Stories From Within MONOGATARI

Urahoro 浦幌

Next Trip: September 20 ~ 24, 2019

In the little town of Urahoro, cows graze freely in the green meadows, birds glide through the wide blue yonder, and people live a life of simplicity and contentment. Head down to the farms to lend a hand to a local farmer in his edamame harvest, drive down to the Kobukariishi coast for a picturesque landscape of the Pacific Ocean, or roll up your sleeves to make your own tofu from locally produced ingredients. You will also be exploring Tokomuro Lab- an abandoned school now transformed into a hipster cafe, co-working space and art gallery. Rediscover your inner peace and quiet your mind in the serenity of Urahoro.

Highlights

Tokomuro Lab

Tokomuro Elementary School in Urahoro closed down in 2004 and the school building had been vacant and unused for some time, before the blue print for its reutilization was drawn up a few years ago. It has now transformed from an old and dilapidated structure into a co-working space, a hipster cafe, a wood crafts makers space and a place for locals to gather.

Kitamura Forestry

Forests take up 70% of the land area of Urahoro. Kitamura Forestry has been working to create a sustainable forestry industry to drive the local economy. Kitamura Forestry recently established a new company Baton Plus to convert these natural resources into valuable assets by working with corporate partners and utilizing their specialized knowledge and technology.

Kobukariishi Coast

Watch the vast infinite blue skies merge with the sparkling emerald blue seas over the horizon at Kobukariishi Coast that outlines the shoreline of Eastern Hokkaido. When the skies are clear, you can jump off the cliff on a paraglide, frolic around on the grass fields or just lie down and listen to the sounds of nature.

Hamanasu Rose

The summer of Urahoro is painted with the pink and purple hues of the Hamanasu Japanese Roses- a local breed of flowers. Learn about how a local start-up is using Hamanasu to produce an organic cosmetic brand, and how the package design is hand-drawn by local children and adults under the Urahoro Style Education System.

Dairy Farm Visit

Producing 94 tons of milk annually, the Tokachi region where Urahoro is located has the largest dairy farming industry in Japan. Watch how the cows are managed and milk, learn about how technology is incorporated into the dairy farming industry and try to make butter yourself!

Pick Your Style

Plan A: Full Experience (5 Days)
Discover Urahoro with activities carefully selected for you to relish the full experience of  this dazzling city in Eastern Hokkaido.

Plan B: Customized Experience
Tell us what you want and we will hand-craft it for you. We can organize customized school trips, corporate learning programs and private tours to suit your needs and demands.

Details

Duration
5 Days
Location
Urahoro (Hokkaido)
Languages
English, 日本語, 中文
Group Size
3 ~ 6 people

What’s Included

Lodging
Activities
Guide
Transport
Within Urahoro
Food

*We work closely and directly with our local coordinators to ensure that our presence in the local region does not pose as a threat to the natural environments nor a nuisance to the local communities. As such, we have a limit to the number of participants for each trip. Our established relationship of trust with the locals is the foundation of our activities that are designed to benefit both the locals and the visitors.

Plan A

Itinerary

Day 1

Please note that the following tentative schedule is subject to changes without advance notice.

 

14:10 Gather at JR Obihiro Station or Obihiro Tokachi Airport

14:10 – 15:00 Move to Urahoro (Tokomuro Lab)

15:00 – 16:00 Self introduction/ Explanation of program

16:00 – 17:00 Tour around Tokomuro Lab

17:00 – 18:00 Learn about Urahoro Style Education

18:30 – 19:00 Check-in

19:00 – Dinner

Day 2

8:30 Gather

08:30 – 12:00 Farming experience (Harvesting of edamame and mini tomatoes)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 Learn about Tokomuro Lab’s projects

15:00 – 17:00 Workshop

18:00 – Dinner

Day 3

08:30 Gather

09:00 – 12:30 Helping out at Minori Festival (Largest local festival in Urahoro)

12:30 – 15:00 Free time at festival

15:00 – 18:00 Workshop

19:00- Dinner

Day 4

08:30 Gather

09:00 – 12:00 Visit to Kitamura Forestry

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

14:00 – 17:00 Workshop

18:00 – Dinner

Day 5

08:30 Gather

09:00 – 12:00 Visit to Kobukariishi Coast

13:00 – 15:00 Exchange session at Urahoro Junior High School

16:00 – 18:00 Workshop

19:00- Dinner

Activity Date: September 20 ~ 24, 2019

Activity Price

For General Public: ¥40,000

For University/ Graduate Students: ¥20,000

 

Please note that the activity price does not include transportation to Hokkaido and meal expenses.

Please note that this activity will only take place with a minimum of 3 participants. In the event that we have less than 3 participants, the activity will be cancelled.

Cancellation Policy
You can get a full refund with no cancellation charges incurred, if you cancel earlier than 30 days before the activity date.

A cancellation charge equivalent to half the participation fee will be incurred if you cancel earlier than 15 days before the activity date.

There will be no refunds if you cancel later than 14 days before the activity date.

We are working with local companies Relation Co., Ltd. and Kizuki Co., Ltd. who is in charge of the coordination and reservation of accommodation facilities and transportation.

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