Highlights of Eastern Hokkaido in Summer and Autumn & AccessAbashiri, Kitami, and Shiretoko
We introduce transportation packages and tours recommended for those who want to enjoy the major attractions with a focus on Abashiri and Kitami, the gateway to the Okhotsk area on the Sea of Okhotsk in the northeastern part of Hokkaido,
Recommended for those who want to relax in the great nature of a national park or enjoy a hot spring!
How to get to Abashiri from Memanbetsu Airport
There is a connecting bus service to Abashiri in conjunction with the arrival flight (plane) to Memanbetsu Airport.
Operated by: Abashiri Bus
[From Memanbetsu Airport to Abashiri] About 26 minutes, ¥920
[From Memanbetsu Airport to Abashiri Bus Terminal] About 35 minutes, ¥920
[From Memanbetsu Airport to Michi-no-Eki Abashiri（only when drift ice ship Aurora is in operation）] About 40 minutes, ¥1,000
How to get to Kitami from Memanbetsu Airport
There is a connecting bus service to Kitami in conjunction with the arrival flight (plane) to Memanbetsu Airport.
Operated by: Hokkaido Kitami Bus
[From Memanbetsu Airport to Kitami Bus Terminal (in front of Kitami Station)] About 42 minutes, ¥1,000
Recommended for those who want to visit Abashiri's famous sights
Buses and on-demand buses for visiting
sightseeing spots in the city of Abashiri
Abashiri Doko Bus (Abashiri Bus)
On-demand buses that operate in downtown Abashiri, including Abashiri Station and Abashiri Bus Terminal, and in the Tentozan area, including the Museum Abashiri Prison and the Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum. You can freely choose where you want to get on and where you want to go, make a reservation, and have a ride.
- Operate in downtown Abashiri and the Tentozan area.
[Sightseeing facility tour bus] Abashiri Station - Museum Abashiri Prison - Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum - Museum of Northern Peoples
Recommended for those who want to enjoy Ezo red foxes and the famous hot spring of Kitami On-neyu Onsen
A convenient pass for traveling the city of Kitami
Kitami Bus Freeticket
(Hokkaido Kitami Bus)
This is a special pass offering free rides on route buses operated by Kitami Bus around the Kitami Bus Terminal where JR Kitami Station is located, the On-neyu Onsen area where Ezo Red Fox Ranch is located, the Tokoro area, the leg between Kitami Station and Memanbetsu Airport, the leg between Engaru Station and Monbetsu, and more.
- Areas where the Kitami Bus Freeticket can be used
Memanbetsu Airport - Kitami Station, Kitami Station - Onneyu Onsen, Kitami Station - Tokoro-cho, Kitami Station - Rikubetsu-cho, and more.
Recommended for those who want to enjoy spectacular sights in Eastern Hokkaido!
A convenient taxi plan to visit Bihoro Pass and Meruhen-no-Oka
Memanbetsu Short Hire Plan
(Online Travel Co., Ltd.)
A convenient taxi plan for those who want to enjoy sightseeing starting from Memanbetsu Airport. Plans are available to visit the area around the airport such as Meruhen-no-Oka, Bihoro Pass known for its spectacular views, and scenic spots in the Abashiri area. You will have a better deal than regular arrangements.
- Memanbetsu Airport - Meruhen-no-Oka - Bihoro Pass - Memanbetsu Airport, and more
- ¥2,000 - ¥3,800 per person (per person fee for two or more people)
Recommended for those who want to visit the “farthest” World Natural Heritage site
Convenient bus and scheduled sightseeing bus to Shiretoko
Shiretoko Airport Liner
(Shari Bus | Abashiri Bus)
A limited-time, direct shuttle bus service between Memanbetsu Airport, Abashiri and Shiretoko Utoro. This is very convenient as it is usually necessary to go from Abashiri to Shiretoko Utoro by JR and route bus. Two round trips a day.
- Memanbetsu Airport ⇆ Abashiri Station ⇆ Koshimizu Genseikaen ⇆ Shari Station ⇆ Utoro Onsen
- ¥3,500 between Memanbetsu and Utoro, ¥2,800 between Abashiri and Utoro
Shiretoko Roman Fureai-go A Course (Shari Bus)
A course that departs from Shari Bus Terminal in front of JR Shiretoko Shari Station and passes Oshinkoshin Falls (where you can get off and see the sights) to head for Utoro. Total time: One hour. Limited service until October 31st.
- JR Shari Station → Oshinkoshin Falls → Utoro Onsen Bus Terminal
Shiretoko Roman Fureai-go B Course (Shari Bus)
A convenient sightseeing bus that departs from Utoro Onsen Bus Terminal and Hotels at Utoro Hot Springs to tour Shiretoko Pass, Shiretoko Nature Center, and Shiretoko Five Lakes. Total time: Four hours. Limited service until October 31st.
- Utoro Onsen → Shiretoko Pass → Shiretoko Nature Center → Shiretoko Five Lakes → Utoro Onsen
Shiretoko Roman Fureai-go C Course (Shari Bus)
This tour departs from the Utoro Onsen Bus Terminal and heads for the Shari Bus Terminal via the Road to Heaven. Total time: About 50 minutes. Limited service until October 31st.
- Utoro Onsen → Road to Heaven → JR Shari Station
Recommended for those who want to enjoy the whole of Eastern Hokkaido
Sightseeing bus trip to Lake Mashu, Lake Akan and Kushiro
Scheduled sightseeing bus Kushiro-Shiretoko-go / Shiretoko-Kushiro-go (Akan Bus)
Kushiro is the starting point for this tour to Abashiri and Shiretoko via scenic spots such as Lake Mashu, Lake Kussharo, and Bihoro Pass. This is a scheduled sightseeing bus touring Shiretoko and the Notsuke Peninsula, the farthest east, before returning to Kushiro. Recommended for those who want to thoroughly enjoy the highlights of Eastern Hokkaido
[Route | Kushiro-Shiretoko-go] Kushiro Station / Lake Akan → Lake Mashu → Io-zan Mountain→ Kawayu Hot Springs → Lake Kussharo → Bihoro Pass → Memambetsu Airport → Abashiri → Shiretoko Utoro
[Route | Shiretoko-Kushiro-go] Shiretoko Utoro → Shiretoko Pass → Rausu → Notsuke Peninsula → Nakashibetsu Airport → Lake Mashu → Lake Akan / Kushiro Airport / Kushiro Station
Intercity buses from Okhotsk to various locations
Kitami → Kushiro | Senpoku-go (Akan Bus / Hokkaido Kitami Bus)
An intercity bus connecting Kitami with Lake Akan and Kushiro.Two round trips a day, reservation required. Jointly operated by Akan Bus and Hokkaido Kitami Bus.
- Kitami Station ⇆ Tsubetsu ⇆ Lake Akan ⇆ Kushiro Station
*Using the service only between Kushiro Station and Lake Akan is not permitted.
From Kitami to Sounkyo and Asahikawa｜Sekihoku-go (Hokkaido Kitami Bus / Dohoku Bus)
An intercity bus connecting Kitami Station / On-neyu Onsen with Sounkyo Onsen / Asahikawa Station. Currently two round trips a day.
- Kitami Station ⇆ Rubeshibe ⇆ On-neyu ⇆ Sounkyo ⇆ Asahikawa Station
*Using the service only for Kitami Station ⇆ Rubeshibe ⇆ On-neyu or Sounkyo ⇆ Asahikawa Station is not permitted.