Serving flights from New Chitose and Haneda, Wakkanai is Japan’s northernmost airport. On clear days, you can see Wakkanai City and Soya Bay from the observation decks and observatory.
Wakkanai Airport’s only restaurant has a menu featuring local foods to give passengers their first or final taste of the region. The restaurant’s specialty is the onago kabayaki bowl . In Honshu, the Japanese island home to Tokyo, young fish of a few centimeters in length are boiled and enjoyed as “kunugi” while in Wakkanai, the fish are harvested when they have grown to about 20 centimeters in length. Called onago, these have a light flavor and can be enjoyed in kabayaki and the fried onago curry . The scallop ramen is highly recommended and comes topped with two large scallops caught fresh in Wakkanai. As you dine, try to grab a seat with a north window view where you can see the runway, airplanes, and beautiful Soya Bay.
The best thing to buy at ANA FESTA is drift ice manjus from Okashitsukasa Koshika, a store that calls Wakkanai home. Inspired by drifting ice, these treats are fluffy, steamed sponge cakes coated with white chocolate. Although they are called manju (red bean paste buns), there is no red bean paste in them. They are delicious when chilled in the refrigerator! Another popular item is the scallop geo . Sprinkle this salt infused with the flavor and aroma of scallops to enhance the taste of onigiri (rice balls), fried potatoes, ochazuke (rice with green tea), and ramen.
The charm of Hokkaido lies in its magnificent landscape and nature. After arriving at the airport, make full use of the various trains and busses or a rental car to get the most out of your trip .
Traveling from Wakkanai Airport
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