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Japan Far North: Day 6 (Rebun Island)

Posted on Aug 16, 2013

Posted on Aug 16, 2013

We woke refreshed after a good sleep at the campground near Funadomari at the north of Rebun Island, off the northwest coast of Hokkaido, Japan. That said, sleep in a tent is not as refreshing as sleep in a real bed, and our groggy states as we hiked up the small hill behind the campground were testament to that fact.

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Tent and tarp at the Kushuko-han Campground at the north of Rebun Island, Hokkaido, Japan

While out for a morning walk (Rebun Island, Japan)The view from the top of the hill woke us up though…

Kushuko-han Campground at the north of Rebun Island, Hokkaido, Japan

as did a refreshing swim in Funadomari Bay; water as clear as I’ve ever seen in Japan, and not at all too chilly.

Swimming in the cool clear waters of Funadomari Bay, Rebun Island, Hokkaido, Japan

Swimming in the cool clear waters of Funadomari Bay, Rebun Island, Hokkaido, JapanAfter a quick dash up to the northern most tip of Rebun Island, it was back on a ferry to Wakkanai.

On the ferry from Rebun Island to Wakkanai, Japan

All in all, Rishiri and Rebun Islands were definitely worth the effort. If we’d had more time, we would have spent a little more time on Rebun Island; the cliffs to the west of the island are apparently worth the travel on gravel roads over to the western side.


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GRADES range from A (very difficult) to D (easy). Hazards include exposure to avalanche and fall risk. More details here. Rating rubric adapted from Hokkaido Yukiyama Guidebook 北海道雪山ガイド.