A trip for following the footsteps of Hokkaido development by samurai warriors

 Will leave the hotel in Noboribetsu Hot Springs

10:00

①Noboribetsu City Historical Museum   Will stay for about one hour

Livingware used from the Meiji to Showa era, materials about the natural history such as Sakhalin fir carbonized in the eruption of the Kuttara Volcano, materials about the Katakura family and their vassals, who immigrated to Noboribetsu for development, and materials about the Ainu culture are exhibited.

Location information

Location 6-27 Katakura-cho, Noboribetsu City
Phone 0143-88-1339
Business hours 10:00 - 17:00 (April to October: closed at 16:00 in winter)
Closed Mondays, days following the national holidays, and the New Year period

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 About 30 minutes by car

13:00

②Date City Kaitaku Kinenkan Museum  Will stay for about one hour

The exhibition of approx. 2,000 materials about the Samurai culture and the hardships of pioneering by the Watari Date family, which was a division of the Sendai clan, is open to the public. Valuable heritages of the samurai society, such as Hina dolls and armor made 250 years ago, are shown to today's people.

Location information

Location 61-2 Umemoto-cho, Date City
Phone 0142-23-2061
Business hours 9:00 - 17:00
Closed December 1 through February 28

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 About 5 minutes by car

12:45

③Kyoto Cuisine "Hiroya"   Will stay for about one hour

Kyoto Cuisine "Hiroya" is a creative cookery restaurant, where the proprietress, who grew up eating dishes of Kyoto, extravagantly uses fresh ingredients of Hokkaido and incorporates authentic French cuisine into the Kyoto cuisine.

Location information

Location 10 Asahi-cho, Date City
Phone 0142-23-3160
Business hours 11:30 - 14:30 and 17:00 - 20:00
Closed No scheduled holidays.

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 About 5 minutes by car

14:00

④Daioji Temple   Will stay for about one hour

(A tour of the precincts and the Treasure Museum, Zen meditation experience)

Treasure Museum

This temple was built by Kunishige Date, the then feudal lord, as a family temple of the Watari Date family, which had started to develop Date City, in 1880. It has a "treasure museum" inside, where Buddhist statues related to the Date family and valuable materials about the Samurai lifestyle and pioneering, such as relics, watercolor paintings, history books, livingware and boxes for storing decapitated heads, are exhibited.

Zen meditation experience

You can experience authentic Zen meditation in a room designated for Zen meditation in a historic temple. The vice priest will teach you how to remain seated and the rules for meditation. Sit, meditate and you may reach the stage of emptiness and voidness.

Location information

Location 18 Motomachi, Date City
Phone 0142-23-2171
Business hours Please ask before you visit the temple.

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 About 5 minutes by car

15:15

⑤Reimeikan    Will stay for about one hour

Visit to swordsmiths

You can watch Mr. Korehira Watanabe, a swordsmith who was trained by a master (a living national treasure) and now lives in Date City, and his apprentices produce Japanese swords. From a stunningly close distance, you can see the dynamic process of production of Japanese swords from the Heian and Kamakura eras, which is almost lost today.

Indigo dyeing experience

You can experience indigo dyeing in Date, which is the only place of production of indigo in Hokkaido. Select your favorite pattern out of sample patterns and do a little work. Soak a handkerchief, etc., into a solution, and you will find it dyed in vivid Japan blue.

Location information

Location 57-1 Umemoto-cho, Date City
Phone 0142-25-6161
Business hours 9:00 - 17:00 (May through November), opens at 10:00 in winter

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