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Yuichi Kudoさんのログブック(旅行記)「Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour」

Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour

2016-07-28 - 2016-07-3119 Episodes
Yuichi Kudo
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Yuichi Kudo
  • 30s / male
  • Japan
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Japan

Visiting Rishiri and Rebun islands were one of my dreams.
I could make my dream true this time.
There islands used to be unexplored regions but now many people started to go because their fresh seafood especially sea urchin became famous all over Japan.
I could taste nice sea urchins, fresh sashimi, kelps and so on.

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Day 12016/07/28

利尻島 利尻マリンホテル Hokkaido, Japan

利尻島 利尻マリンホテル(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん)

I started this tour early in the morning.
I took the first JR train from Sapporo to Wakkainai and it took less than 6 hours.
Then I arrived at Wakkanai and took ferry to Rishiri island.
It took 2 hours.
I arrived at today's hotel at last.
What a long day!

利尻島 利尻マリンホテル Hokkaido, Japan

利尻島 利尻マリンホテル(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん) - 02

This was my dinner at Rishiri island, Japanese full course.
This is what I was interested in the most.
Rishiri is rich for fishing and especially famous for sea urchin.

利尻島 利尻マリンホテル Hokkaido, Japan

利尻島 利尻マリンホテル(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん) - 03

This is sea urchin ceramic plate grilled.
I had never tried before but taste was just great.
I could not stop eating this.
I also enjoyed stewed Atka mackerel "Hokke", seasoned kelp, fresh Sashimi, and savory egg custard and so on.

Day 22016/07/29

姫沼 Hokkaido, Japan

姫沼(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん)

I began with morning walk around Hime-numa lake.
Unfortunately, the weather was foggy so I could't see a view of Mt.Rishiri.
However morning walk in the forest was still nice.
I felt nature and it was relaxing.

オタトマリ沼 Hokkaido, Japan

オタトマリ沼(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん)

I visited Otatomari-numa lake.
Weather was still foggy so I could not catch the view of Mt. Rishiri again.
I didn't give up to see the Mountain.
Rishiri derives its name from the Ainu language, and means "high island", or "island with a high peak".

仙法志御崎公園 Hokkaido, Japan

仙法志御崎公園(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん)

Rishiri Island is located roughly 20 km west of Hokkaido
Rishiri is nearly perfectly circular with a coastline of 63 km.
The residents of Rishiri Island live on the coastal areas of the island, which are connected by bus service which circumnavigates the island.
I was in the southern part of island and enjoy watching wild landscape of coast line.

仙法志御崎公園 Hokkaido, Japan

仙法志御崎公園(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん) - 02

I could catch the nice view of Mount Rishiri at last.
The extinct volcano rises out of the sea forming Rishiri Island.
Because its cone shape resembles Mount Fuji it is sometimes referred to as Rishiri Fuji.
It is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan.

仙法志御崎公園 Hokkaido, Japan

仙法志御崎公園(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん) - 03

I could get my best instant noodles in Japan.
This noodle is local specialty of Rishiri island.
Soup is salt based and noodles contain kelp powder.
You eat with shaved kelps as condiments.

  • Budget:1400USD

澄海岬 Hokkaido, Japan

澄海岬(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん)

After lunch at Rishiri island, I took ferry and went to Rebun Island
The island sits 50 km off the coast of Hokkaido.
Rebun Island is known for its alpine flowers.
There is no high mountain in Rebun so why alpine flowers?
It's because of the severe weather of island.
The temperature is low during all seasons so only small flowers can grow well.

プチホテル コリンシアン Hokkaido, Japan

プチホテル コリンシアン(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん)

This is today's hotel.
Hotel "petit corinthian" is Greek style building with Corinthian columns and used dark wood oak panel doors and early American interior decorations.
Rebun island of far from main city of Sapporo in Hokkaido so actually there are few hotels and hotel grade is not so high.
However this hotel is exception.
You can have a excellent stay in this hotel.

プチホテル コリンシアン Hokkaido, Japan

プチホテル コリンシアン(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん) - 02

This was my room.
I felt like staying at some 3 or 4 star hotels somewhere in Europe.
At this hotel, all rooms in the main building designed individually.
Hotel owner decorate each room as an individual statement of style and comfort.

プチホテル コリンシアン Hokkaido, Japan

プチホテル コリンシアン(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん) - 03

This is a main restaurant of hotel.
Owner decorated the room like the style of middle ages of Europe.
I enjoyed observing Antique ones and old books.
I like the taste of Owner.
I want to stay this hotel again.

プチホテル コリンシアン Hokkaido, Japan

プチホテル コリンシアン(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん) - 04

I was surprised at first.
My dinner was like this.
These were starters of today's dinner.
Looked like Japanese food but western Technique were provided here and there.
This was too nice, I never forget.

プチホテル コリンシアン Hokkaido, Japan

プチホテル コリンシアン(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん) - 05

After finishing starters my full course still keep coming.
Next one is boiled hairy crab.
Hairy crab is smaller king crab but in my opinion they have richer flavor than king crab.
Also I have to mention this.
Kani-miso "crab innards" was fantastic!

プチホテル コリンシアン Hokkaido, Japan

プチホテル コリンシアン(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん) - 06

Finally, main course, deep fried white fish was served.
Miso soup and boiled rice were coming after.
I could enjoy even bones of fish because it was deep fried.

Day 32016/07/30

桃岩荘YH Hokkaido, Japan

桃岩荘YH(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん)

I enjoyed tracking on the Rebun island.
In the morning, island was foggy but slight sun shine coming behind birch tree forest was very beautiful.
I went forward to the colonies of wild edelweiss.
Rebun island has own original ecosystem and there are many species of mountain flowers.

稚内駅 (Wakkanai Sta.) (W80) Hokkaido, Japan

稚内駅 (Wakkanai Sta.) (W80)(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん)

After enjoying walking at Rebun island we ate lunch at the ferry terminal and took ferry to Wakkanai city.
Before I went to hotel I dropped by the sea market near the JR wakkanai station.
There were many crabs.
They looked delicious.

Day 42016/07/31

宗谷丘陵 Hokkaido, Japan

宗谷丘陵(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん)

The Wakkanai originally came form Ainu lungage,Yam-wakka-nay
It means cold water river.
This is Souya kyuryo area.
It has a rare geographical feature of periglacial land forms, in which moisture in the ground repeatedly freeze and melt. here are a number of pasture grounds in the area of Souya kyuryo Hill, which make good use of the geographical feature.

宗谷岬 Hokkaido, Japan

宗谷岬(北海道, 日本)|Fresh seafood paradise Rishiri island and alpine utopia Rebun island tour(Yuichi Kudoさん)

We had a nice drive to Japan's northernmost point, Cape Souya
You can see the Russian island of Sakhalin from here.
There is an observation tower of the former Japanese Navy left at the tip of the Cape Souya. In order to watch the movement of the Russian Baltic Fleet, the observation tower was built in 1902, when the relations between Russia and Japan worsened. The observation tower remains the public of the history that once the border area was under the state of tension.

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