10 Things to Do in Uryu

Uryu, Hokkaido
10 Things to Do in Uryu

Uryu (雨竜町) is a town in the Sorachi Subprefecture of Hokkaido, Japan. Although the name of the town is derived from the Ainu language, its actual origin is unknown. One proposed explanation is Urir-o-pet, which translates to "cormorant river." Conversely, the Japanese spelling of the town's name uses "ateji" or kanji characters that phonetically represent either native or loaned words. Specifically, the first character , meaning "rain," is paired with the second character , meaning "dragon."

For those planning to visit the town of Uryu to check what it has to offer, here are the 10 Things to Do in Uryu:

Uryu Manhole Covers - Hokkaido
Uryu Manhole Covers

1. Take a picture of the manhole cover of Uryu. So far, I have seen two unique manhole cover designs which are common in the central part of town.

Uryu Roadside Station

2. Visit the Uryu Roadside Station which is formally called Roadside Station Den-en-no-sato Uryu (道の駅田園の里うりゅう) and buy products that are produced or made in the town. You can also get the roadside station stamps here for the Hokkaido Roadside Station Stamp Rally.

Uryu Shrine

3. Visit the Uryu Shrine (雨龍神社). You can pay your respects and offer prayers here any time of the day. You can also get a goshuin here.

Rice Art (田んぼアート)

4. Check out the Rice Art (田んぼアート) along Route 275. It’s just a few meters away from Uryu Roadside Station. Heads up! You'd see the rice art only in summer. 

5. Buy Uryu Rice or the Shokan Melon. These are the main products of the town of Uryu. Some say that they are the “Pride of Uryu”.

Uryucho Kaizen Center

6. Take a dip in the onsen of Uryucho Kaizen Center (雨竜町 農村環境改善センター). It’s very affordable but doesn’t expect it to be a luxury onsen as this place is a community center.

Uryu Town Park Golf

7. Play golf at the Uryu Town Park Golf (雨竜町パークゴルフ). You might be surprised that this place is a 36-hole course.

Uryunuma Wetland, Gate Park Camping Ground

8. Pitch a tent and stay overnight at Uryunuma Wetland, Gate Park Camping Ground (雨竜沼湿原ゲートパークキャンプ場). The place can accommodate more or less 20 tents but the parking is limited so make sure to come early.

9. Check out the Uryu Hot and Cold Festa held at Uryucho Memorial Park. Numerous boots are set up. There are also fireworks displays at night. This festival is usually held every August 27th but is subject to change. Please check out this LINK to see the schedule for this year.

Uryū-numa Marshland

10. Visit the scenic Uryū-numa Marshland (雨竜沼層湿原). There are elevated wooden walkways that make exploring the marshland a walk in the park. The best time to visit is mid-July.

I hope my list of the 10 Things to Do in Uryu gave you an idea and inspiration to visit this charming town in Hokkaido.


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Japan Diaries 4: Summary


  1. The Uryunuma Wetland campsite is now in my list of places to visit.


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