Spots in Wakkanai / Rumoi Area

  • Noshappu Cape
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    4.0
    346 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Wakkanai City No Shap 2 chome
    This cape takes its name from Ainu-language phrases meaning “the cape that juts out like a jaw” and “the place where waves are broken up.” There are views of Mt. Rishiri and Rebunto Island, and the island of Sakhalin is just visible in the distance; the sight of the sun setting below the horizon is especially beautiful. Visitors can also look round Noshappu Aquarium, where they can view a variety of fish that live in the seas of Hokkaido, including the mysterious Sakhalin Taimen.

    We reached Wakkanai just in time to see the sunset at Cape Noshappu. At this time of the year, there wasnt too many people. Fortunately for us, the weather was fantastic.

  • Wakkanai Port Northern Breakwater Dome
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    3.5
    344 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Kaiun 1
    This is a semi-arched dome acting as a breakwater in Wakkanai port. It was built over a period of five years beginning in 1931. The long archway, reminiscent of ancient Roman architecture, has a total length of 427 meters and 70 columns. As a seawall it is a unique looking structure and has been selected as a Hokkaido heritage site.

    The breakwater structure is massive in size and strength. You can climb the stairs next to it to look out over the sea. There are also dome artforms nearby to examine.

  • Noshappu (Cold Current) Aquarium
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    4.0
    117 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Wakkanai City No Shap 2-2-17
    Here at the Noshappu Aquarium, the northernmost aquarium in Japan which was the 100th aquarium to be built, you can see many sea creatures from the north. Things to see include the powerful 90 ton water tank and 600 Pacific herrings. Other recommended attractions are the seal show and animal feeding. From JR Wakkanai Station take the Soya bus towards Noshappu and get off at the Noshappu bus stop. The aquarium is a five-minute walk from the bus stop.

    It is a little run-down aquarium, stop by on the way to Cape Noshappu. There are a few restaurants around.

  • Wakkanai Fukuko Market
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    3.5
    110 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Minato 1-6-28
    Wakkanai Fukuko Market started in 2007 and is the northernmost commercial complex in Japan. Located 20 minutes by car from Wakkanai Airport, there are souvenir shops, onsens and restaurants including the outdoor “Yatai” stall village called “Hatoba-Yokocho where you can eat gourmet foods from a wide range of genres ranging from ramen and yakitori to Russian food. You can also enjoy the Wakkanai Hot Spring “Minato no Yu”, an open-air hot spring on the second floor, and watch the ships on the busy ocean.

    Dropped by the market after the morning visit to the Cape Soya via public bus. It was a quiet afternoon and I managed to grab my lunch before the shop rest for lunch hours. Pick up a Wakkanai...

  • Wakkanai 100th Year Memorial Tower / Northern Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    88 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Wakkanai-shi Yamu Wakkanai Wakkanai City Northern Memorial Hall/Opening Centennial Memorial Tower
    The 100th Year Memorial Tower is in Wakkanai Park and was built in 1978 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Wakkanai City and the 30th anniversary of the municipal organization. The tower is 80 meters high and is 250 meters above sea level. The Northern Memorial Museum is on the first and second floors and mainly displays valuable documents that tell the history of Wakkanai. There are also documents related to descendants of the Ainu people and a display about Rinzo Mamiya. There is a big 360-degree panoramic view from the observatory which is 70 meters high and you can see Rishiri and Reibun Islands if it is a sunny day. Also you can see all the way to Karafu Island if the conditions are favorable. Be aware that the tower is closed from the end of October to the middle of April.

    I went late in the day so didn’t pay to go to the top. Anyway why bother as its only an extra 40m on top of what you see from ground level. Superb lighting and a wonderful view.

  • Kita no Ajigokoro Take-chan
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Chuou 2-8-7
    Kita no Ajigokoro Take-chan is a seafood restaurant which is a five-minute walk from Wakkanai Station. You can enjoy sushi, the seafood-bowl and local dishes which include the very fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan and Okhotsk. A popular menu item is the fried North Pacific giant octopus, which is a Wakkanai specialty, and the shabu-shabu. There is a full course menu which allows you to enjoy produce from the local mountains and ocean together and can be ordered for one person or more.

    The chef, Take-chan was so busy to cook for all the customers, yet he made conversation with us and recommended the local food, you probably need to speak in Japanese to get special local food and...

  • Kurumaya Genji
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Chuou 2-8-22
    A Wakkanai regional restaurant just a five-minute walk from Wakkanai Station. Try Takoshabu, one of Wakkanai's most famous dishes made from thinly sliced fresh Japanese giant octopus that is quickly dipped in dashi stock. Enjoy it with their special miso sauce hot pot with lettuce and mushrooms. Try other items from their popular menu such as fried sailfin poacher, which can only be caught in small amounts in neighboring Otaru, or Toban-yaki (ceramic hot pot) which bakes pork, seafood and vegetables with butter.

    Its just a Japanese dining room type restaurant. The menu is mostly uninteresting, and the food is mediocre. The only dish I can even remember eating here was something floating in a bowl of melted...

