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Overview of the Northern Territories issue

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Erika-chan’s Northern Territories tour (image)

Erika-chan’s Northern Territories tour

Erika-chan wakes up fresh in the morning. As usual, she flies around the four islands. The sun sets. Good night.

Erika-chan’s dream: to be an elementary school teacher (image)

Erika-chan’s dream: to be an elementary school teacher

Erika-chan teaches about the Northern Territories.

Erika-chan’s dream: to be a weather woman (image)

Erika-chan’s dream: to be a weather woman

Erika-chan dreams of being a cute weather reporter.
Today, I'll outline the climate of the Northern Territories. The Kurile cherry is the official flower of the Campaign for the Return of the Northern Territories, and the tree usually bears beautiful pale-pink flowers in mid to late May in Nemuro, Hokkaido.

Erika-chan’s dream: to be a newscaster (image)

Erika-chan’s dream: to be a newscaster

Erika-chan dreams of being a newscaster.
Today, I'll outline the Bridge to the Four Islands at Cape Nosappu in Nemuro.

Erika-chan's dream: to be a florist (image)

Erika-chan's dream: to be a florist

Erika-chan dreams of being a cute florist.
Today, I'll outline the beautiful flowers on the Northern Territories.

A day in the life of Erika-chan, who loves the Northern Territories (image)

A day in the life of Erika-chan, who loves the Northern Territories

Erika-chan loves the Northern Territories, which are seen from her window. The room of Erika-chan, who loves the Northern Territories, is open to the public.

Erika-chan: Episode 1. Go Take Photos of the Four Islands! (image)

Erika-chan: Episode 1. Go Take Photos of the Four Islands!

Today, four friends have gathered at Erika-chan's house.
They show Erika-chan the photos they've taken.
I’m excited!

Erika-chan: Episode 2. Go into a hot spring bath on Kunashiri Island (image)

Erika-chan: Episode 2. Go into a hot spring bath on Kunashiri Island

Erika-chan is visiting Kunashiri Island at the invitation of her friend Erio-kun.
I'll take lots of nice photos on Kunashiri Island!

Erika-chan: Episode 3. Eating Salmon on Etorofu Island (image)

Erika-chan: Episode 3. Eating Salmon on Etorofu Island

She's gone to Etorofu Island to visit her friend Erimaru-kun.
I learned about the island’s history and lifestyle, and enjoyed a delicious full-course salmon meal.

Erika-chan: Episode 4. Observing Wild Birds on Shikotan Island (image)

Erika-chan: Episode 4. Observing Wild Birds on Shikotan Island

Erika-chan visited Shikotan Island at the invitation of her friend Eriyoshi-kun. Finally, I encountered birds amidst beautiful scenery!

Erika-chan: Episode 5. A Tour of the Habomai Islands (image)

Erika-chan: Episode 5. A Tour of the Habomai Islands

Erika-chan visited the Habomai Island at the invitation of her friend Erina-chan. I took lots of photos of the beautiful Habomai Islands and their great natural splendor.

Erika-chan: Episode 6. Wishing for the Day when Everyone Can Freely Go to the Four Islands. (image)

Erika-chan: Episode 6. Wishing for the Day when Everyone Can Freely Go to the Four Islands.

Erika-chan has finished taking photos of the four northern islands with the guidance of her friends.
We had a party with food from the four islands!

Outline of the Northern Territories / educational videos

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Northern Territories promotional video (digest version)

This is a digest version of a promotional video of the Northern Territories. The natural splendor of the Northern Territories is depicted through computer graphics.

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Overview of the Northern Territories issue for elementary/junior high school students (digest version)

This is the digest version of a video for elementary and junior high school students to learn about the Northern Territories. It explains the geography and history of the Northern Territories in an easy-to-understand manner.

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Overview of the Northern Territories issue

This video explains the Northern Territories issue and the irredentist movement.

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Our Northern Territories: Our Home Islands Seen from Hoppo-kan (Northern Museum)

This video explains the islands of the Northern Territories based on images seen from Hoppo-kan (Northern Museum) in Nemuro.

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Northern Territories promotional video

This is a promotional video of the Northern Territories (2 min.). The natural splendor of the Northern Territories is depicted by computer graphics.

