Top things to do

Seafood in Wakkanai


This popular seafood joint does good-value sushi sets (¥1400 to ¥2900) as well as some seafood-themed variations on classic Japanese dishes: try the tako-shabu (¥2500), which swaps the pork or beef typically used in…
Market in Wakkanai


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 Wakkanai of bygone days. Poke around to see some historical ph…
Landmark in Wakkanai


Thirty kilometres east of Wakkanai, Sōya-misaki is mainland Japan's northernmost point, where walkers and cyclists traversing the full length of Japan either start or finish. Buses depart seven times daily from bus …
Russian in Wakkanai


If seeing all that Russian on the street signs around Wakkanai has got you hankering for some pelmeni (dumplings) or pirozhki (stuffed buns), Pechika will help you out. It's not terribly authentic, but there's plent…
Landmark in Wakkanai


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

Japan Cup Dogsled Race

The biggest dogsled race in Japan takes place every February and winds through some truly inhospitable frozen terrain (dress warmly!). Free shuttle buses run from Wakkanai to the event grounds in Ōnuma.
Notable Building in Wakkanai

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 of the Colosseum in Rome.
Onsen in Wakkanai

Minato-no-yu Onsen

Wakkanai's best public onsen has outdoor baths that look over the harbour.