Hiyama & Oiwake Soran Line Travel | Southern Hokkaido

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The spectacular coastal Oiwake Soran Line, stretch south from the Matsumae Peninsula to Hiyama Region, is the home of Hokkaido’s Japanese tradition and historical heritages dating back to the feudal period. Japan’s northernmost castle town Matsumae and once the island’s main trading center Esashi keeps tasteful buildings and traditional festivals. The coastline of Hiyama and a friendly remote island of Okushiri-to offers rugged headlands and pleasant beaches jutting into the clear ocean.



Japan’s northernmost castle town. Wandering the temple district.


Strolling around Katsuyama-dake, Hokkaido’s represented medieval castle.


Hokkaido’s main trading center during the Edo period. Listening to Oiwake folk song.


Getting away to Southern Hokkaido’s only inhabited island.


Otobe is popular in summer for its beach and that has attractive geographical features.


In the southern part of Kariba-Motta Prefectural Natural Park.

Guide Map

Getting There

TRAIN: Kikonai can be reached by the Hokkaido Shinkansen from Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto, and the South Hokkaido Railway from Hakodate (1hr / ¥1170) via Goryokaku.

BUS: All buses for Matsumae and Hiyama Region (such as Esashi) are operated by Hakodate Bus. IC cards are available for use. 

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