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Overview of the Northern Territories issue for elementary/junior high school students

This is a video for elementary and junior high school students to learn about the Northern Territories. It explains the geography and history of the Northern Territories in an easy-to-understand manner.

Testimonies of history: Storytellers of the Northern Territories

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Digest version of former islanders' experiences

This is a digest version of interviews with former residents of the four northern islands.

Interview details
  • Island memories
  • Soviet occupation
  • Escape
  • Life under occupation
  • Repatriation
  • Thoughts for the island
山本 忠平 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Chuhei Yamamoto Shibetoro Village, Etorofu Island

Born in 1935 (age 10 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Repatriation
三上 洋一 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Yoichi Mikami Rubetsu Village, Etorofu Island

Born in 1937 (age 8 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Soviet occupation
  • Repatriation
山本 忠平 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Shohei Yamamoto Shibetoro Village, Etorofu Island

Born in 1928 (age 17 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Soviet occupation
  • Repatriation in 1947
岩崎 忠明 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Tadaaki Iwasaki Shana Village, Etorofu Island

Born in 1934 (age 11 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Soviet occupation
  • Under occupation
  • Repatriation
宮下 健四郎 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Kenshiro Miyashita Rubetsu Village, Etorofu Island

Born in 1929 (age 16 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • At the end of the war
  • Etorofu Island before the end of the war
  • Revisiting the island
  • Thoughts for return
三船 志代子 氏(イメージ画像)

Ms. Shiyoko Mifune Shibetoro Village, Etorofu Island

Born in 1938 (age 6 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Children’s fun at that time
  • Soviet occupation
  • Repatriation
岩田 宏一 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Koichi Iwata Shibetoro Village, Etorofu Island

Born in 1929 (age 16 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Shibetoro Village
  • Childhood memories
  • Scenery of Etorofu Island
  • Memories at the end of the war
  • Repatriation of villagers and families
  • Life after repatriation
  • Visiting Etorofu Island
河田 弘登志 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Hirotoshi Kawata Taraku Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1934 (age 10 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • The Great East Japan Earthquake and repatriation
  • Life after repatriation
  • The irredentist movement
河能登 勝洋 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Katsuhiro Noto Taraku Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1939 (age 6 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Children’s fun on the island
  • Soviet occupation
  • Escape from the island
坂本 セツ子 氏(イメージ画像)

Ms. Setsuko Sakamoto Yuri Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1925 (age 19 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Soviet occupation
  • Escape from the island
阿部 英子 氏(イメージ画像)

Ms. Hideko Abe Shibotsu Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1930 (age 15 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Family business on Shibotsu Island
  • Childhood memories
  • Life on the island
  • Memories during the war
  • Soviet landing, and escape
  • Visiting Shibotsu Island
臼田 春美 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Harumi Usuda Shibotsu Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1934 (age 11 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Life on Shibotsu Island
  • Connection between islanders
  • End of the war and escape from the island
  • Life after repatriation
角鹿 泰司 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Taiji Kajika Yuri Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1937 (age 8 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Life on Yuri Island
  • Childhood memories
  • Memories of the Nemuro air raid
  • End of the war, and the Soviet landing
  • Escape from the island
  • Regrettable repatriation
角鹿 邦子 氏(イメージ画像)

Ms. Kuniko Kajika Shibotsu Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1938 (age 7 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Family business on Shibotsu Island
  • Childhood memories
  • Memories of the war
  • Visiting Shibotsu Island
宮下 繁 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Shigeru Miyashita Suisho Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1933 (age 11 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Childhood memories
  • End of the war, and the Soviet landing
  • Life at the camp
  • Toilets at the camp
  • Food at the camp
高橋 孝志 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Takashi Takahashi Yuri Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1933 (age 11 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Childhood memories
  • Life on Yuri Island
  • Connection between islanders
  • Memories at the end of the war
  • Landing of Soviet troops
  • From Shibotsu Island to the camp
  • Life at the camp
  • Visiting Yuri Island
今村 弘二 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Koji Imamura Akiyuri Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1941 (age 3 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Life on Akiyuri Island
  • Connection between islanders
  • Life after repatriation
  • If the island returns
柏原 榮 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Sakae Kashiwara Suisho Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1931 (age 14 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Suisho Island
  • Childhood memories
  • Situation immediately after the war
  • Escape from the island
富山 清人 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Kiyoto Toyama Taraku Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1919 (age 26 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Life on Taraku Island
  • Memories on the island
  • Situation immediately after the war
  • Landing of Soviet troops
  • Situation at the time of repatriation
  • Thoughts for Taraku Island
福士 美和子 氏(志発島)(イメージ画像)