  • Kaisen Robata Urokotei
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    4.5
    49 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Chuou 5-6-8
    This seafood restaurant directly operated by a veteran marine product processing company is located about 15 minutes on foot from JR Wakkanai Station. The most popular dish is its Urokoshi Rice Bowl that's been featured in the media. This hearty and sumptuous seafood bowl features eight types of fish and shellfish selected according to the season and the day's catch. In addition to the Wakkanai specialty Tako Shabu, they offer thinly sliced ??fresh mizudako octopus from Soya that after a quick dip in hot water seems to melt in your mouth. You can try your hand at making Hokkaido specialties like squid shiokara and ichiyaboshi dried fish at their factory on the premises. Reservations are required.

    went there following tripadvisor comment and were definitively not disappointed, back and forth from Rebun. Excellent seafood over rice, with a truly amazing sample of raw salmon (although i must...

  • Ramen no Takaraya
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    3.5
    62 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Chuou 2-11-15
    Located right next to Wakkanai Station, it was listed in Michelin Guide Hokkaido 2012 and 2017. Introduced as a delicious salt ramen shop, this popular store is loved by fans because of the unchanging taste since it first opened. The menu only has two types of ramen soup base: salt and soy sauce. The salt ramen is highly recommended. It has a great combination of thin, tapered noodles and a clear, light soup made from kombu kelp, pork bones and vegetables. They have toppings from chashu (roasted pork) to menma (fermented and seasoned bamboo), dried wheat gluten and green onions. While its simple, the flavor has umami and richness.

    具材もシンプルで見た目は普通。強いて言うならスープの量が器のギリギリまではいってる。そして超味が薄い。出汁が効いてるとかではなくとにかく味が薄い。メンマが美味しく感じないってどうゆうこと。

  • Jyanome Sushi
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Rumoi-shi Nishikimachi 3-1-13
    "This sushi restaurant opened in 1976. It is popular for offering sushi topped with seasonal Hokkaido seafood. Our recommendation is the ""Jyanome Special,"" a stunning plate of 21 pieces of sushi. You will be able to enjoy scallops, sea urchin, Sakhalin surf-clam, salmon roe, and more to your heart's content."

    まあまあのお値段ですが、食べてみたら価格に納得です。ぷりっぷりのお寿司に優しい店員さん。絶対にまた行きます。

  • Senposhimisaki Park
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Rishirigunrishirichou Senhoushi Okinawa
    Senposhimisaki Park is a park located at Cape Senposhi, at the southernmost tip of Rishiri Island. The imposing spectacle of Mt. Rishiri is visible from the Park, and visitors can also view many unusually-shaped rocks washed ashore by the sea that were originally blasted out of Mt. Rishiri during one of its volcanic eruptions. In one corner of the beach (which is a superb place for nature observation), orphaned seals are looked after; visitors can experience feeding them.

    利尻島は利尻富士が真ん中にあり丸い島なので海の向こうの利尻富士はなかなか見られませんが、この公園は岬が少し飛び出ているので海の向こうの利尻富士を見る事ができます。 灯台もあり灯台マニアにも良いでしょう。 駐車場は大きく沢山止められます。

  • Karafuto Restaurant
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Wakkanai City No Shap 2-2-6
    This seafood restaurant in Wakkanai City, Hokkaido, open during the sea urchin fishing season from late April to early October, is a popular shop. It has had good reviews from riders and is a popular restaurant that has been reported on in the media many times. The dish called “Unidakeuni-don” with a surprising amount of sea urchin and salmon roe is a signature dish. The “Karafuto-don” overflowing with seafood is also popular. The messages visitors have written filling the walls and ceiling of the store are a unique and astonishing sight and proof of the popularity of the restaurant.

    On the way to and from Wakkanai, one must take a bite of this fresh and delicious unidon at Karafuto! Its a popular restaurant for bike riders. Besides tasting the most delicious sashimi with rice...

  • Reibunto Onsen Usuyuki no Yu
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hokkaido Rebungunrebunchou Kafukamura Besh 961-1
    This onsen, located next to the Kafuka Port on Rebun Island is a day-trip onsen facility famous for its free-flowing springs from the source. Said to be effective in ameliorating nerve pain, joint pain, fatigue, and chronic skin diseases, this onsen has an open-air bath with a view of Mt. Rishirifuji, an indoor bath, a Jacuzzi bath, saunas, and a family bath. The clear springs gushing from the source are said to be effective in ameliorating nerve pain, joint pain, fatigue, chronic skin diseases, and is gentle on the skin and keeps one warm long after bathing.

    A no frills onsen for locals and tourists. Tickets cost 600 yen per person but through most hotels you get a 25% discount (so you pay 450 yen). We got a private onsen for 50 minutes which costs 1000...

  • Wakkanai Onsen 'Dome'
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Fujimi 4-1487
    Wakkanai Onsen 'Dome' is 12 minutes from JR Wakkanai Station and 13 minutes from Minami Wakkanai Station by car. It's located at the northernmost tip of Japan in Fujimi, Wakkanai City, Hokkaido. The hot spring quality is weakly alkaline with high tonicity and a low temperature. It has 11 baths for guests to enjoy including a large common bath, outdoor baths, a reclining bath, and a medicinal bath available for day use. The establishment is fully barrier free. Guests enjoy golden sunsets and the grandeur of nature from the window in the large bathhouse. The silhouettes of Rishiri Island and Rebun Island are also visible. As the northernmost hot spring in Japan, they issue a proof of soaking certificate to commemorate your visit.

