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Enjoy a floating island of flowers

Rebun Island

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Rebun Island

Enjoy Rebun Island’s nature

Rebun Island is an island in the Sea of Japan located in Hokkaido’s northern area. It is a long island that stretches from north to south with an east coast has a gentle and hilly terrain while its west coast is filled with steep cliffs that are buffeted by harsh western winds. When summer comes over 300 varieties of alpine plants begin to bloom here which only adds to be the beautiful views. You can see some very rare alpine plants that do not grow in Honshu here. 

At Rebun Island there are a variety of tourist spots that offer excellent views. A trekking course that takes you around to many of these spots has been set up so you can enjoy strolling around the island to your heart’s content. There are also two ski resorts at Fujimigaoka and Kushukohan for those interested in skiing. Kushukohan is well-known as Japan’s northernmost ski resort.

All around Rebun Island

At the very northern tip of the island is Sukoton-Misaki (aka Cape Sukuton) where you can stand and see a breathtaking panorama of the ocean. Directly in front of it is the uninhabited island Todoshima and when summer comes you may even spot some sea lions on the island. From the Momoiwa Observatory you can spot the 250m-tall rock formation Momoiwa (peach rock) which looks like a massive peach and you can even see Rishiri Island’s Mt. Rishiri from here as well. The surrounding area is full of alpine plants and you will be able to see nearly every flower or plant that grows on Rebun Island. From the observatory there is the Momoiwa Trail which goes up to Motochi Lighthouse. Momoiwa Trail is very popular and is commonly called the Rebun Flower Road. On the trail you can freely explore and enjoy the flowers, but please be careful because there are a few narrow roads and steep slopes, so make sure you’re watching where you’re walking.  

There is a special area here called where a flower called the Rebun lady's slipper orchid grows. This flower is a Hokkaido domestic species and because it is endangered this area is designated as a special natural monument. This is the only place, even on Rebun Island, where you can see this flower. It blooms from late May into early June.

Another place to visit is the Sukai-Misaki (Cape Sukai) which boasts the most beautiful view of the ocean on the island; the water clarity here is so good that you can see straight to the smallest rocks on the bottom of the ocean floor. Depending on the direction of the sun and the water depth the water here can appear anywhere from a light green to a brilliant emerald green. The area directly surrounding it is also full of plants and flowers which create even more gorgeous views during the summer months. 

Aside from these attractions, there is also Gorota-Misaki (Gorota Cape) which has very steep rocks jutting out, the Rebun Botanical Garden where you can see materials and info about the alpine plants on Rebun, and Lake Kushuko which is the northernmost lake in all of Japan. 

Access

To get to Kafuka Port on Rebun Island, from Wakkanai Port you have to take a ferry that will get you to Kafuka Port in about 2 hours and 5 minutes ~ 2 hours and 50 minutes. To get to Wakkanai Port by public transit, take the JR Soya Main Line to Wakkanai Station (稚内駅) and walk 15 minutes from there. If you are visiting by car, take the Hokkaido Expressway to Fukagawa JCT (深川JCT). Near the boarding area for the ship is a parking area for vehicles, the fee for parking is 1000 yen for 1 day. 

Information of Rebun Island

Spot name Rebun Island
Address Hokkaido, Rebun-cho
TEL 0163-86-1001
FAX 0163-86-1515
Fee 0yen

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