Unlimited Bus Ride Pass Offered for Foreign Tourists in Hokkaidō


Sapporo, Nov. 13 (Jiji Press)—Two bus companies have started to sell unlimited ride passes for foreign tourists in the Tokachi area of Hokkaidō, northernmost Japan.

The passes allow visitors to hop freely on and off route buses in the area and are seen securing transportation convenience for the increasing number of visitors from overseas.

Some 113,000 foreigners stayed at least overnight in the Tokachi area in fiscal 2016, which ended last March, 50% more than the number three years earlier.

The two companies selling the bus passes, Obihiro-based Tokachi Bus Co. and Takushoku Bus Co., based in the town of Otofuke, hope the improvement of services geared toward overseas visitors will attract more foreigners to the area.

Tourist attractions accessible by both companies' local buses in the 19 cities, towns and villages of the Tokachi area include Obihiro Racecourse in Obihiro, known for its "Banei Keiba" racing by draft horses pulling iron sleds, Tokachigawa Onsen hot spring resort in Otofuke, and Lake Shikaribetsu, which straddles the towns of Shikaoi and Kamishihoro.

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