A half hour drive from New Chitose Airport, Midorigaoka Observatory is excellent for looking out over Tomakomai and the surrounding areas, even out to the ocean. And it’s perfect for tourists like me with a limited budget – it’s free! Found in Midorigaoka Park, the observatory has a small shop, an educational playroom for kids, and of course, the observatory deck on the top floor. With explanatory boards that point out important buildings and landmarks to look out for, as well as chairs and even a coffee machine, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.
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Hi! I'm Karin Wu and I'm currently living and working in Tokyo. I took part in the photojournalism internship for JapanTravel in 2013, and I now contribute every so often when I can get out on the weekends. Writing is a passion of mine, and this site gives me not only an additional excuse to explore Japan but the opportunity to write about it and share with others!