the key to the town’s future
Viewing the biomass boiler
Shimokawacho is a small town with a population of only 3,400 people, but it is blessed with a great abundance of nature, and forests make up 90% of the area. The area was first called Shimokawa about 100 years ago. The town has become what it is today due to the many things that have happened during that time, and the activities of its residents. On the tour, we first explain the relationship between Shimokawacho and the forest, and how they are connected together today. We then conduct a field trip to the forest area, in cluding the biomass boiler itself.
Here are the details!
There are many fine restaurants in Shimokawacho!
The town has places to stay! There are places to eat and drink within walking distance
About the observation tour(Japanese) http://www.shimokawa-time.net/guide/ Guide to fine food in the town(Japanese) http://www.shimokawa-time.net/timest/taberu/ Guide to the town’s accommodation(Japanese) http://www.shimokawa-time.net/timest/tomaru/
Tour contents
2-3 hours
3,000 yen per person (one person alone is 6,000 yen)
Komorebi Town Renewal Center
Shimokawacho town
Example of basic course 9:30 ~Outline explanation from person in charge 10:30 ~Tour of the heat supply system around the town hall 11:00~Tour of the wood materials production facility 11:30~Tour of Ichinohashi district bio-village 12:00 Finish
Information about the area
The town is located in the northern part of Hokkaido, and has a population of 3,400 people. It has a prosperous agricultural and forestry industry, with 90% of the town covered in forest. In winter, the cold is severe, and temperatures can fall to -30C. It has been selected as the environmental town of the future (designated SDG town), and makes practical use of biomass materials with its own forestry production industry. It has gained attention as a sustainable town, and in recent years the number of people moving here has been increasing.