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Picturesque Scenery That Violent and Resistant God Lived -Kamuikotan in Asahikawa-

July 7th, 2016

Kamuikotan (神居古潭) is a picturesque scenery in the suburbs of Asahikawa city. A combination of meandering and rocks is beautiful scenery. Originally this place is known as a sacred place for Ainu people, and Kamuikotan means "God lives" in Ainu language. Kamuikotan Ninne Kamui (カムイコタンニッネカムイ * violent and resistant god) lived here in Ainu period and watned to destroy the Ainu people once, but he was brought down by Samaikuru (サマイクル * guardian deity). Because there were a lot of strangely shaped rocks and mysterious stones and this was a difficult spot for crusing, Kamuikotan was called a village of violent and resistant god. A look of Kamui Bridge is very nice. There are the Kamui Bridge (神居大橋), Steam Locomotives, former Kamuikotan Station (旧神居古潭駅舎) and a monument in memory of Takeko Kujo (九条武子) in the site. Kamuiiwa Rock (神居岩) can be looked. Free admission and a parking lot is free of charge.

Kamuikotan
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Kamui Bridge
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Kamui Bridge
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Only 100 People Cross Kamui Bridge At A Time
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Kamuiiwa Rock
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Ishikari River
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Paramoi Means Wide Bay in English
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa

The Steam Locomotives were displayed when I crossed the bridge, and there was the former Kamuikotan Station, and a cycling road was built on old tracks. The Kamuikotan Station was built in 1901 and was designated as a cultural property in 1991. Everbody can enter freely. By the way, the cycling road was closed to traffic because of a landslide, and Unfortunately I could not come close to the Steam Locomotives.

Cycling Road
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Former Kamuikotan Station
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Steam Locomotive
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Steam Locomotive
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Ishikari River
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa

There is Minamiyama Shoten (南山商店) near the Kamui Bridge, and they sell a perilla juice as a local speciality of Kamuikotan. The price is JPY 100 per cup. It was a good old taste like Ume Gum and the sour was comfortable in a hot summer.

Minamiyama Shoten
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Perilla Juice "Kotansodachi"
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
1 Cup Per JPY 100
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
She Pour Perilla Juice into Cup
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Perilla Juice
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Purple
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa

The Kamuikotan is famous as a sightseeing spot for fall foliage, too. Rugged rocks along the Ishikari river go well with the fall foliage. The best time to see is from early October to late October.

Kamuikotan with Fall Foliage
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Kamui Bridge and Fall Foliage
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Former Kamuikotan Station
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Kamuiiwa Rock and Fall Foliage
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Ishikari River and Fall Foliage
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Ishikari River and Fall Foliage
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Former Platform and Fall Foliage
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Steam Locomotive and Fall Foliage
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa

Atmosphere of Kamuikotan Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kamuikotan

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (7 cars)
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-166-23-0090
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 655 519 527*34

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Kamuikotan.

Irumu-no-Oka Youth Hostel(イルムの丘ユースホステル)    
Booking.com

A page of Asahikawa is here

Asahikawa

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