- July 8th, 2014
[Cape Nosappu in Nemuro] Sky, Sea and Meadow Spread over in Easternmost Tip of Japan Mainland
Cape Nosappu (納沙布岬) is a cape in the eastern part of Nemuro city, and was named after "A place that the cape is like jutting out a chin" in Ainu language. As its name suggests, the cape is at the tip of Nemuro Peninsula, and is well-known as the easternmost tip in Japan mainland, and a lot of tourists come to view a scenery such as 4 northern islands (北方四島) and Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島). The Cape Nosappu is also famous as a place to see the earliest morning sun in the Japan, and is crowded with visitors to watch the first sunrise on New Year's Day. First Sunrise of a New Year in Cape Nosappu (納沙布岬初日詣) is held in January 1. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
A lot of songs have used the Cape Nosappu as a motif, and Ms. Lee Sung Ae (李成愛), Ms. Mirei Kitahara (北原ミレイ), Ms. Hako Yamasaki (山崎ハコ), Tunnels (とんねるず), Mr. Kenichi Mikawa (美川憲一) sing a song related with the Cape Nosappu. I think that it attracts Japanese people. Nosappu-misaki Lighthouse (納沙布岬灯台), Aurora Tower (オーロラタワー), Linking Bridge of Four Northern Islands (四島の架け橋), Hoppoukan Hall (北方館) and Bokyo-no-Ie (望郷の家) are built at the site, and there are a sightseeing center, restaurants, souvenir shpos and a public restroom, too. Especially, Suzuki Shokudo (鈴木食堂) that serve Raw Saury Rice Bowl (生さんま丼) has a good reputation.
The cape is about 25 km far away from the downtown of the Nemuro city, and views along the roads are so beautiful. Trees hardly grow up because it is so windy in the Nemuro Peninsula, and the ground is covered with grass, and milk cows and horses native to Hokkaidoa can be seen on various meadows. A scenery such as a typical Hokkaido spreads over, and Hokkaido enthusiast can not help enjoying.
By the way, Express Aurora-go (オーロラ号), an express bus, runs between Sapporo and the Nemuro, and Limited Express Nemuro-go (特急ねむろ号), an express bus, runs between the Kushiro and the Nemuro. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Nemuro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Nemuro Station.
Raw Saury Rice Bowl
Suzuki Shokudo (鈴木食堂) is a popular restraunt in Cape Nosappu, Nemuro city, and is famous as easternmost restraunt in Japan and is known for an originator of Raw Saury Rice bowl (生さんま丼). In addition, they sell live Hanasaki crab at the restraunt and visitors seem to be able to eat the Hanasaki crab sashimi, too. Read More
Nemuro (根室) that about 26,000 people live in is the 26th largest fishery city in Hokkaido, and one of regional hub cities of the East Hokkaido area, and is the easternmost port town in Japan. The Nemuro has 4 ports, Nemuro Port (根室港), Hanasaki Port (花咲港), Ochiishi Fishing Port (落石漁港) and Habomai Fishing Port (歯舞漁港), and it is famous for catching Hanasaki Crab (花咲ガニ) and Saury, and a catch of the saury is the largest in the Japan. As for a climate, the Nemuro faces the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pcific Ocean, so a wind blows hard. Average annual temperature is 6 degrees, and it is chilly in a summer, and it does not snow hard in a winter. Various things such as Cape Nosappu (納沙布岬) is the easternmost in the Japan, so visitors know the joy of the easternmost things in the Japan. It is a good point to see the earliest sunrise in the Japan, too. In addition, It is said that the Nemuro is famous for coming the last Cherry Blossom Front, and is one of latest cherry blossoming places in the Japan. Read More
List of Tourist Attractions in Cape Nosappu
There are the Nosappu-misaki Lighthouse, the Aurora Tower with 96 m in height, the Linking Bridge of Four Northern Islands with 13 m in height and the Hoppoukan Hall. My visited places are as follows.
The Nosappu-misaki Lighthouse built in 1872 is the oldest lighthouse in the Hokkaido, and is on a cliff at about 10 m above sea level in the tip of the Nemuro Peninsula. Its height is about 14 m. The lighthouse from the side is like a milk transport can, and I think that it has a retro atmosphere. Mr. Richard Henry Brunton called "Father of Japanese Lighthouse" designed the Nosappu-misaki Lighthouse as the first Western-style lighthouse in the Japan, and it has been chosen as one of 50 Best Lighthouses in the Japan. Although ordinary people can not enter the inside of the lighthouse, visitors are allowed to reach to the tip of the cliff. Suisho Island (水晶島), Odoke Island (オドケ島), Moemoshiri Island (萌茂尻島) and Akiyuri Island (秋勇留島) can be viewed, and Sea-otters and whales seem to be also seen if you are lucky. By the way, a fishing port is near here, and sea tangle is dried on stones.
Atmosphere of Cape Nosappu Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (70 cars)|
|Business hour||Open 24 hours * Facilities 09:00-17:00 * It changes on the period<|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||952 158 854*72|
List of Events
First Sunrise of a New Year in Cape Nosappu is held.
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Nemuro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Nemuro 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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