- Must-Visit Attractions Accessible from Wakkanai Airport -
Travel the northernmost and remote islands of Japan
Wakkanai, the northernmost town on Hokkaido island. Enjoy exploring the Rishiri and Rebun islands which can be easily accessed by ferry.
Northernmost White Road
Through the gently sloping Sōya hills which spread before Cape Sōya at the northernmost tip of Japan, there is a white road paved with scallop shells. You can drive or walk on this road.（* The road is closed from November to end of May.）
At the cape with "a monument at the northernmost tip of Japan," and if the weather is clear you can see the silhouette of Sakhalin. At a nearby souvenir shop, you can purchase a "Certificate of Arrival at the Northernmost Tip of Japan."
Rishiri Mountain and Hot Spring（Rishiri Island）
Rishiri Mountain, is a symbol of Rishiri island, it is also called "Rishirifuji" because its shape resembles beautiful Mount Fuji. Himenuma and Otatomarinuma are popular spots for observing it from a distance. In summer, the island is bustling with mountain climbers. The island also has a hot spring where you can relax and enjoy the scenic views after the weary mountain climbing.
Rebun Island Trekking
The trekking courses of Rebun Island, also known as "The Flower Island," are full of 300 different kinds of blooming flowers. The famous "Momo-iwa Observatory Course," which features alpine plants on low mountains is only four hours away. The peak of flower blooming season is around the months of June～July.
Island Gourmet "Uni"
The sea urchin, or "uni," is famous and is an exemplary summertime gourmet food on Rishiri and Rebun islands. You can collect sea urchins on Rishiri Island and get some experience of peeling sea urchins on Rebun Island.
*As of February 2019.
*All photographs are for illustrative purposes only.
Lake Kutcharo "A brackish lake where migratory birds gather"
Lake Kutcharo can be found near the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk and has a span of about 27 kilometers. The lake has a depth of about 25 meters at its deepest, and has brackish water as seawater flows in from the shore and mixes with the lake's fresh water. Every year over a thousand birds winter here. It was designated as a Ramsar site, as per the Ramsar Convention, in July, 1989.
"Doors to explore 'NIPPON'", a special program that showcases scenes hand-picked from NHK's "SHIN NIHON FUDOKI", a show that conveys the beautiful scenery and profound culture of Japan, is screened on five TV monitors installed in the departure area of Haneda Airport. Do enjoy the video before you leave Haneda Airport.