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[Cape Kiritappu in Hamanaka] Amazing Views from Kiritappu-misaki Observation Deck and Yufutsu-misaki Lighthouse

April 5th, 2016

Cape Kiritappu

Cape Kiritappu (霧多布岬) is a cape jutting out into the Pacific Ocean in the eastern edge of Kiritappu Peninsula (霧多布半島), Hamanaka town is located between Kushiro city and Nemuro city, and its formal name is Cape Yufutsu (湯沸岬). Another name is Cape Tokkari (トッカリ岬) because Tokkari that means an earless seal in Ainu language are sometimes seen around the cape. The earless seals inhabit Hokakeiwa Rock (帆掛岩) indeed. Steep cliffs with 40-60 m in height extend, and the strong wind and angry waves from the Pacific ocean create this strange topography. Sceneries from here are good, too, and here is a shooting place for Japanese Movie "Hanamizuki (ハナミズキ)" that Ms. Yui Aragaki (新垣結衣) and Mr. Toma Ikuta (生田斗真) played the leading characters. In addition, a song "Cape Kiritappu" sung by Ms. Atsuko Asada (浅田あつこ), a Japanese enka singer, uses here as a motif. Yufutsu-misaki Lighthouse (湯沸岬灯台) is on the Cape Kiritappu, and Kiritappu-misaki Observation Deck (霧多布岬展望台), Kiritappu-misaki Campsite (霧多布岬キャンプ場) and Etopirikamura (えとぴりか村) are near here.

Cape Yufutsu
Cape Kiritappu, Hamanaka
Kiritappu-misaki Observation Deck from Yufutsu-misaki Lighthouse
Cape Kiritappu, Hamanaka

Movie of Hanamizuki

Movie of Cape Kiritappu

The distance is around 4 km away from the center of the Hamanaka, and restaurants, a cafe and a convenience store are built there. Cape Azechi (アゼチの岬) and Kiritappu Onsen Yuyu (霧多布温泉ゆうゆ) are near here. The Hamanaka is famous for Haagen-Dazs using Choice Hokkaido 4.0 Milk (特選・北海道4.0牛乳) of Takanashi Milk Products (タカナシ乳業), and a soft serve ice cream using that milk is sold at Corp Hamanaka (コープはまなか), and it is so popular. By the way, a day trip onsen is available at the Kiritappu Onsen Yuyu.

Kiritappu Onsen Yuyu (Source: Hamanaka Town Office)
Cape Azechi in Kiritappu, Hamanaka
Horse Native to Hokkaido
Cape Kiritappu, Hamanaka

Atmosphere of Eastern Kiritappu Peninsula Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Eastern Kiritappu Peninsula

Cape Azechi

Cape Azechi (アゼチの岬) is a cape jutting out into the Pacific Ocean in the western edge of Kiritappu Peninsula (霧多布半島), Hamanaka town is located between Kushiro city and Nemuro city, and was named after Mr. Azechi (畦地) that used to live. Kojima Island (小島), Gome Island (ゴメ島) and Kenbokki Island (嶮暮帰島) floating in Gulf of Biwase (琵琶瀬湾) can be seen from a steep cliff with about 40 m in height. There is nothing with disturbing views, and the superb view can be enjoyed. Here is a shooting place for Japanese Movie "Hanamizuki (ハナミズキ)" that Ms. Yui Aragaki (新垣結衣) and Mr. Toma Ikuta (生田斗真) played the leading characters. Seabird named Fratercula cirrhata (エトピリカ), a endangered specie, seems to build a nest on uninhabited island around here, too. Azechi-misaki Lookout (アゼチ岬展望台), a garden, a parking lot and a public restroom are built on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Gulf of Biwase
Cape Azechi in Kiritappu, Hamanaka

Around Kiritappu

Kiritappu (霧多布) is in Hamanaka town located between Kushiro city and Nemuro city. "Kiri (霧)" of Kiritappu means "Fog" in Japanese. It is said that the name of the Kiritappu means "A place that a lot of fog occur". But the true origin of the name is "A place that people cut miscanthus reed (茅を刈る場所)" in the Ainu language. The name is happen to get the fog. Temperature rarely exceeds 20 degrees, and it is chilly by the fog even in a summer. There are famous tourist attractions such as Cape Kiritappu (霧多布岬), Cape Azechi (アゼチの岬) and Kiritappu Wetland (霧多布湿原) to see superb views, and Namidamisaki Observatoion Deck (涙岬展望台) and Chanai Rakuno Observatoion Tower (茶内酪農展望台) are a little far from the Kiritappu, but those are tourist atractions with very good views. By the way, Japanese movie "Hanamizuki (ハナミズキ)" that Mr. Nobuhiro Doi (土井裕泰) produced, and Ms. Yui Aragaki (新垣結衣), a popular actress, and Mr. Toma Ikuta (生田斗真), a popular actor, played the leading characters was filmed in Kiritappu Peninsula. Article is here

Miscanthus Reed Grow Thick
Kiritappu Wetland, Hamanaka

List of Cape Kiritappu Tourist Attractions

There are the Yufutsu-misaki Lighthouse, the Kiritappu-misaki Observation Deck and the Kiritappu-misaki Campsite.

