- September 4th, 2014
[Kaiyodai Hill in Nakashibetsu] Earth Looks Round
Kaiyodai Hill (開陽台) is a hill in Nakashibetsu town is located in the northwestern direction of Nemuro city. A round observation deck is built on the hilltop at about 270 m above sea level, and is famous for looking over 330 degrees view along the horizon. I wondered why it was not 360 degree. On investigation, the horizon looks round in 330 degree. The other 30 degree may be the back side. Kaiyodai Ranch (開陽台牧場) with area of about 780 ha is built on the hill, too, and 1000 milk cows are put out to pasture. A walk with the total length of 2.6 km and Kaiyodai Ranch Fureai Park (開陽台牧場ふれあい広場) are built along the ranch, and a walking is available. Bell of Happiness (幸せの鐘) and Figures of Dairy Cow (乳牛の像) are built, too. By the way, the straight road “North 19 Line” in front of the Kaiyodai Hill is called Milk Road (ミルクロード) because most tank trucks for milk run on the road, and it is popular with motor tour riders.
The distance is around 15 km away from the center of the Nakashibetsu, and restaurants, cafes and a convenience store are not built around here. Nakashibetsu Airport (中標津空港), Kamimusa Orthodox Church (上武佐ハリストス正教会), Yoroushi Onsen (養老牛温泉) and Head of Salmon (鮭の頭) are relatively near here. Icons made by Ms. Rin Yamashita (山下りん) are displayed at the Kamimusa Orthodox Church. * Reservation is required. Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Nakashibetsu, caffe kaiyodai, Murakami Udon (むらかみうどん), Fenetre (フェネトレ), Osteria Felice (オステリア フェリーチェ), Handmade Soba Ito (手打そば 伊とう) are famous in particular. I ate noodles at the Murakami Udon and the Ito, and those were tasty.
Yoroushi Onsen (養老牛温泉) is a hot-spring place in Nakashibetsu town located between Lake Mashu (摩周湖) and Notsuke Peninsula (野付半島). 2 onsen ryokan, Hotel Yoroushi (ホテル養老牛) and Yuyado Daiichi (湯宿だいいち) are built along Hokkaido Route 505, and Karamatsu-no-Yu (からまつの湯), a mixed bathing open-air bath for free, is a little away from the center of the Yoroushi Onsen. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. The hot-spring place is surrounded by nature, and rare animals such as Blakiston’s Fish Owl and Japanese sable inhabit a forest, so those animals sometimes appear at the accommodations. There are Yoro Falls (養老の滝), Kaiyodai Observatory (開陽台) and Lake Mashu (摩周湖) around the Yoroushi Onsen. Read More
Handmade soba Ito (手打ちそば伊とう) is a famous buckwheat noodles restaurant in Nakashibetsu town located in the northwestern direction of Nemuro city and was founded in 2008. They garnered one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition and became more popular. I visited here around 11:00 on weekdays. There were some tables at the restraunt, so family customers seem to enjoy. I sat at a counter seat and read a menu. The restaurant serving rice with a Japanese horseradish (山わさび) is rare. Because the Japanese horseradish was one of typical Hokkaido’s food, I wanted to eat it. I ordered burdock tempura buckwheat noodles (ごぼう天そば) and rice with the rare japanese horseradish. The price of the burdock tempura buckwheat noodles were JPY 900 and the price of the rice with the Japanese horseradish was JPY 250. By the way, customers can choose a type of buckwheat noodles between Yabu soba (やぶそば * a variety of buckwheat noodles) or Sarashina soba (更科そば * a type of high quality buckwheat noodles), and the Sarashina soba had an extra charge of JPY 100. I chose the Yabu soba, but the Sarashina soba got a high evaluation for gourmet, too. Read More
Murakami Udon (むらかみうどん) is an udon noodle specialty restaurant founded in 2015 in Nakashibetsu, and was printed in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition. An owner trained his Udon cooking in Kagawa prefecture (香川県 * Udon country) and opened a business in Nakashibetsu. MICHELIN GUIDE appreciated their dishes for less than 2 years, one can infer tasty dishes. The interior decoration is like a stylish cafe. The restraunt is not so large, but counter seats and tables are provided, so family customers seem to enjoy. It often has visitors lined up at lunchtime. Read More
Kaiyodai Observation Deck
Kaiyodai Observation Deck (開陽台展望館) has the caffe kaiyodai, a restroom, a photo gallery and an observation deck. The observation deck on a roof opens for 24 hours. A conbination of green color and blue color makes you feel magnificent Hokkaido. In the daytime, the round horizon can be enjoyed, and in the evening, starry sky can be enjoyed. In addition, rillwork windbreak forests of 5600 ha spreading out below the visitors can be enjoyed, and it can be seen from the space, so it has been designed as Hokkaido Inheritance. At the caffe kaiyodai, Happy Honey Soft Serve Ice Cream (しあわせのはちみつソフト) has a good reputation. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Atmosphere of Kaiyodai Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (60 cars)|
|Business hour||Open 24 hours * Shop 10:00-17:00|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round * Shop opens from October to May|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||976 104 178*11|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Nakashibetsu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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