Traveling about Rebun Island, Hokkaido

Rebun Island (Rebun Town; The population is 2,760.) stretches 29 kilometres from north to south and 8 kilometres from east to west. The island covers approximately 80 square kilometres. Rebun Island is located 10 kilometres northwest of Rishiri Island, and the two islands are separated by the Rebun Channel.

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Rebun Island Map

Early morning, I took a walk to the fishing port near the hotel.

Scenery of Kafukai fishing port, Rebun Island.

Scenery of Kafukai fishing port, Rebun Island.

Landings of Fish and Sorting; They are really hard worker.

Landings of Fish and Sorting; They are really hard worker.

Rebun Island is known for its alpine flowers and the 8-Hour Hiking Course which runs from one end of the island to the other, north to south. (There is no car road on the west coast of the island.)

I took a local bus to Shiretoko, the northernmost village of Rebun.

Northern Rebun Town Map

Northern Rebun Town Map

Shiretoko is located at the southernmost tip of Rebun Island. It’s a small fishing village.

Bus stop, deserted street, southernmost headland and small boat of sea urchin fishing of Shiretoko.

Bus stop, deserted street, southernmost headland and small boat of sea urchin fishing of Shiretoko.

The southernmost old elementary school, Shiretoko.

The southernmost old elementary school, Shiretoko.

Classroom of the old school and flowers found in the schoolyard.

Classroom of the old school and flowers found in the schoolyard.

From Shiretoko, I walked up to Momo-iwa (Peach Rock) through the Motochi lighthouse.

Path toward the peach rock.

Path toward Peach Rock.

Upper photographs are the sceneries on the way to the Peach Rock from Shiretoko. You can see Motochi lighthouse, so beautifu sceneries of this area.

The peach rock (Momo-iwa) is a huge dome of 200-300m in width 190m in height that magma created.

Peach Rock observatory.

Peach Rock observatory.

Wild flowers near Peach Rock.

Wild flowers near Peach Rock.

Got down the hill of Peach Rock, I went to Motochi coast.

View of Motochi coast, from Peach Rock.

View of Motochi coast, from Peach Rock.

Motochi coast has been known as the beach of agate.Gemstones of agate are so well found previously.

Fishing village of Mototi, Jizou iwa (Guardian deity of children rock), Agate Beach and Gemstones of agate.

Fishing village of Mototi, Jizou iwa (Guardian deity of children rock), Agate Beach and Gemstones of agate.

Flowers around Motochi Coast

Flowers around Motochi Coast

Moved to the next distination Rebunn Botanical Garden by a bus on a regular route.

Scenery on the way to the Botanical Gardens.

Scenery on the way to the Botanical Gardens.

Rebun Botanical Garden of Alpine Plant

Rebun Botanical Garden of Alpine Plant

Rebun Botanical Garden of Alpine Plant

Rebun Island has distinctive vegetation-so distinctive that edelweiss species-a mountain flower-bloom even near the sea-and therefor has many indigenous species. Countless species of alpine plants believed to the remmants of the glacial period bloom in flower fields on the island.

 Inside the Botanical Gardens.

Inside the Botanical Gardens.

Flowers from the botanical gardens

Flowers from the botanical gardens

Flowers from the botanical gardens

Flowers from the botanical gardens

Rebun Island is called “Floating island of flowers.”

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