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Muroran Is Famous for Having Factories Night View, Cape Chikyu, Curry Ramen and Muroran Yakitori

September 5th, 2014

MURORAN

Muroran (室蘭) that 90,000 people live is the 11th largest city in Hokkaido and is located in the central Hokkaido and is facing the Pacific ocean. Muroran has a relatively calm climate, it is cold with temperatures 20 degrees in a summer, it is warm with temperatures -2 degrees in a winter. Muroran is called Iron Town and developed as a port town of heavy and chemical industries. It is famous that there are factories of Nippon Steel Sumikin (新日鉄住金) and Japan Steel Works (日本製鋼所), As for Kanamoto (カナモト * the TSE First Section presentation) and Narasaki Industry (ナラサキ産業 * the TSE Second Section presentation), Muroran is an establishment of a business place. Therefore Muroran is a few town that vistors can unusually see a scenery of the factories in Hokkaido. Muroran Night View is popular, too.

Itanki Beach
Itanki Beach

There are beauty spots such as Hakucho Bridge (白鳥大橋) over Muroran port and Cape Chikyu (地球岬) as well as an industrial inheritance in Muroran that 770,000 tourists visit. In addition, speaking of tasty foods of Muroran, many people will remember Curry Ramen (カレーラーメン) and Muroran Yakitori (室蘭焼き鳥). There is not famous onsen in Muroran, but famous onsen such as Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Kitayuzawa Onsen (北湯沢温泉) is easy to access because Noboribetsu and Date are adjacent to Muroran.

Night View

Muroran Night View is one of the 5 major factory night views in Japan. Tourists are attracted to a scenery that looks like a picture drawing the lights of factories and the Hakucho Bridge around the Muroran port. You will really admire it when you look the scenenery. Representative viewing spots are Hakucho Observatory (白鳥湾展望台), Hakucho-Ohashi Observatory (白鳥大橋展望台), Etomo Seaside Park (絵鞆臨海公園) and Sokuryoyama Observatory (測量山展望台). In addition, a night cruise navigating Muroran port with a ship is carried out.

Night View Can Be Watched on Youtube.

Movie of Night View

Night View from Hakuchowan Observatory

Hakuchowan Observatory (白鳥湾展望台) is located on a hill along Japan National Route 37. A night view from this observatory is one of most good night view in Muroran. An observatory deck with about 10 m in height is built on the hill, and tourists can look at Hakucho-Ohashi Bridge (白鳥大橋) and a factory of JX Nikko Nisseki Energy (JX日鉱日石エネルギー). I admired the factory of the JX Nikko Nisseki energy from the Japan national route. In addition, views are good in the daytime, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. There are a restroom and a shop on the site. Article of Hakuchowan Observatory is here

JX Nikko Nisseki Energy
Muroran Night View from Hakucho Observatory

Night View from Hakucho-Ohashi Observatory

Hakucho-Ohashi Observatory (白鳥大橋展望台) is located on the foot of Hakucho Bridge (白鳥大橋). A night view from this observatory is one of most good night view in Muroran. An observatory deck is built on the small hill, and tourists can look over whole Muroran Port. Hakucho Bridge that I looked at from here was very amazing. Views are good in the daytime, too. But, please be careful because I was hard to find this place when I went for the first time at night. There is a parking lot under the bridge. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. A restroom is near the parking lot. Article of Hakucho-Ohashi Observatory is here

Hakucho-Ohashi Bridge
Muroran Hakucho-ohashi observatory

Night View from Sokuryoyama Observatory

Sokuryoyama Observatory (測量山展望台) is located on Mt. Sokuryo (測量山) at 199.6 m above sea level. A night view from this observatory is one of most good night view in Muroran. The Sokuryoyama Observatory is divided into 2 observatory decks roughly and is surrounded by television transmission towers. But visitors can look over Muroran city. In the evening, the night view can be seen on the tower-shaped observatory deck. In the daytime, almost panoramic view can be enjoyed on the observatory decks. By the way, the visitors must go up considerably dark stairs in the evening. Because your step is dark, please watch your step. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article of Sokuryoyama Observatory is here

I Look at Hakucho-Ohashi Bridge
Muroran Sokuryo-yama Observatory

Night View from Etomo Seaside Park

Etomo Seaside Park is adjacent to roadside station "Mitara Muroran (みたら室蘭)". Tourists can look at Hakucho Bridge and factories of JX Nikko Nisseki Energy from a yacht harbor. Please be careful not to fall into the sea because your step is considerably dark. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

JX Nikko Nisseki Energy
Muroran Night View from Etomo Seaside Park

When I read Tweets, Night View from Etomo Seaside Park seems to be popular.

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking lot is provided
Business hours Open for 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-143-23-0102
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 159 308 550*24

Night View Cruising

Tourists can make a round trip of Muroran port for about 1 hour. Because the tourists can look over factory groups symbolizing muroran called "Iron Town (鉄の町)" and Hakucho Bridge from sea, this tour is popular. An operating company change the sailing time depending on the time for sunset, and you should confirm it on the telephone beforehand. In addition, they should confirm it in total when there are not more than 5 people of embarkation because they do not seem to set sail. A reservation is necessary for the embarkation.

