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The great differences between daytime and nighttime temperatures make our melons wonderfully sweet. The peakseason is July to September.

Potatoes, Pumpkin, Corn

 Many years have passed since pioneers here first broke ground.
They plowed the virgin land, grew potatoes and other crops, and lived off their abundance. Today, these provide a nutritious autumnal bounty.
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Cattle:The "Japanese Black"

The superb meat of the Japanese Black. a breed of beef cattle unique to Japan, is served by the finest restaurants, most notably as steak and sukiyaki.Shimukappu was one of the first villages in Hokkaido to supply calves to Japan's top beef -producing districts for fattening. Hitachi Beef, Kobe Beef, Yonezawa Beef: These and other premier brands rely on Shimukappu calves.


Our beets are used to produce high-quality granulated sugar.Like our melons, they are sweeter than beets elsewhere,thanks to the great differences between daytime and nighttime temperatures.

Dairy cattle

 Milk tastes different from season to season and from farm to farm, depending on temperature, environment,and feed. Milk rich in nutrients is shipped daily from the village.


Forests cover 94% of Shimukappu.Forestry has been a major industry of the village, as has agriculture.We are making various efforts to protect the forest, such as by management thinning.



Are you familiar with the practice of transporting timber by river? Called ryu-so, it was done in Shimukappu with the timber felled in winter. In spring, the Mukawa River used to be so jammed with logs that you could walk across it. This spectacular harbinger of spring vanished around 1958, with the development of vehicle transportation.