A must-visit before heading out on the Kōgen-numa Meguri Hike, with info on bears and recent sightings, latest trail conditions and closures, advice and hiking maps in English. Note: there's no phone number. Hikers …
If you're heading to Rishiri-tō or Rebun-tō, stock up on cash here, as few places on the islands accept credit cards and there are no banks or ATMs. Note that the ATM is open 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday, as well …
There are excellent maps here that the staff will mark with daily track conditions. If you're heading out on a long hike, inform them of your intentions. If you can't find the desk, just follow the bear tracks and y…
On the ground floor of the ferry terminal. Pick up English-language climbing guides, maps and bus schedules. Friendly English-speaking staff can also help with bookings.
Near the bottom of the Sōunkyō ropeway, this is an excellent visitor centre with displays, photos and maps (some in English). Run your hiking plans by the helpful staff.
Pick up trail maps and bus schedules in English. The staff, who may speak some English, can assist with bookings, too. Open until the last ferry departs.
Pick up the excellent English-language Biei map, which even includes GPS map codes for key viewpoints. To the left as you exit the train station.
Inside JR Asahikawa Station on the ground floor, with English maps, brochures and bus timetables, and helpful English-speaking staff.
Japanese-speaking only agency that can arrange ferry tickets to Sakhalin, assuming the ferry still runs after 2018.
Tourist information counter inside the Kitanomine Gondola terminal, on the 2nd floor. Only open in peak ski season.