• October 10th, 2015
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[Otatomari Pond in Rishiri Island] Mt. Rishirifuji Looks Very Beautiful

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. The Otatomari Pond is near Minamihama Wetland (南浜湿原) and Numaura Obseravation Deck (沼浦展望台), and Rishiri Island Wetland Group (利尻島湿地群) containing the Minamihama Wetland and Numaura Wetland (沼浦湿原) has been chosen as one of 500 Important Wetlands in Japan (日本の重要湿地500). 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.

Otatomari Pond
Otatomari Pond in Rebun Island

Movie of Otatomari Pond

Otatomari Pond
Otatomari Pond in Rebun Island
Otatomari Pond in Winter
Otatomari Pond in Rebun Island
Souvenir Shops and Restraunt
Otatomari Pond in Rebun Island
Public Restroom near Parking Lot
Otatomari Pond in Rebun Island

Minamihama Wetland

Minamihama Wetland (南浜湿原) is the Rishiri Island's largest high moor in the southern part of the Rishiri Island, and is near Numaura Obseravation Deck (沼浦展望台) and Otatomari Pond (オタトマリ沼), and Rishiri Island Wetland Group (利尻島湿地群) containing the Minamihama Wetland and Numaura Wetland (沼浦湿原) has been chosen as one of 500 Important Wetlands in Japan (日本の重要湿地500). But the area is about 6 ha. It is not so large. The Minamihama Wetland is high moors at about 5 m above sea level, and Sphagnum Moss grows thick at lowlands near the sea, and it is a rare place in Japan. A forest of Japanese Spruce spreads over the area around Menyushoro Pond (メヌウショロ沼), and 2 wooden paths are built to look around on foot at the wetland. A sightseeing bus does not drop tourists off here, so few tourists come. Visitors can enjoy to go around the Minamihama Wetland leisurely, and it becomes a popular sightseeing spot secretly. Mt. Rishirifuji can be seen in the daytime, and beautiful starry sky can be seen in the evening. A parking lot and a public restroom are built at the site. There are not tourist facilities such as a souvenir shop. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More

Around Menyushoro Pond
Minamihama Wetland in Rishiri Island

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. Read More

Otatomari Pond from Numaura Obseravation Deck
Otatomari Pond and Numaura 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.

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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 Otatomari Pond

The Numaura Wetland is the largest wetland at about 2 m above sea level in the Rishri. The area is about 29 ha. Plants such as Ledum, Ilex crenata and Coptis trifolia grow naturally at the wetland, and a forest of Japanese Spruce spreads over the area around the wetland. A walking path of about 1.5 km total length is built around the Otatomari Pond, and it takes about 20 minutes on foot. Visitors can enjoy watching wild birds and plants or looking at the magnificent Mt. Rishirifuji while enjoying forest bathing.

Otatomari Pond
Otatomari Pond in Rebun Island
Mt. Rishirifuji and Otatomari Pond
Otatomari Pond in Rebun Island
Wetland around Otatomari Pond
Otatomari Pond in Rebun Island
Flowers of Lotus Bloom
Otatomari Pond in Rebun Island
Otatomari Pond
Otatomari Pond in Rebun Island
I Look Down at Otatomari Pond
Otatomari Pond in Rebun Island
I Do Not Know Flower's Name
Otatomari Pond in Rebun Island
I Do Not Know Flower's Name
Otatomari Pond in Rebun Island

Atmosphere of Otatomari Pond Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Otatomari Pond

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 714 109 833*67

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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