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Museum of Tenpku Line in Otoineppu has the great railway diorama!

Otoineppu has the smallest number of population in Hokkaido now, but it has a history flourished as a railway town. “Museum of Tenpoku Line” is the place to learn about 75 years history of Tenpoku Line. There are many interesting exhibitions such as old train tools and a railway diorama!


音威子府村の天北線資料室のジオラマ

Tenpoku Line is a rail line terminated operating in 1989. It used to run from Otoineppu to Wakkanai along the Sea of Okhotsk. 

The train line had an important role in carrying people and goods. But not only that, but it also was a branch of two train lines after the opening of Soya Honsen Line. 

The population of the village with the sound of steam train whistle came to its peak from 1940’s to 1950’s. It is said that the village flourished very much. 

“Museum of Tenpoku Line”, which opened in 1990, lets us learn about the history of Tenpoku Line. There are many train goods exhibited such as the reconstructed model of the actual station, station signs, ticket case, etc., which gives a nostalgic feeling to visitors. 


音威子府駅の天北線記念館の内観▲Museum of Tenpoku Line in Otoineppu.


音威子府村の天北線資料室の切符入れ

音威子府村の天北線資料室の展示物

音威子府村の天北線資料室の復元模型
 

What is the recommended exhibition?

“Of all the exhibitions, my recommendation is the train diorama and the photographs.” Takashi Yokoyama, the staff of Otoineppu town hall, told us. 


音威子府村の天北線資料室で話す役場の横山さん▲Yokoyama. 


This neat train diorama is reconstructed the station and train cars in late 1950’s. I could feel the flourishment at that time from this diorama. There are multiple railroads, and I was surprised to see the length of freight trains. 


音威子府村の天北線資料室の鉄道ジオラマ▲Otoineppu Station diorama. 


Otoineppu Village can be reached by 2.5 hours drive from Asahikawa and 3.5 hours from Sapporo. There is famous local food such as Otoineppu soba, too, so put Otoineppu on your list for your trip or weekend drive. 


音威子府村の天北線資料室の写真▲Some of the pictures are provided by the residents of Otoineppu Village. 


Either feel nostalgic or feel amazed by something that you have never seen. 

Otoineppu Village can be reached by 2.5 hours drive from Asahikawa and 3.5 hours from Sapporo. There are famous local food such as Otoineppu soba, too, so put on your list for your trip or weekend drive. 


音威子府村の天北線資料室の外観
  • Museum of Tenpku Line in Otoineppu has the great railway diorama!

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