Gourmet Cattle Farm
Bales of dried grass are compressed into cylindrical shapes called “Roll Bales”. It may be a rare object to see for the first time, but it is a really important resource for cattle to survive in the winter. Roll Bales dotting the fields are also a superb view for tourists in Hokkaido from early summer to autumn. The high quality grass which is grown on the vast plains in the cool weather can support about 400,000 beef cattle and 720,000 dairy cattle in Eastern Hokkaido. Each blade of grass is very small, but is the necessary ingredient to produce top grade beef, milk, cheeses, butter, and ice cream for all across Japan. One key phrase for this cycle is “locally-grown and locally-consumed”.
There are over 30 different kinds of beef produced and only local restaurants know the best way to cook each one. Chefs have to know how to prepare and cook steaks, hamburger patties, shabu-shabu and grilled beef to maximize flavor and texture. It is nice to stay in a hotel that has restaurants that take pride in their beef dishes.
Eastern Hokkaido holds the majority of Japan’s market share in terms of producing dairy products. This includes butter which is necessary for cooking, flavorful and nutritious natural cheeses, powdered and skim milk for sweets and bread, and fresh cream for making butter and ice cream. You can taste the difference in the rich milk, soft-served ice cream, and natural cheeses directly from the Eastern Hokkaido farmers.
Visitors to a guest ranch can also feel more closely acquainted with the dairy cattle, especially during milking and making fresh butter.
Gourmet Forest • Mountain • River
In the mountains of Eastern Hokkaido, there is a special feeling from the fresh air compared to in the city. You can feel the fallen leaves on the ground as well as hear the rustling leaves overhead. There is a gentle realization of the vitality and life here. The sun nurtures the delicate ecosystem between the trees, wild vegetables, and forest animals. Fresh-water fish live in the clear streams fed with nutrients from the mountain. The circle of life is an unending cycle here.
Eastern Hokkaido is surrounded by 2 large bodies of water, each with a wide variety of seafood and delicacies. One is the Sea of Okhotsk, which lies between Sakhalin, the Kuril Islands, and the Kamchatka Peninsula and has an abundance of phytoplankton because of the drift ice and cold air. In January and February, it is a challenging season for humans in this region, but it is an ideal time for sea life to thrive. The other one is the Pacific Ocean, the biggest ocean in the world, which in itself is a strait connecting the Bering Sea to the Arctic Ocean. It is a place where the Kuroshio Current […]
When you go to Eastern Hokkaido, you can see the magnificent scenery, as the fields continue off into the distant horizon. Large-scale agricultural projects is not only about improving production efficiency, but also to show a very Hokkaido perspective. The food self-sufficiency rate of Hokkaido is 207%, with Eastern Hokkaido consisting of about half of the prefecture’s agricultural land. Combined with rich volcanic earth and soil, the extreme temperature differences from day to night can bring a wide variety of crops.