Guest House Almelia - Hokkaido

Guest House Almelia (ゲストハウスアルメリア) is an observation and rest facility located on top of one of the hills of Soya Hills in Cape Soya, Wakkanai City, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Guest House Almelia

Guest House Almelia details

Dubbed the "Soya Hill Observation Rest Facility", Guest House Almelia is constructed on top of the Soya Hills. The structure is uniquely characterized by its windmill which looks like a cap to its indoor observatory.

Guest House Almelia (ゲストハウスアルメリア)

It will remind you of the Dutch windmills

The second floor of the windmill is actually an observatory

Second-floor indoor observatory

Speaking of which, the second floor of Guest House Almelia boasts a linked indoor and outdoor observatory. This provides tourists with a breathtaking view of the Soya Hills on the south and the north of the La Pérouse Strait. If you visit on a clear day, you would also see the former Karafuto Prefecture which is now Sakhalin across the strait.

Inside Guest House Almelia


There are plenty of souvenirs to choose from

There is also a restaurant inside Guest House Almelia

Soya Black Beef


Aside from the observatory facility, Guest House Almelia also houses a restaurant that serves the original brand "Soya Black Beef" and Wakkanai's delicacy "Tako Shabu." There is also a souvenir shop inside which sells products from the Soya Subprefecture.

Guest House Almelia as seen from Cape Soya Peace Memorial Park

My family and I visited Guest House Almelia for the first time during the 4th day of our 5-day "Drive Up North" road trip last August 15, 2022. This was my 287th day here in Japan as an ALT under the JET ProgrammeGuest House Almelia wasn’t originally on our itinerary but we were intrigued by the windmill so we came to check it out.

Team Nicerio visits Guest House Almelia



We tried the soft cream

We first visited the souvenir store when we arrived at Guest House Almelia and after buying some omiyage for my co-workers, we tried the soft cream as it was highly recommended because the area is also well-known for its fantastic milk. Other than that, we didn't miss the amazing observatory view, although it was ruined by the unexpected rain. Since we were short on time, we chose to pass on the renowned Soya Black Beef for the time being in the hopes that we would be able to return at another time.

Guest House Almelia Admission Fee

It’s FREE to enter and enjoy the view from the observatory of Guest House Almelia. Parking is also FREE. However, you need to bring money if you want to try the famed Soya Black Beef or buy some souvenirs.

Guest House Almelia Operating Hours:

Guest House Almelia is open from 10:30 AM to 3 PM. However, it might be closed during the winter season.

Why visit Guest House Almelia?

Guest House Almelia offers a fantastic view of the La Pérouse Strait and Sakhalin. It’s also a place where you can try the famed Soya Black Beef.

Getting to Guest House Almelia

 

From JR Wakkanai Station ride the Soya Bus going to Cape Soya bus stop. From there, You need to walk for about 10 minutes to reach Guest House Almelia.

The one-way bus price from Wakkanai Station Bus Terminal to Soya Misaki bus stop is 1,420 (720 for children and people with impairments). A low-cost remembrance ticket (2,560 round-trips) is available at the Station Bus Terminal Ticket Counter.

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