- April 22nd, 2013
[Rishiri Rebun Sarobetsu National Nature Park] Beautiful Nature, Tasty Foods and Unique Onsen Can Be Enjoyed in Japan's Northernmost National Park
- Rebun Island
- List of Nature and Tourist Attractions
- List of Tasty Foods
- List of Onsen
- List of Events
- List of Activities
- List of Accommodations
Rebun Island (礼文島) that about 2,600 people live is a slim island from the north to the south, and the circumference of the island is 72 km. The Rebun means “An island in the offing” in Ainu language. About 120,000 tourists come the isolated island. The alpine plants grown only in 3,000 m-class mountains in Japan mainland can be seen at 0 m above sea level in the case of the Rebun Island. About 300 types of wild flowers such as the Rebun Lady’s Slipper Orchid (レブンアツモリソウ) bloom, so the another name is called “The floating island of flowers”. Trekking and island tourism are popular in the Rebun.
Movie of Rebun Island
The Rebun Island is roughly divided into 2 areas, southern area containing Kafuka with a ferry port and northern area. Kita-no-Kanaria Park (北のカナリアパーク), Momoiwa Observation Deck (桃岩展望台) and Motochi Coast (元地海岸) are famous in the southern area. In the northern area, Cape Sukoton (スコトン岬), Cape Gorota (ゴロタ岬), Cape Sukai (澄海岬) and Lake Kushu (久種湖) are famous, and there is also Sea Urchin Opening Experience Center (うにむき体験センター). Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Rebun, Futaba Shokudo (双葉食堂) and Robata Chidori (炉ばた ちどり) are given michelin plate by the Michelin Hokkaido. In addition, Kaisendokoro Kafuka (海鮮処かふか) and Aoi Shokudo (あおい食堂) are popular in particular. By the way, hot springs gush out in the island, and Rebun Onsen Usuyuki-no-Yu (礼文温泉うすゆきの湯) has a hot spring resource.
Famous trekking courses are 7 courses in total. Those are Momoiwa Observation Deck Course (桃岩展望台コース), Rebun Falls Course (礼文滝コース), Rebun Forest Course (礼文林道コース), 8 Hours Course (8時間コース), Mt. Rebundake Course (礼文岳コース), Lake Kushu Course (久種湖畔コース) and Cape Tour Course (岬めぐりコース). The trekking courses have varoius courses to enjoy wild flowers, nature and the course walking through Rebun Island, and the tourists can select the trekking course depending on the necessary time and the purpose. Rain outfits are necessary because wind is strong, and it is easy to rain. By the way, the 8 Hour Tour with love and spirit of romantic adventure (愛とロマンの8時間コース) is popular with people staying at the noted Momoiswaso Youth Hostel (桃岩荘ユースホステル) of the Rebun Island.
Rebun Island Trekking Map
Movie of 8 Hour Tour with Love and Spirit of Romantic Adventure
The Rebun has some events. Northernmost Flower Marathon (最北フラワーマラソン大会) is held only in a day, early June, and Marine Product Festival (水産まつり) is held only in a day, late July, and Rebun Shrine Festival (礼文神社祭) is held between 3days in early July, and Itsukushima Shrine Festival (厳島神社祭) is held between 3days in mid July, and Lakeshore Festival (湖畔まつり) is held only in a day, early August, and Strait Festival (海峡まつり) is held only in day, mid August, and Autumn Festa (オータムフェスタ) is held between 2days in mid September.
A mean of transportation to the Rebun Island is a ferry. The ferry service runs between the Kafuka Port and Wakkanai Port or Oshidormai Port in the Rishiri Island, and runs between the Kutsugata Port and the Kafuka Port only from June to September. There are some means of transportation for the island tourism, for example, a sightseeing bus and a fixed-route bus managed by the Soya bus (宗谷バス), a sightseeing taxi, a rental car, a rental motor scooter and a rental bicycle. I went around the Rebun Island by the rental motor scooter, and it was very comfortable. The Rebun has a lot of slopes, so I think that the bicycle is tough. 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 Nature and Tourist Attractions
It is said that the Rebun Island looks like the Ireland, and the island has a lot of highlight such as the blue sea, strangely shaped rocks, the Mt. Rishirifuji from the island, gentle hills and colorful alpine plants. A lot of overseas tourists as well as Japanese tourists come. The Kita-no-Kanaria Park, the Momoiwa Observation Deck, Momodai Nekodai Observation Deck (桃台猫台), Menou Beach (メノウ浜). Jizoiwa Rock (地蔵岩), Leontopodium Discolor Colony (レブンウスユキソウ群生地), Rebun Falls (礼文滝) and Rebun Town Local Museum (礼文町郷土資料館) are in the southern Rebun, and the Sea Urchin Opening Experience Center, Rebun Town Alpine Plant Botanical Garden (高山植物培養センター), the Lake Kushu, Northern Lookout (北の見晴台), the Cape Sukai, Rebun Lady’s Slipper Orchid Colony (レブンアツモリソウ群生地), the Cape Gorota, Todojima Observatory Deck (トド島展望台) and the Cape Sukoton are in the northern Rebun.
