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Rishiri Island

Rishiri islandRishiri island mapRishiri Island is located about 40 km southwest of Wakkanai city, and is in the Sea of Japan.
It is a nearly round island. It is about 15 km from east to west and 17 km from north to south in width, and is about 63 km in circumference.

There is a singular "Mount Rishiri" (1,721 m) in the center of the island.
The beautiful mountain is similar to Mount Fuji, so it is also called "Rishiri-Fuji".
This island is like a mountain towering in the sea.

Oshidomari town /1/

OshidomariIt is a central town on the north coast, and the ferries from Wakkanai and Rebun Island come in here.
There are some hotels in this town.
Some sightseeing spots are around this town.

"Cape Peshi" is located north of the Oshidomari port.
It has a shape like a big whale, and we can see the Mount Rishiri and Rebun island at an observatory on the top of the cape.

"Ponmoshiri island" is a small rocky island, and is located northwest of the town.
There is a colony of black-tailed gulls on the island.

Himenuma /2/

HimenumaIt is a small lake in primary forest on the foot of the mountain, and is located 3 km southwest of Oshidomari town.
It is very calm around this, and there is a wooden path along the lake.
This is suitable for hikers.

Mount Rishiri /3/

Mount RishiriIt is nearly the center of the island. And there are two routes of the climb.

One is from Oshidomari town.
We can go to "Rishiri-hokuroku camp site" located 2 km south of Oshidomari town by car. Then we climb from there for distance of 7 km.
There is a spring called "Kanrosen" which is known for tasty water near the camp site.

Another is from Kutsugata town which is on the west coast of the island.
We can go to "Mikaeridai observatory" located 5 km east of Kutsugata. Then we climb from there for distance of 5 km.

Lake Otatomari /4/

Lake OtataomariIt is a small lake in the south part of the island.
This is one of good spots from which to view Mount Rishiri.
This scenery is used on the package of "Shiroi-koibito" which is the very popular cookie made in Sapporo.
This spot is on the south side of the mountain, so it looks more cheerful than the scenery at Himenuma.
There is a walking trail along the lake, and a moor, an observatory and a camp sites are around here.

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How to get to here

By ferry

To Oshodomari port, from Wakkanai port it takes 1 hour and 40 minutes, and from Rebun island it takes 40 minutes.

By airplane

From Shin-Chitose airport to Rishiri airport, it takes 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Rishiri airport is located about 3 km west of Oshidomari town.

How to tour around Rishiri Island

  • By route bus : The route bus runs all the way around the island from Katsugata town, 4-5 times per day.
  • Taxi : We can use the taxi for sightseeing. The taxi companies are at Oshidomari and Kutsugata.
  • Other transportation : You can rent a car, a motorbike or a bicycle at mainly Oshidomari.

Oshidomari port and Mt.Rishiri
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun
Cape Peshi
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Cape Peshi
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Ponmoshiri Island
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Himenuma and Mt.Rishiri
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Mount Rishiri Mount Rishiri
Lake Otatomari
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun

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