Teuri and Yagishiri Islands’ geographical features of the two islands in the Sea of Japan differ greatly. While the circumference of Teuri is composed entirely of steep cliffs, Yagishiri is flat and green.
In the center of the island is the municipal sheep farm, a popular scenic spot, where Suffolk sheep pasture.
Teuri Island is 4 km west of Yagishiri Island. This small island is 12 km around. Its name is said to come from the Ainu “teure-shiri” (right leg island).
Vast seabird nesting grounds and colonies are found here. The common guillemot is just one precious species that breed only here. They breed on the west coast, a long coast of steep cliffs that were designated in 1938 as a National Natural Treasure to protect the guillemots.
They can be observed only from a glass-bottomed boat that sails along the coast. They are on the verge of extinction. In 1995, only 20 of them were known to be remaining. Akaiwa Scenic Overlook (38 m high) is a landmark. It commands a great view of Akaiwa Rock.
Also See: Teuri Island Seabird Breeding Ground Diorama
Access: 1hr 40 min by Haboro Enkai Ferry from Haboro Port to Teuri Port
1hr 20 min by Haboro Enkai Ferry from Haboro Port to Yagishiri Port
Haboro ↔ Teuri Island/Yagishiri Island by Haboro Coast Ferry
Haboro Enkai Ferry Co., Ltd/ Haboro Sightseeing Association Address: 1 Minatomachi, Haboro Town (Haboro-cho), Tomamae District, Hokkaido Prefecture 078-4120, Japan Time: 1hour(Yagishiri Island), 1 hour and 50 minutes(Teuri Island) Trip: 1-6 round trips a day (It is different depending on the season.) Tel: 0164(62)1774 [Haboro Ferry], (0164)62-6666 [Haboro Tourism] Fax: 0164(62)5231 [Haboro Ferry], (0164)62-6666 [Haboro Tourism] Tel. For Haboro town tourist office: 0164-62-3993 (end of April to August) Tel. For Teuri Island tourist office: 01648-3-5401 (May to August) Tel. For Yagishirito tourist office: 01648-2-3993 (May to August)
Haboro Ferry Website: http://www.haboro-enkai.com/
Haboro Sightseeing Association Website: http://www.haboro.tv/
Haboro Town Hall at Teuri Island (Island of Eden) Kazuura-73 Teuri, Haboro, Tomamae District, Hokkaido Prefecture 078-3953, Japan Tel: 01648-3-5131