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Legend of Benkei and Beautiful View Make Idea for Benkei -Cape Benkei in Suttsu-

April 30th, 2017

Cape Benkei (弁慶岬) is a scenic spot at about 50 m above sea level in Suttsu and is known for a good view. Visitors can see complex rocky shore and Shakotan Peninsula (積丹半島). There are walking paths and Benkei-misaki Lighthouse (弁慶岬灯台) on the site, and a combination of of the red and white two tone lighthouse and the sea is so beautiful. There is the rocky shore like Senjojiki Rocks (千畳敷) in Esashi around Masadomari Fishing Port (政泊漁港), and many anglers come. There is Benkei-misaki Parking Lot (弁慶岬駐車場) on Cape Benkei, too, and a restroom and a rest station is provided. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Statue of Benkei and Benkei-misaki Lighthouse
Cape Benkei in Suttsu

Name of Cape Benkei come from the legends of Yoshitune Minamoto (源義経) party that ran away to Hokkaido around 1190. Musashibo Benkei (武蔵坊弁慶), Yoshitune Minamoto's family and followers, saw the sea to wait for the arival of Hitachibo Kaison (常陸坊海尊) with reinforcements on this cape every day, so Ainu people seemed to name Cape Benkei. By the way, the Hitachibo Kaison did not appear, and the Yoshitune Minamoto with his family and followers seem to go away here. Western Hokkaido has some legends of the Yoshitune Minamoto. On the other hand, there is the legend that the Ainu people living around here called rocky opening on the tip of the cape "Berukei (ベルケイ)", too, so it was named Benkei. The legend of the Yoshitune Minamoto is just legend, and I guess that the latter is true.

Close-up Statue of Benkei
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
Benkei-misaki Lighthouse
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
View from Cape Benkei
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
Shakotan Peninsula Come into Sight
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
I Look at Suttsu Town
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
Angler on Rocky Shore
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
Berukei?
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
Benkei-misaki Lighthouse
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
Entrance of Masadomari Fishing Port
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
Walking Path on Cape Benkei
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
I Look at Statue of Benkei from Lighthouse Side
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
Gazebo
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
Rest Station
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
Restroom
Cape Benkei in Suttsu

When I bought Wakasayaimo (わやさやいも) and Benkei (弁慶) at Wakasayashinise (若狭屋老舗), a wife of an owner told me that Benkei was designed in the motif of here. There was a stall at the rest station in the old days, and sweets of the Wakasayashinise were sold. Since I was here in the Suttsu, I planated to eat the Benkei on the Cape Benkei. The Benkei was tasty, too!

Benkei Is Produced by Wakasayashunise
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
White Chocolate-covered Baked Sweets
Cape Benkei in Suttsu
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (92 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-136-75-7201
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 797 863 575*00

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Suttsu.

Kozenan(港前庵)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Fuka(民宿 風花)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Rokujokan(民宿 六条館)
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Rakuten
Yugo-no-Yado(湯郷の宿)
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Rakuten
Drive Inn Yukinai(ドライブイン ユーキナイ)
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Rakuten
Pension Mellow(ペンション メロー)
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Rakuten

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