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2007/12/7


海馬島 Todo-jima Todo Island

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Todo (Sea Lion) Island is located to the right north of Cape Sukoton at the north end of Rebun Island. The island with a circumference of 4 km is surrounded sheer cliffs. You can go to the island by a fishing boat from Rebun Island, but there are no piers. As the boats come alongside some rocks or cliffs, you cannot make a landing when the sea is rough. The only man-made structures on the island are a watch house and a rotting remnant of the old watch house.

Todo Island is a plateau-like island, which is the treasure trove of alpine plants. Many species of plants that are peculiar to Rebun Island can be found on this island, too. In summer seals come and rest themselves here, and so do sea lions in winter. It is also the breeding ground of slaty-backed gulls and cormorants. Todo Island is a precious place where nature remains intact.
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2007/7/13


ユルリ島 Yururi-tou Yururi Island

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Yururi Island is a small uninhabited island off the coast of the Nemuro Peninsula. It is prefecturally designated as a Natural Treasure. “Yururi” means “an island of cormorants” in Ainu. The island still remains as a breeding place for cormorants, etopirika, keimafuri, red-faced cormorants and many other sea birds, some of which are on the verge of extinction. It is a flat table-shaped island surrounded by cliffs with a height of 40 m. Just to the north of it lies a small island of Moyururi. This island is known for bright green pastures, where a herd of about 20 horses are leisurely grazing. The horses on this island were once used to carry sea tangles but now they have run wild. The island is also the breeding place of sea otters and seals. On top of the cliff spread wetland, where 300 species of plant grow. Yururi Island is a paradise for wild life.
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2007/7/12


礼文島 Rebun-tou Rebun Island

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Rebun Island is Japan’s northernmost inhabited island. The western half of this longish island is designated as a part of Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park. The name “Rebun” derives from an Ainu word “repun-shir,” which means “an island in the offing.” Different from neighboring Rishiri Island, Rebun Island is a flat island without mountains. The west coast has rugged landscapes with sheer cliffs created by erosion. There area many nice hiking courses provided in the plateau atop the cliffs.

Rebun Island is known as “the Island of Flowers,” where about 3,000 species of plants including those peculiar to Rebun Island such as Rebunso (Oxytropis megalantha), Rebun-atsumoriso (Cypripedium marcanthum var. rebunense) and Rebun-usuyukiso (Leontopodium discolor) can be seen.

The island is also blessed with scenic spots such as Cape Sukai at the tip of the sheer cliff, the top of which is covered with flower field, Cape Skoton at the northern end of the island, Todo Island, where herds of seals and sea lions can be seen, Lake Kushu, which is Japan’s northernmost lake and Momo-iwa Rock, a peach-shaped huge and mysterious rock. Rebun Island is the treasure trove of intact nature.
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2007/6/15