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[Nozuka Observation Deck in Rishiri Island] Lookout Point with Good Views and Monument of Ranald MacDonald

Nozuka Observation Deck

Nozuka Observation Deck (野塚展望台) is a lookout point beside Hotel Unigoden (ホテル雲丹御殿) that is famous for sea urchin dishes in the northern part of Rishiri Island (利尻島), and is built at about 15 m above sea level beside a beach near Cape Nozuka (野塚岬). It is relatively close to Himenuma Pond (姫沼). Cape Peshi (ペシ岬), Oshidomari Port (鴛泊港) and Mt. Rishirifuji (利尻富士) can be seen from here. The setting sun from here is also good. Nozuka Parking Park (野塚駐輪駐車公園) with a parking lot and a public restroom is built in the other side across a road. Here is not famous, so few people come. Asmission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Nozuka Observation Deck
Nozuka Observation Deck in Rishiri Island
Memorial Stones and Mt. Rishirifuji
Nozuka Observation Deck in Rishiri Island

Himenuma Pond

Himenuma Pond (姫沼) is a man-made pond at about 120 m above sea level in the northern part of Rishiri Island (利尻島). The perimeter of the pond is about 800 m, and the maximum depth is about 4 m. It is the almost circular pond surrounded by virgin forests. The fish pond for kokanee (* The Kokanee means "姫鱒" in Japanese) has been made since 1917, so it was named as the Himenuma Pond. Here is a popular tourist attraction, and is well-known as a beautiful view of reflection of the rversed Mt. Rishirifuji on the water of the pond. Around the pond is called "Himenumaenchi Park (姫沼園地)", and it is easy to look around. A cycling road and a hiking course are built near here. Himenuma Obseravation Deck (姫沼展望台) is on the way to the Himenuma Pond, and a sea view can be seen. Read More

Himenuma Pond
Himenuma Pond and Himenuma Obseravation Deck in Rishiri Island

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.

    List of Means of Transportation for Island Tourism

    Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Rishiri Island. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Soya Bus(宗谷バス) They serve 2 island tourism cources, Rishiri A (利尻A) and Rishiri B (利尻B).
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their office is near the Oshidomari Ferry Terminal.
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Oshidomari Ferry Terminal and at the Rishiri Airport.
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Magokoro Rent-a-car(まごころレンタカー) Their office is near the Oshidomari Ferry Terminal. They serve all inclusive price containing staying the night at Ryokan Fuji (旅館富士).
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their office is near the Oshidomari Ferry Terminal, and the Magokoro Rent-a-car checks in at the reception desk.
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Maruzen Rent-a-car(マルゼンレンタカー) Their office is a little far away from the Oshidomari Ferry Terminal, and is at Pension Reramoshiri.
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Rishiri Rent-a-car(利尻レンタカー) Their office is near the Oshidomari Ferry Terminal.
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Kameya Rent-a-car(かめやレンタカー) Their office is near Kutsugata Ferry Terminal. Only tel: +81-163-84-2252
    Yukiguni Rental(雪国) They rent the rental motor scooter and the rental bicycle near the Oshidomari Ferry Terminal. Ryokan Yukiguni open a business.
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Fuji Hier(富士ハイヤー) They also serve the sightseeing taxi.
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Rishiri Hier(りしりハイヤー) They also serve the sightseeing taxi. Their office is at the Kameya Rent-a-car. Only tel: +81-163-84-2252

    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

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    Look of Nozuka Observation Deck

    A gazebo and a monument of Ranald MacDonald (ロナルド・マクドナルド) are built at the site. Mr. Ranald MacDonald is an American lived in the 1800s. He taught Japanese people English for the first time. Here is a place that he tried the landing Japan that cut itself off from the world. The people whom he taught English negotiated with Mr. Admiral Perry as an interpreter.
    About Monument of Ranald MacDonald

    Gazebo
    Nozuka Observation Deck in Rishiri Island台
    Mt. Rishirifuji
    Nozuka Observation Deck in Rishiri Island台
    Monument of Ranald MacDonald
    Nozuka Observation Deck in Rishiri Island

