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Teuri-to Island Travel | Things to Do

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 (ウトウ: cerorhinca monocerata), and Japan’s only nesting site for very rare Ororon-cho (オロロン鳥: uria aalge), the region’s symbolic bird. Seabirds arrive in mid March to breed and stay around until mid August. If you have time, Teuri-to is the better choice for an overnight stay for seabird watching.


01 BIRDWATCHING

Akaiwa Viewpoint

赤岩展望台 / 24hrs / Closed in winter

At the western end of Teuri is a dramatic viewpoint look down on the 48m-high upright rock Aka-iwa, the highlight of the island. The surrounding cliffs are home to a gigantic Utou colony, you will see the countless burrows. Optimal birdwatching timing is dusk from May to July, which means you will need to sleep in Teuri. Ororon-cho also may be seen if you are very lucky.


02 BIRDWATCHING

Umidori Bird Hide

海鳥観察舎 / 24hrs / Closed in winter

About 1km north of Akaiwa Viewpoint, the Umidori bird hide on the cliff has binoculars, you can observe umineko (ウミネコ: black-tailed gull) and keimafuri (ケイマフリ: spectacled guillemot).


03 BIRDWATCHING

Kannonzaki Viewpoint

観音岬展望台 / 24hrs / Closed in winter

Kannonzaki Viewpoint is one of Teuri’s main nesting site for umineko, it offers gorgeous cliffs and ocean views.


Teuri-to Map


Getting There

The car ferry Ororon 2 sails from Haboro to Teuri (1hr 45min / ¥2330) via Yagishiri (1hr / ¥1600). There are one to three daily ferries except on 8 to 26 April.
From June to August (plus 8-26 Apr and late Apr-early May), the hydrofoil Sun Liner 2 sails on the same route from Haboro to Teuri (1hr / ¥4170) via Yagishiri (35min / ¥2830).


Getting Around

Teuri-to has a 12km-long perimeter road that runs around the coast. Hiring a bike or scooter is the ideal way to explore the island. Birdwatching also can be enjoyed from the footpaths crisscross the inland forest. Rental bikes and scooters are available for hire behind the ferry terminal. There is no public transport on the island.


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