For most travelers, the main reason to visit Haboro (羽幌町) is to catch the ferry to Teuri and Yagishiri islands. Central Haboro occupies a grid of streets with a few modesty sights.
In the 1960s, Northern Hokkaido’s largest coal mine, about 23km east of the town center, produces more than one million tonnes of coals each years. Those days Haboro was 30,000-strong, today the remains of coal mine sites make another interesting excursion for history enthusiasts.
Hokkaido Seabird Center
(北海道海鳥センター) Behind the Sunset Plaza and its rose garden, this engagingly informative center introduces the seabirds ecosystem of Teuri-to such as Ororon-cho (オロロン鳥: uria aalge) and Utou (ウトウ: cerorhinca monocerata). You can watch a 20-minute seabirds video (ask for staff).
More info www.seabird-center.jp
Haboro Historical Museum
(羽幌町郷土資料館) Housed in an old summary court, the town’s small museum has a collection of coal mine tools, fossils and herring fishing gear.
It is a 10-minute walk from the bus terminal near the town hall.
Haboro Onsen Sunset Plaza
(はぼろ温泉サンセットプラザ) In the same building as the Michi-no-eki Hot Haboro on Route 232, the town’s only hotel has bright Japanese- and Western-style rooms in a good location near the ferry terminal. Half of the rooms come with ocean views.
If you are not staying, you can use an onsen (10am-10.30pm; ¥500) and a restaurant (11.30am-3pm & 5.30pm-9pm) on the ground floor. The restaurant does ama-ebi dishes such as the ebi-shio ramen, ebi-tako-gyoza curry and seafood yakisoba.
Honsha Terminal (本社ターミナル) in Central Haboro is a hub for bus travel on the coastal Ororon Line from Sapporo (6 daily; 3hrs 10min), Rumoi (1.5hrs; 10 daily), Asahikawa (1 daily; 3hrs), Horonobe Station (9 daily; 2hrs), and Toyotomi Station (6 daily; 2.5hrs). There is a left-luggage service at the ticket window, ask for staff.
Note that Haboro Terminal (羽幌ターミナル) is 700m southeast of the Honsha Terminal. All buses stop here, but it is not a convenience location if you catch a ferry or taxi.