Rebun Island is located the northern end of Hokkaido and 2 hours ferry ride from Wakkanai. This is a thin, long island which is approximately 40 km long. Most tourists visit Rebun to enjoy the alpine flora. You usually have to climb up about 2000m to enjoy the kinds of flowers there. Since Rebun is a relatively flat island, you can enjoy the alpine plants much easily.
Rebun atsumoriso is the most known native flower of Rebun. This rare plant has fat white petals and designated as a protected species.
Rebun is not only famous for colorful flowers such as Kamchatka lily and Chishima gikyo, but also for their chic and simple ones. Some steal rare species such as Rebun Atsumoriso. The tourists are expected to follow the rules of the island.
Other flowers can be seen are Rebun shiogama, Ezono hakusanichige, Hiogi ayame, Miyama odaki to name a few. Most spots are located the south of island but Rebun atsumoriso are usually seen on the trail from the north to descend to the western south. On this trail, you can enjoy the ocean view and breeze with the flowers at the same time.
When you visit Rebun, we recommend you lodge there and look around the whole island to enjoy its fullest.
There are many accommodations on the island including youth hostels where you can meet fellow tourists. Rebun is also famous for their delicious sea food, especially sea urchins in the early summer. Hokkaido in general is famous for sea urchins but if you tasted Rebun ones, you wouldn't be able to go back to other kinds.
On the ferry from the island, you can view Rishiri Fuji. As the name suggests, this mountain is beautiful and the ferry route is very close by it. The view is panoramic. It'd also be a nice idea to stop by at Rishiri to climb Rishiri Fuji.
Rebun island Tourist Association
Address: Ton-nai, Kafuka, O-O-Aza, Rebun-cho, Rebun-gun, Hokkaido
Tel: 0163-86-1001 Fax: 0163-86-1515