Magnificent nature produces rich foods. Ocean, Fields, Ranches, Mountains, Rivers, Forests.
The fantastic scenery is only matched by the exquisite ingredients the land produces, catching a traveller’s heart. This land, despite its harsh natural environment, nurtures a treasury of bountiful ingredients that grow in abundance. This is the great view of Eastern Hokkaido.
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 meets the Oyashio Current. A large number of nutritious fish gather there from around the world.
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”.
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.