Destinations

宗谷・稚内観光案内 | Soya & Wakkanai Travel

本土最北端の地を目指す旅人の誰しもが憧れる宗谷地方は、茫漠としたサロベツと北オホーツクの大原野、秘境を思わせる湖沼群、氷河期の面影を残す丘陵地帯、そして日本海に浮かぶ秀麗な利尻島と礼文島など、類まれな自然美に満ちあふれている。

宗谷海峡に面する港町稚内は礼文サロベツ国立公園への便利な観光拠点。長大なオーシャンロードの日本海オロロンラインとオホーツクライン、そして宗谷本線の終点でもある。北緯43度。北国ならではの情緒を心ゆくまで満喫したい。

The northernmost region of mainland Japan, Soya (Population 34,000) is a dramatic destination for hitchhikers, cyclists and motorcyclists. With the wilderness islands, primeval wetlands, quiet marshes, wildflower gardens and bamboo grass hills as your playground. Many travelers come in summer to explore Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park, however you will probably the call of impressive snow-covered landscapes and pure white frozen sea in winter.


Destinations

稚内

Wakkanai

利尻島

Rishiri-to

礼文島

Rebun-to

サロベツ・豊富

Sarobetsu & Toyotomi

浜頓別

Hamatonbetsu

枝幸

Esashi



Guide Map


Directions

TRAIN: JR Soya Line end up at Japan’s northernmost station Wakkanai. For Wakkanai, a few limited express trains run from Sapporo (1 daily; 5hrs / ¥10,560) and Asahikawa (3 daily / 3.5hrs / ¥8360). There are local trains from Asahikawa (5.5hrs / ¥5940) require a change at Nayoro.

BUS: Soya Bus operates intercity buses (incl night service with female-only seats) from Sapporo Odori Bus Center to Wakkanai (6 daily / 6hrs / ¥6200) and some buses go directly to the ferry terminal. From Asahikawa, intercity buses run to Hamatonbetsu and Esashi via Otoineppu.
Engan Bus runs from Sapporo to Toyotomi Eigyosho (4 daily / 5hrs / ¥6180) at the town hall, stopping at Horonobe Jujigai (30m east of the train station) and Toyotomi Onsen.