Ms. Miwako Fukushi Shibotsu Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1929 (age 16 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Memories of Shibotsu Island
  • Memories of the day the war ended
  • Landing of Soviet troops
  • Escape from the island
  • Life in Nemuro
  • Visiting Shibotsu Island
福澤 英雄 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Hideo Fukuzawa Taraku Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 2003 (age 5 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Life on Taraku Island
  • Entertainment on the island
  • Soviet landing
  • Escape from the island
  • Wish for return
木下 孝 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Takashi Kinoshita Akiyuri Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1940 (age 5 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Father’s work
  • Life on Akiyuri Island
  • Childhood memories
  • Life after repatriation
  • Visiting Akiyuri Island
木村 芳勝 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Yoshikatsu Kimura Shibotsu Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1934 (age 10 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Life on Shibotsu Island
  • Memories on the day the war ended
  • Landing of Soviet troops
  • Form Shibotsu Island to the camp
  • Life at the camp
  • To Hakodate by repatriation ship
  • Life in Nemuro
  • Visiting Shibotsu Island
吉田 義久 氏((イメージ画像)

Mr. Yoshihisa Yoshida Suisho Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1937 (age 8 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Children’s fun on the island
  • Revisiting Suisho Island
四十物 トシエ 氏(イメージ画像)

Ms. Toshie Aimono Taraku Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1926 (age 18 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Settlement on Taraku Island
  • Soviet occupation
  • Escape from the island
小柳 幸一 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Koichi Koyanagi Shibotsu Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1926 (age 19 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Soviet occupation
  • Under Soviet occupation
  • If the island returns
木野本 定夫 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Sadao Kinomoto Taraku Island, Habomai Islands

Born in 1927 (age 18 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Taraku Island during the war
  • Soviet occupation
  • Escape from the island
眞下 清 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Kiyoshi Mashita Ruyobetsu Village, Kunashiri Island

Born in 1935 (age 9 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Repatriation
金田 きよ 氏(イメージ画像)

Ms. Kiyo Kaneda Tomari Village, Kunashiri Island

Born in 1929 (age 15 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • End of the war
  • Soviet occupation
  • Thoughts for the island
大塚 誠之助 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Seinosuke Otsuka Tomari Village, Kunashiri Island

Born in 1933 (age 12 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Before the occupation
  • Escape from the island
  • Thoughts for the island
矢原 芳蔵 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Yoshizo Yahara Ruyobetsu Village, Kunashiri Island

Born in 1933 (age 12 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Island memories
  • Escape from the island
  • Feelings upon leaving the island
  • Revisiting the island
  • If the island returns
影井 豪之助 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Gonosuke Kagei Ruyobetsu Village, Kunashiri Island

Born in 1931 (age 14 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Family business on Kunashiri Island
  • Childhood memories
  • End of the war and repatriation
  • Life after repatriation
  • Visiting Kunashiri Island
岡田 栄子 氏(イメージ画像)

Ms. Eiko Okada Ruyobetsu Village, Kunashiri Island

Born in 1929 (age 16 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Life on Kunashiri Island
  • Entertainment on the island
  • Landing of Soviet troops
  • Life in Nemuro
  • Nostalgia
  • Communicating thoughts for the island to grandchildren
佐藤 信子 氏(イメージ画像)

Ms. Nobuko Sato Tomari Village, Kunashiri Island

Born in 1930 (age 15 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Nature on Kunashiri Island
  • Childhood memories
  • Family business on the island
  • Memories at the end of the war
  • Soviet landing
  • Life at the camp
  • Visiting Kunashiri Island
  • If the island returns
市川 清壽 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Kiyotoshi Ichikawa Tomari Village, Kunashiri Island

Born in 1922 (age 22 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Work on Kunashiri Island
  • Life on the island
  • Entertainment on the island
  • Drafted into the army
  • To Nemuro after demobilization
  • Strong thoughts for returning to the island
  • Reunion with family
  • Visiting Kunashiri Island
清水 征支郎 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Seijiro Shimizu Tomari Village, Kunashiri Island

