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[Cape Soya in Wakkanai] Sightseeing Can Be enjoyed in Japan's Mainland Northernmost Point

August 23rd, 2014

Neighborhood of Cape Soya

Cape Soya (宗谷岬) is a cape, the Japan mainland's northernmost point, located in the northeastern part of Wakkanai city, the Japan's northernmost city, and a lot of visitors come. In addition, the cape is one of 3 major tourist attractions that the globe looks round in Hokkaido together with Cape Chikyu (地球岬) and Kaiyoudai (開陽台). The Cape Soya is roughly divided into 2 places, one is the Cape Soya that the Japan mainland's northernmost point is overcome by deep emotion on the flat, and another is Soyamisaki Park (宗谷岬公園) that Sakhalin Island (サハリン島), the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan can be looked over on the hillside. Soya Channel (宗谷海峡) separates the Cape Soya from the Sakhalin Island, and the distance is around 40 km. The Cape Soya is connected Cape Nishi-notoromisaki (西能登呂岬) in the Sakhalin Island with a line, and the left side is the Sea of Japan, and the right side is the Sea of Okhotsk. The cape is one of 3 places that 2 seas can be viewed at the same time in Hokkaido together with Cape Esan (恵山岬) and cape Nosappu (納沙布岬), too.

Monument of Japan's Northernmost Point
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Imaginary Sakhalin Island
Cape Soya in Wakkanai

As here is the Japan mainland's northernmost place, the Japan's northernmost something is rich around here. For example, there are the Japan's northernmost lighthouse, the Japan's northernmost souvenir shop, the Japan's northernmost accommodation, the Japan's northernmost restaurant, the Japan's northernmost gas station, the Japan's northernmost police box, the Japan's northernmost post office, the Japan's northernmost port, the Japan's northernmost school, the Japan's northernmost shrine and the Japan's northernmost bus stop. It seems to be good idea to find those. In addition, Soya Hills (宗谷丘陵) and Soya-misaki Ranch (宗谷岬牧場) with marvelous views are relatively near here. The Cape Soya is a staring point of Footpath "Soya Hills Course (宗谷丘陵コース)", and hikers can enjoy amazing views while walking. Some restaurants such as Shokudo Saihokutan (食堂最北端), Minshuku Soya-misaki (民宿宗谷岬), Mamiyado (間宮堂) and Guest House "Armeria" (ゲストハウスアルメリア) are built near here, but a convenience store is not built. I ate famous salt broth ramen with scallops at the Mamiyado, and it was tasty. By the way, "Cape Soya" that is one of famous Japanese songs uses here as a motif.

Movie of Cape Soya

Soya Hills

Soya Hills (宗谷丘陵) is nearby Cape Soya (宗谷岬) located in the northeastern part of Wakkanai city. Soil repeated freezes and fusion in the ice age, and the waved surface of hills named "Periglacial Landforms" was born. Here is a viewing spot for beautiful sceneries with gentle hills with about 400 m in height, Mt. Maruyama, White Road and windmills. About 3,000 Soya Black Cattles are bred on the gentle hills, and 57 windmills stand on the gentle hills. I think that an inimitable superb view in Japan can be seen only here. It is said the views look like the sceneries of Iceland or Siberia in Russian, and it can also be said that foreign sceneries can be enjoyed here while visitors are in the Japan. In addition, it is said that the game venue of Anime "Girls und Panzer der Film" uses the Mt. Maruyama as a motif. A parking lot is free of charge. There is no facility except the parking lot. Article is here

Straight
Soya Hills, Wakkanai

Mamiyado

Mamiyado (間宮堂) is a popular ramen restraunt in Soyamisaki park, wakkanai city and is known for a catch phrase "The more ramen is served at the north, the better ramen is tasty (北へ行くほどラーメンがうまくなる)". A building is located on a hill, so view from the ramen restraunt is good. Dishes using seafood such as a sea urchin rice bowl as well as the ramen are served. By the way, they open a bussiness from mid April to mid November and close in a winter. Article is here

Salt Broth Ramen with Scallop
Salt Ramen with Scallop -Mamiyado in Wakkanai-

WAKKANAI

Wakkanai (稚内) that 40,000 people live is the 21th largest city in Hokkaido and is the northernmost port town in Japan. As for climate, it features that average annual temperature is 7 degrees Celsius for a sea breeze and the wind is strong. High trees are hard to grow, and there are many sightseeing spots that a good scenery can be seen. Wakkanai station is the northenmost station in Japan, too, and Japane's Northernmost Railway Monument is built. Article is here

Japane's Northernmost Railway Monument
Wakkanai

List of Cape Soya Tourist Attractions

There are the Cape Soya and the Soya-misaki Park.

