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Rebun Island

Rebun islandRebun island mapRebun Island is located about 15 km northwest of Rishiri island, and is in the Sea of Japan.
It is a slender island, and is about 5 km from east to west and 20 km from north to south in width.

The western coastline of this island has almost steep cliffs, but the east coast is relatively smooth.
The highest mountain is Mount Rebun (490 m) located nearly in the center of the island.
So a main road of this island runs along the east coast.

The strong wind from west blows down through the year, and the climate is cold. Then we can see many alpine flowers on the west side of the island.

The island of the most north of Japan, REBUN

Kafuka /1/

KafukaIt is a main town of this island, and is the port of arrival from Wakkanai and Rishiri island.
It is located in the southern part of the island.
There is a few hotels in this town.

Momoiwa /2/

momoiwaIt is a rocky mountain located 1.5 km west of Kafuka town.
The name means "peach rock", because they say the shape is similar to a peach.
We can see it from an observatory located about 1km south of it.
Around the observatory, the fields of alpine flowers are spread, and we can see not only them but also the Sea of Japan.

Nekoiwa /3/

NekoiwaIt means "cat rock", and is a rock like a cat.
It is on the sea near the west coast, and we can see it from the observatory for Momoiwa.

Jizouiwa /4/

JizouiwaIt means "a rock like a kind of Buddha statue". A tall rock stands near the west coast.
We can enjoy a beuatiful view of sunset.

Lake Kushu /5/

Lake KushuIt is the only lake in Rebun island, and is located in the north part of the island.
In spring many flowers of white arum bloom on the lakeside.

Cape Sukai /6/

Cape SukaiIt is a cape located in the northwest part of the island.
The water of the inlet is very clear, then this is one of the popular spots in Rebun island.

Cape Sukoton /7/

Cape SukotonIt is a cape located in the northmost of the island.
we can see "Todo island" off the coast. If it is fine, we may see Sakhalin island from here.

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Temple or Shrine / Museum or Laboratory / Market or Commercial facility / Factory /
Other Building or Construction / Historic place / Remains / World Heritage Site

How to get to here

By ferry

To Kafuka port, from Wakkanai port it takes 1 hour and 55 minutes, and from Rishiri island it takes 40 minutes.

How to tour around Rebun island

  • By route bus : The route bus runs from Kafuka to Cape Sukoton and to west coast through Momoiwa, 4-5 times per day respectively.
  • Taxi : It is small in number. Then you had better require the advanced reservations.
  • On foot : This island is not so broad. So you can walk or trek around whole island. Several routes are set for trekkers.
  • Other transportation : You can rent a car or a bicycle at Kafuka.



Kafuka town Momoiwa
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun
Nekoiwa Jizouiwa
Lake Kushu
Photo by DO PHOTO
cape Sukai
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun
Cape Sukoton Cape Sukoton
A view of Rishiri Island from Rebun Island Drying of Konbu (kelp)

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