- October 19th, 2015
[Motochi Coast in Rebun Island] Jizoiwa Rock and Menou Beach Are Famous for Good Place to Beautiful Sunset
Motochi Coast (元地海岸) with Menou Beach (メノウ海岸) and Jizoiwa Rock (地蔵岩) is a coast in the southwestern part of Rebun Island (礼文島), and is famous as a good place to see the beautiful sunset, too. The beach used to be a part of Love and Romance 8-Hour Course. But the beach to the Jizoiwa Rock is prohibited to enter at present because rocks may be fallen. So the number of visitors have decreased. Most of the visitors seem to come to find agates at the Menou Beach in front of the parking lot. As its name suggests (The Menou means "Agate" in English), this beach was named after finding a lot of the agates. But the agates may not be found now. The Sea of Japan is very beautiful, so the visitors are charmed by the blue. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
Movie of Motochi Coast
Here is well-known as as a shooting place for Japanese movie "A Chorus of Angels (北のカナリア達)" that Ms. Sayuri Yoshinaga (吉永小百合), a famous actress, played a roll used here, too. A public restroom and a souvenir shop are beside the parking lot, and agate souvenirs can be bought at the shop.
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
The Jizoiwa Rock is a huge rock in the northern part of the coast, and its height is about about 50 m. The rock was named as such because the huge rock looked like the guardian deity of children putting palms together from the sea. * The Jizo (地蔵) means "The guardian deity of the children" in English. The Jizoiwa Rock is one of 3 great strange shaped rocks in the Rebun Island together with Momoiwa Rock (桃岩) and Nekoiwa Rock (猫岩). In old days, visitors could reach the foot of the rock, and put their coins between gaps of rocks as offering money. But the private land is off-limits to tourists now.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (10 cars)|
|Business hour||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Winter season|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||854 198 873*67|
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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