Cape Soya

Cape Soya is the northernmost point in Japan mainland along Soya National Route (National Route 238), and Monument of Japan's Northern Most Point (日本最北端の地の碑)" for showing point of latitude 45 degrees 31 minutes is built at the tip of the cape, and a lot of tourists form a line to take a picture themselves with the monument. In the case of coming buses for trips, the line get more long, so you had better take a photo before they come. Take care of yourself because a strong wind blows depending on seasons. In a winter, drift ice can be seen. Except the Monument of Japan's Northern Most Point, Statue of Rinzo Mamiya (間宮林蔵), Soya-misaki Music Monument (宗谷岬音楽碑) and a parking lot are built on the site. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Monument of Japan's Northernmost Point
稚内の宗谷岬
Statue of Rinzo Mamiya
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Going Down Stairs to Sea
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Calm Sea
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Soya Misaki Music Monument
Cape Soya in Wakkanai

There are souvenir shops, restaurants, accommodations, Soya-misaki Observatoion Building (宗谷岬展望台) and a public restroom around the Cape Soya. The Japan's northernmost souvenir shop "Kashiwaya" (柏屋) certificates issuance of the reaching Japan's northernmost (日本最北端到着証明) for JPY 100, and the drift ice are displayed at the Soya-misaki Ryuhyokan (宗谷岬流氷館). As for the Soya-misaki Observatoion Building, everyone can go in or out freely. Visitors can keep off the cold. A tourist telescope is set, too.

Cape Soya Town
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Soya-misaki Observatoion Building
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Observatory Deck
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Resting Place
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Sea of Okhotsk or Sea of Japan
Cape Soya in Wakkanai

Atmosphere of Cape Soya Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Cape Soya

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (72 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open year all round
Telephone number +81-162-23-6161
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 998 067 445*66

Soya-misaki Park

Soya-misaki Park is on a small hill with altitude of about 25 m, and Prayer Monument (祈りの塔), Peace Monument (平和の碑), Akebono Statue (あけぼの像), Monument in Honor of Laperouse (ラペルーズ顕彰記念碑), World Peace Bell (世界平和の鐘), Future of Our Children Peace Bell (子育て平和の鐘), Literary Monument of Kenji Miyazawa (宮沢賢治文学碑), Soya-misaki Lighthouse (宗谷岬灯台), Former Navel Watchtower Ruin (旧海軍望楼), the Mamiyado, a public restroom and a parking lot are built. The Sakhalin Island can be seen on the Former Navel Watchtower Ruin if the weather is good, and the globe looks round, too. * Prohibition of Entry in August, 2016, that is too bad! The Soya-misaki Lighthouse is the northernmost lighhouse in Japan, and has been chosen as "50 Best Lighthouses in Japan", too. Its height is about 17 m, white and red two-tone color are outstanding. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Soya-misaki Park
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Soya-misaki Park
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Former Navel Watchtower Ruin, World Peace Bell and Former Navy War Memorial
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Soya-misaki Lighthouse
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Akebono Statue Is Built for Memorializing Milk
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Tower of Prayer (Memorial of Korean Air Lines Flight 007, 1983
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Appearance of Mamiyado
Cape Soya in Wakkanai

The Guest House "Armeria" that is well-known for good views is built on the hilltop. The restaurant opens at the building, and they serve Soya Black Beef (宗谷黒牛). Grassland is around here, and wild animals such as deers often appear.

Guest House "Armeria"
Cape Soya in Wakkanai
Deers
Cape Soya in Wakkanai

Atmosphere of Soyamisaki Park Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Soyamisaki Park

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (50 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open year all round
Telephone number +81-162-23-6161
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 998 067 238*03

Accommodations

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

Minshuku Shimizu(民宿 清水) Only Tel:+81-162-76-2152
Saihoku-no-Yado(最北の宿)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Tomu-soya(斗夢ソーヤ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Pension Kaikyo(ペンション海峡)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Soyamisaki(民宿宗谷岬)
Booking
Jalan
Booking.com

A page of Wakkanai is here

Wakkanai

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