For most travelers, the main reason to visit Haboro (羽幌町) is to catch the ferry to Teuri and Yagishiri islands. Central Haboro occupies a grid of streets with a few modesty sights.
01 LOCAL HISTORY
Haboro Historical Museum
羽幌町郷土資料館 / N6-1 / 10am-4pm May-Oct / Closed Mon / ¥210
Housed in an old summary court, the town’s small museum has a collection of coal mine tools, fossils and herring fishing gear. It is a 10-minute walk from the bus terminal near the town hall.
Hokkaido Seabird Center
北海道海鳥センター / N6-1 / 9am-5pm, to 4pm Nov-Mar / Closed Mon, day after a holiday / FREE / www.seabird-center.jp
Behind the Sunset Plaza and its rose garden, this engagingly informative center introduces the seabirds ecosystem of Teuri-to such as Ororon-cho (オロロン鳥: uria aalge) and Utou (ウトウ: cerorhinca monocerata). You can watch a 20-minute seabirds video (ask for staff).
03 ONSEN & SLEEPING
Haboro Onsen Sunset Plaza
はぼろ温泉サンセットプラザ / Tel 0164-62-3800 / N3-1-29 / sunset-plaza.com
In the same building as the Michi-no-eki Hot Haboro on Route 232, the town’s only hotel has bright Japanese- and Western-style rooms in a good location near the ferry terminal. Half of the rooms come with ocean views.
If you are not staying, you can use an onsen (10am-10.30pm; ¥500) and a restaurant (11.30am-3pm & 5.30pm-9pm) on the ground floor. The restaurant does ama-ebi dishes such as the ebi-shio ramen, ebi-tako-gyoza curry and seafood yakisoba.
Central Haboro Map
Honsha Terminal (本社ターミナル) in Central Haboro is a hub for bus travel on the coastal Ororon Line from Sapporo (5 daily / 3hrs 10min), Rumoi (1.5hrs / 10 daily), Asahikawa (1 daily / 3hrs), Horonobe Station (9 daily / 2hrs), and Toyotomi Station (6 daily / 2.5hrs). There is a left-luggage service at the ticket window, ask for staff.
Note that Haboro Terminal (羽幌ターミナル) is 700m southeast of the Honsha Terminal. All buses stop here, but it is not a convenience location if you catch a ferry or taxi.