Born in 1938 (age 6 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Life on Kunashiri Island
  • Childhood memories
  • Connection between islanders
  • Soviet landing
  • Escape from the island
  • Life in Nemuro
  • Visiting Kunashiri Island
村松 弥志男 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Yashio Muramatsu Tomari Village, Kunashiri Island

Born in 1929 (age 16 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Life on Kunashiri Island
  • Childhood memories
  • Soviet landing and escape
  • Hard work after repatriation
  • Thoughts for the return of the Northern Territories
和泉 公夫 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Kimio Izumi Tomari Village, Kunashiri Island

Born in 1923 (age 22 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Industry on Kunashiri Island
  • Elementary school memories
  • Connections between islanders
  • End of the war and demobilization
  • Family remaining on the island
得能 宏 氏(色丹村)(イメージ画像)

Mr. Hiroshi Tokuno Shikotan Village, Shikotan Island

Born in 1934 (age 11 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Life at the camp
小田島 梶子 氏(色丹村)(イメージ画像)

Ms. Kajiko Odajima Shikotan Village, Shikotan Island

Born in 1931 (age 13 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Soviet occupation
又地 蘭子 氏(イメージ画像)

Ms. Ranko Matachi Shikotan Village, Shikotan Island

Born in 1936 (age 9 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Soviet occupation
  • Repatriation in 1947
  • At the camp in Maoka, Karafuto, during repatriation
  • Revisiting my hometown
木根 博道 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Hiromichi Kine Shikotan Village, Shikotan Island

Born in 1941 (age 3 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Life on the island
  • Soviet occupation
  • Under occupation
  • Repatriation
  • Thoughts for the island
中田 勇 氏(イメージ画像)

Mr. Isamu Nakata Shikotan Village, Shikotan Island

Born in 1928 (age 17 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Background behind settlement of Shikotan Island
  • Life on the island
  • Childhood memories
  • The island during the war
  • Landing of Soviet troops
  • Situation at the time of repatriation
齋藤 初枝 氏(イメージ画像)

Ms. Hatsue Saito Shikotan Village, Shikotan Island

Born in 1942 (age 2 at the end of the war)

Interview details
  • Situation at the time of repatriation
  • Life in Nemuro
  • Thoughts for Shikotan
  • Visiting Shikotan Island

Video materials for areas adjacent to the Northern Territories

北方四島交流センター ニ・ホ・ロ(イメージ画像)

Four Northern Islands Exchange Center NI HO RO, Nemuro Nemuro City

The Four Northern Islands Exchange Center NI HO RO features exhibition rooms showing the history and current situation of the Northern Territories, the Russian Culture Room, where visitors can experience Russian culture, and the Northern Museum, which exhibits valuable documents and maps.
The exhibition rooms clearly show the history, current state and people’s lives of the Northern Territories. The second-floor exhibition rooms display historically valuable photos, documents, and maps related to the four northern islands. The Japanese Culture Room is a Japanese-style room where visitors can experience traditional Japanese culture, including tea ceremony and flower arrangement. Russians living on the four northern islands who visit Nemuro under the visa-free exchange program experience Japanese culture here.
On clear days, Kunashiri Island can be seen from the observation room on the second floor.

花咲車石(イメージ画像)

Hanasaki Kurumaishi (wheel stone) Nemuro City

Located near Cape Hanasaki, south of downtown Nemuro, this rock measuring approximately 6 m in diameter was formed roughly 60 million years ago. It is thought that magma became spherical when it touched the seawater and cooled. Its unique shape makes it a global curiosity, and it was designated as a National Natural Treasure in 1939. The name derives from its wheel-like shape.

根室市歴史と自然の資料館(イメージ画像)

Nemuro City Museum of History and Nature Nemuro City

This brick building was built in 1942 as the Nemuro Branch of the Ominato Naval Communications Unit and was used as an elementary school after the war. It exhibits valuable materials, such as drawings of the ship Ekaterina, on which the Russian Adam Laxman arrived in Nemuro, a stone marker showing the border with Russia that was placed on the 50th parallel in northern Karafuto, and plant specimens from Shikotan Island.

