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.
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.
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.
Atmosphere of Kamuikotan Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (7 cars)|
|Business hour||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Winter season|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||655 519 527*34|
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)|
A page of Asahikawa is here