Located on a latitude between 42 and 45 degrees north, Hokkaido’s climate is similar to that of white wine breweries such as Champagne, Alsace, and Rheingau in Germany in northeastern France. The number of wineries in Hokkaido has increased rapidly since 2000, and there are now more than 30 wineries across Hokkaido, in locations such as Mikasa, Iwamizawa, and Yoichi. In recent years Hokkaido’s wine has begun to attract attention on an international scale.
Once a bustling coal-mining town, Mikasa has recently enjoyed a revival as a steadily growing agricultural hub. With ideal conditions for growing grapes, many wineries have popped up to create an exciting new local industry. Meanwhile, you can still see traces of its fascinating geological heritage and industrial past scattered throughout the town. On this charming day-trip, take in the tranquil scenery at Lake Katsurazawa before stopping at Mikasa Museum, then tasting delicious woodfire pizza at a local farm restaurant. Finally, savor the unique taste of Mikasa grapes with a wine tasting at Takizawa Winery.