Wakkanai Kōen (稚内公園) is a large park in the west of the town, which has over 4,000 wild cherry trees. Besides the nature, the park has historical monuments and statues with interesting stories, for example Monument of the Nine Maidens. There are a lot of nice spots around here, you should definitely visit it when in Hokkaido.
100th Year Memorial Tower is an 80-meter monument located in the north part of the park. The monument was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wakkanai founding. The first and second floors are the museum, and the top floor is an observation deck which allows visitors to have a 360-degree view of the city. Another observatory is also established on the ground, and the view from there is breathtaking as well.
- Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (Between June and September, it is open until 21:00)
- Admission fee: High School Students or older 400 yen, Elementary School and Junior High School 200 yen
Enjoy yourself by bathing your feett in “eco friendly ” foot bath that uses hydrogen produced by wind power.
- Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (Aril 29 – October 31)
- Admission fee: Free
Monument of the Nine Maidens was built in 1963 to commemorate the nine young female telephone operators. On August 15th, 1945, before the Pacific War (World War II) ended, Soviet military was invading the territories in this area, even though Japan was about to surrender. Young female telephone operators were working in Maoka town (Now Kholmsk town), Sakhalin Island. The Soviet military launched an attack on this town on August 20th. The operators were unable to escape, then they were isolated in the office. At last, nine of them killed themselves, after telling “Everyone, this is the last message. Goodbye, goodbye” on the telephone.
Hyosetsu-no-Mon is an 8-meter monument in Wakkanai Park. It was built in 1963 to honor the people who died while trying to return to Sakhalin, which became a foreign country.
This is a 427-meter long arch-shaped dome, known as the most interesting half-arch dome in the world. It was built in 2001 to prevent high waves and strong wind coming from the sea.
Wakkanai Fukuko Market is a commercial complex, it was opened in April 2007. The market sells souvenirs such and seafood in one building, Wakkanai natural hot springs “Minatonoyu” can be found here, there is also Food Village “Wharf Alley” which serves Russian cuisine.
– Fukuminato market (8:00 to 20:00, will differ in some stores)
– Minatonoyu (10:00 to 22:00)
– wharf Alley (11:00 – 23:00)
- Parking lots: Available