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Kitami (北見) is a city in Hokkaido's Eastern Circuit. It is the largest city in Abashiri Subprefecture, and the second largest city in Eastern Hokkaido.

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JR's Kitami, Nishi-Kitami, Hakuyo, and Itoshino Stations are located in central Kitami. The limited express Okhotsk runs 6 times per day (each way) in winter, and 4 times per day in the summer. It operates from Sapporo and Abashiri. There are also Futsu local trains from Engaru and Abashiri about once every hour. The Special Rapid 'Kitami' train runs from Asahikawa once per day.


Memanbetsu Airport is about 42 minutes away by bus. It costs 1,000 yen per person. Taxis are also available, but at 7,500 yen per car. JAL and Air Do operate flights from Tokyo and Sapporo. ANA operates flights from Nagoya.


Kitami bus operates buses from Memambetsu airport, as well as to Sapporo and Abashiri.


The Doto expressway is currently undergoing major construction, including a route to Kitami. Route 39 also goes through Kitami.

Get around[edit]

Kitami bus operates several routes in Kitami.

See[edit][add listing]

Mint Museum - here you can learn about how menthol was extracted from mint and why they grew mint. It was more interesting than we thought it would be.

Pierson Memoral House - this old house was the site where two American missionaries to Kitami lived. It has since been restored and is maintained by a historical society. It's a good place to learn both about missions to Hokkaido, the Ainu, and the pioneer era of Hokkaido.

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Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Mint - Kitami is one of the world's leading producers.

Eat[edit][add listing]

The two meibutsu foods here are "shio yakisoba" (= salt fried noodles served with seafood) and "yakiniku" (= barbecued meat)

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Get out[edit]

Routes through Kitami
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