Heading northwards through the scenic coastal road Ororon Line from Sapporo or Otaru, this long and slim region shows off pleasant sandy beaches, fishing towns, ocean-view campsites and onsen – along with touching sunset over the sea. Engan Bus drives along the coast and can drop you at these attractions. During the winter, the crashing waves lapping on the shore.
TO DO 01
Following the Ofuyu Coast
At the southern side of Shokanbetsu-Teuri-Yagishiri Quasi-National Park, the Ofuyu Coast has amazing cliffs and hidden fishing villages. Watching the gorgeous sunset from Ofuyu-misaki Viewpoint.
TO DO 02
Strolling the Antiquated Mashike
Mashike is Rumoi Region’s most historic town with fine stone and wooden buildings. During the mid Edo to early Showa periods, this town boomed as a herring fishing. There are also more than 30 orchards in town.
TO DO 03
Watching the Sunset from Rumoi’s Ogon-misaki
The region’s small capital of Rumoi was once herring fishing and colliery town. Today there is not a special detour but it boasts gorgeous sunset and fresh seafood.
TO DO 04
Seeing Hokkaido’s Largest Fishing Hut in Obira
About 10km north of Rumoi, Obira was also once a herring fishing village. From early July to mid August, the town’s two sandy beaches, Usuya and Onishika, are the sparkling playgrounds.
TO DO 05
Stopping by the Windy Town Tomamae
The windy town of Tomamae is known for the worst bear attack in Japanese history. But today higuma (brown bear) is a symbol of the town, bear enthusiasts come here and taking pictures of the unique bear statues.
TO DO 06
Stopping by Haboro: The Gateway to Teuri-to & Yagishiri-to
For most travelers, the main reason to visit Haboro is to catch the ferry to Teuri and Yagishiri islands. Central Haboro occupies a grid of streets with a few modesty sights. In the 1960s, Northern Hokkaido’s largest coal mine produces more than one million tonnes of coals each years.
TO DO 07
Cycling on Yagishiri-to
About 25km northwest of Haboro, Yagishiri-to is something like a remote Scottish island that has a sizable sheep farm, native yew forest and coastal wildflower gardens.
TO DO 08
Birdwatching on Teuri-to
Although it is 4km west of Yagishiri-to, Teuri-to plays host to a million seabirds around the scenic coastal cliffs. This tiny island is the world-largest nesting site for Utou and Japan’s only nesting site for very rare Ororon-cho.
TO DO 09
Camping at the Seaside Misakidai Park
A highlight of a road trip to the quiet village of Shosanbetsu is the Ororon Line’s best spot for camping and recharging in an onsen with dramatic ocean views.
TO DO 10
Strolling on the River Mouth of Teshio-gawa
At the mouth of Japan’s forth-longest river Teshio-gawa, this town was one of Northern Hokkaido’s major trading posts until the early 20th-century. You will look out for the island of Rishiri-to on a clear day.
RUMOI & THE ORORON LINE MAP
GETTING THERE & AROUND
TRAIN: From Sapporo or Asahikawa by train, change at Fukagawa to the local trains for Rumoi take an hour (8 daily). Between Wakkanai and Horonobe, a few daily trains (1hr / local ¥1490) run on the JR Soya Line.
BUS: Chuo Bus operates highway buses to Rumoi from Sapporo (8 daily / 3hrs / ¥2410) via Takikawa or Fukagawa. Highway buses arrive at Chuo Bus Rumoi Terminal (250m southeast of the train station), 100m west of local Engan Bus Rumoi-ekimae stop.
Engan Bus travel on the Ororon Line from Sapporo to Haboro’s Honsha Terminal (6 daily / 3hrs / ¥4090 / Compulsory reservation) continue to Toyotomi direction. There are also hourly buses between Asahikawa and Rumoi (2hrs / ¥1680) via Fukagawa Jujigai.