About Wakkanai

The seasons of Wakkanai

The seasons of Wakkanai

Wakkanai is located at the Northern most point of Hokkaido, Japan. It is a city blessed with defined seasons, and in the summer when the various flowers are in full bloom, the city comes alive with many visitors from far.

Official City Tree and Flower

Official City Tree and Flower

Wakkanai Events

Minato Nankyoku Festival

Minato Nankyoku Festival
This is a festival where Wakkanai citizens and tourists get together and enjoy the short summer by celebrating with dance. There is the "Hokkai Teppen Odori" where you weave through the city streets dancing, fireworks and trade shows.

Fireworks

Fireworks
On the second day of the "Minato Nankyoku Festival", the main event, the fireworks show is held. The "Northern Breakwater Dome" which is a Hokkaido Heritage, becomes the main venue for lights and all kinds of events.

Dog Sleigh Race

Dog Sleigh Race
There is a dog sleigh race called the "Japan Cup", and it is the biggest dog sleigh race in Japan. It is held in early February at the Wakkanai Airport Park, which is also a winter play park " Nankyoku Highland" during the winter.

Souvenirs of Wakkanai

Wakkanai is a great place to spoil your taste buds with all of the fresh seafood that comes in the shape of sashimi and sushi. Soya Black Angus beef steaks and hamburgers, and Wakkanai milk are also popular foods.

Sea Urchin

Sea Urchin
The sea urchin caught in Wakkanai waters are of the highest quality. The orange roe inside is used for sushi and sashimi, or put on top of hot rice. The best season is spring and summer.

Crab

Crab
Many tourists visit Wakkanai for the purpose of feasting on the three major crabs of Hokkaido. Hairy crab is available in the spring, King crab and others are in season in winter.

Soya Black Angus and Wakkanai Milk

Soya Black Angus and Wakkanai Milk
The chief of agriculture in Wakkanai is steak made from the Black Angus bred in Soya, and Wakkanai milk. Both can be enjoyed only in Wakkanai!