From Lake Nukabira to Mikuni Pass (Kato County)

Former Horoka station remains on ex JR Shihoro line.

Please let me outline about Typhoon Marie (Toya-maru Typhoon, in Japanese) that attacked heavily Hokkaido in 1954.
This disaster made a crippling damage to the lives, buildings and industries in Hokkaido. Please click here for details.

And this Horoka district was also suffered from devastating catastrophe by the typhoon. To get rid of numerous fallen trees, 80 houses for its workers were constructed and 350 populations gathered in its prime. After elimination work is over, the newly built town has lost its purpose to survive there. And after the demolish of JR Shihoro Line 1978, this station ended its role.

This flag says “No gunshot here”… seems found hardly this kind of admonition in other area of Japan.

The landscape from national route 273 especially between Tokachi Mistumata (十勝三又) and Mikuni Pass (三国峠) is unlike typical Japanese scenery.
The road itself makes the destination rather than the purpose of transportation.

then got to “Matsumi bridge”. You might have seen this view by TV CM if you live in Japan for a period of time.
From the observatory at Mikuni pass, the highest road point (1,139 meters above sea level) in Hokkaido, you cannot see this bridge.
“Ryokushin bridge (緑深橋;see ④ on above map)” allows you to enjoy its view. Please take care of passing cars…

“Kogen bridge” that had been also broken and partially sunk in the river by the typhoon since 2016 was totally reconstructed in Sep.,2019.


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