Momoiwa Observation Deck
Momoiwa Observatoion Deck (桃岩展望台) is a lookout point built on a hill at 228 m above sea level in the southwestern part of Rebun Island (礼文島). 360-degree view can be seen. The Momoiwa Observatoion Deck was named after Momoiwa Rock of about 250 m elevation (桃岩 * Momo means a peach in English and iwa means a rock in English) in front of visitor’s eyes, and its shape looks like the shape of a peach. Nekoiwa Rock (猫岩 * Neko means a cat in English) like the shape of a cat back in the sea and Rishiri Island (利尻島) can be seen, too. The Momoiwa Rock and the Nekoiwa Rock are two of 3 great strange shaped rocks in the Rebun Island together with Jizoiwa Rock (地蔵岩). A parking lot is offered near an entrance to the observatoion deck, and a public restroom is built beside the parking lot. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. By the way, the visitors must go up a hill from Kafuka Port (香深港) to here, and may considerably have a hard time on foots or by bicycles. I was dead tired. But coming back was a breeze. Read More
Motochi Coast and Jizoiwa Rock
Motochi Coast (元地海岸) with Menou Beach (メノウ海岸) and Jizoiwa Rock (地蔵岩) is a coast in the southwestern part of Rebun Island (礼文島), and is famous as a good place to see the beautiful sunset, too. The beach used to be a part of Love and Romance 8-Hour Course. But the beach to the Jizoiwa Rock is prohibited to enter at present because rocks may be fallen. So the number of visitors have decreased. Most of the visitors seem to come to find agates at the Menou Beach in front of the parking lot. As its name suggests (The Menou means “Agate” in English), this beach was named after finding a lot of the agates. But the agates may not be found now. The Sea of Japan is very beautiful, so the visitors are charmed by the blue. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Kita-no-Kanaria Park (北のカナリアパーク) is a tourist attraction in the southern part of Rebun Island (礼文島), and is nearly the southernmost tip of the island. It has opened a business since 2013, and about 40,000 tourists come. Misaki Branch School of Reitan Elementary School (麗端小学校岬分校) used as a shooting place is open to the public in commemoration of Japanese movie “A Chorus of Angels (北のカナリア達)” that Ms. Sayuri Yoshinaga (吉永小百合), a famous actress, played a roll. A view of Rishiri Island from here is very beautiful, so I suppose that here was used as the shooting place for the movie. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. The park close a business from November to April. Read More
Cape Sukoton (スコトン岬) is one of the Japan’s northernmost lookout point in the northwestern part of Rebun Island (礼文島). The Sukoton means “A bay in a large valley” in Ainu language. Todo Island (トド島 * The Todo means the Sea Lion in Japanese) can be viewed, and Sakhalin Island (サハリン島) can be seen just a little, too, if the weather is good. The feeling such as the furthest reaches of the Japan is popular, so a lot of tourists come. The sunset across the sea of the Japan from here is beautiful, too. Sukotonmisaki Observation Deck (スコトン岬展望台), Sukotonmisaki Sightseeing Souvenir Shop “Shima-no-Hito” (スコトン岬観光おみやげ店「島の人」), Minshuku Sukotonmisaki (民宿スコトン岬), a public restroom and a parking lot are built at the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. By the way, the wind is strong at the Cape Sukoton, please be careful not to blow your hat and not to be gotten hair messy. Read More
Todojima Observation Deck
Todojima Observatoion Deck (トド島展望台) is a lookout point in the northwestern part of Rebun Island (礼文島), and is located halfway along Edoya Mountain Road (江戸屋山道), an one-way road, and Todo island (トド島), Cape Sukoton (スコトン岬), Cape Kneda (金田岬) and Mt. Gorota (ゴロタ山) can be seen from the lookout point at about 110 m above sea level. A panoramic view spreads over in front of visitor’s eyes, so it is comfortable. Except a parking lot, tourist facilities such as a food stall or a restroom are not built. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Cape Gorota (ゴロタ岬) is a lookout point in the northwestern part of Rebun Island (礼文島). Gorotamisaki Lookout (ゴロタ岬展望台) is built at the mountaintop of about 180 m elevation Mt. Gorota with precipitous cliffs at the sea side, and Cape Sukoton (スコトン岬), Awabikotan (鮑古丹), Cape Kaneda (金田岬), Gorota Beach (ゴロタ浜), Teppu Beach (鉄府浜) and trails of Cape Tour Course (島巡りコース) can be viewed. Especially, the Cape Sukoton from here is a superb view. Seasonal wild flowers can be savored along a trail to the mountaintop, and here is also known as a good place to see the sunset. Tourist facilities such as a souvenir shop or a restroom are not built. