Northern Hokkaido is an area in the northern part of Hokkaido. It includes Wakkanai, Rishiri Island and Rebun Island. Soya-misaki (Cape Soya) the northernmost tip of Japan, is also located in this area. In good weather, it is possible to see the Russian island, Sakhalin, from Cape Soya.
Rishiri Island and Rebun Island are rich in nature and are popular tourist destinations. Sukai-misaki (Cape Sukai) on Rebun Island and Otatomari-numa (Otatomari Marsh) also have popular trekking courses. The area is severely cold in the winter and even in the summer, there are times when jackets are necessary. Please be sure to take appropriate attire.
To travel within the Northern Hokkaido area, it is possible to use the Soya Main Line which connects Asahikawa and Wakkanai. The closest airport is Wakkanai Airport, however, it only services domestic flights. To arrive by plane from overseas, it is necessary to transfer at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, or Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport. To reach Rishiri Island or Rebun Island, it is possible to take a plane from Wakkanai Airport, or a ferry from Wakkanai Port.