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A great place to break for the night is this attractive log house with a hammock on the front porch and cosy sofas around a wood stove in the lounge. The meals, cooked from scratch with no additives, are fantastic. It's near Tokachi-gawa Onsen, a cluster of resort-style onsen and hotels along the Tokachi-gawa, a 15-minute drive east of Obihiro.
If you're coming by public transport, it's a little trickier: take bus 45 for Tokachi-gawa Onsen from stop 6 in front of JR Obihiro Station, alighting at Kashihoro Shōgakō (下士幌小学校前; 20 minutes). If you ring ahead, the hostel owners will pick you up at the bus stop. Note that buses only run eight times a day.
Toipirka Kitaobihiro features a terrace and laundry facilities. The non-smoking Youth Hostel offers dorm rooms and local organic meals. Free WiFi is available. Rooms have a natural feel with raw-looking wooden flooring, wall paneling and furniture. Bathroom facilities are shared. Guests at the Youth Hostel can watch TV or play piano in the living room. Free-use bicycles are provided. The hostel is a 10-minute drive from the Tokachi hot springs, a 15-minute drive from Ecology Park.
To eat dinner and/or breakfast at the hotel, a reservation must be made at time of booking. A Western-style breakfast can be served upon request.
Please inform Toipirka Kitaobihiro Youth Hostel in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.