納沙布岬(イメージ画像)

Cape Nosappu Nemuro City

Cape Nosappu is the easternmost point of Hokkaido. It is famous as the first place in Hokkaido to welcome each day's sunrise. The Habomai Islands and Kaigara Island are just 3.7 km away, and Suisho Island is 7 km from Cape Nosappu, which is Hokkaido's closest point to the Northern Territories. On clear days, the mountains of Kunashiri Island can be seen.

望郷の家/北方館(イメージ画像)

Bokyo-no-Ie (Northern Territories Folk Museum) and Hoppo-kan (Northern Museum) Nemuro City

Nemuro is known as the starting point of the Campaign for the Return of the Northern Territories. Hoppo-kan, on Cape Nosappu, overlooks the Habomai Islands. At Hoppo-kan, historical materials and photos show the background of the Northern Territories issue. Bokyo-no-Ie opened as a sanctuary for those who were expelled from the four northern islands. Maps showing pre-war townscapes and houses are on display here. Hoppo-kan and Bokyo-no-Ie allow visitors to learn a lot about history and life in those days while seeing the Northern Territories.

春国岱ネイチャーセンター(イメージ画像)

Shunkunitai Nature Center Nemuro City

Shunkunitai, a sandbar between Lake Furen and the Sea of Okhotsk, is in an area of diverse habitats, including wetlands, forests and tidal flats. Approximately 320 species of wild birds inhabit Shunkunitai and Lake Furen, and various wild birds can be seen in every season from the nature observation path of the nature center.

明郷★伊藤牧場(イメージ画像)

Akesato Ito Dairy Farm Nemuro City

This dairy farm allows you to interact with cows. At the entrance is a building where dairy products, such as soft-serve ice cream, and handmade gifts and souvenirs are sold, allowing visitors to enjoy the charm of the dairy farm as well as the splendor of the vast pastureland. Participatory programs range from milking and butter-making to real dairy farming work just like that done by farm workers.

えとぴりか乗船(イメージ画像)

Etopirika passenger ship Nemuro City

Etopirika, which entered service in FY 2012, is used for the four-island exchange program. The ship was named by the public after the tufted puffin (etopirika) a seabird that inhabits the waters of the Nemuro Peninsula and the four northern islands. The name conjures up images of free movement between the four northern islands and the rest of Japan. To accommodate aging former islanders, the ship is equipped with an elevator for wheelchair-users, a "barrier-free" cabin, and restrooms with multifunction toilets. It also has gender-segregated baths and shake-reduction devices for comfort and safety. The dining-cum-assembly room can be used for gatherings of all passengers.

べつかい乳業興社(イメージ画像)

Betsukai Nyugyo Kousha

Betsukai Nyugyo Kousha is commissioned by Betsukai Town to operate a dairy processing training facility. Visitors can make cheese, butter, and ice cream with fresh raw milk from Betsukai, in addition to visiting milk and yogurt manufacturing plants.

北方領土展望塔(イメージ画像)

Northern Territories Observation Tower Betsukai Town

The Notsuke Peninsula and Kunashiri Island on the Nemuro Strait can be seen from here. Kunashiri Island is just 16 km from the peninsula. Next to the observation tower are four pillars representing the four islands and “crying statues” of an old woman, her son, and her grandchild crying sadly for the return to the Northern Territories across the sea.

野付半島ネイチャーセンター(イメージ画像)

Notsuke Peninsula Nature Center Betsukai Town

The Notsuke Peninsula is the largest sand spit in Japan. It has a unique crochet-hook shape and a length of 26 km. The fantastic scenery of Todowara (still-standing dead Sakhalin fir trees) and Narawara (still-standing dead Japanese oak trees) that has been created by seawater make the area a scenic spot. Information on the Notsuke Peninsula is available on the first floor of the nature center, as are a restaurant and a shop for local specialties, and on the second floor there are exhibits on the history, flora, and fauna of the Notsuke Peninsula. Panoramic views of Notsuke Bay can be enjoyed from the observation deck.

別海町観光船(イメージ画像)

Betsukai sightseeing ship Betsukai Town

Passengers can enjoy a cruise while looking out over the Notsuke Peninsula and Notsuke Bay. There are three cruise routes, including one that allows you to see Kunashiri Island up close, and another, the Todowara Route, that allows you to enjoy the scenery of dead trees.

