Okushiri offers an abundance of marine products such as sea urchin and abalone that differ slightly from those of other places - the taste of which can only be enjoyed on this remote island. Fully restored from the earthquake and tsunami in 1993, Okushiri has much to offer, with everything from seasonal marine products to fine wine from a local winery, hot springs and power spots. Okushiri blue - the color of the Sea of Japan, which encompasses the island, is a unique greenish blue that can never be seen anywhere else. In summer, a wide range of marine sports can be enjoyed on the beach and scuba diving is also very popular. The view overlooking the Nabetsuru-iwa Rock created by nature is indeed stunning. Unlike other places, you can have the view all to yourself on this remote island. The Sai-no-Kawara Festival in June, at which paper lanterns are floated down the intriguing sea coast, is a great opportunity to experience the town's elegance.
This island deserves to be called an island.
Sky blue and ocean blue
Okushiri blue - a symbolic color for the island's deep culture and fun activities
Symbol of Okushiri Island Nabetsuru-iwa
This is a gigantic 19.5-meter-high rock that has been eroded into a shape resembling the arched handle of a pot. It is indeed surprising that a rock like this could be created naturally. This amazing natural formative art was created by the wild waves of the Sea of Japan. The entire rock is lit up at night, creating a fantastical atmosphere with the dark sea in the background that is completely different from what it looks like during the day.Read more
Aza Okushiri, Okushiri-cho, Okushiri-gun, Hokkaido 043-1401
Contact: Okushiri Town Regional Policy Planning Division's Industry, Commerce & Tourism Section Tel. 01397-2-2351
Wine offering the taste of nature's blessings Okushiri Winery
Grapes are cultivated in their own field of approx. 25 hectares in the natural environment of the sea and lush greenery.
Okushiri wine is rich in minerals thanks to the sea breeze, which slowly brings in the blessings of the ocean. More than 10 varieties of wine are currently produced here.
A factory tour can be arranged for those who make reservations by the day before the visit.
Aza Yunohama 30, Okushiri-cho, Okushiri-gun, Hokkaido 043-1525
Contact: Tel. 01397-3-1414
Enjoy a leisurely walk on the island.Footpaths
There are three Okushiri Island footpath courses: Cape Aonae course, Forests and Townscape of Okushiri course, and Art and Onsen healing course.
Try a leisurely stroll at your own pace and discover all of the lovely scenic views.
Contact: Okushiri Town Regional Policy Planning Division's Industry, Commerce & Tourism Section Tel. 01397-2-2351; Okushiri Tourism Association Tel. 01397-2-3456
Okushiri Tourist Information Center Tel. 01397-2-3096 (late Apr. - late Oct.)
Try catching and eating abalone right there on the spot! Hands-on Abalone Fishing Experience
Take a big bite of ocean-fresh abalone! This is a luxurious experience unique to Okushiri. Put on a life jacket and boots and head out to a fish cage on a local fisherman's boat. Catch an abalone, remove the shell and take a big bite out of it on the boat. The natural salty flavor is delicious, and the crunchy texture and sweetness will spread in your mouth.Read more
Bokaikyo (a concrete emergency platform) area, Aonae Fishing Port, Okushiri-cho, Okushiri-gun, Hokkaido
♦Period: Late April - end of October [except the Ocean Day weekend in July (Sat. and Sun.), and Aug. 13 and 14]. The event is cancelled in the event of rainy, stormy weather.
Contact: Okushiri Tourism Association Tel.: 01397-2-3456
Take a break and enjoy the taste of a long-established shop after strolling around Okushiri.
Restaurant Kita-no-Misaki Sakurabana Sea urchin & abalone bowl (seasonal dish)
This is a souvenir shop and restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. You can choose ocean-fresh seafood such as abalone and whelks from the fish tank at the front of the shop and they will be served as sashimi or grilled for eating at the shop. Among them, the sea urchin and abalone bowl comes with a generous portion at a reasonable price and is a sumptuous dish only those who visit the island can enjoy. Nabetsuru curry, which contains abalone and other local shellfish and is served with rice formed in the shape of Nabetsuru-iwa Rock, is also popular.
♦Address: Aza Inaho 108, Okushiri-cho, Okushiri-gun, Hokkaido 043-1405
♦Tel.: 01397-2-3630 ♦Hours: 8:30 - 17:30 (Apr. - Oct.) ♦Closed: irregularly (closed during winter)