Otonrui Wind Farm - Hokkaido

Otonrui Wind Farm (オトンルイ風力発電所) is one of the most gorgeous vistas along the Ororon Line if you're traveling down the coast to Wakkanai. You can see it along Route 106 in Hamasato, Horonobe town in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Otonrui Wind Farm (オトンルイ風力発電所)

Otonrui Wind Farm details

Otonrui Wind Farm is a collection of 28 wind turbines lined up from Teshio River to nearly the 45°N Monument. In Ainu, otonrui means "road on the seashore."

Otonrui Wind Farm (オトンルイ風力発電所)

The Otonrui Wind Farm started its operation in 2003. Annually it produces about 58 million kWh which provides electricity to more than 10,000 households this is said to be more than twice the consumption of the entire town of Horonobe.

There are no parking lots here so you have to be very careful when stopping to take photos.



The massive windmills at the Otonrui Wind Farm were built in the Netherlands. Each wind turbine is 74 meters tall, with a rotor diameter of 50.5 meters and a blade tip 99 meters above the ground. If you’re a Filipino traveler, this would probably remind you of the Bangui Wind Farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte.

Team Nicerio visits Otonrui Wind Farm




My family and I visited Otonrui Wind Farm for the first time last August 13, 2022, which was my 41st weekend here in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. It was one of the destinations that we visited on the 2nd day of our 5-day Drive Up North Road TripAlthough the Otonrui Wind Farm isn’t the only wind farm in Hokkaido, it’s definitely one of the most picturesque as the wind turbines are arranged in a straight line along the highway giving it a photo-perfect angle. However, what I found disappointing were the powerlines along the road. It ruins the composition of the photos when it is taken along the road.



Regardless, visitors can always look for a different angle to get the shot that they want just be careful when stopping along the road as Route 106 is a busy roadway.

Otonrui Wind Farm Entrance Fee

It’s FREE to take a photo of the Otonrui Wind Farm. However, there are no parking areas nearby so be careful when you park along Route 106.

Otonrui Wind Farm Operating Hours

Otonrui Wind Farm can be seen along Route 106 so you can stop anytime. However, the best time to visit is in the morning when you can see the full glory of the wind turbines.

Why visit Otonrui Wind Farm?

Otonrui Wind Farm is not your typical tourist attraction. In reality, it is not. However, if you enjoy photography, this wind farm will undoubtedly attract your attention.

Getting to Otonrui Wind Farm

 

Otonrui Wind Farm may only be reached by private automobile or taxi. There are no buses or trains that stop nearby.

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  1. Hello! i live in Ilocos Norte. This reminds me of my hometown.

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    1. I've visited the Bangui Wind Farm years back. It is a beautiful place. Thank you for reading my article and also leaving a comment.

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