Rebun Island

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Rebun
Native name: 礼文島, Rebun-tō
Rebun in Soya Subprefecture.gif
Rebun Island is located in Japan
Rebun Island
Rebun Island (Japan)
Geography
Location East Asia
Coordinates 45°21′N 141°01′E / 45.350°N 141.017°E / 45.350; 141.017Coordinates: 45°21′N 141°01′E / 45.350°N 141.017°E / 45.350; 141.017
Archipelago Japanese Archipelago
Area 80 km2 (31 sq mi)
Length 29 km (18 mi)
Width 8 km (5 mi)
Coastline 72 km (44.7 mi)
Highest elevation 490.0 m (1,607.6 ft)
Highest point Mount Rebun
Country
Japan
Prefectures Hokkaidō
Subprefectures Sōya
District Rebun
Largest city Rebun (pop. 3,194)
Demographics
Population 3,194 (as of 2007-12-31)
Density 39.3 /km2 (101.8 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Ainu, Japanese

Rebun Island (礼文島, Rebun-tō; Ainu: Repun) is an island in the Sea of Japan off the northwestern tip of Hokkaidō, Japan. The island sits 50 kilometres (31 mi) off the coast of Hokkaidō. Rebun stretches 29 kilometres (18 mi) from north to south and 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from east to west. The island covers approximately 80 square kilometres (31 sq mi). Rebun Island is located 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) northwest of Rishiri Island, and the two islands are separated by the Rebun Channel.[1][2][3]

Rebun Island is known for its alpine flowers and the 8-Hour Hiking Course which runs from one end of the island to the other, north to south. The hiking course can be broken into two sections, known as the 4-Hour Hiking Courses. Rebun Island is home to a chashi, or hilltop fortifications of the Ainu people. The highest point on the island is Mount Rebun (490 metres (1,610 ft)).[2] The island is part of the Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park.

Etymology[edit]

The name of the island in the Ainu language, "Repun", means "island in the open sea."[1][2]

Areas of interest[edit]

  • Mount Rebun
  • Peach Rock, or Momoiwa
  • Jizo Rock
  • Cat Rock, or Nekoiwa
  • Cape Sukoton
  • Cape Kaneda
  • Cape Gorota
  • Cape Sukai
  • Todo Island
  • Lake Kushu
  • Yamunai Valley
  • Rebun Forest Road
  • Rebun Falls

Communities[edit]

All communities on Rebun Island are part of the town of Rebun in Rebun District. From roughly from north to south, they are:[4]

  • Sukoton
  • Awabikoton
  • Hamanaka
  • Funadomari
  • Horodomari
  • Uedomari
  • Nairo
  • Kitousu
  • Kafukai
  • Kafuka
  • Shiretoko

Transportation[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "礼文島" [Rebun Island]. Dijitaru Daijisen (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  2. ^ a b c "礼文島" [Rebun Island]. Nihon Kokugo Daijiten (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  3. ^ "礼文島" [Rebun Island]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 153301537. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  4. ^ Bisignani, J. D. (December 1993). "Dohoku-Northern Hokkaido". In Taran March. Japan Handbook (Second ed.). Chico, CA USA: Moon Publications, Inc. pp. 836–841. ISBN 0-918373-70-0. 

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