Lonely Planet review
There is some wonderful wildlife-watching in Bakkai (抜海), where harp seals arrive each year and stay from November to May. A basic viewing hut provides shelter, a toilet and some information about the seals. Frequent futsū run on the JR Sōya line between Wakkanai and Bakkai (¥260, 15 minutes). Dress warmly! It's a 30-minute walk from the station to the port where the seals are.