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A Town for Stargazers

With its clear air and minimal light pollution, the stars in Nakatombetsu are a marvel to behold. The view is stunning no matter where you are, but quiet spots a short way out of town are particularly recommended.Away from the lights of town, with nothing dimming the light of the stars, you'll feel like you're in a star dome.
The stars are at their best in autumn and winter, when the air is driest.For an extra-spectacular view, try to visit during a new moon or crescent moon so that not even the moon is outshining the stars.
Few experiences are more peaceful and awe-inspiring than a night admiring a starry sky.
*Watch out for bears and other wildlife.
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Shirikoma Pass

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Heidi’s Hill

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A Fishing Paradise

The Tombetsu River is surrounded by an abundance of forest, creating a phenomenon that can be called a "green dam".This effect results in a relatively consistent volume of water in its rivers throughout the year, providing an easy route for the salmon and trout that swim up the river to spawn.The fallen leaves from Nakatombetsu's abundance of trees are also an immense source of food for aquatic life, attracting large numbers of river fish.
The upper reaches of the river are a popular fishing spot thanks to the forest track along the river.Yamabe trout, char and Japanese dace are particularly common, and you might also see lamprey or rainbow trout.

*Fishing of Yamabe trout is prohibited in all rivers in the Soya area from May 1 to June 30.
*Please be aware that fishing of salmon is completely prohibited from the mouth of the river to the upper waters.
("Salmon" here refers to species protected under Hokkaido inland water fishing coordination ...regulations, namely→cherry salmon, pink salmon, sockeye salmon, coho salmon, chinook salmon)
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Peichan River

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Tombetsu River

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A Town Nestled in the Mountains

Nakatombetsu is a mountain town. Mt. Pinneshiri (704m), a symbolic sight, stands majestically at the center of the town, surrounded by peaks such as Mt. Matsuneshiri (522m) alongside it, Mt. Shubun (716m) and Mt. Horonupuri (838m) to the northeast and Mt. Shirikoma (532m), Mt. Panke (631m) and Mt. Penke (716m) to the west.
Formerly a place where people went only to chop wood, the mountains of Nakatombetsu are now a popular spot for mountain climbers and hikers in the summer and back-country skiers in winter.
*Watch out for bears and other wildlife.
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Mt. Shirikoma

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Mt. Matsuneshiri

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Mt. Pinneshiri

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