The basic idea of sustainable tourism is travel that can contribute to the society and nature for a long time. The Tokachi Sennen-no Mori Development Conception was launched in 1990, about 30 years ago. It was founded by a local newspaper publisher, Tokachi Mainichi Newspaper, with the idea of “returning resources to the earth by planting trees (carbon offset)” since publishing newspaper consumes a large amount of paper.
They acquired about 400 ha (988 ac) of land in Haobi district Shimizu Town at the foot of the Hidaka Mountains where beautiful mountains line up, and they started developing the land in 2013 with an aim to continue to create forests for the future in 1,000 years later.
A British desinger, Dan Pearson, was appointed as the main desiner. Starting from the environmental contribution activity “Carbon Offset”, this forest has been creating opportunities for people to come into contact with nature through various means such as forests, gardens, agriculture, art, and food.