Kikonai is a town located in the south west of Hokkaido, surrounded by the Tsugaru Channel and beautiful mountains, the town flourishes as a three-way junction to Hakodate famous for its spectacular night view, Esashi the birthplace of Esashi oiwake music, and Matsumae famous for its castle and cherry blossoms.
Additionally, the town has been garnering attention as the first stopping point in Hokkaido with the opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen Kikonai Station on March 26th 2016.
In this town one can breathe in the tradition, at the Samegawajinja's (shrine) Kanchu Misogi Matsuri (festival) we pray for a good harvest from the local fields and a big catch from the great fast flowing Tsugaru straits between Honshu and Hokkaido.
Kikonai's official mascot, is a lively boy based on the Japanese Brown Hakodate Wagyu beef specially produced in Kikonai. Usually he can be found working in the station master's office as the station master of Kikonai Station shinkansen tourism, however he is also active in promoting Hakodate Wagyu beef and various events. He specializes in MOOtivation. He can sometimes appear dim-witted.
The traditional Shinto rituals at the Samegawajinja (shrine) spread around Kikonai. Every winter, a traditional custom is practiced where the 4 young pupils that are chosen are doused in cold water many times day and night to cleanse them, they clutch the Goshintai (objects of worship: Bettou, Inari, Yama-no-kami, Benzaiten) and dive into the Tsugaru Strait, cleansing the Goshintai (a purification ceremony called Misogi).
Misogi can be seen all over town with Misogihama (beach), Misogi-no-sato (the name of the roadside rest area), junmai sake Misogi-no-mai, Misogi famous confectionary and much more.
We have prepared an enjoyable program guiding you on a walk around the Kikonai Station area. It is a rare experience to spend a relaxing and fun time sampling Kikonai's famous local food and drinks, experience a simulated Kanchu Misogi purification and more.
Applications: Kikonaicho Tourism Association tel 090-6521-1616 (weekdays between 9 AM and 5 PM)
＊Reservation required (3 days prior). 1 person minimum. Expenses 1000 yen. About 1 hour required.
Hakodate Airport - (Hakodate Ekimae by bus about 20 minutes) - Hakodate Station (by JR about 20 minutes) - Shin Hakodate Hokuto Station (by Shinkansen about 13 minutes) - Kikonai Station
Hakodate Airport - (Hakodate Ekimae by bus about 20 minutes) - Hakodate Station (by South Hokkaido Railway about 60 minutes) - Kamaya Station/Izumisawa Station/Satsukari Station/Kikonai Station
Tokyo - about 90 minutes - Sendai - about 100 minutes - Shin Aomori - about 50 minutes - Kikonai
Shin Hakodate Hokuto - about 13 minutes - Kikonai
Hakodate Ekimae - Kikonai Ekimae about 90 minutes
Matsumae - Kikonai Ekimae about 90 minutes
Esashi - Kikonai Ekimae about 80 minutes
●Kikonai Station / Rent-a-car
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