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Rishiri-to Island Travel | Things to Do

Soya Region’s highest peak soars heavenward, the spectacular Rishiri-to (利尻島) looks like little Mt Fuji floating in the sea. Many hikers aim for the top of the great mountain Rishiri-zan, however plenty of easy-going viewing platforms and pretty marshes dotted throughout the island. Rishiri-to boasts fresh sea urchin and the nationally-famous kelp.


01 SCENIC CAPE

Peshi-misaki

ペシ岬 / Oshidomari, Rishirifuji-cho / 24hrs

The small rocky cape juts out into the north of Oshidomari port, Peshi-misaki (92.3m) is a good place to look around the mountain and ocean while waiting for a ship.


02 SCENIC VIEWPOINTS

Yuhigaoka Observatory & Fujimi Enchi

夕陽ヶ丘展望台 / Fujino, Oshidomari, Rishirifuji-cho / 24hrs

About 2km northwest of the ferry terminal, the small coastal hill of Yuhigaoka (meaning sunset hill) is worth a visit at dusk.


03 ONSEN

Rishirifuji Onsen

利尻富士温泉 / Sakae-machi, Oshidomari, Rishirifuji-cho / Noon-9pm Sep-May, 11am-9.30pm Jun-Aug / Closed Mon Nov-Apr / ¥500

If your legs are weary after hiking or cycling, pop into Rishirifuji Onsen at the foot of the mountain. The facilities including an open-air bath, restaurant, laundry and resting room.


04 LOCAL HISTORY

Rippu-kan

りっぷ館 / Sakae-machi, Oshidomari, Rishirifuji-cho / 9am-5pm May-Oct / Closed Mon May & Oct / ¥300

Just a short walk from Rishirifuji Onsen, the fair-faced concrete culture center of Rippu-kan has a collection of oil paintings, photos and old fishing gear. A projection room shows the island’s colorful four seasons (20min).



05 LOCAL HISTORY

Rishiri Fureai Onsen

利尻ふれあい温泉 / 90 Fujimi-cho, Kutsugata, Rishiri-cho / 1-9pm / ¥650 / hotel.rishiri.jp

Inside the Hotel Rishiri, this public onsen is the best spring quality of the island. It has a rooftop deck and open-air baths (May-Oct) overlooking the ocean.


06 SEASIDE PARK

Senhoshi-misaki Park

仙法志御崎公園 / Senhoshi-misaki, Rishiri-cho 24hrs / Closed in winter / Soya Bus to Misaki Koen

The southern tip of the island overlooking the mountain, lava blown out from Rishiri-zan formed the scraggy rocky coasts. You can see a seal at the natural pool in summer.


07 WETLAND

Minamihama Shitsugen

南浜湿原 / Oniwaki-Minamihama, Rishirifuji-cho / 24hrs / Soya Bus to Minamihama

If the weather is good, drop by the island’s largest wetland near Minamihama bus stop. Alpine plants bloom from May to July.


08 SCENIC MARSH

Otatomari-numa

オタトマリ沼 / Oniwaki-Numaura, Rishirifuji-cho / 24hrs

Rishiri’s largest marsh with a great mountain view. A 20-minute loop trail traverse along the shore surrounded by the spruce forest.



Rishiri-to Map


Getting There

The main port is Oshidomari (鴛泊) on the northeast of the island. Heartland Ferry operates year-round ferries from Wakkanai (1hr 40min) and Kafuka (45min) on Rebun-to.


Getting Around

Local buses A (clockwise) and B (counterclockwise) circumnavigate the island from Kutsugata, stopping at the major sights. A seasonal one-day pass (late Apr-late Oct / ¥2000) is available at Kutsugata bus terminal or from drivers.


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