- October 18th, 2015
[Momoiwa Observatoion Deck in Rishiri Island] One of Best Good Viewing Spots in Flower Island
Momoiwa Observatoion Deck
Momoiwa Observatoion Deck (桃岩展望台) is a lookout point built on a hill at 228 m above sea level in the southwestern part of Rebun Island (礼文島). 360-degree view can be seen. The Momoiwa Observatoion Deck was named after Momoiwa Rock of about 250 m elevation (桃岩 * Momo means a peach in English and iwa means a rock in English) in front of visitor's eyes, and its shape looks like the shape of a peach. Nekoiwa Rock (猫岩 * Neko means a cat in English) like the shape of a cat back in the sea and Rishiri Island (利尻島) can be seen, too. The Momoiwa Rock and the Nekoiwa Rock are two of 3 great strange shaped rocks in the Rebun Island together with Jizoiwa Rock (地蔵岩). A parking lot is offered near an entrance to the observatoion deck, and a public restroom is built beside the parking lot. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. By the way, the visitors must go up a hill from Kafuka Port (香深港) to here, and may considerably have a hard time on foots or by bicycles. I was dead tired. But coming back was a breeze.
Momoiwa Observation Deck Course of 6.4 km total length is built from the Kafuka to Shiretoko (知床), the southernmost tip of the Rebun, and it takes about 3 hours on foot. The hiking course is most popular in 7 hiking courses. The another name is Flower Road, and plants are different depending on each environments such as a grassy plain or a rocky place, so hikers can see 300 kinds of flowers along the hiking course. The flowers are in full bloom from July to August.
Flower Map of Momoiwa Observation Deck Course in Japanese
There are some means of transportation for the island tourism, for example, a sightseeing bus and a fixed-route bus managed by the Soya bus (宗谷バス), a sightseeing taxi, a rental car, a rental motor scooter and a rental bicycle. I went around the Rebun Island by the rental motor scooter, and it was very comfortable. The Rebun has a lot of slopes, so I think that the bicycle is tough. By the way, if tourists raise their hand in the case of fixed-route bus happening to pass, they can get on the bus without a bus stop, and can get off the bus without a bus stop.
Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park
Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park (利尻礼文サロベツ国立公園) located in the northern Hokkaido between Rishiri Island, Rebun Island, Toyotomi Town and Horonobe Town is the northernmost national park in Japan, and has been designated as the national park since 1974. The area is 24,166 ha. It consists of 2 islands, wetlands and the coast, and beautiful nature such as the sea, mountains, wild flowers and wetlands is highlight. Because the Northern Hokkaido has few famous tourist attracsions, the national park is one of the most famous nature tourist attracsions. The Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park is divided into 4 areas, Rishiri Area (利尻), Rebun Area (礼文), Coastal Sand-dune Area (海浜砂丘) and Sarobetsu Area (サロベツ), and the Rishiri Area (利尻), the Rebun Area (礼文) and the Sarobetsu Area have a lot of highlights. Read More
Look of Momoiwa Observation Deck
The distance is about 200 m away from the parking lot to the observatoion deck, and visitors can reach the lookout after going up a slope. The observation deck has no tourist facilities, but a view is very comfortable if the weather is good. The Momoiwa Rock, the Nekoiwa Rock, around the Kafuka and the Rishiri Island can be viewed, and a conbination of green grass, the blue sea, the blue sky and artifact is also good. Wild flowers can be watched around the observation deck, too.
Atmosphere of Momoiwa Observatoion Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube
Movie of Momoiwa Observatoion Deck
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (13 cars)|
|Business hour||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Winter season|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||854 169 255*41|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Rebun. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Rebun 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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