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Strange Shaped Rocks and Too Blue Sea Are Beautiful -Okushiri Island on Westmost of Hokkaido-

October 7th, 2016

Okushiri Island

Okushiri Island (奥尻島) is a remote island with about 18 km in circumference in South Hokkaido and is locatd on the westmost of Hokkaido. This island with length from north to south has a similar shape to Rebun Island (礼文島). Okushiri Ferry Port is at the eastern part of Okushiri Island and Okushiri Airport is at the southern part of Okushiri Island. The center of the island is the eastern part with the Ferry terminal, but Aonae district at the southern part of the island relatively develops, too. There are accommodations in each places of the island. In addition, seicomart opens a business. Okushiri Island is known as the island with strage shaped rocks, and the strange shaped rocks along the seashore, Sainokawa Park (賽の河原公園), Miyazubentengu Shrine (宮津弁天宮), Tamashimayama Observatory (球島山展望台), Nabetsuruiwa Rocks (鍋釣岩), Cape Aonae (青苗岬) and Kitaoimisaki Park (北追岬公園) are must-see tourist spots.

Esashi Ferry Terminal
Okushiri Island
Okushiri Port
Okushiri Island
Avrora Okushiri
Okushiri Island
Okushiri Ferry Terminal
Okushiri Island

Okushiri Island suffered great damage by Southwest-off Hokkaido Earthquake in 1993, but it revives now and tourists can see the tourist spots freely. A sightseeing peaks from July to August. The tourists crowds in a summer. When I visited here in an autumn, there were a few tourists, so I saw the island covered with Japanese pampas grass and it was very good. As for a way of getting around, there are Okushiri Sightseeing Bus (From July to August), Sightseeing Taxi, rental cars, rental motor scooters and rental bicycles. I went around Okushiri Island by the rental motor scooter, it was very comfortable. a list of accommodations is this.

Tide Embankment at Nonamae
Okushiri Island
Height of Tsunami
Okushiri Island
Light Blue Flower
Okushiri Island
Horses Are Set Out to Pasture
Okushiri Island
Hokkaido Mainland from Road
Okushiri Island

The tourists can go around the island for about one day, but it is hard to go around the island for one day because the vistors go around the island only for 4 hours if the vistors use the ferry. I went around the daytrip north circumference and the daytrip south circumference for 2 days, but I did not have no time to eat tasty foods. I wanted to eat sea urchin rice bowl and abalone rice bowl. After all I should have stayed this island and should have enjoyed a trip around the island.

Cuttlefish Fishing Boat
Okushiri Island
Cows Are Set Out to Pasture
Okushiri Island
Mt. Kamui
Okushiri Island

Tourist Spots

Innumerable strange shaped rocks and rounded stones along a shoreline are main tourist spots. It might be able to call trip seeing stones nad rocks. Sainokawa Park, Miyazubentengu Shrine, Tamashimayama Observatory, Nabetsuruiwa rocks, Cape Aonae and Kitaoimisaki Park are famous. Exhibition are displayed at Sato Yoshinori Baseball Museum and Okushirito Tsunamikan, and visitors can observe the exhibition. In addition, the tourists can experience an abalone fishing.

Sainokawa Park

Sainokawara Park (河原公園) is located on the northmost of Okushiri Island (奥尻島) and the whole area of Cape Inaho (稲穂岬) was maintained as Sainokawa Park. Stones piled up for mourning over marine accident victims, drowned people and deceased children on 6 ha of a rocky seashore, so this place seemed to be named "Sainokawara (賽の河原)" by its view. By the way, the Sainokawara is a riverbank of the Sanzu-no-kawa River (三途の川) between this world. It is said that deceased children before their parents die heap up the stones for praying for the happiness of the parents and complete it and their wishes are realized. Therefore the deceased children are busily heaping up the stones, but an oni in the hell break their stacked stones, so their wishes can not be realized. This is a sad tradition. Fortunately, do not worry because there is not the oni at this park. But the oni seemed to appear only when the tsunami came. There are a camping ground, a baseball ground, an observatory deck and a restraunt at a site. Admission free . A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Stones Piled up
Sainokawara Park in Okushiri Island

Atmosphere of Sainokawara Park Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sainokawara Park

Tamashimayama Observatory

Tamashimayama Observatory (球島山展望台) is located on the top of Mt. Tamashima (球島山), the third highest mountain, in the northern part of Okushiri Island (奥尻島). Its peak is 396 m above sea level. Visitors can enjoy a panorama view of 360 degrees because there is nothing to interrupt the view, so it is the most popular famous tourist place in Okushiri Island. I can not help making a sound for seeing nice views when I had finished climbing a stairway. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Shape of Clouds Are Good, too
Tamashimayama Observatory in Okushiri Island

Atmosphere of Tamashimayama Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Tamashimayama Observatory

