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JP001Rishiri island

Site Description

Coastline; Grassland

Rishiri island is located in the Japan Sea in the north of Hokkaido. In the center of the island is Mt. Rishiri (1,721m), which makes the island a round mountain that has a circumference of 60 km at the base. The island is 182 km2, and the biggest island in Hokkaido, except for the Northern Territories. This island includes various kinds of natural areas such as a high mountain, coastlines, grasslands, lakes and wetlands, and forests. The area has endemic floral species, and endemic sub species of insects.

Area & Coordinates

17,544ha 45°10′N 141°14′E
region: Hokkaido


A3, A4i

Designation Type

National Park, Wildlife Protection Area (Local)

Protection Status


Conservation issues


Breeding resident

Dendrocopos major, Sitta europaea, Parus palustris, Aegithalos caudatus japonicus

Breeding visitor

Erithacus akahige, Luscinia calliope, Locustella fasciolata, Larus crassirostris

Winter visitor

Larus hyperboreus, Larus glaucescens, Histrionicus histrionicus, Uria lomvia

Passage visitor

Upupa epops, Turdus obscurus, Carduelis flammea



©KOSUGI Kazuki

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