The second most northern point in mainland Japan, this cape is a pleasant walk (45 minutes) or bike ride (6km, 20 minutes) north of town. On the way, look out for the kelp-drying yards along the shoreline. If the weather is good, look to the west for Rishiri-tō.

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Nearby Hokkaidō attractions

1. Northern Breakwater Dome


Fans of kitsch will want to walk a few minutes north of the ferry terminal to see Wakkanai's breakwater, built in 1936 to look like a straightened version…

2. Fukukō-ichiba


About a 10-minute walk south of JR Wakkanai Station, this complex has restaurants, souvenir shops and the Minato-no-yu Onsen. It's designed to evoke the…

3. Minato-no-yu Onsen

3.22 MILES

Wakkanai's best public onsen has outdoor baths that look over the harbour, and funky boat-shaped stairs for those who opt out of taking the elevator.

4. Sōya-misaki

15.02 MILES

Thirty kilometres east of Wakkanai, Sōya-misaki is mainland Japan's northernmost point, where walkers and cyclists traversing the full length of Japan…

5. Sarobetsu Wetlands

23.96 MILES

Part of Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park, these marshlands are 40km southwest of Wakkanai. Fields of wild flowers bloom here in summer, which can be…