- July 5th, 2016
[Akaiwa Observation Deck in Teuri Island] Strange Breeding Grounds of Rhinoceros Auklet and Observation Deck Floating on Sea Can Be Enjoyed at Akaiwa-enchi Park
Akaiwa-enchi Park (赤岩園地) is a lookout point in the southernmost part of Teuri Island (天売島), and is near Chidorigaura-enchi Park (千鳥ヶ浦園地). Here is famous for the blue sea and an observation deck jutting out the sea, and is also well-known as breeding grounds of Rhinoceros Auklet and Common Murre. About 800,000 Rhinoceros Auklets have digged myriads of holes around Akaiwa Lighthouse (赤岩灯台) at about 130 m elevation. It is said that it is one of the largest Rhinoceros Auklet's breeding grounds in the world. The scenery is very strange, and I think that visitors get a mysterious impression. Their breeding reachs its peak from May to Junly, and Night Guided Tour for the Rhinoceros Auklets Coming Back to Their Nests (ウトウ帰巣ナイトガイド) is held to observe sea birds in the early evening, too. Akaiwa Observation Deck (赤岩展望台), a visitor route, a parking lot and a public restroom are built at the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
Movie of Sea Birds
Chidorigaura-enchi Park (千鳥ヶ浦園地) is a lookout point in the southwestern part of Teuri Island (天売島), and is near the highest place in the island. People and wild animals are hard to get close the sea side of precipitous cliffs, so sea birds such as Common Murre and Cepphus Carbo make a nest there. Seabird Observation Hut (海鳥観察舎) is built to observe the sea birds on a cilff of about 150 m elevation. Visitors can enjoy good views as well as the sea birds, too. This place is not famous, but I think that here is a good tourist attraction moved by superb views. A free parking lot is built at the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More
There are some means of transportation for the island tourism, for example, a guided tour, a rental car, a rental motor scooter and a rental bicycle. I went around the Teuri Island by the rental motor scooter, and it was very comfortable. Walkers can go around for about 3 hours on foot.
Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park
Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park (暑寒別天売焼尻国定公園) is a quasi-national park between Ishikari city, Shin-totsukawa town, Uryu town, Hokuryu town and Haboro town in the northern part of Hokkaido along the Sea of Japan (日本海), and extends from the north to the south, and has been designated as the quasi-national park since 1990. The area is 43,559 ha, and the the quasi-national park has the 8th largest area in 57 quasi-national parks (not include national parks) in Japan. It consists of 2 isolated islands, Shokanbetsu Mountain Range (暑寒別山系) and a coast, and beautiful nature such as the sea, the mountains, sea birds, trees, wild flowers and wetlands is highlight. The Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park is divided into 4 areas, Teuri Island (天売島), Yagishiri Island (焼尻島), SHokanbetsu Area (暑寒別エリア) and Atsuta and Hamamasu Area (厚田・浜益エリア), and the Teuri Island, the Yagishiri Island and the SHokanbetsu Area mainly have a lot of highlights. Read More
Akaiwa Observation Deck
The visitor route is built on the breeding grounds, and the visitors can observe the breeding grounds of the Rhinoceros Auklets closely. Breeding season is from April to July, but unluckily I could not watch the Rhinoceros Auklets when I came here. However, I watched a young Rhinoceros Auklet eaten by a crow or a dead sea bird on the breeding grounds. This was so painful. A state of unembellished nature has been maintained.
The observation deck jutting out the sea is very impressive, and the visitors can look over Akaiwa rock (赤岩) of 48 m tall, an origin of name, under visitor's eyes. Around the Aka-iwa Rock, the Common Murre, an endangered specy, makes nests, about 40 Common Murres has came flying every year. 9 Common Murres left the nest in 2013, and individuals have increased little by little. I want them to do their very best. In addition, the visitors can watch the breeding grounds of the sea birds such as Japanese Cormorant and Pelagic Cormorant, too.
Atmosphere of Akaiwa Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||A parking lot is provided (5 cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||929 275 443*73|
List of Activities
The Night Guided Tour for the Rhinoceros Auklets Coming Back to Their Nests is held from April to July. Refer to following websites for the activities. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
The Night Guided Tour for the Rhinoceros Auklets Coming Back to Their Nests
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Teuri. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Teuri Island is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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