- April 4th, 2016
[Cape Kamui in Shakotan] Beautiful Blue Sea and Terrible Steep Cliffs
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 Coast (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.
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 Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-national Park, and is one of 3 major tourist attractions together with Cape Kamui (神威岬) and Cape Ogorn (黄金岬) in the Shakotan Peninsula. Shimamui means "Rocky inlet" in Ainu language. A public restroom, a public drinking fountain and a restraunt named Rinko (鱗晃) are built around a public parking lot. 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. Read More
Cape Ogon (黄金岬) is a cape jutting out into the Sea of Japan in Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-national Park, and is adjacent to Bikuni Port (美国港), and is one of 3 major tourist attractions together with Cape Kamui (神威岬) and Shimamui Coast (島武意海岸) in the Shakotan Peninsula. Bikuni used to be flourished by herrings, and a lookout for the herrings used to be built on the cape, and the Cape Ogon was named after the shoals of the herrings glowed gold in the sunset. The Ogon means "Gold color" in Japanese. At present, Ogon-Misaki Observation Deck (黄金岬展望台) is built at about 30 m above sea level, and the Bikuni Port, Mt. Shakotandake (積丹岳), Takara Island (宝島), Gome Island (ゴメ島) and ranging capes of the Shakotan Peninsula can be seen. Admission free. As for a parking lot, the visitors can park their cars at Shakotan Tourist Information Office (積丹観光協会) freely. By the way, In the Bikuni Port, Underwater Cruise Ship New Shakotan-go (水中展望船★ニューしゃこたん号) that can see the blue sea in the sea is in serve.Read More
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.
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. Read More
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. Read More
As for public transport, Chuo Bus (中央バス) controls the Shiretoko Peninsula, Highway Bus Shakotan-go (高速しゃこたん号) runs between Sapporo and Cape Kamui from April 21 to October 21. Highway Bus Yoichi-go (高速よいち号) runs between the Sapporo and the Yoichi, and Highway Bus Iwanai-go (高速いわない号) runs between the Sapporo and the Iwanai. In addition, Summer One-day Sightseeing Tour Bus and Autumn One-day Sightseeing Tour Bus run from the Sapporo to the Shakotan Peninsula.
Shakotan Peninsula (積丹半島) is a peninsula located in the northwestern direction of Otaru city, and has been designated as Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National Park (ニセコ積丹小樽海岸国定公園) because of a precious complicated coastline with steep cliffs. The sea of the Shakotan is very beautiful, and looks clear blue, so everybody call Shakotan Blue (シャコタンブルー). A traffic used to be inconvenient in the old days, and tourists rarely visited here. People are easy to access the Shakotan Peninsula as well as Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島) at present, but it is called an unexplored region because it would not develop very much. Read More
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|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Cape Kamui. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Shakotan Peninsula is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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