Yufutsu-misaki Lighthouse

Yufutsu-misaki Lighthouse was built in 1951 on the Cape Kiritappu. Its height is about 12 m, and the two tone lighthouse, red and white, is stylish. Around here is famous for a lot of foggy days, and a fog signal station used to be built. There are the Yufutsu-misaki Lighthouse, a walking path, a monument in memory of Takeshiro Matsuura inscribed with one of his poems and a parking lot on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Yufutsumisaki Lighthouse
Yufutsumisaki Lighthouse in Kiritappu, Hamanaka
Gulf of Biwase and Kombu Fishing Boat
Yufutsumisaki Lighthouse in Kiritappu, Hamanaka

The walking path with about 600 m in total length is built beside the lighthouse from the parking lot and the tip, and a comfortable scenery can be seen if the weather is good. The morning sun seems to look beautiful, too. A conbination of the lighthouse and Yezo Daylily is good in July. By the way, people used to jump to small sheer precipice, but it is prohibited from jumping at present because of dangerous.

Path to Tip
Yufutsumisaki Lighthouse in Kiritappu, Hamanaka
Rocks Are Ready to Collapse
Yufutsumisaki Lighthouse in Kiritappu, Hamanaka
Tip of Cape Kiritappu
Yufutsumisaki Lighthouse in Kiritappu, Hamanaka
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (30 cars)
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-153-62-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 614 590 125*55

Kiritappu-misaki Observation Deck

The Pacific ocean can be looked over on the Kiritappu-misaki Observation Deck in the east side of the Kiritappu Peninsula. A observation deck, a gazebo, a parking lot, a public restroom and a shop are built on the site. There is a primeval flower garden around here, and dozens types of nature flowers such as Adenophora Triphylla, Carex Podogyna and Yellow Top can be enjoyed. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Kiritappu-misaki Observation Deck from Yufutsumisaki Lighthouse
Kiritappumisaki Observatory in Hamanaka
Around Observation Deck
Kiritappumisaki Observatory in Hamanaka
Names of Blooming Flowers Are Written on Board
Kiritappumisaki Observatory in Hamanaka
Adenophora Triphylla
Kiritappumisaki Observatory in Hamanaka

A house of one story is built on the sheer precipices, and visitors can go in and out the house freely. People may keep off the cold. A rooftop is an observation deck, and 360-degree view can be seen. Ponporoto district (奔幌戸地区) and Mouraito-no-Zepeki (貰人の絶壁 * Mouraito Cliff) can be looked over through the Gulf of Hamanaka (浜中湾). But I think that along fences on the edge of the sheer precipices are photogenic. The Cape Kiritappu from there is very good.

Observation Deck
Kiritappumisaki Observatory in Hamanaka
Inside of Observation Deck
Kiritappumisaki Observatory in Hamanaka
Cape Yufutsu
Kiritappumisaki Observatory in Hamanaka
Gulf of Hamanaka
Kiritappumisaki Observatory in Hamanaka
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (50 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-153-62-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 614 589 658*51

Kiritappu-misaki Campsite

Kiritappu-misaki Campsite is built on a gentle slope near the Yufutsu-misaki Lighthouse. There are paid bungalows, a restroom and a field kitchen, and a campsite manager works, so it is a convenient camp ground. * the campsite manager does not work on Tuesday. Here is popular with cycling travelers and motor bicycle travelers because of pitching a tent for free. A lot of travelers seem to spend the night in a car. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Kiritappu-misaki Campsite
Yufutsumisaki Lighthouse in Kiritappu, Hamanaka
View from Kiritappu-misaki Campsite
Yufutsumisaki Lighthouse in Kiritappu, Hamanaka
Kiritappu-misaki Campsite (Source: Hamanaka Town Office)
Cape Azechi in Kiritappu, Hamanaka

Atmosphere of Kiritappu-misaki Campsite Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kiritappu-misaki Campsite

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (50 cars)
Business hour -
Regular closing day From mid October to late May
Telephone number +81-153-62-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 614 590 210*61

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Kiritappu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Ryokan Kurimoto(旅館 くりもと)
Booking
Minshuku Misaki(民宿 岬) Only Tel:+81-153-62-2367
Kawamura Ryokan(川村旅館) Only Tel:+81-153-62-2326
Etopirikamura(えとぴりか村)
Booking
Minshuku Bankamu(民宿 伴架夢) Only Tel:+81-153-62-2159
Shoku-no-Yado Kiritappuri(食の宿 霧多布里)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Watanabe(民宿 わたなべ)
Booking
Minshuku Yorimichi(民宿 より道) Only Tel:+81-153-62-3359
Minshuku Tama-no-Kawa(民宿 玉の川) Only Tel:+81-153-65-2224
Pension Porch(ペンション ポーチ)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Shukubo Cabanon(宿房 樺のん)
Booking
Poroto-annaisha(ポロト案内舎)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

A page of Kiritappu is here

Kiritappu

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