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  • Cape Soya
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Souyamisaki
    "There is monument featuring a motif of the North Star, indicating the north latitude of 45° 31' 22"", and the northernmost point of Japan located at the northern tip of Hokkaido main island in Wakkanai City. There also stands a statue of Rinzo Mamiya who discovered the Mamiya Strait. Looking straight out over the ocean you can see the outline of Sakahlin 43 kilometers away, and you can feel that you are indeed at the northernmost point of Hokkaido. "
  • Wakkanai 100th Year Memorial Tower / Northern Memorial Museum
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    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.
  • Sarobetsu Wetlands
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    Hokkaido Teshioguntoyotomichou Above Sarobetsu
    A vast wetland of 23,000 hectares spreading to the northernmost tip of Hokkaido. It is designated as “Rishiri Rebun Sarobetsu National Park”. More than 100 kinds of wetland plants bloom from early summer to autumn, and from the end of June to the beginning of July is the best time to see hemerocallis esculenta (daylilies). It is also known as the location of the film “A Chorus of Angels”. The park is extremely extensive, so we recommend you visit the Sarobetsu Wetland Center, the gateway to the Sarobetsu Wetlands first.
  • Cape Sukoton
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    Hokkaido Rebun Rebun Gun cho Funadomari Sukoton
    The cape of the northernmost tip of Rebun Island is a cliff that juts out into the sea. The ocean is clear blue, and off the tip of the cape is an uninhabited island “Todo Island”, where you can see seals as the name suggests (Todo in Japanese means seal). If the weather is fine, you may be able to see Sakhalin in Russia in the distance.
  • Cape Sukai
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    Hokkaido Rebun Rebun Gun cho Funadomari Nishigami night
    On the west coast of Rebun Island, Cape Sukai overlooks the cobalt blue ocean. It is a small cove surrounded by cliffs with sea water so clear, you can easily see the ocean floor. As its name suggests, the “clear ocean” spreads out in front of you, and is a great viewing spot.
  • Mt. Rishiri
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    Hokkaido Rishirigunrishirifujichou Oshidomari
    "Mt. Rishiri is a 1,721 meter-high mountain on Rishiri Island, which is situated in the Sea of Japan off the northwest coast of Hokkaido, a 1 hour and 40 minute ferry journey from Wakkanai. The mountain's conical shape and wide base, which resemble Mt. Fuji, have led to it becoming known as ""Rishiri-Fuji."" It heads the list of the ""100 Famous Japanese Mountains"". From the summit, climbers can enjoy unobstructed 360-degree panoramic views. Mt. Rishiri is also a treasure-house of alpine plants; in the summer months, visitors can see the Papaver fauriei Fedde, which is endemic to Rishiri Island, in bloom. The grove of Chishima Cherry trees on the mountain's southern slopes have been designated as a Prefectural Natural Monument in Hokkaido."
  • Rishiri Island
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    Rishiri Rishiri-gun, Hokkaido
    "Rishiri Island is a roughly circular island situated off the northwest coast of Hokkaido; the ferry journey from the port of Wakkanai to Oshidomari Port, the gateway to Rishiri, takes around one hour and 40 minutes. Rishiri has an abundance of magnificent scenery, including Mt. Rishiri, which stands tall in the middle of the Island. Also known as ""Rishiri Fuji"" because of its resemblance to Mt. Fuji, Mt. Rishiri is a treasure-house of alpine plants; visitors can enjoy the fields of flowers near the summit, and the spectacular 360-degree panoramic views from the summit itself. When the weather is clear, Mt. Rishiri can be seen reflected upside-down in the golden-blue water of Himenuma Pond, which is located in the foothills of the mountain, surrounded by primary forest. At Senboshimisaki Park on the coast, with its unusually shaped rock formations, visitors can also see wild seals."
  • Horonobe Reindeer Ranch
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    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.
  • Kashiwaya
    Shopping
    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!