開陽台展望台(イメージ画像)

Kaiyodai Observatory Nakashibetsu Town

A sweeping 330-degree views can be enjoyed from Kaiyodai (elev. 270 m). See the Notsuke Peninsula and Kunashiri Island beyond vast pastures and a grid of windbreaks.

ミルクロード(イメージ画像)

Milk Road Nakashibetsu Town

This straight hilly road continues from downtown Nakashibetsu to Kaiyodai. See dairy cows on the vast meadows along the road and enjoy beautiful scenery unique to Hokkaido. It is also a popular touring spot for for motorists.

中標津町郷土館(イメージ画像)

Nakashibetsu Municipal Folk Museum Nakashibetsu Town

Located in leafy Maruyama Park, this museum displays approximately 1,500 materials related to the history, folklore, and pioneering days of Nakashibetsu from its collection of more than 40,000 items. Pottery with frog motifs, which has been designated as a cultural property by the town, and materials on Shibetsu Line of the former Japanese National Railways are also on display. The C11-209 steam locomotive is stored next to the museum.

裏摩周展望台(イメージ画像)

Uramashu Lookout Nakashibetsu Town

This Uramashu Lookout is about 20 minutes by car from Yoroushi Onsen. It's a hidden spot from which to see Lake Mashu from the northeast side with relatively little fog. See the mysterious Lake Mashu surrounded by primeval forests.

サーモン科学館(イメージ画像)

Salmon Museum Shibetsu Town

This salmon aquarium exhibits some 30 species of salmonid fish. The highlight is the large 110-kiloliter seawater tank. In addition to salmonid fish, other fish living in the Nemuro Strait are raised and displayed. From September to November, watch from up close as salmon migrate upstream. Observe spawning in November and salmon fry and yamame trout swimming in schools from February to August. A participatory program in which you put your fingers in a sturgeon's mouth is popular. When you bring your hand close, sturgeon come to you thinking that your fingers are food, but since sturgeon have no teeth, they won't hurt you.

北方領土館(イメージ画像)

Northern Territories Museum Shibetsu Town

Photo panels and panoramic models are on display here. Learn about the history of the Campaign for the Return of the Northern Territories and the state of the Northern Territories before the war. On the first floor are stuffed animals living in the Northern Territories, and from the exhibition room on the second floor, you can see Kunashiri Island across the water.

ホエールウォッチング(イメージ画像)

Whale-watching Rausu Town

Departing from Rausu Port, a ship sails in search of whales and dolphins in coastal waters administered by Japan. Sperm whales with a body length of nearly 20 m are often seen from July through October, while killer whales are likely to be seen in April or May. A friendly school of whales may approach the ship. On clear days, Kunashiri Island can be seen from up close.

羅臼町ビジターセンター(イメージ画像)

Rausu Visitor Center Rausu Town

This visitors' center is situated in Rausu, the entrance to Shiretoko, a World Natural Heritage. In addition to exhibits on the nature, history and culture of Shiretoko, you can see the four seasons of Shiretoko on video. This base connects people to nature in Shiretoko. Japan’s largest skeletal specimen of a killer whale can be seen.

ルサフィールドハウス(イメージ画像)

Rusa Field House Rausu Town

Learn the value of nature, including the sea, from a broad perspective here. Inside the facility, panels and photos show the relationship between people and the sea in Shiretoko, and highlight marine and land ecosystems and their connections.

羅臼漁港(イメージ画像)

Rausu Fishing Port Rausu Town

This fishing port was the first in the Nemuro area to have a covered wharf, which makes it a port where catches can be landed and freight can be handled whatever the weather. Cold, clean deep seawater is pumped up from the depth of 350 m for use in the preservation, cleaning, and cultivation of fish.

羅臼町郷土資料館(イメージ画像)

Rausu Folk Museum Rausu Town

This folk museum was built by remodeling an elementary school building. Rausu is a place where Northern peoples came and went, and it abounds in archeological artifacts from the unique Okhotsk and Tobinitai cultures, as well as from the Satsumon culture. The museum is divided into nine exhibition rooms with themes of archeology, modern times, industry, lifestyle and more. Learn about history from the Paleolithic era to recent times.

