Japan is a modern country, but it also has its own beautiful natural
scenery. In Hokkaido (the north part of Japan), there is a region called
Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park which comprises two small islands-
Rishiri Island and Rebun Island.
In Hokkaido , don't just think about snow and skiing. If you pay a visit to
it in the summer time , you are strongly recommended to visit the Rishiri
and Rebun Islands. The Rishiri Island is a round island with a dormant
volcano in the centre. There is beautiful sea views. You can either ride a
bicycle around the island or take a trek to the summit of the peak to enjoy
your time in Rishiri.
Rebun island is an island northern to Rishiri. Actually it is the most
northern island of Japan. The weather there is bitterly cold in winter
However, it does contain many beautiful scenery for you to see. It is also
called the Island of Flowers because there is a great variety of flowers
over the island in summer time.
This time , we would like to introduce you the Seashore Trail ( also called
8-hr hike because normally it takes 8 hrs to finish) of Rebun Island. Its
starting point is at the most northern cape of the island (i.e. the most
northern point in Japan) and the end is a place called Shiretoko in the
south region. You can see a red line on the map shown in the youth hostel
of Rebun Island- it indicates the route
If you stay in the youth hostel of that island, you can have a briefing by
the staff there at the night before starting the trip. The hostel master
would also group the hikers and send all of them in a vehicle to the
starting point .
You should start your journey in the early morning by taking the vehicle to
the northern cape. Siu Yu and Eugene, standing at the starting point, will
take you to the journey
We are now at the most northern part of Japan
You will see different kinds of rocks exposing out of the sea there.
We will do this 8-hr hike which is full of flowers and beautiful sea views
At first , you need to trek along some easy paths on the green land
Before arriving at a long beach where you can feel the wind and hear the sounds of the sea.
You walk along the beach and later you will arrive at a beautiful cape.
Afterwards you go along the mountain path again and soon some houses next to the coast will be seen.
This is "Ching Hoi Hap".
The water here is crystal clear!
Spend some time here to take photos and have a meal. You may also see some Japanese fisherman.
The trail then leaves the coast and goes inland for a way through the mountains, but you can still see the sea.
As mentioned before, you can watch different kinds of flowers along the route.
All of a sudden, you need to go down to the coast again.
Following is a rocky route very close to the sea. It is a leisurable walk.
You will pass across Rebun waterfall of 7 metre high.
You continue the seashore trek.
Until you see a very big and funny rock. This is " Nekko Iwa"- a sculpture of the nature.
You end the hike in Shiretoko- where you can pick the bus back to Kafuka, the major town in Rebun Island.
For transport , you need to take a train to Wakkanai , a city in northern part of mainland Hokkaido. Then you can take a ferry to go to Rebun and Rishiri Island.
It is advisable to arrive at Rebun Island in the afternoon so that you can have a sleep over there (e.g.in the youth hostel) and start the 8 hr hike in the next morning. After the hike, try the tasteful barbecue food at that night in Kafuka. You can then choose to take ferry to Rishiri Island to do cycling and summit hiking adventure there .