  • Jizo-iwa Rock
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    Rebun-cho, Rebun-gun, Hokkaido
    On the Motochi Coast in the south west of Rebun Island is this strange looking 50 meter high rock. As seen from the sea side, the name Jizo rock was given because it looks as though Jizo-sama (bodhisattva who looks over children) is holding hands. The area is famous for the beautiful image of the sun setting over the ocean, and the local coastal area is also a great place for children to go looking for agate stone.
  • Japan’s Northern Most Point Monument
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    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Souyamisaki
    This monument at the tip of Cape Soya marks the northernmost point of mainland Japan, located at 45 degrees 31 minutes 22 seconds North latitude. The monument depicts one angle of the North Star while the N in the middle represents North and the circular base represents peace and cooperation. If the weather conditions are right you can just about make out Sakhalin Island in the distance.
  • Wakkanai Port Northern Breakwater Dome
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    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.
  • Soya Hills
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    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Souyamisaki
    The Soya Hills are an area of rolling hills just inland from Cape Soya (the northernmost point in Japan). The Hills are a popular tourist attraction, providing visitors with an opportunity to view periglacial landforms that were created by the repeated freezing and melting of moisture in the ground during the Ice Ages; the Soya Hills have been designated as a Hokkaido Heritage site. One of the area’s must-see sights is the “Northernmost White Road,” made from tamped-down scallop shells.
  • Cape Peshi Observatory
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    Hokkaido Rishirigunrishirifujichou Oshidomari Minatomachi
    This observatory is located near the tip of Cape Peshi on Rishiri Island, Hokkaido. When the weather is good, the observatory provides excellent views of Mt. Rishiri, Rebunto Island and the mainland of Hokkaido. The view in the early morning, as the sun rises over the Sea of Japan, giving both the sea and sky an orange tint, is particularly spectacular.
  • Yuhigaoka Observatory
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    Hokkaido Rishirigunrishirifujichou Oshidomari Fujino
    As its name (“Hill of the Setting Sun”) suggests, the Yuhigaoka Observatory is a marvelous place for watching the sun go down. With a superb 360-degree panoramic view of Mt. Rishiri (the iconic symbol of Rishiri Island), the Japan Sea, Rebunto Island, etc., the experience of watching all of this gorgeous scenery bathed in an orange light by the setting sun is truly awe-inspiring.
  • Noshappu Cape
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    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.
  • Himenuma Pond
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    Rishiri-Fuji-cho in Rishiri-gun, Hokkaido
    Himenuma Pond is located on Rishiri Island around five kilometers from the Oshidomari ferry terminal; it is a small pond with a circumference of around one kilometer. There are footpaths round the edge of the pond, and visitors can enjoy strolling round, admiring the reflection of Mt. Rishiri in the lake and listening to the songs of wild birds.
  • Kannonzaki Observation Deck
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    Hokkaido Tomamaegunhaborochou Teuri
    The Kannonzaki Observation Deck is located on the northwest coast of Teuri Island. Visitors can look down on the vast expanse of the Sea of Japan and on steep cliffs where large numbers of kittiwakes (black-tailed gulls) build their nests. At dusk, the Observation Deck is surrounded by the calls of kittiwakes.
  • Fujinoenchi
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    Hokkaido Rishirigunrishirifujichou Oshidomari
    From the Yuhigaoka Sunset Viewing Observatory, you can see the “Fujinoenchi” north of route 105. You can see Ponmoshiri Island up close as well as overlook Rishiri Fuji. A highlight is in July when the area turns yellow with many daylily flowers.
  • Sheep Farm
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    Hokkaido Tomamaegunhaborochou Yagishiri Shirahama 256
    For starters, Charo Sheep Farm offers delicious lamb meat for sale, and also has manufactured items for sale. The farm also incorporates an owner system that allows you to enjoy dishes throughout the year that are accompanied by a recipe. As it is not a sightseeing livestock farm, please contact the farm in advance if you wish to visit. It is located about one hour by car from JR Kushiro Station.

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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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