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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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Rebun Island

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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