When I read Tweets, Night View Cruising seems to be popular.

Movie of Night View Cruising

Passage fare Adult: JPY 3000. Child: JPY 1000.
Parking lot Free parking lot is provided
Business hours From April to November, Irregular Business hours
Regular closing day From December to March
Telephone number +81-90-1644-6793
Home page Home page is here

4-2-14 Etomo-Cho, Muroran City

Higashimuroran station (東室蘭駅) --> (Approximately 7 minutes on foot) --> Higashimachi bus terminal (東町バスターミナル) --> (Approximately 20 minutes by Donan bus [To Nikkokinen-byoin] (道南バス「日鋼記念病院行き」)) --> Enrumu-marina bus stop (エンルマリーナ停留所) --> (Approximately 10 minutes on foot)

Tourist Spots

There are sightseeing spots called Muroran 8 beauty spots in Muroran. Muroran 8 beauty spots are Muroran Port Night View (室蘭港の夜景), a view from Mt. Sokuryo (測量山からの展望), Daikoku Island (大黒島), Scenery of Cape Etomo (絵鞆岬の景色), a scenery of Kinbyobu and Ginbyobu (金屏風・銀屏風の景観), a scenery of Masuichi Beach (マスイチ浜の景色), a scenery of Cape Chikyu (地球岬の景観) and a Scenery of Tokkarisho (トッカリショの景色). Nature cruise as well as those sceneries is famous.

Tokkarisho
Muoran

Cape Chikyu

Cape Chikyu (地球岬) is a beauty spot in Muroran city. With Cape Soya (宗谷岬) and Kaiyoudai (開陽台), it is famous as a tourist spot that the earth looks round. In addition, it is one of the three major secret capes with Cape Ochiishi (落石岬) and Cape Ofuyu (雄冬岬) in Hokkaido. It got the first place in "100 Nature Selections in Hokkaido (北海道の自然100選 * Asahi Shimbun, 1985)" and "You Chose Hokkaido Beauty Spots (あなたが選ぶ北海道景勝地 * Hokkaido Postal Service, 1986)". The first place attest popular spot. A little less than 100,000 tourists come now. Admmission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

View from Observatory
Muroran Cape Chikyu

Cape Chikyu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Cape Chikyu

Tokkarisho Lookout

Tokkarisho Lookout (トッカリショ展望台) is a beauty spot on the outer beach of Etomo Peninsula (絵鞆半島) in the south part of Muroran city. Originally Ainu people called Txukarisho (トゥカリショ) and it means Earless Seal Rocks (アザラシ岩). Many earless seals lived around here at that day. The Tokkarisho seems to be a corrupted form of the Txukarisho. The Tokkarisho Lookout is located between Cape Chikyu (地球岬) and Itanki Beach (イタンキ浜), and cliffs, colors of grass and color of sea are great! I have never seen such a senery in Hokkaido. Visitors can walk a little to the Tokkarisho Beach (トッカリショ浜). In addition, Swimming can be enjoyed in a summer. Except a parking lot, there is no facility. Admmission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Cliffs, Colors of Grass and Color of Sea Are Great!
Tokkarisho Lookout in Muroran

Tokkarisho Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Tokkarisho

Hakucho Bridge

Hakucho Bridge is the largest suspension bridge in Hokkaido. It was built for 40 years from the concept and was inaugurated in 1998. The name of Hakucho Bridge is named for Gulf of Hakucho (白鳥湾). A night view of Hakucho Bridge that is lit up is loved by everybody. Roadside station "Mitara Muroran" has Hakucho Bridge Memorial Hall (白鳥大橋記念館) at the building, and documents of Hakucho Bridge are displayed.

Hakucho Bridge
Muroran Hakucho Bridge

When I read Tweets, Hakucho Bridge seems to be popular.

Mitara Muroran of Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking lot is provided (58 cars)
Business hours From April to October 09:30-21:00
From November to March 09:30-17:00
Regular closing day From April to October No closing day
From November to March Thursday
Telephone number +81-143-26-2030
Home page Home page is here

Dolphin and Whale Watching

7 kinds of marine habitats such as Head Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Dells Porpoise, Minke, Killer Whale, Fur Seal can be watched from mid June to mid August. You can meet with about 1,000 dolphins if you are lucky. It is the pacific tour for two and a half hours. Star Marin KK (スターマリンKK) and KK Elm (KKエルム) carry out the tours. A reservation is necessary for the embarkation.

When I read Tweets, Dolphin and Whale Watching seems to be popular.