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Cape Sky (澄海岬) is a lookout point in the northwestern part of Rebun Island (礼文島), and is well-known for having an atmosphere such as a beach of a southern country with transparent blue sea, and is one of most popular toursit attractions to enjoy relatively easily a superb view in the Rebun island. Its name of the sky has a double meaning. The one is clear sea in Japanese (澄 means clear in Englsih, and 海 means sea in English), and the another one is the kanji (澄海) with a reading for sky in English. Unfortunately, the beach is off limits. The cape is nearby Nishikamidomari Fishing Port (西上泊漁港), and Sukaimisaki Souvenir Shop (澄海岬観光売店), a parking lot, a public restroom and Nishikamidomari Shrine (西上泊神社) are built near here, too. It is said that the sunset and the starry sky from here are also beautiful. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Rebun Lady’s Slipper Orchid Colony
Rebun Lady’s Slipper Orchid Colony grows thick in the northwestern part of the Rebun Island, and has been designated as the National Natural Treasure. The Rebun Lady’s Slipper Orchid is a kind of a wild orchid, and only 3,000 Rebun Lady’s Slipper Orchid seem to grow in the Rebun at present. Those suffered from grave thieves, and are imminently threatened with extinction. The best time to see it is from late May to early June. Those can be seen along wooden paths. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Movie of Leavenworth lady slipper
Lake Kushu is a freshwater lake in the northern part of the Rebun, and is also the northernmost lake in the Japan. The perimeter of the lake is about 3.3 km, and the maximum depth is about 6 m. Damp ground spreads over the shore, and walks of 4 km length is built around the Lake Kushu. It takes about 60 minutes to go a round on foot. Skunk cabbages grow thick on the shore in a spring, and it is popular for watching birds because migratory birds come flying. Candy trouts seem to be caught, too. Kushukohan Camping Ground (久種湖畔キャンプ場) is built on the lakeshore. The Lake Kushu can viewed from the Northern Lookout. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Movie of Laku Kushu
List of Tasty Foods
Because the Rebun Island is surrounded by the sea, tasty seafood is famous. Some restraunts serve seafood near Kafuka Port. Speaking of the tasty restaurants in the Rebun, the Futaba Shokudo and the Robata Chidori are given michelin plate by the Michelin Hokkaido. In addition, the Kaisendokoro Kafuka and the Aoi Shokudo are popular in particular. My visited places are as follows.
Salmon Roe Rice Bowl
Kaisendokoro Kafuka (海鮮処かふか) is a seafood restaurant in Rebun Island. Kafuka fishery cooperative (香深漁協) runs it, and there is a building near Kafuka Port. It is popular for eating fresh seafood. I visited here around 11:00 on weekdays. A waitress asked me whether I grilled the seafood at first when I entered the restraunt. They seem to show me to a room of Japanese-style barbecue cooked in front of customers if I want to grill a sea urchin and an atka mackerel and eat those. But I wanted to eat a rice bowl, they showed me to my table at the restraunt. The restraunt was so large, and there were many tables and family customers seem to enjoy. Read More
Futaba Shokudo (双葉食堂) in Funadomari-mura is located in the northern part of Rebun island. This is a long-established restraunt founded in 1960. They serve ramen (ラーメン), buckwheat noodle (そば), curry and rice (カレーライス) and rice bowls. It is not the restaurant for tourists and is the restaurant which local people use. Therefore the opening hour is not fixed in particular, too, and it seemed to open the restraunt around 12:30 on this day. I heard that the ramen of Futaba Shokudo was tasty and visited around 13:30 on weekdays. Read More
List of Onsen
The Rebun Island had never hot springs. However, a drilling was succeeded in 2008. Tourists can bath the onsen at the Rebun Onsen Usuyuki-no-Yu, hotels and ryokan. The Rebun Onsen Usuyuki-no-Yu has a hot spring resource.
Rebun Onsen Usuyuki-no-Yu
Rebuntou Onsen (礼文島温泉) is a hot spring place in Rebun Island (礼文島) located in the northern part of Hokkaido. Rebuntou Onsen Usuyuki-no-Yu (礼文島温泉 うすゆきの湯) is around 200 m away from Kafuka Ferry Terminal. Around here is the center of the rebun, and restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, bars with a surcharge and Izakaya are built. Kita-no-Kanaria Park (北のカナリアパーク) and Momoiwa Observatry (桃岩展望台) are relatively near here, too. By the way, Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Rebun, Robata Chidori (炉ばた ちどり), Atoi Shokudo (あとい食堂) and Kaisendokoro Kafuka (海鮮処 かふか) are popular in particular. I ate foods at the Kaisendokoro Kafuka and Futaba Shokudo (双葉食堂), and those were tasty. Read More
List of Events
Some events are held in the Rebun Island. Especially, most of the events are held in a summer.
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Rebun. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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