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[Cape Azechi in Hamanaka] Floating Islands with Superb View Is Famous for Kelp Fishing Boats and Hanamizuki

April 5th, 2016

Cape Azechi

Cape Azechi (アゼチの岬) is a cape jutting out into the Pacific Ocean in the western edge of Kiritappu Peninsula (霧多布半島), Hamanaka town is located between Kushiro city and Nemuro city, and was named after Mr. Azechi (畦地) that used to live. Kojima Island (小島), Gome Island (ゴメ島) and Kenbokki Island (嶮暮帰島) floating in Gulf of Biwase (琵琶瀬湾) can be seen from a steep cliff with about 40 m in height. There is nothing with disturbing views, and the superb view can be enjoyed. Here is a shooting place for Japanese Movie "Hanamizuki (ハナミズキ)" that Ms. Yui Aragaki (新垣結衣) and Mr. Toma Ikuta (生田斗真) played the leading characters. Seabird named Fratercula cirrhata (エトピリカ), a endangered specie, seems to build a nest on uninhabited island around here, too. Azechi-misaki Lookout (アゼチ岬展望台), a garden, a parking lot and a public restroom are built on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Cape Azechi
Cape Azechi in Kiritappu, Hamanaka

Movie of Hanamizuki

Parking Lot and Restroom
Cape Azechi in Kiritappu, Hamanaka

The distance is around 1 km away from the center of the Hamanaka, and restaurants, a cafe and a convenience store are built there. Cape Kiritappu (霧多布岬), Kiritappu Observation Deck (きりたっぷ展望台), Kiritappu-misaki Campsite (霧多布岬キャンプ場), Yufutsu-misaki Lighthouse (湯沸岬灯台) and Kiritappu Onsen Yuyu (霧多布温泉ゆうゆ) are near here. The Hamanaka is famous for Haagen-Dazs using Choice Hokkaido 4.0 Milk (特選・北海道4.0牛乳) of Takanashi Milk Products (タカナシ乳業), and a soft serve ice cream using that milk is sold at Corp Hamanaka (コープはまなか), and it is so popular. By the way, a day trip onsen is available at the Kiritappu Onsen Yuyu.

Kiritappu Onsen Yuyu (Source: Hamanaka Town Office)
Cape Azechi in Kiritappu, Hamanaka
Kiritappu-misaki Campsite (Source: Hamanaka Town Office)
Cape Azechi in Kiritappu, Hamanaka

Cape Kiritappu

Cape Kiritappu (霧多布岬) is a cape jutting out into the Pacific Ocean in the eastern edge of Kiritappu Peninsula (霧多布半島), Hamanaka town is located between Kushiro city and Nemuro city, and its formal name is Cape Yufutsu (湯沸岬). Another name is Cape Tokkari (トッカリ岬) because Tokkari that means an earless seal in Ainu language are sometimes seen around the cape. The earless seals inhabit Hokakeiwa Rock (帆掛岩) indeed. Steep cliffs with 40-60 m in height extend, and the strong wind and angry waves from the Pacific ocean create this strange topography. Sceneries from here are good, too, and here is a shooting place for Japanese Movie "Hanamizuki (ハナミズキ)" that Ms. Yui Aragaki (新垣結衣) and Mr. Toma Ikuta (生田斗真) played the leading characters. In addition, a song "Cape Kiritappu" sung by Ms. Atsuko Asada (浅田あつこ), a Japanese enka singer, uses here as a motif. Yufutsu-misaki Lighthouse (湯沸岬灯台) is on the Cape Kiritappu, and Kiritappu-misaki Observation Deck (霧多布岬展望台), Kiritappu-misaki Campsite (霧多布岬キャンプ場) and Etopirikamura (えとぴりか村) are near here. Article is here

Cape Yufutsu
Kiritappumisaki Observatory in Hamanaka

Around Kiritappu

Kiritappu (霧多布) is in Hamanaka town located between Kushiro city and Nemuro city. "Kiri (霧)" of Kiritappu means "Fog" in Japanese. It is said that the name of the Kiritappu means "A place that a lot of fog occur". But the true origin of the name is "A place that people cut miscanthus reed (茅を刈る場所)" in the Ainu language. The name is happen to get the fog. Temperature rarely exceeds 20 degrees, and it is chilly by the fog even in a summer. There are famous tourist attractions such as Cape Kiritappu (霧多布岬), Cape Azechi (アゼチの岬) and Kiritappu Wetland (霧多布湿原) to see superb views, and Namidamisaki Observatoion Deck (涙岬展望台) and Chanai Rakuno Observatoion Tower (茶内酪農展望台) are a little far from the Kiritappu, but those are tourist atractions with very good views. By the way, Japanese movie "Hanamizuki (ハナミズキ)" that Mr. Nobuhiro Doi (土井裕泰) produced, and Ms. Yui Aragaki (新垣結衣), a popular actress, and Mr. Toma Ikuta (生田斗真), a popular actor, played the leading characters was filmed in Kiritappu Peninsula. Article is here

Miscanthus Reed Grow Thick
Kiritappu Wetland, Hamanaka

Azechi-misaki Lookout

Azechi-misaki Lookout is an open space on the hillside of the Cape Azechi. Visitors can look over the Kojima Island, the Gome Island , the Kenbokki Island, the Pacific Ocean and a direction for Kiritappu wetland (霧多布湿原). A conbination of the blue sea, the blue sky and green islands is very beautiful if the weather is good. A conbination of a group of kelp fishing boats and the scanery is very good, too. In addition, the sunset looks beautiful here. By the way, the left side is the Kojima Island and the right side is Gome Island like rocks, and the depth is the Kenbokki Island. As for the Kenbokki Island, Mr. Masanori Hata (畑正憲) ever established Mutsugoro Animal Kingdom (ムツゴロウ王国) there.

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Path to Lookout
Cape Azechi in Kiritappu, Hamanaka
Lookout
Cape Azechi in Kiritappu, Hamanaka
Gulf of Biwase
Cape Azechi in Kiritappu, Hamanaka
Kojima Island (Left Side) and Gome Island (Right Side)
Cape Azechi in Kiritappu, Hamanaka
Kojima Island, Gome Island and Kenbokki Island
Cape Azechi in Kiritappu, Hamanaka
Group of Kelp Fishing Boats (Source: Hamanaka Town Office)
Cape Azechi in Kiritappu, Hamanaka
Kenbokki Island (Source: Hamanaka Town Office)
Cape Azechi in Kiritappu, Hamanaka

Atmosphere of Cape Azechi Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Cape Azechi

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (20 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-153-62-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 614 525 899*67

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Kiritappu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Ryokan Kurimoto(旅館 くりもと)
Booking
Minshuku Misaki(民宿 岬) Only Tel:+81-153-62-2367
Kawamura Ryokan(川村旅館) Only Tel:+81-153-62-2326
Etopirikamura(えとぴりか村)
Booking
Minshuku Bankamu(民宿 伴架夢) Only Tel:+81-153-62-2159
Shoku-no-Yado Kiritappuri(食の宿 霧多布里)
Jalan
Minshuku Watanabe(民宿 わたなべ)
Booking
Minshuku Yorimichi(民宿 より道) Only Tel:+81-153-62-3359
Minshuku Tama-no-Kawa(民宿 玉の川) Only Tel:+81-153-65-2224
Pension Porch(ペンション ポーチ)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Shukubo Cabanon(宿房 樺のん)
Booking
Poroto-annaisha(ポロト案内舎)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

A page of Kiritappu is here

Kiritappu

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