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[Numaura Observation Deck in Rishiri Island] Lookout Point Associated with Shiroi Koibito Cookies (White Lovers)

Numaura Obseravation Deck

Numaura Obseravation Deck (沼浦展望台) is a lookout point in the southern part of Rishiri Island (利尻島). Mt. Rishirifuji (利尻富士), Otatomari Pond (オタトマリ沼), Numaura Wetland (沼浦湿原), Numaura Beach (沼浦海岸) and the sea of Japan can be viewed on a hill at about 43 m above sea level. Its another name is Shiroi Koibito Hill (白い恋人の丘). Mr. Yukiyasu Ishizumi (石水幸安), a founder of Ishiya Confectionery (石屋製菓), was impressed with a shape of the Mt. Rishirifuji like a shape of mountains in Switzerland, so he adopted the mountain as an image of package of Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人), one of the most famous cookies in Hokkaido. Therefore here is also named as the another name because the image of the package resembles the shape of the Mt. Rishirifuji from here. Numaura Camping Ground (沼浦キャンプ場) is close to here. Only a parking lot is provided, and tourist facilities such as a public restroom and a souvenir shop are not built. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Otatomari Pond from Numaura Obseravation Deck
Otatomari Pond and Numaura in Rishiri Island

The Numaura Beach, the only sandy beach in the Rishiri, is at foot of the hill with the obsevation deck, and "An inlet with a sandy beach" meant the Otatomari in Ainu language points to this sandy beach. I suppose that Rishiri Island people will enjoy a north short summer here. But, although they swim in the sea in a summer, it sounds cold. The Numaura Beach has no tourist facilities. It is hard to find an entrance of the Numaura Beach.

Numaura Beach
Otatomari Pond and Numaura in Rishiri Island
Numaura Beach
Otatomari Pond and Numaura in Rishiri Island
Sea from Numaura Beach
Otatomari Pond and Numaura in Rishiri Island

The Numaura Camping Ground is on the way to the Numaura Obseravation Deck, and keeps at a little distance from the Otatomari Pond. The camping ground is surrounded by trees, and a public restroom and a community kitchen are built at the site. But a manager is not stationed. Seicomart Oniwaki branch (セイコーマート鬼脇店) is the closest store if campers want to do shopping.

Numaura Camping Ground
Numaura Camping Ground in Rishiri Island
Numaura Camping Ground
Numaura Camping Ground in Rishiri Island
Community Kitchen and Public Restroom
Numaura Camping Ground in Rishiri Island

Otatomari Pond

Otatomari Pond (オタトマリ沼) is the largest pond in the southern part of Rishiri Island (利尻島). The perimeter of the pond is about 1.1 km, and the depth is about 3.5 m. In Numaura Wetland (沼浦湿原), the pond is near Mikazuki Pond (三日月沼). The Otatomari means "An inlet with a sandy beach" in Ainu language. A reversed image of Mt. Rishirifuji (利尻富士) reflected on the surface of the pond and Mt. Rishirifuji can be seen at the same time if the weather is fine, and here is a popular tourist attraction. A large parking lot, a public restroom, Rishirifuji Town Resthouse (利尻富士町レストハウス) and Rishiri Kameichi Otatomari Branch (利尻亀一オタトマリ沼店) are built at the south bank of the pond. Grilled scallops, a sea urchin battleship roll sushi (うにの軍艦巻き), a striped bamboo flavored soft serve ice cream (熊笹ソフト), a perpetual snow soft serve ice cream (万年雪ソフト) and Mirupis (ミルピス) have a good reputation. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More

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Otatomari Pond
Otatomari Pond 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

    Motochi Coast
    Rebun Island

    Look of Numaura Obseravation Deck

    The Mt. Rishirifuji and the Otatomari Pond can be seen at the same time. A signboard "Shiroi Koibito Hill * the hill of white lovers" is built, and here is also known as a sacred place for lovers. If couples propose to each other and accept each proposals, and bring a their propose's photo to Rishirifuji Town Tourist Association (利尻富士町観光協会), a proposal issuance is certificated by the Ishiya Confectionery. The views from here are very good, so a beautiful scenery can be enjoyed even if visitors are not couples.

    Numaura Obseravation Deck Is Also Called Shiroi Koibito Hill
    Numaura Obseravation Deck (Shiroi Koibito Hill)
    Mt. Rishirifuji and Otatomari Pond
    Numaura Obseravation Deck (Shiroi Koibito Hill)
    Numaura Beach Can Be Seen from Numaura Obseravation Deck
    Numaura Obseravation Deck (Shiroi Koibito Hill)
    Sea Comes into Sight at Numaura Obseravation Deck
    Numaura Obseravation Deck (Shiroi Koibito Hill)

    Atmosphere of Numaura Obseravation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Numaura Obseravation Deck

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (20 cars)
    Business hour Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Winter season
    Telephone number +81-163-84-3622
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 714 110 665*47

      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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