Miyazubentengu Shrine

Miyazubentengu Shrine (宮津弁天宮) is located in the northern part of Okushiri Island. A shrine is built on a small hill with about 30 m in height, and that scenery was very nice, so it became a popular tourist place. The Miyazubentengu Shrine is next to Miyazu fishing port (宮津港), and visitors can visit the shrine to worship via stairway from the Miyazubenten parking lot park (宮津弁天駐車公園) and the Miyazu fishing port. Free admission. A parking lot is free of charge. There is a restroom at Miyazubenten parking lot park. Article is here

Miyazubentengu Shrine on Small Hill
Miyazubentengu Shrine in Okushiri Island

Atmosphere of Miyazubentengu Shrine Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Miyazubentengu Shrine

Nabetsuru-iwa Rocks

Nabetsuru-iwa Rocks (鍋釣岩) near Okushiri ferry port are located in the eastern part of Okushiri Island (奥尻島) and are strangely shaped rocks known as an icon of Okushiri. Andesites of about 19 m in height have been eroded by winds and waves and changed doughnut-shaped rocks. Because its form looked like a handle of a pan by old people, it seemed to be named "Nabetsuru (Japanese handle of the pan)". It is interesting that such rocks are created naturally. By the way, after a strong earthquake off the southwest coast of Hokkaido in 1993, a part of the rocks collapsed and was restored. The rocks are lit up in the evening and it seems to be looked beaufitul. A view is nice in a winter, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. There is a restroom, too. Article is here

Berberis amurensis Ruprecht Grows on Rocks
Nabetsuru-iwa Rocks in Okushiri Island

Atmosphere of Nabetsuru-iwa Rocks Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Nabetsuru-iwa Rocks

Kitaoimisaki Park

Kitaoimisaki Park (北追岬公園) is located on the westernmost of Okushiri Island (奥尻島) and is said "The Westernmost of Hokkaido". The concept of this park is an open-air museum. 8 sculptures created by Mr. Masayuki Nagare (流政之) are placed and each sculptures were named Kitaoimisaki (北追岬), Kaitengahara (回天が原), Shimasakimori (島サキモリ), Kamuinagare (神威流), Hagurejima (はぐれ鳥), Yokukitasa (よくきたさ), Touminnotamenoshimahecho (島民のための島へっちょ) and Koinotsugime (恋のつぎめ). There are a park golf coure, a camping ground and a restroom, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Kaitengahara Can Be Seen
Kitaoimisaki Park in Okushiri Island

Atmosphere of Kitaoimisaki Park Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kitaoimisaki Park

Cape Aonae

Cape Aonae (青苗岬) is located in the southern part of Okushiri Island (奥尻島) and is known for suffering heavy damage from Tsunami (津波). The whole area is maintained as Tokuyo Memorial Park (徳洋記念緑地公園) now. There are Jikusho (時空翔), Okushirito Tsunamikan (奥尻島津波館), Tokuyo Monument (徳洋記念碑) and Aonaemisaki lighthouse (青苗岬灯台). In addition, various playground equipments that children can play are provided, and there is a facility that tourists can experience abalone hunting, too. The Self-Defense Forces camped when I visited here. Article is here

Monument
Cape Aonae Jikusho in Okushiri Island

Atmosphere of Jikusho Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Jikusho

Unimaru Park

Unimaru Park (うにまる公園) near Okushiri high school is located in the east side of Okushiri Island. An art work of Unimaru, mascot characters of Okushiri Island, was built on a small hill and Unimaru Park is developed. There is Sato Yoshinori Baseball Museum (佐藤義則野球展示室) at a site and visitors can enter freely. Mr. Yoshinori Sato is a former professinal baseball player from Okushiri Island and is known as a good coach training Mr. Darubisshu Yuu (ダルビッシュ有) and Mr. Masahiro Tanaka (田中将大), major league baseball player.

Who Is Unimaru?
Unimaru Park in Okushiri Island
Art Work of Unimaru
Unimaru Park in Okushiri Island
Sato Yoshinori Baseball Museum
Unimaru Park in Okushiri Island

Granite Shores

Nagahama (長浜) that granites spread over along the shore of the southeast part of Okushiri Island for 8 km is filled with the rounded granites. A strange sight greeted my eyes. There is no facility.

Granite Shores
Granite Shores in Okushiri Island
Many Rounded Granites
Granite Shores in Okushiri Island
Strange shaped Rocks and Granites
Granite Shores in Okushiri Island
Granite Shores Spread
Granite Shores in Okushiri Island
Sea
Granite Shores in Okushiri Island

Strange Shaped Rocks

Okushiri Island is known for strange shaped rocks. Nabetsuriiwa Rocks, Muen Island (無縁島), Hoyaishi Rocks (ホヤ石), Mottateiwa Rocks (モッ立岩), Kamuiiwa Rocks (神威岩) or Kabutoiwa Rocks (カブト岩) and Byobutateiwa Rocks (屏風立岩) are famous. But, there are nameless strange shaped rock as well as those rocks. Because all look famous strange shaped rocks, it is mysterious.