    Atmosphere of Nozuka Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Nozuka Observation Deck

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (23 cars)
    Business hour Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number +81-163-84-3622
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 714 527 555*84

      List of Activities

      Refer to following websites for the activity companies in the Rishiri. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Guided Hiking

      Rishiri Nature Guide Service(利尻自然ガイドサービス)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rishiri Island Guide Center(利尻・島ガイドセンター)
      ASOVIEW
      Rishiri Renbun Guide Net(利尻礼文ガイドネット)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Rishiri Hana Guide Club(利尻はなガイドクラブ)

      Guided Sea Kayak

      Movie of Sea Kayak


      Rishiri Nature Guide Service(利尻自然ガイドサービス)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Sea Urchin Catching Experience

      Movie of Sea Urchin Catching Experience


      Kamui Coast Park(神居海岸パーク)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Seaweed Craft Experience

      Movie of Seaweed Craft Experience


      Rishiri Island Station(利尻島の駅)
      ASOVIEW

      Guided Backcountry

      Movie of Backcountry


      Rishiri Nature Guide Service(利尻自然ガイドサービス)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Guided Snow Trekking

      Movie of Snow Trekking


      Rishiri Nature Guide Service(利尻自然ガイドサービス)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      List of Accommodations

      Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Rishiri Island. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Rishiri Fuji

        Kitaguni Grand Hotel(北国グランドホテル)
        Booking
        Rishiri Marine Hotel(利尻マリンホテル)
        Rishirifuji Kanko Hotel(利尻富士観光ホテル)
        Hotel Ayase(ホテル あや瀬)
        Tanakaya Hinageshikan(田中家ひなげし館)
        Ryokan Narita(旅館 なり田) Only Tel: +81-163-82-1536
        Ryokan Ozeki(旅館 大関)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Ryokan Mukai(旅館 夢海)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Pension Green Wind(ペンション 群林風)
        Pension Herasan-no-Ie(ペンション ヘラさんの家)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rishiri Umineko Guest House(利尻うみねこ ゲストハウス)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Rishirisanso Hana-Rishiri(利尻山荘 花りしり)
        Booking
        Oyado Maruzen(お宿マルゼン)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Kitaguni Grand Hotel Hana Cottage Kitaguni(北国グランドホテル 花コテージ北国)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Pension Reramoshiri(ペンション レラモシリ)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Tanikawaan(たにかわ庵)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Ryokan Saihokutei(旅館 最北亭)
        Jalan
        Rishiri Green Hill Inn(利尻ぐりーんひるinn)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Sekiyokan * Ryokan Sekiyo(夕陽館 * 旅館夕陽)
        Booking
        Ryokan Yukuguni(旅館 雪国)
        Booking
        Hotel Unigoden(ホテル雲丹御殿)
        HP
        Petit Hotel Kawaichi(プチホテル 川一)
        HP
        Booking
        Ryokan Fuji(旅館 富士)
        Booking
        Hokuroku Camping Ground(北麓野営場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Family Campsite Yuni(ファミリー キャンプ場ゆ〜に)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Numaura Campsite(沼浦キャンプ場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        Rishiri

          Hotel Rishiri(ホテル利尻)
          Booking
          Island Inn Rishiri(アイランド イン リシリ)
          Shobugawa Ryokan(正部川旅館)
          Booking
          Nakahara Ryokan(中原旅館)
          Booking
          Minshuku Kutsugataso(民宿 くつがた荘) Only Tel: +81-163-84-2038
          Minshuku Ebisuso(民宿 えびす荘)
          HP
          Booking
          Jalan
          Shimayado Hamada(島宿 はまだ)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Forest Park Campsite(利尻町森林公園キャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Kutsugata-misaki Park Campsite(沓形岬公園キャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Booking.com
          Booking.com

          A page of Rishiri Island is here

          Rishiri Island

          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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