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Soya-misaki & Around Wakkanai Travel | Things to Do

Suburbs Wakkanai’s highlights are Soya-misaki and the nearby Soya Hills in eastern area. Most domestic tourists come here and explore around the cape.


PRACTICAL TIPS

Location 31km northwest of Wakkanai, 60km northwest of Hamatonbetsu


01 CAPE

Soya-misaki

宗谷岬

Wakkanai’s most popular tourist destination, Soya-misaki is the northernmost tip of mainland Japan overlooking Sakhalin Island (just 43km away from here) on a clear day.


02 MEMORIAL PARK

Soya-misaki Park

宗谷岬公園 / May-Oct / 11km / 4hrs

The high ground Peace Park has a lot of memorial monuments: the crane-shaped Tower of Prayer for Korean Air Lines Flights 007, the 1902 Former Navy Watchtower and the War Memorial.


03 SCENIC HILLS & HIKING

Soya Hills Footpaths

宗谷丘陵フットパス / May-Oct / 11km / 4hrs

The hills behind Soya-misaki are the perfect spot for hiking. Start by walking up the road past Soya-misaki Park and the nearby observation rest house Almeria (レストハウスアルメリア: 9am-5pm, to 7pm late Jun-Sep / Closed Oct-28 Apr), the pleasant track traces the countless old glacial valley like an Iceland. After a couple of hours passing through the wind and beef farms, you will arrive at Soya Park (宗谷公園), with the small shrine of Soya Gokoku Jinja (宗谷護国神社) and some historic monuments. From here you can catch a bus for JR Wakkanai Station.



SOYA-MISAKI MAP


GETTING THERE & AROUND

Four daily buses run from JR Wakkanai Station (50min) on the Okhotsk Line. The ticket office inside the bus terminal sells a round-trip discount ticket (¥2560)


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