Movie of Dolphin and Whale Watching

Passage fare Adult: JPY 6000. Child: JPY 3000.
Parking lot Free parking lot is provided
Business hours From May to August, Irregular Business hours
Regular closing day From September to April
Telephone number Star marin KK: +81-90-1644-6793
KK elm: +81-143-27-1822
Home page Home page of Star marin KK is here and Home page of KK elm is here

Horomoe Large Cherry Tree

Horomoe Large Cherry Tree (幌萌の大山桜) is a Yezo mountain cherry (エゾヤマザクラ) in Horomoe-cho, Muroran city and is the large cherry tree with 16 m in height and about 180 years old in Iburi district. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom in early May and is lit up at a best viewing season. Garyu Korean Hill Cherry (臥龍の霞桜) is planted near the Horomoe Large Cherry Tree, too, but cherry blossoms does not seems to come out. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Horomoe Large Cherry Tree
Horomoe Large Cherry Tree in Muroran

Horomoe Large Cherry Tree Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Horomoe Large Cherry Tree

A Sakimori Cherry Tree

A Sakimori Cherry Tree (崎守の一本桜) is planted on a ranch near Muroran Interchange in Sakimori-cho (崎守町), Muroran city and is the Yezo Mountain Cherry with about 10 m in height and over 100 years old. A background changes depending on the direction that tourists see, and this view is very nice. This scenery was used for CM of Sapporo Breweries and a work of Mr. Mitsuhiko Kamata (鎌田光彦), famous photographer. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom from early May to mid May. Tourists are closed to a field and are able to look from the side of the field. Visitors should look at it on a sidewalk. A parking lot and a restroom are not provided. Many the visitors on the shoulder of a road. Article is here

Background Is Wind Power Generation
Muroan Sakimori Cherry Tree

Charatsunai Observatory

Charatsunai Observatory (チャラツナイ展望台) is a beauty spot on the outer beach of Etomo Peninsula (絵鞆半島) in the south part of Muroran city and is located between Cape Chikyu (地球岬) and Muroran City Office (室蘭市役所). Charatsunai was namd after Chararuse-Nai (チャラルセ・ナイ) in Ainu language and means "A stream flow like falls". There is still the stream actually. The Charatsunai Observatory is not famous, so few people come. But a view with strange shaped rocks and blue sea is very good. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Strange Shaped Rocks
Charatsunai Observatory in Muroran

Tasty Foods

It is said that there are three major foods in Muroran. The first is Curry Ramen. The second is Muroran Yakitori. The last is Black Rockfish dish. Unfortunately, I have not eaten the Black Rockfish dish (クロソイ料理). In addition, Muroran Ramen and sweets of the quail's egg are famous, too.

Curry Ramen

Muroran Curry Ramen contends against Kushiro Ramen for getting the Hokkaido Ramen of the fourth seats. It features curry taste soup and curly noodles. About 30 restaurants such as Aji-no-Daio serve the curry ramen. I visited Aji-no-Daio (味の大王).

Curry Ramen from Top
Curry Ramen -Aji-no-Daio in Muroran-

Curry Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube.

Movie of Curry Ramen Aji-no-Daio

Muroran Yakitori

Although Muroran Yakitori is grilled chicken skewer, the chicken is not used. This is a grilled pork skewer with grilled pork and grilled onion, Muroran people usually eat it with using mustard. About 50 grilled chicken restaurants such as Toriyoshi (鳥よし) which is said to be an originator, Yakitori-no-Ippei (やきとりの一平), Toritastu (鳥辰) and Yoshidaya (吉田屋) serve the Muroran Yakitori. I visited Yakitori-no-Ippei.

Muroran Yakitori
Muroran Yakitori -Yakitori no Ippei-

Muroran Yakitori and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Murora Yakitori Yakitori-no-Ippei

Muroran Ramen

Fishery products soup made from kombu produced in Muroran sea and dried bonito is basic of the Muroran ramen. It features a light taste. There are about 50 ramen restaurants. It is Seiyoken founded in 1935 to profess to be Muroran ramen originator. I visited Seiyoken (清洋軒).

Seiyoken
Nikka Ramen -Seiyoken in Muroran-

Seiyoken and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube.

Movie of Muroran Ramen, Seiyoken

Muroran Uzuraen

Muroran Uzuraen (室蘭うずら園) is a production factory for quail's eggs in the suburbs of Muroran city and was founded in 1961. The quail's eggs are processed at a factory and a pudding made from the quail's egg seems to be tasty, and I visited their office. They sell a raw egg for rice and smoked shell quail's eggs as well as the puddings. The quail's eggs has more abundant nourishment than a hen's egg, and the quail's raw egg of Muroran Uzuraen has a 100 % share of a market in Hokkaido. It is marvelous! Article is here

Pudding Made from Quail Eggs, Muroran Uzuraen Sweets -Muroran Uzuraen-

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Muroran.

Muroran Youth Hostel(室蘭ユースホステル)  
Hotel Muroran Hills(ホテル室蘭ヒルズ)
Muroran Prince Hotel(室蘭プリンスホテル)
Escale Muroran(エスカル室蘭)  
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