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Rishiri Island

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Rishiri Island

Enjoy a nature hunt on Rishiri Island

Rishiri Island is an island located in the northern part of Hokkaido. It is the 18th widest island in Japan with a variety of tourist locations on the island.

The entrance to Rishiri Island is Oshidomari Port which also contains the island’s symbol Peshi Misaki. At Peshi Misaki there is a viewing platform and a walking path for you to enjoy a stroll on. From the summit of Peshi Misaki you can see the ships going in and out of the port, Mt. Rishiri, and Oshidomari City. The walking path is quite steep so please watch your step if the weather is bad. 

Mt. Rishiri is commonly called "Rishiri Fuji" for its gentle and beautiful mountain ridge lines and it has even been selected as one of the 100 most famous Japanese mountains. The mountain is the top tourist spot on the island, having treasure trove of alpine plants as well as climbing routes. A variety of routes are provided, ranging from the intermediate Oshidomari course to the advanced Kutsugata route. The view from the top of the mountain is exceptionally beautiful.

There is also the Himenuma swamp which is surrounded for almost 1km by virgin forest, a spot that is popular even among locals of the island. There is a footpath that will take you around the swamp in about 30 minutes as well as a path that will take you through Himenuma-Kanro Sensui and Hokuroku Campground. Along the paths you can enjoy the warbling of wild birds and the scents of the wild forest. Kanro Sensui is located 3/10 of the way up Mt. Rishiri on the Oshidomari course and has been selected as one of Japan’s 100 most famous waters. Many people come here to try the mineral-rich and delicious water. 

There is a building of interest here at the Rishiri Local Museum which was formerly used as the Oniwaki village office. At the museum you can learn about the history of Rishiri Island. Open hours are from 9:00 ~ 17:00. On Tuesdays and the days directly following holidays the museum is closed but from July to August it is open all the time. Entrance fee for adults is 200 yen, junior high students 100 yen, and elementary school 50 yen.

Otatomari-numa is the largest lake on the island and despite being located close to the sea it has a bright and airy atmosphere around it. There is a walking path where you can enjoy a refreshing waterside stroll while enjoying the plants and birds. There’s also a lakeside shop where you can try out sea urchin sushi.

Aside from Mt. Rishi and Otatomari-numa there is also the Numaura Coast where you will find the Numaura Observatory. From the observatory you can see the Sea of Japan. From late June into mid-July there is a massive field of daylilies at the Fujino Enchi that blooms as well as the precious Minamihama Shitsugen wetlands where you will find a berth of wetlands plants in full bloom. 

Access

To reach Oshidomari Port which acts as the entrance to the island, you can ride a boat from Wakkanai Port that takes about 1 hour and 40 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. There is an airport on Rishiri Island as well (Rishiri Airport) and so if you would like to visit by plane you can do that as well. 

Information of Rishiri Island

Spot name Rishiri Island
Address Hokkaido Rishiri-gun
TEL 0163-84-2349

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