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A Guide to Abashiri Ryuhyo Kaido Roadside Station

Abashiri has a fairly compact city center but countless attractions in the vicinity are best appreciated once you have a full idea of everything the region has to offer. The Ryuhyo Kaido Roadside Station in Abashiri provides visitors with all the information needed on the city and surrounding areas while also offering local produce, bike hire, and beautiful views out over the crashing waves of the neighboring Okhotsk Sea.

  • A Guide to Abashiri Ryuhyo Kaido Roadside Station

    A Guide to Abashiri Ryuhyo Kaido Roadside Station

    Located just a 10-minute drive from Abashiri Station, which takes 15 minutes by bus or 20 minutes by foot, the Ryuhyo Kaido Roadside Station is a super handy combination of resting point, information center, and local shop. Roadside stations, or michi no eki as they’re known in Japanese, have become ubiquitous throughout Japan with over 1,000 found at roadsides around the country. The first michi no eki were set up around 20 years ago with an aim to offer visitors the chance to refresh at a spot that offers tourist information that helps to promote the local community. Offering free parking and bathrooms all passersby are invited to stop by for a rest and a look around.

    A Guide to Abashiri Ryuhyo Kaido Roadside Station

    A Guide to Abashiri Ryuhyo Kaido Roadside Station

    While often found along national highways, the Ryuhyo Kaido Roadside Station is located in a more picturesque corner of Abashiri with the Abashiri River to the north and the Okhotsk Sea to the east overlooking the nature rich Shiretoko Peninsula. The Tourist Information Center in the facility not only offers brochures and information packs on what to do around Abashiri but also trips out of the center to surrounding lakes, national parks, and other nearby towns. The well-informed staff can offer additional information as well as helping visitors to book onto an Aurora Cruise which sets off from next to the roadside station to see the famous drift ice that fills the Okhotsk Sea over winter.

    A Guide to Abashiri Ryuhyo Kaido Roadside Station

    A Guide to Abashiri Ryuhyo Kaido Roadside Station

    A Guide to Abashiri Ryuhyo Kaido Roadside Station

    A Guide to Abashiri Ryuhyo Kaido Roadside Station

    The in-house shop is a highlight of the Ryuhyo Kaido Michi no Eki. Dedicated to promoting the local region, Ryuhyo Kaido is well stocked with local produce such as delicious ice cream made from fresh Hokkaido milk and locally brewed beers including the legendary Okhotsk Blue Draft which is brewed up at nearby Abashiri Brewery. This is also a good place to stock up on snacks; as well as produce unique to the area, the shop supplies typical Japanese drinks and snacks found in convenience stores.

    A Guide to Abashiri Ryuhyo Kaido Roadside Station

    A Guide to Abashiri Ryuhyo Kaido Roadside Station

    Open every day from 9am to 6pm, Ryuhyo Kaido is an easy stop-off before heading out for the day. For those planning an active day, the michi no eki provides bike hire for just 500 yen for 3 hours, 1,000 yen for a full day, or 2,000 yen for a full day on an electric bike. Be sure to pick up some information before setting off so you can work out the best route whether that’s around Abashiri city center or on a bigger trip around the neighboring Lake Notoro and Lake Abashiri.

    Roadside Station Ryuhyo-Kaido Abashiri
    Address
    Hokkaido Abashirishi Minamisanjouhigashi 4-chome
    Phone
    0152675007
    知床半島
    Address
    北海道斜里郡斜里町ウトロなど
    Phone
    0152222125
    Lake Notoro
    Address
    Hokkaido Abashirishi Ubaranai
    Phone
    0152472301
    Abashiriko
    Address
    Hokkaido Abashiri
    Phone
    0152445849
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