Nakatombetsu Roadside Station - Hokkaido

Nakatombetsu Roadside Station (道の駅 ピンネシリ (ピンネシリ交流プラザ) is one of the 129 roadside stations of Hokkaido Prefecture. It is located at 72-7 Minonchi, Pinneshiri, in the town of Nakatombetsu in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

道の駅 ピンネシリ (ピンネシリ交流プラザ
Nakatombetsu Roadside Station

Nakatombetsu Roadside Station details

Nakatombetsu Roadside Station is officially named Pinneshiri Roadside Station. It was built on the site of the former Tenboku Line Minonchi Station, which closed in 1989. It was first established as a roadside station on April 16, 1996, with the registration number 32.

Pinneshiri Roadside Station
Nakatombetsu Roadside Station - Nakatombetsu town, Hokkaido Prefecture

The roadside station is formally called Pinneshiri Roadside Station

道の駅 ピンネシリ (ピンネシリ交流プラザ
Nakatombetsu Roadside Station map

Nakatombetsu Roadside Station is marketed as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Hence, it offers an auto-camping area with electric vehicle charging sites, cottages, and trailer houses. There is also a coin laundry which is open 24 hours a day. Aside from that, the Pinneshiri Hot Spring “Hotel Bogakuso” is just across the street. It offers a day natural hot spring that is said to be effective for neuralgia and gynecological diseases.

Inside Nakatombetsu Roadside Station

道の駅 ピンネシリ (ピンネシリ交流プラザ

My family and I visited Nakatombetsu Roadside Station for the first time during the last day of our 5-day Drive Up North road trip last August 16, 2022. This was my 288th day here in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. We came because my daughter and I were collecting roadside station stamps for the Hokkaido Roadside Station Stamp Rally. However, it was a rainy day when we visited. Aside from that, we also arrived very early so we had no choice but to wait for the roadside station to open.

Team Nicerio visits Nakatombetsu Roadside Station

道の駅 ピンネシリ (ピンネシリ交流プラザ

Nakatombetsu Roadside Station Stamp

Nakatombetsu Roadside Station Stamp

道の駅 ピンネシリ (ピンネシリ交流プラザ
Nakatombetsu Roadside Station Stamp for the Hokkaido Stamp Rally

What I like about Nakatombetsu Roadside Station is its ambiance. It reminds me of a cabin in the woods. Given a chance, I would pitch a tent and stay for the night. Overall, Nakatonbetsu Roadside Station remains to be one of the most-beautiful roadside stations for me.

Nakatonbetsu Roadside Station Fee

It’s FREE to enter Nakatonbetsu Roadside Station. However, it would be better to bring cash just in case you would want to buy souvenirs or food.

Nakatonbetsu Roadside Station Operating Hours

Nakatonbetsu Roadside Station is open from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Why visit Nakatonbetsu Roadside Station?

If you’re driving along National Route 275, then this roadside station is a place that you can use to rest. It has a clean toilet facility and also free WiFi. You can also purchase food and drinks here and if you want to bring omiyage back home, you can buy locally made products here too. Lastly, if you collect roadside station stamps then this place is a must-visit.

Getting to Nakatonbetsu Roadside Station:

The best way to reach Nakatombetsu Roadside Station is by private vehicle. Drive along Route 275 from Otoineppu going to Nakatombetsu. The roadside station is halfway along the way.




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  1. Looking at the map, it's near a campsite and an onsen. I think it's worth visiting.

    1. It is! =) I agree with you. I will revisit this place in the future to try its onsen too.

  2. Informative article about Nakatombetsu Roadside Station.


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