Rishiri Island is an island in the Sea of Japan off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan. Administratively the island is part of Hokkaido Prefecture, and is divided between two towns, Rishiri and Rishirifuji. The island is formed by the cone-shaped extinct volcanic peak of Mount Rishiri. Along with Rebun Island and the coastal area of the Sarobetsu Plain, Rishiri forms the Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park. The main industries of Rishiri are tourism and fishing. The island is about 63km in circumference and covers 183km2. The island has a population of 5,102 residents.
Rishiri derives its name from the Ainu language, and means "high island", or "island with a high peak", a reference to the altitude of Mount Rishiri above sea level.
Rishiri Island is located roughly 20km west of Hokkaido; Rebun Island is a further 10km to the northwest. Rishiri is roughly circular with a coastline of 63km. The island spans 19km from north to south and 14km from east to west. Mount Rishiri rises to an altitude of 1721m above the island. Mount Rishiri provides a good source of fresh water; numerous small ponds and springs are located at the foot of the mountain.
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The only reason to come to Rishiri Island is to climb Mount Rishiri. Mt. Rishiri is a famous as Mt. Fuji in Japan. Both feature the same shape. There's two ways to climb Mt. Rishiri : the longest way.... more »
There are several hiking trails, a well maintained bicycle trail of 25km and if you like to climb you can try mount Rishiri which is a full day long climb and considered to be a tough one. We just... more »
My favorate place in Japan. the view is stunning, better than fuji mountain. we went there in March so almost no tourist. do take the ferry between the two islands!
Beautiful island. There's a lot of cycling road which is really convenient. The main attraction is climbing Mt Rishiri.
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