This course covers the wide area from Rumoi to Sōya. You can't miss not only the landscape that can experience the magnificent nature like the superb view from Rumoi "Senboudai" over Mt. Rishiri such as Teuri and Yagishiri island, and starry sky from the "Shōsan Betsu Observatory", but also the gourmet unique to this area. "Yanshu Nishinzuke" of "Tanaka Greengrocery", one of Hokkaido's representative pickles, "Sweet Shrimp Rice Bowl" of "Kitano Nishinyasan" where you can enjoy sticky sweetness and umami, "Shijimi Ramen" of "Teshio Spa Yubae", and the soft ice cream of freshly squeezed milk are recommended.
|Day 1:||Asahikawa ⇒ Kunimare Shuzo ⇒ Maruichi Honmake Honma's house, old merchant ⇒ Rumoi|
|Day 2:||Rumoi ⇒ Roadside Station Obira Nishin-Banya ⇒ Totomae Onsen Fuwatto ⇒ Haboro ⇒ Shosanbetsu (Konpira Shrine) ⇒ Teshio (Teshio Spa Yubae)|
|Day 3:||Teshio ⇒ Sarobetsu Wetland Center ⇒ Soya Cape / The Rolling Soya Hills ⇒ Wakkanai|
|Day 4:||Wakkanai ⇒ Noshappu Cape ⇒ Wakkanai Park ⇒ Wakkanai Airport|
Kunimare Shuzo is a sake brewery in Mashike Town, which prospered as a port town in the Edo period. Its representative brand is "Hokkai Onikoroshi" made by using clear and abundant water from the Shokanbetsu Mountain Range and making the most of the cool climate. The mellow flavor unique to sake spreads in the mouth. Visitors can have a tour of the brewery and taste 16 kinds of sake for free at the tasting room. The brewery has a sake shop that sells all of this brewery's sake and also sells popular sweets and snacks using sake lees and limited local sake that is only available here.
The roadside station in Obira Town consists of three facilities - the "Obira Tourism Exchange Center" where visitors can buy local specialties and learn about the town’s history and culture, the "Shokuzai Kyokyu Shisetsu" (food supply facility) restaurant where delicacies from the Sea of Japan can be enjoyed and the "former Hanada Family Fishermen’s Lodge", which is an important national cultural asset. The restaurant serves fresh food, and the 120 year old historical building is open to the public to allow visitors to experience the history of Obira that prospered with herring fishing. The wellhole-style hall with walls covered with colorful banners that were actually used by fishermen is also a highlight of the facility.
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.
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.