All of the main attractions for visitors to Mikasa (Hokkaido Prefecture) are dotted along the meandering valley of this lush, green-steeped region of Hokkaido. Its mountainous forests are the natural habitat of foxes, deer and bears.
The area commemorates its industrial past with museums and exhibits devoted to coal mining, logging, and vintage trains. Many local attractions serve to focus visitors’ interest on the geological heritage of the town - with the Mikasa City Museum being home to Japan’s largest collection of ammonite fossils.
The tough winter climate consigns most holidaymakers to visiting in the summer months when, around a tower in the town square, revellers enjoy the fireworks and traditional songs and dances of the Hokkai-bon-odori Festival.
One of the 100 hidden towns in Japan chosen for this publication.