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

October 10th, 2015

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. Article is here

Otatomari Pond
Otatomari Pond in Rishiri Island

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. Article is here

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 Accommodations

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

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Northern Rishiri

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

Western 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

Southern Rishiri

Numaura Camping Ground(沼浦キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Shimayado Hamada(島宿 はまだ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Green House Fujii(グリーンハウス ふじい) Only Tel: +81-163-85-1030
Petit Hotel Kawaichi(プチホテル 川一)
HP
Booking
Ryokan Fuji(旅館 富士)
Booking
Booking.com
Booking.com

A page of Rishiri Island is here

Rishiri Island

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