Muen Island from Road. Muen Is Name of Priest
Strange Shaped Rocks in Okushiri Island
Destroyed Tunnel? and Muen Island
Strange Shaped Rocks in Okushiri Island
Standing Rock
Strange Shaped Rocks in Okushiri Island
Hoyaishi Rock from Road
Strange Shaped Rocks in Okushiri Island
Hoyaishi Rock
Strange Shaped Rocks in Okushiri Island
Hoyaishi Falls
Strange Shaped Rocks in Okushiri Island
Mottateiwa Rock
Strange Shaped Rocks in Okushiri Island
Kamuiiwa Rock or Kabutoiwa Rock from Road
Strange Shaped Rocks in Okushiri Island
Kamuiiwa Rock or Kabutoiwa Rock
Strange Shaped Rocks in Okushiri Island
Nameless Rocks
Strange Shaped Rocks in Okushiri Island
Byobutateiwa Rock
Strange Shaped Rocks in Okushiri Island

Tasty Foods

Okushiri Island is surrounded by the sea, so seafood is very tasty. Sea Urchin Rice Bowl, Abalone Rice Bowl and Raw Sliced Cuttlefish are famous. Wine and Sake are produced in Okushiri Island. Unfortunately I did not have enough time and could not eat the foods, but I wanted to eat sea urchin.

Onsen

Kamuiwaki Onsen (神威脇温泉) is only hot spring town located in the western part of Okushiri Island. This onsen is located on the westermost of Hokkaido, too. It is known as a little-known hot spring.

Kamuiwaki Onsen

Kamuiwaki Onsen (神威脇温泉) is only hot spring town next to Kitaoimisaki Park and Kamuiwaki fishing port (神威脇漁港) in Okushiri Island and is located in the western part of Okushiri Island. This hot spring is located on the westermost of Hokkaido, too. It is known for enjoying fresh hot springs and a beautiful sunset. Tourists can take a daytrip bath at Kamuiwaki Onsen Hoyojo (神威脇温泉保養所) and Onsen Hotel Midorikan (温泉ホテル緑館). Article is here

Kamuiwaki Onsen Hoyojo
Kamuiwaki Onsen Kamuiwaki Onsen Hoyojo in Okushiri Island

Atmosphere of Kamuiwaki Onsen Hoyojo Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kamuiwaki Onsen Hoyojo

Ruin of Horonai Onsen

Horonai Onsen (幌内温泉) is located at the north side of Kamuiwaki Onsen. Originally there was an accommodation called Kokuminshukusha Horonaiso (国民宿舎幌内荘), but it was destroyed by Tsunami. There is not a building now, But a strange-shaped calcareous sinter tower like an anthill appeared. There is a bathtub for some reason, too, so someone may take a bath. But hot springs are very cold and are not comfortable.

Ruin of Horonai Onsen
Ruin of Horonai Onsen in Okushiri
Calcareous Sinter Tower Like Anthill
Ruin of Horonai Onsen in Okushiri
There Is Bathtub for Some Reason, too
Ruin of Horonai Onsen in Okushiri

Atmosphere of Ruin of Horonai Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ruin of Horonai Onsen

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Okushiri.

Oyado Kikuchi(御宿きくち)
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Tabi-no-Yado Osuda(旅の宿 大須田)
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Minshuku Kimurasanchi(民宿木村さん家)
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Rakuten
Minshuku Oguro(民宿おぐろ)
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Travel House Omoide(トラベルハウス思い出)
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Rakuten
Hama Ryokan(浜旅館)
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Minshuku Kawajiri(民宿川尻)
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Rakuten
Minshuku Kobayashi(民宿小林)
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Minshuku Furusatokan(民宿ふる里館)
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Minshuku Ishioka(民宿いしおか)
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Rakuten
Minshuku Seiunmaru(民宿清運丸)
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Onsen Hotel Midorikan(温泉ホテル緑館)
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Minshuku Kakizaki(民宿かきざき)
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Rakuten
Minshuku Kasai(民宿かさい)
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Minshuku Inaho(民宿 いなほ)
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Okamoto Ryokan(岡本旅館)
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Minshuku Nattsu(民宿 ナッツ)
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Kikuchi Ryokan(菊地旅館)
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Ryokan Aobaso(旅館 青葉荘)
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Rakuten
Asahi Minshuku(朝日民宿)
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Minshuku without Meal Shima-Jikan(素泊民宿 島じかん)
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Rakuten
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  1. good! hokkaido! says:

    謝謝您的評論。
    用奧尻出租汽車(Hire)就大約3小時夠環島。

    ■奧尻出租汽車(建議事先訂位)
    http://okusiri-taxi.on.omisenomikata.jp/menu/64590

    除了出租汽車,用租用汽車(Rental car)就大約2小時夠環島。
    但不過也許不能慢慢旅遊。

    ■奧尻觀光租用汽車(建議事先訂位)
    http://www.tabi-hokkaido.co.jp/okushiri-kankorentacar/

    ■租用汽車高田(建議事先訂位)
    http://www.okushiri-rentacar.com/

    此外我認為很難環島逛一圈約四個小時。
    分兩天應該去。

  2. Kimmy says:

    謝謝你的資訊,很有幫助~想請問,如果想要環島逛一圈,是否就一定要在島上住宿?我不太想住在島上,但四小時應該不夠環島…還是分兩天去?

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