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Wakkanai mapWakkanai Wakkanai is the northernmost city in Japan.
It is located about 200 km north of Asahikawa city.
There is Sakhalin island which Russia controls effectively toward north across the Soya Strait. The distance between Wakkanai and Sakhalin is only 43 km.

Wakkanai is situated on the nearly same latitude as Milan (Italy), Grenoble (France), Portland (United States) or Montreal (Canada).

It is the center city in northern Hokkaido, but main industies such as fishery and dairy are slamping.
Therefore the population continues to decrease.

There are some sightseeing spots in and around the city.
The ferries for Rishiri Island and Rebun Island, additionally for Sakhalin, leave here.

Wakkanai Sightseeing Association official website
HeartLand Ferry website

Wakkanai Park /1/

Wakkanai parkIt is a park located on the hill west of the JR Wakkanai station.
It is an observatory where we can see the Wakkanai city, port and Soya Strait, and we may see the Sakhalin island distantly when it is fine.
There are some monuments in this park.

"Hyosetsu-no-mon" (The gate in ice and snow) is most famous in this park, and built in 1963 for memorial of people who lived in Sakhalin where was the Japanese territory in prewar times.

"Monument of the Nine Maidens" is also built in 1963 for memorial.

On August 15th in 1945, the Pacific War (World War II) ended with the unconditional surrender of Japan.
But Soviet militaly were invading to expand the territory in this area on this occasion.
Young female telephone operaters in Maoka town in Sakhalin Island were working faithfully not to cut off the telephone calls.
The Soviet military launched a fierce attack to this town on August 20th.
The operaters were unable to eacape, then they were isolated in the office.
At last, nine of them killed themselves, with saying "Good-bye." on the telephone.

This monument was built as the memorial for the nine operaters.
In 1968, Emperor Showa visited these monuments and prayed for the souls of them.

There is a tower at the back of the park.
It is the "Wakkanai 100th Year Memorial Tower", and was built in 1978, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of opening Wakkanai village.

Wakkanai Port Northern Breakwater Dome /2/

Wakknai Port North Breakwater DomeIt is a breakwater like dome, and is the northern breakwater of Wakkanai port.
It is located 0.5 km north of JR Wakkanai station, and has 424 meters long along the passway through the ferry landing.
It was completed in 1936. And it was used as the breakwater and the walkway between Wakkanai railroad station and the pier of the ferry to Sakhalin.
The colonnade looks like Greek construction.

Cape Noshappu /3/

Cape Noshappu It is a cape located 5 km northwest of central Wakkanai. It is one of the northernmost capes.
The coast has no cliffs and is flat, so it looks like a small port.
There are a lighthouse and the municipal aqualium around here.
When it is fine, you can see Rishiri Island from here.
By bus, it takes about 13 minutes from Wakkanai station.
In addition, distinguish "Cape Noshappu" from "Cape Nosappu" in Nemuro city.

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How to get to here

By airplane

  1. By airplane, from each airport to Asahikawa Airport.
    (It takes 1 hour and 55 minutes from Haneda (Tokyo) and 50 minutes from Shin-Chitose Airport.)
  2. Then by bus, from the airport to Wakkanai Station, it takes 35 minutes.

By railroad

By JR limited express , it takes about 5 hours from Sapporo, and 3 hours and 40 minutes from Asahikawa.

A view from Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu-no-mon
Monument of the Nine Maidens Wakkanai 100th Year Memorial Tower
Wakkanai Port Northern Breakwater Dome Colonnade llike Greek construction
Cape Noshappu A view of Mt.Rishiri in Rishiri Island

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