- October 6th, 2015
[Mikaeridaienchi Observation Deck in Rishiri Island] Mt. Rishirifuji Can Be Looked up Cloely, and Renun Island and Kutsugata Port Can Be Viewed at Lookout Point
- Mikaeridaienchi Observation Deck
- Look of Mikaeridaienchi Observation Deck
- List of Activities
- List of Accommodations
Mikaeridaienchi Observation Deck
Mikaeridaienchi Observation Deck (見返台園地) is a lookout point in the western part of Rishiri Island (利尻島). Magnificent Mt. Rishirifuji can be looked up, and the sea view can be viewed. The official name of the Mt. Rishirifuji is Mt. Rishirizan. It is an active volcano of 1,721 m elevation, and has been chosen as one of 100 Famous Japanese Mountains (日本百名山) and 100 famous Japanese floral mountains (花の百名山), and a lot of hikers from all over the Japan come to go up the popular mountain. The Mikaeridaienchi Observation Deck at about 450 m above sea level is a trailhead of Kustugata Course (沓形コース) located at the 5th station of the Mt. Rishirifuji. A resting place, a public restroom and an automatic vending machine are beside a parking lot. That is the last restroom from this point, so hikers should go to the restroom before going up the mountain. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
There are some means of transportation for the island tourism, for example, a sightseeing bus and a fixed-route bus managed by Soya bus (宗谷バス), a sightseeing taxi, a rental car, a rental motor scooter and a rental bicycle. I went around the Rishiri Island by the rental motor scooter, and it was very comfortable. 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 Mikaeridaienchi Observation Deck
It takes about 15 minutes from the parking lot to the Mikaeridaienchi Observation Deck on foot. Visitors must go up 100 steps. The steps were steep, so I got considerably tired. This point is the timberline, and the visitors can see a change of the vegetation such as firs, birches and creeping pines, too. Not only the vegetation but also a scenery is beautiful. The visitors can look up at the Mt. Rishirifuji closely, and look over Kustugata Port (沓形港) and Rebun Island (礼文島), too. The night view and the starry sky are popular with local people. But I am afraid to visit here in the evening.
Atmosphere of Mikaeridaienchi Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube
Movie of Mikaeridaienchi Observation Deck
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (20 cars)|
|Business hour||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||From November to April|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||714 338 555*86|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Rishiri Island. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Rishiri 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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