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3 Major Tourist Attractions That Earth Look Round in Hokkaido

April 16th, 2016

3 Major Tourist Attractions That Earth Look Round in Hokkaido

3 major tourist attractions that the earth looks round in vast Hokkaido. Those are the Soyamisaki Park in Wakkanai (稚内の宗谷岬公園), the Cape Chikyu in Muroran (室蘭の地球岬) and the Kaiyodai Observatory in Nakashibetsu (中標津の開陽台展望台). It is hard to see from phots and movies, but the horizon and the sea horizon look circular if you really look at the scenery locally. Please visit those on a sunny day. You will be really impressed.

Cape Chikyu
Muroran Cape Chikyu

In addition, each places are far away, and it might be interesting that tourists will go on a "3 Major Tourist Attractions That Earth Looks Round Tour". You may compare what tourist attractions looked most round. The Soyamisaki Park is approximately 500 km away from the Muroran Cape Chikyu. The Kaiyodai Observatory is approximately 400 km away from the Soyamisaki Park. The Muroran Cape Chikyu is approximately 450 km away from Kaiyodai Observatory. Because there are many tourist attractions among each places, tourists can go around in about 1 week while enjoying hot springs and tasty foods.

Soyamisaki Park

There is the Soyamisaki Park (宗谷岬公園) on a hill and it is known for having a good view. If it is fine, tourists can look over the Sakhalin Island and the Sea of Okhotsk and it left an impression on me that the earth looked round. There are a lot of monuments such as Prayer Monument (祈りの塔), Peace Monument (平和の碑), Akebono Statue (あけぼの像), Monument in Honor of Laperouse (ラペルーズ顕彰記念碑), World Peace Bell (世界平和の鐘), Future of Our Children Peace Bell (子育て平和の鐘). In addition, there are Soyamisaki Lighthouse (宗谷岬灯台), an observatory called Cape Soya Lookout (宗谷岬展望台) and the Former Navel Watchtower Ruin (旧海軍望楼), and a view from the Former Navel Watchtower Ruin is really splendid. This Soyamisaki Lighthouse is the northernmost lighhouse in Japan and was chosen as "50 Best Lighthouses in Japan", too. Article is here

View from Soyamisaki Park
Cape Soya

Atmosphere of Cape Soya Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Cape Soya

Muroran Cape Chikyu

Cape Chikyu (地球岬) is a beauty spot in Muroran city. With Cape Soya and Kaiyoudai, it is famous as a tourist spot that the earth looks round. It got the first place in "100 Nature Selections in Hokkaido (Asahi Shimbun, 1985)" and "You Chose Hokkaido Beauty Spots (Hokkaido Postal Service, 1986)". The first place attest popular spot. A little less than 100,000 tourists come now. Article is here

View from Obseravatory Deck
Cape Chikyu

Cape Chikyu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Cape Chikyu

Kaiyodai Observatory

Kaiyodai Observatory (開陽台展望台) in Nakashibetsu town is located in the northwest part of Nemuro city. There is a circular building on a hilltop with 270 m in height, 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. In addition, there is Yoroushi Onsen (養老牛温泉) near the Kaiyodai Observatory. Article is here

View from Kaiyodai Observatory
Kaiyodai Observatory

Atmosphere of Kaiyodai Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kaiyodai Observatory

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