The Memanbetsu Airport (Photo: 663highland / CC By SA 3.0)

Memanbetsu Airport

The best of Hokkaido's nature awaits

The Memanbetsu Airport (Photo: 663highland / CC By SA 3.0)
Kim   - 2 min read

Memanbestu Airport is situated in Okhotsk subprefecture, Hokkaido, and offers air connectivity to Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka, and Nagoya. The region is rich with nature activities, and Memanbetsu is the closest airport to the Shiretoko National Park as well as the city of Abashiri, famous for its wintertime drift ice cruises.

Visitors will find a tourist information center on the first floor of the airport, which contains a host of information about things to see and do in the surrounding area. There are a number of small retail stores and also a 7-11 if you're needing to pick up some souvenirs or snacks, and a couple of restaurants if you'd prefer a sit-down eating experience. Restaurant Pirika offers some home-grown Hokkaido favorites like Genghis Khan (lamb barbecue) and kaisendon, or seafood over rice, among other offerings. There's also Okushiba Shoten which specializes in soup curry, the perfect warming meal for those chilly Hokkaido winters.

The airport has regular bus connections to Kitami and Abashiri, as well as seasonal buses available to Shiretoko and the Bihoro Pass. Details about bus timetables can be found on the airport's website (in Japanese) or at the tourist information center on the first floor.

If you plan to continue your journey in the region via rental vehicle, there are a number of car rental companies available in the first floor arrivals lobby including Toyota, Nissan, Times, and Nippon Rent-a-Car. There's also a taxi rank at the front of the airport building.

Getting there

By Public Transport:

Memanbetsu Airport is located 2 minutes by taxi from the JR Nishi-Memanbetsu Station or 6 minutes by taxi from the JR Memanbetsu Station, both served by the Sekihoku Main Line.

By Private Vehicle:

For those who are self-driving to the airport, on-site parking is available for over 700 cars and the first hour is free.


Kim @kim.b