[Cape Kamui in Shakotan] Beautiful Blue Sea and Terrible Steep Cliffs
April 4th, 2016
Cape Kamui (神威岬) is a cape with steep cliff jutting out into the Sea of Japan from Shakotan Peninsula (積丹半島) in Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-national Park, and is one of 3 major tourist attractions together with Cape Ogorn (黄金岬) and Shimamui Beach (島武意海岸) in the Shakotan Peninsula. The kamui means a god in Ainu language. The distance is around 1.5 km away from a traffic gate along National Route to the end of a road, and there are a public parking lot, a public restroom and a rest house named Kamui-Banya (カムイ番屋). A restraunt and a souvenir shop are at the building, and seafood rice bowls or a soft serve ice cream can be eaten. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Kamui-misaki Lighthouse (神威岬灯台) is on the tip of the cape, and tourists can look over Kamuiiwa rock and the Sea of the Japan (日本海) from there. A trail called Charenka Path (チャレンカの小道) with about 800 m in total length is built at 80 m above see level from an entrance to the tip, but this is a considerably thrilling trail. It is a terrible trail for people with acrophobia. Because the tourists can look over the whole Cape Kamui on a hill even if people do not go to the tip, people with acrophobia may be enough to enjoy a beautiful scenery on the hill. A ruin of former radio tower is built on the hill, too.
The Cape Shakotan is famous for Sea Urchin Rice Bowl (ウニ丼), and is well-known for tasty sea food, too. Misaki (みさき), Nakamuraya (中村屋), Uminoya (海のや), Iida (いい田), Shokudo Ushio (食堂うしお), Rinko (鱗晃) and Rinko-so (鱗晃荘) are popular in particular. I ate the sea urchin rice bowl at the Misaki, and it was taty. In addition, Misaki-no-Yu Shakotan (岬の湯しゃこたん) is between the Cape Kamui and Shimamui Coast, and visitors can take a day trip bath. The Cape Kamui from the open-air bath is very good. By the way, Highway Bus Shakotan-go (高速しゃこたん号) runs between Sapporo and Cape Kamui from April 21 to October 21.
Shimamui Coast (島武意海岸) is a superb coast chosen as "100 Best Beaches in Japan (日本の渚・百選)" in Cape Shakotan (積丹岬). Tourists can look over the Shimamui Coast from cliffs at about 100 m above sea level, and it is splendid. The tourists will take their breath away toward a scenery under their eyes after passing through a tunnel and approaching to an exit. There are 2 observatory places in a neighborhood of exit and the tourists can look over. Furthermore, it takes about 10 minutes from an observatory deck to the shore on foot. It is hard to go down stairways because the stairways are rough, but visitors can see the beautiful sea up close. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Cape Ogon (黄金岬) is adjacent to Bikuni Port (美国港) and is famous as a place looking at the beautiful setting sun. It takes about 10 minutes from 3 starting points through Chasina Trail (チャシナの小道) with about 400 m in length to Ogon-Misaki Observatory (黄金岬展望台) on foot. The Bikuni port, Takara Island (宝島), Gome Island (ゴメ島), ranging capes of Shakotan Peninsula (積丹半島) can be looked over on a two-storied observatory at 30-40 above sea level. The blue sea looks very beautiful, and visitors can enjoy a scenery enough even in the daytime. Admission free. As for a parking lot, the visitors can park their cars on Shakotan Sightseeing Center (積丹観光協会) freely. Article is here
Shakotan Onsen (積丹温泉) in Shakotan town is a hot-spring place at the tip of Shakotan Peninsula, and Misaki-no-Yu Shakotan (岬の湯しゃこたん) beside Nozuka Primary School (野塚小学校) is built on a hill at 43 m above sea level. There are Cape Kamui (神威岬) and Shimamui Coast (島武意海岸) that are representative famous sightseeing spots of Hokkaido around the Shakotan Onsen. Nozuka Campsite (野塚野営場) is close to the Shakotan Onsen, too. The Cape Shakotan is famous for Sea Urchin Rice Bowl (ウニ丼), and is well-known for tasty sea food, too. Misaki (みさき), Nakamuraya (中村屋), Rinko (鱗晃) and Rinko-so (鱗晃荘) are popular in particular. Unfortunately, convenience stores are not built. Nonstop buses do not run from the Shakotan Onsen to Sapporo or Otaru. Article is here
Sea Urchin Rice Bowl
Misaki (みさき) is a restaurant in Shakotan and was founded in 1973. An owner is a fisherman and is famous for eating a seafood dish. It opens only during summer season (from late April to October). Because a fresh sea urchin can be eaten from mid June when the sea urchin fishing is released, visitors seem to increase. Because it started a bussiness at 09:00, 6 groups of visitors have already lined up when I arrived around 08:40. It is really popular. Article is here
A goddess named Charenka (チャレンカ) that was a jealous goddess used to live here in the Ainu period, and the Cape Kamui used to be forbidden to enter because she got jealous with women on ships, and made the sea was stormy. So Nyoninkinsei-no-Mon (女人禁制の門) has been built. Of course, it is a superstition, and women can enter here.
The Charenka Path (チャレンカの小道) with about 800 m in total length is built at 80 m above see level from the Nyoninkinsei-no-Mon to the tip, but this is a considerably thrilling trail. It is a terrible trail for people with acrophobia. It takes about 30 minutes from a parking lot to the tip on foot. You may be tired because of a difference of elevation, so you should wear comfortable shoes. The Kamui-misaki Lighthouse (神威岬灯台) is on the tip and the Kamuiiwa rock can be seen. A bus guide that happened to be there said "June is the best season". Yezo daylily are full in bloom, and it goes well with the Cape Kamui and the blue sea.
Mizunashi-no-Tateiwa Rock (水無の立岩) and Nenbutsu Tunnel (念仏トンネル) can be seen in the distance on the way while walking to enjoy the blue sea. The Mizunashi-no-Tateiwa Rock was named after fresh water that does not gush out if people dig in the ground from there to the Cape Kamui. * Mizunashi means "there is not fresh water" in Japanese. The rock looks like the fat rock from the cape, but it looks like the slender rock from the beach. Its shape has a good reputation. The Nenbutsu Tunnel is a former path to the Kamumi-misaki Lighthouse, and is a hanmade cave, too. It was named after a prayer to Buddha. * Nenbutsu means "a prayer to the Buddha" in the Japanese. Local people dug the tunnel from both sides, but it was not bored through a cliff because wrong points were dug. When a certain worker chanted the prayer to the Buddha with ringing a bell, a right route became clear, and it was bored through a cliff. But it is a famous suicide spot, and ghosts seem to appear. Both places are out of bounds at present.
The Kamumi-misaki Lighthouse and Kamumi-misaki Lookout (神威岬展望台) are on the tip of the cape. The height of the two-tone white and gray painted lighthouse is around 12 m, and it is the 5th oldest lighthouse in Hokkaido. Sunken rocks such as the Kamuiiwa Rock and Menokoiwa Rock (メノコ岩) can be seen from Kamumi-misaki Lookout beside the lighthouse. A view of the rocks floating above the blue sea is one of good places to take pictures in the Cape Kamui.
Atmosphere of Cape Kamui Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking lot is provided (300 Cars)|
|Business hours||08:00-sunset * There is a gate.|
|Regular closing day||Open year all round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||932 583 036*65|
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Cape Kamui. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Refore Shakotan Youth Hostel(リフォレ積丹 ユースホステル)||
A page of Shakotan Peninsula is here