国後展望塔(イメージ画像)

Kunashiri Observation Tower Rausu Town

This observation tower is on Bokyodai, a hill about 2 km from downtown Rausu. At 167 m above sea level, it overlooks Rausu Fishing Port and Kunashiri Island across the Nemuro Strait. In the facility, see videos on the history of the Northern Territories issue and how the exchange program is conducted. The view from the roof has been selected as one of the "eight views of Rausu."

ウニ種苗センター(イメージ画像)

Sea Urchin Seedling Center Rausu Town

With the aim of increasing sea urchin resources and stabilizing fishery, sea urchin larvae are fertilized, bred and released here. Observe the work at the center.

昆布貯蔵施設(イメージ画像)

Kelp storage facility Rausu Town

This warehouse is lined with Rausu kelp waiting to be shipped. Learn about Rausu kelp and make kelp snacks.

標津町の修学旅行受け入れ(イメージ画像)

Shibetsu's hosting of school trips Shibetsu Town

Shibetsu offers a salmon-themed nature learning program and hosts many students on school trips.

Program report video

新船「えとぴりか」アドベンチャー(イメージ画像)

New Etopirika Ship Adventure

April 28 (Sun.) and 29 (Mon./national holiday), 2013
At a multipurpose pier in Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Etopirika, a ship used for the Northern Territories exchange program, was made open to the public, attracting approximately 500 visitors in two days.

国際シンポジウム『世界から見た北方領土』(イメージ画像)

International Symposium: “The Northern Territories as Seen by the World”

This video shows the international symposium on March 16, 2013.
Part 1. Keynote speech by Mr. Tadamasa Fukiura: "Current Situation and Issues of the Northern Territories"
Part 2. Panel discussion coordinated by Mr. Kenji Goto

青少年啓発列車事業「クリスタルEXP北方四島Via根室」(イメージ画像)

Youth Enlightenment Program: The Crystal Express to the Four Northern Islands via Nemuro

This video shows the Youth Enlightenment Program: The Crystal Express to the Four Northern Islands via Nemuro

新船「えとぴりか」アドベンチャー(イメージ画像)

New Etopirika Ship Adventure

April 28 (Sun.) and 29 (Mon./national holiday), 2013
At a multipurpose pier in Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Etopirika, a ship used for the Northern Territories exchange program, was made open to the public, attracting approximately 500 visitors in two days.

国際シンポジウム『世界から見た北方領土』(イメージ画像)

International Symposium: “The Northern Territories as Seen by the World”

This video shows the international symposium on March 16, 2013.
Part 1. Keynote speech by Mr. Tadamasa Fukiura: "Current Situation and Issues of the Northern Territories"
Part 2. Panel discussion coordinated by Mr. Kenji Goto

青少年啓発列車事業「クリスタルEXP北方四島Via根室」(イメージ画像)

Youth Enlightenment Program: The Crystal Express to the Four Northern Islands via Nemuro

This video shows the Youth Enlightenment Program: The Crystal Express to the Four Northern Islands via Nemuro

Hokkaido digital picture show

故郷の島 たらく(四季とくらし)/フルバージョン(イメージ画像)

Home Island Taraku (Four Seasons and Life) / full version

This video is based on the Northern Territories Digital Picture Show published by the Nemuro Regional Office for Northern Territories Affairs, Hokkaido Government.

故郷の島 たらく(四季とくらし)/ダイジェスト版(イメージ画像)

Home Island Taraku (Four Seasons and Life) / digest version

This video is based on the Northern Territories Digital Picture Show published by the Nemuro Regional Office for Northern Territories Affairs, Hokkaido Government.

故郷の島 たらく(四季とくらし)/フルバージョン(イメージ画像)

Home Island Taraku (Four Seasons and Life) / full version

This video is based on the Northern Territories Digital Picture Show published by the Nemuro Regional Office for Northern Territories Affairs, Hokkaido Government.

故郷の島 たらく(四季とくらし)/ダイジェスト版(イメージ画像)

Home Island Taraku (Four Seasons and Life) / digest version

This video is based on the Northern Territories Digital Picture Show published by the Nemuro Regional Office for Northern Territories Affairs, Hokkaido Government.

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