Mt. Rishiri, located almost in the center of the Rishiri Island, is commonly known as the "Rishiri Fuji" and its beautiful appearance is also known as one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains. This course can be enjoyed from every angle. The Rishiri Fuji has various and differing sightseeing spots, such as "Kitano Canary Park," which became a filming location for movies, the famous Hokkaido confectionery "Shiroi Koibito" and well-known "The Hill of Shiroi Koibito," as well as the Sarobetsu Wetland. Their beauty and diversity are so breathtaking that they make you involuntarily sigh.
|Day 1:||Wakkanai ⇒ Cape Soya / The Rolling Soya Hills ⇒ North Breakwater Dome ⇒ Wakkanai Port ⇒ (Ferry) ⇒ Rebun|
|Day 2:||Rebun ⇒ sightseeing in the Rebun Island (Cape Sukai and Kitano Canary Park) ⇒ (Ferry) ⇒ Rishiri|
|Day 3:||Rishiri ⇒ sightseeing in the Rishiri Island (The Hill of Shiroi Koibito) ⇒ Wakkanai ⇒ Koetoi-Onuma ⇒ Toyotomi hot springs|
|Day 4:||Toyotomi hot springs ⇒ Sarobetsu Wetland Center ⇒ Wakkanai Airport|
Cape Soya, situated at the northernmost point of Japan, is a popular photo spot as the very top of Japan. "Japan’s northernmost point monument" is a triangular pyramid-shaped monument featuring one ridge of the North Star as its motif. Its round base represents "peace and harmony." On fine days, the cape commands a view of the island of Sakhalin, Russia, in the distance in front across the vast ocean, making visitors feel that they are actually at the northernmost point of Japan. The official certificate of reaching Japan’s northernmost point is sold at nearby souvenir shops.
The Rolling Soya Hills is designated as a Hokkaido Heritage. On the hills is the Cape Soya Wind Farm, which is one of Japan’s largest wind power plants making the most of strong winds. On fine days, the hills also have a view of Mt. Rishiri in the distance. The "White Road", which is a part of the Soya Hillside course of the Wakkanai Footpath, is a scenic point with a 3 km road paved with scallop shells stretching toward the sea. It is an exquisite location where a beautiful contrast of the white road, blue sky and green hills and a 360 degree panoramic view can be enjoyed.
Japan’s northernmost island Rebun is also known as the “floating island of flowers” for its climate suited to the growth of native and alpine plants. The magnificent coastal view is also an attraction of the island. At Cape Sukai on the west side of the island is one of the most transparent inlets in Hokkaido with beautiful gradients of clear blue water. In summer, the contrast of flowers blooming on sheer cliffs and the ocean attracts visitors. The cape, which is also known as the location of the movie "Kita no Canaria-tachi" (northern canaries), has a shop where rare Steller’s sea lion meat dishes can be enjoyed.
Mt. Rishiri, which is one of the best of Japan’s hundred most famous mountains, is also known familiarly as Rishiri Fuji for its beauty. The "Shiroi Koibito Hill" is a quiet lookout commanding views of Mt. Rishiri, Otatomari Marsh and Numaura Beach. It is the place from where the view of Mt. Rishiri on the package of Hokkaido’s famous Shiroi Koibito cookies can be seen. Anyone who makes a marriage proposal here can receive a "proposal certificate" officially recognized by Ishira Confectionary, the manufacturer of Shiroi Koibito (a photo or other form of proof required).
Sarobetsu Wetland Center (Mt. Rishiri seen from Sarobetsu Wetland) Sarobetsu Wetland, which is one of the best of Japan’s three largest wetlands, is located at the center of the 20,000 hectare Sarobetsu Plain. At the Sarobetsu Wetland Center at the entrance of the wetland, visitors can obtain the latest nature information and learn the history of the area. From the 1 km long boardwalk that goes around there, more than 100 kinds of flowers and wild birds can be observed from up close. The 360 degree panoramic view fascinates many visitors. On fine days, a magnificent view of grand Mt. Rishiri beyond the horizon can be enjoyed.