    日本国内では、もっとも北にある温泉で、建物の2階の窓からはオホーツク海が見えます。 結構、近代的で、建物の中では食事も出来ます。

  • Koshika Japanese Confectionery Store
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    4.5
    29 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Chuou 1-3-35
    This is a long-established confectionery shop in Wakkanai City, Hokkaido, the northernmost tip of Japan and sells a variety of items ranging from souvenirs to daily snacks. The most popular western-style cake is the “Drift Ice Manju” which is a moist sponge cake covered with white chocolate and portrays the image of drift ice. In addition, bittersweet “Mocha Shofuku” and milky “Wakkanai Condensed Milk Sweets” are also popular. Local produce from Hokkaido, and especially milk produced only in the neighboring area is used. The careful selection of ingredients to make the sweets is the secret of their popularity.

    I stopped here on my way to my hotel. There are small tiny parking spaces out front. There is quite a great selection to choose from. I asked for the staffs recommendation and they happily pointed to...

  • The Old Hanadake Banya Lodge
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Rumoigunobirachou Onishikahirotomi 35-2
    This historic structure is a herring fishery lodge in Obira Town. This structure, an Important Cultural Property (nationally designated) built around 1905, is in the farthest north of all the registered properties in Japan. This large herring fishery lodge is the largest in Hokkaido, housing over 200 workhands at the peak of its operation. The timber structure was built completely from lumber cut from the regional Otodo hills. The building, open to the public, displays valuable historic tools. With a roadside station annexed to the lodge, the area is full of festive visitors around the end of May, when the Nishin Banya Festival is held with various games and events for all.

    道の駅の隣にある、歴史博物館(?)のよう。当時の大きなニシンの加工工場でしょうか? 要入館料だったので、時間もなかったし、外から覗いただけでした。

  • Takechan Sushi
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Rebungunrebunchou Kafukamura Shinoni Kaoru Ferry Terminal 2F
    Located in the Kafuka Ferry Terminal on Rebun Island, this is Japan's northernmost sushi restaurant. Despite primarily being a sushi restaurant, the restaurant also serves ramen, set meals, and a variety of other dishes. The restaurant also serves as a diner where local families like to relax. The sea urchin is a Rebun Island specialty and has a rich flavor. During fishing season, many people come here to order the sea urchin rice bowl. The restaurant also offers a variety of renowned dishes made with Hokkaido seafood, like the thick cut broiled arabesque greenling rice bowl.

    A convenient location to grab lunch before taking an early afternoon ferry over to Rishiri Island or back to Wakkanai. Fairly bland in terms of decor, the lunch though was delicious! The staff we...

  • Horonobe Reindeer Ranch
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    3.5
    30 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Teshiogunhoronobechou Hokushin 398
    A unique reindeer farm where you can get up close and touch the animals. Newly refurbished and opened in December 1999 in a Scandinavian styled location approximately four kilometers from the city center of Horonobe. In the North Garden within the Reindeer Ranch, you can see the beautiful blue poppies fluttering in the wind for about a month between mid-June and mid-July. Reindeer are gentle, plant eating animals. During the month of May each year you can see the cute, baby reindeer begin their new lives.

    トナカイ牧場です。 家族連れで行くのもお薦めです。 トナカイも普通に草をたべてました。 サンタのそりをひくトナカイも近くで見ると鹿みたいです

  • Kashiwaya
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    3.5
    27 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Souyamura Souya Cape 3-1
    Dubbed the northernmost souvenir shop in Japan, Kashiwaya is located in Cape Soya at the northernmost tip of mainland Japan. The big triangle shape at the entrance, based on the monument at Cape Soya, is a characteristic feature of the shop. Inside the large store you’ll find a variety of goods such as sweets and sake, accessories and things made of wood and key holders. The most popular thing for people to buy is the certificate declaring you’ve made it to the northernmost part of Japan. You can get the date and time of your arrival printed on the certificate. What is more, in the adjacent ice hall you can get to touch a real iceberg, which is not something you get to do every day!

    日本最北端、宗谷岬のすぐ横にあるお店です。お土産はもちろんのこと、入場無料で入れる流氷館があり、寒さを体感できます。訪れたときは、風が強く、むしろ流氷館の方が暖かく感じました笑。

  • Akaiwa Observation Deck
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    4.5
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Tomamae-gun Haboro Cho Teuri
    This observation deck overlooks Akaiwa, which seems to tower, rising up from the sea. The area around the observation deck is a breeding ground for Rhinoceros auklets and black-tailed gulls, and visitors who come between May and July have a chance to see flocks of Rhinoceros auklets up close.

    Akaiwa is a 48m vertical rock that sits upright from the sea. Akaiwa observatory is set on slope of cliffs above Akaiwa. Some species of seabirds including endangered breed around Akaiwa...

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