The northernmost region of mainland Japan, Soya 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.
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Exploring the Scenic Port Town Wakkanai
Japan’s northernmost city of Wakkanai is an important turning point for all tourists. Taking in Japan’s northernmost city before hopping to Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park or Sakhalin Island.
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Reaching the Cape Soya-misaki
Wakkanai’s most popular tourist destination, Soya-misaki is the northernmost tip of mainland Japan overlooking Sakhalin Island on a clear day. The hills behind the cape are the perfect spot for scenic hiking.
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Hiking & Touring on Rishiri-to
Soya Region’s highest peak soars heavenward, the spectacular Rishiri-to looks like little Mt Fuji floating in the sea. Hike up to the great mountain Rishiri-Fuji or reaching the scenic viewpoints.
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Coastal Trekking on Rebun-to
Summer sees the narrow but attractive island of Rebun-to fill with nature lovers. Hike the spectacular trails from the coastal wildflower gardens to the bamboo grass hills.
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Soaking Up Sarobetsu & Toyotomi Onsen
Exploring the Sarobetsu wetland and Toyotomi hillside ranch by yourself. The surprising oily Toyotomi Onsen is believed to be helpful in treating psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
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Wander Around North Okhotsk
The northern coast of the Okhotsk Line is an area of outstanding natural landscapes, with brackish lakes, hidden marshes, wildflower gardens, rocky capes and seaside farms. Admire the elegant swans and migratory birds on Kutcharo-ko.
GETTING THERE & AROUND
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.