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Earth Looks Round -Kaiyodai Observatory in Nakashibetsu-

September 4th, 2014

Kaiyodai Observatory (開陽台展望台) in Nakashibetsu town is located in the northwestern part of Nemuro city. There is a circular building on a hilltop with 270 m in height, and it is famous for looking over 330 degrees view along the horizon. I wondered why it was not 360 degrees. On investigation, the horizon looks round in 330 degrees. The other 30 degrees will be the back side. There are a cafe, a stall, a restroom, a photo studio at the building. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. In addition, there is Yoroushi Onsen (養老牛温泉) near the Kaiyodai Observatory.

Kaiyodai Ranch
Kaiyodai Observatory in Nakashibetsu
Kaiyodai Observatory. First Floor Is Stall, Rooftop Is Observation Platform
Kaiyodai Observatory in Nakashibetsu
Inside of Observatory
Kaiyodai Observatory in Nakashibetsu

When I read Tweets, Kaiyodai Observatory seems to be popular.

A ranch of 778 ha under my eyes spreads over on a hill. About 1,000 dairy cows are put out to pasture. As is expected, Hokkaido is large. Speaking of large, grillwork windbreak forests of 5600 ha spreading over konsendaichi (kushiro and Nemuro area plateau) are as good as the 330 degrees view. It has designed as Hokkaido Inheritance and can be looked from the space. Great! Green color and blue color make you feel magnificent Hokkaido.

Trees Planted as Grillwork Windbreak
Kaiyodai Observatory in Nakashibetsu
Bell of Happiness
Kaiyodai Observatory in Nakashibetsu
Green Spreads over
Kaiyodai Observatory in Nakashibetsu
Figure of Dairy Cows
Kaiyodai Observatory in Nakashibetsu

Atmosphere of Kaiyodai Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kaiyodai Observatory

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (60 cars)
Business hour Open 24 hours * Stall 09:00-17:30
Regular closing day Open all year round * Stall from October to May
Telephone number +81-153-73-3111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 976 104 178*11


Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Kaiyodai Observatory.

Minshuku Chiheisen(民宿地平線)      
Toyo Grand Hotel(トーヨーグランドホテル)  
Hotel Kaiyo Inn(ホテル 開陽イン)  
Kita Hotel Chiroro-no-Yu(北ホテル チロロの湯)    
Hotel Maru-A Onsen Honkan(ホテルマルエー温泉本館)    
Hotel Maru-A Onsen Tawarabashi(ホテルマルエー温泉俵橋)    
Business Hotel Sato(ビジネスホテル さとう)    
Hotel Biz Inn(Hotel Biz Inn)    
Endo Ryokan(遠藤旅館)    
Business Ryokan Shirakawa(ビジネス旅館 白川)    
Pension Formen(ペンション フォルメン)
Yado-dokoro Tsurukame(宿処 鶴亀)    
Business Hotel ARM Momi-no-Ki(ビジネスホテル ARMもみの木)    
Yuyado Daiichi(湯宿だいいち)    
Hotel Yoroushi(ホテル養老牛)