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.
TO DO 01
Wandering Matsumae’s Castle & Temple District
Known as ‘Little Kyoto of the North’, Japan’s northernmost castle town remains the historic temples and ruins. More than 10,000 cherry trees blossom around the castle from late April to mid May.
TO DO 02
Discovering the Medieval Kaminokuni
Kaminokuni is said that Hokkaido’s first Japanese settlement dates back to the late 12th-century. Strolling around Katsuyama-dake, Hokkaido’s represented medieval castle on Io-zan overlooking the ocean.
TO DO 03
Listening to Esashi Oiwake & Strolling the Inishie Kaido
The small capital of Hiyama Region at the jump-on off point for ferries to Okushiri-to, Esashi was Hokkaido’s main trading center from 17th- to 19th-century. The town keeps the wooden merchant houses, Oiwake folk song and traditional festivals.
TO DO 04
Getting Away to Okushiri-to for Remote Beaches & Cycling
Okushiri-to is Southern Hokkaido’s only inhabited island covered with serene beech forest. This island has a couple of tranquil beaches, scenic roads, fantastically-shaped rocks and heartwarming hospitality.
TO DO 05
Touring the Hiyama Coast
The coastal Oiwake Soran Line (Route 229) from Esashi to Setana passing the cliffs, sea-sculpted rock formations, calm beaches and riverside onsen.
The Oiwake Soran Line Map
List of Destinations on the Oiwake Soran Line