10 Things to Do in Fukagawa City

10 Things to Do in Fukagawa City

Fukagawa (深川市) is a city in the Sorachi Subprefecture of Hokkaido, Japan. The surrounding region was known as Memu, which means "spring pond" in the Ainu language, but the name "Fukagawa" first arose around 1890. (Meiji 23). Fukagawa is a Japanese term that combines the words "deep" (fuka) and "river" (gawa). The Ooho River, which runs through Fukagawa, was dubbed "Ooho nai" by the Ainu people who lived there. "Ooho nai" translates to "deep river" in Japanese.

For those planning to visit Fukagawa City to check what it has to offer, here are the 10 Things to Do in Fukagawa City:

Fukagawa manhole cover

1. Take a picture of Fukagawa’s unique manhole cover. So far, I have seen 1 unique manhole cover. It is common and can be seen around Fukagawa city proper.

Fukagawa Roadside Station / Riceland Fukagawa Roadside Station

2. Visit the Fukagawa Roadside Station / Riceland Fukagawa Roadside Station and buy products that are made from Fukagawa. You can also get the roadside station stamp here for the Hokkaido Stamp rally booklet.

3. Buy Fukagawa’s famed rice and find out why Fukagawa Rice is considered one of the best in Hokkaido.

Fukagawa Shrine

4. Visit the Fukagawa Shrine. You can pay your respects and offer prayers here any time of the day. You can also get a goshuin here.

5. Attend the Fukagawa Summer Festival at the end of July. The highlight of the festival is a Shan Shan Umbrella Dance in which participants wear color-coordinated kimonos and twirl paper umbrellas while parading along the city's main street.

Uomaru Fukagawa

6. Eat at Uomaru Fukagawa. It’s a conveyor belt sushi that offers fresh high quality but affordable sushi.


7. Drive along Route 79 which is dubbed as Totoro Pass on the southern outskirts of the city. Don’t forget to stop by and take a photo of the Catbus.

Sakurayama Park

8. Visit Sakurayama Park and check out the D51312 Steam Engine displayed in the park. If you visit during spring, you will also see the cherry blossom trees in full bloom. There is also a mini golf course here that you can try out. 

Fukagawa City Historical Museum

9. Visit the Fukagawa City Historical Museum and learn about the rich history of Fukagawa City.

Mabu Park Campsite

10. Camp at Mabu Park Campsite. The park has a picturesque well-manicured lawn. It has an area for camper and auto campers. There is also an option to rent a cottage. This campsite is near a hot spring and an apple cider brewery.

I hope my list of the 10 Things to Do in Fukagawa City gave you an idea and inspiration to visit the city in the future.



  1. Great list! I will surely use the information here when I visit Fukagawa City in the future.


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