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Furano in Hokkaido, the filming location of “Kita no kuni kara,” still attracts many people

“Kita no kuni kara (From the north country)” is a TV drama aired from 1981 to 2002. There are many tourists who go to the filming locations when they visit Hokkaido which itself is always popular as a tourist destination. Some settings used in the drama, like houses and the forest of Rokugou, are still preserved. Here, you can enjoy the atmosphere of the drama once again with rich nature of Furano.
(Updated on: May 06, 2017)

Written by So Kuramoto, the story starts when a boy named Jun is a fourth grade student. A girl named Hotaru, a second grader, comes back to Furano in Hokkaido, the hometown of Goro. This is a drama of the Kuroita family and people around. It was aired for a long time and ended with the final episode, “Yuigon (last words).” There are many filming locations around Rokugou in Furano. Although 15 years has passed since the final episode was aired, these sites in Hokkaido still attracts tourists.
Furano in Hokkaido, the filming location of “Kita no kuni kara,” still attracts many people
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Most of the episode of “Kita no kuni kara” take place in an area called Rokugou in Furano. The landscape may bring memories back to those who watched the drama on TV. Although a long time has passed, there are no big changes here even today. Most parts of the drama were filmed at actual locations, so enjoy the same scenery from the show and its atmosphere. This is the best part of the filming site tour.
Furano in Hokkaido, the filming location of “Kita no kuni kara,” still attracts many people
[Nunobe station]
This station of JR Nemuro Main Line is the unmanned station where Goro Kuroita, Jun, and Hotaru get off in the first episode. Today, an old red-brown picture that shows as the moment of filming is exhibited in the building, and there is a sign written by So Kuramoto in front of the station. It says “’Kita no kuni kara’ starts from here.” Because this area is very quiet with several houses around, it might be an ideal starting point of the filming site tour.
Nunobe Shigaichi, Furano, Hokkaido Prefecture 076-0004
Furano in Hokkaido, the filming location of “Kita no kuni kara,” still attracts many people
[The branch school of Nakanosawa Elementary School]
This is the school where Jun and Hotaru attend in the story. The drama of a school life of Jun, Hotaru, their classmates, and Ms. Ryoko was filmed here. It used to be a real elementary school, but today, the building is used as a meeting place called “Yahataoka Bunkan.”
Yahataoka, Furano, Hokkaido Prefecture 076-0184
Furano in Hokkaido, the filming location of “Kita no kuni kara,” still attracts many people
Source: tokotabi.net
[the viewing platform of Rokugou]
From this viewing platform, you will see an idyllic landscape which is listed as one of the Top 100 landscape of farming villages of Japan. It is located on a slope leading from Jam Garden. Enjoy the panorama of Rokugou where the story takes place. There is a flower garden called “Irodori-no Hironba” where canola flowers, lavender, sunflowers, and cosmos start blooming in spring to paint the land in the short summer of Hokkaido.
Japan, 〒076-0162 Hokkaidō, Furano-shi, Higashirokugō, 3
[Rei-chan Tenboudai (Heart Hill Park viewing platform)]
This viewing platform opened in July 2002, and offers a beautiful view of the Furano Basin. One scene in the episode, “Kita no kuni kara ’87, Hatsukoi,” in which the chain of Rei-chan’s bicycle breaks, was filmed on a slope near this platform. Yes. It is the place where Jun gets off the bus and offers Rei-chan his help. The road was graveled back then, but it is paved now.
[Café/Gallery Akanara]
When it comes to the location of the drama, the famous café “Kitatokei” can’t be forgotten. The café was closed to end its 30 years of history, and donated to the city of Furano in 2010. Later on, some fans of Furano volunteered to run “Akanara.” They have been working hard to preserve the lovely building with art exhibitions and concerts. Light meals, coffee, and soft drink are available.
Shimogoryo, Furano, Hokkaido Prefecture 076-0017
Furano in Hokkaido, the filming location of “Kita no kuni kara,” still attracts many people
[Fukiage Onsen Roten-no-yu]
This hot spring open-air bath is located at an altitude of 1,000 m, halfway up the mountain range of Tokachidake in the Daisetsuzan National Park. It is free of charge. This hot spring became very famous after the episode, in which Ms. Rie Miyazawa and Mr. Kunie Tanaka take a bath, was aired. Surrounded by nature, it attracts both locals and tourists. You should bring towels or bathing suites. There is no dressing room, by the way.
*hot spring type: “sekkou-sen”
Fukiage, Kamifurano, Sorachi District, Hokkaido Prefecture 071-0579
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