- July 8th, 2014
[Cape Ochiishi in Nemuro] Scenery Like Europe and One of 3 Major Secret Capes in Hokkaido
Cape Ochiishi (落石岬) is a cape in the southwestern part of Nemuro city, and is one of the 3 major secret capes in Hokkaido together with Cape Ofuyu (雄冬岬) and Cape Chikyu (地球岬), and is about 20 km far away from the downtown of the Nemuro. There are Ochiishi Marshland (落石湿原), Ninoushichashi Ruins (ニノウシチャシ跡), Afuramoichashi Ruins (アフラモイチャシ跡) and Megane-rocks (眼鏡岩) near the Cape Ochiishi. The top of about 40 m altitude cliffs is relatively flat, and it is like Kiritappu (霧多布). Ochiishimisaki Lighthouse (落石岬灯台) that has been chosen as one of "50 Best Lighthouses in Japan" is built there, and only the lighthouse on the cliffs can be seen from the sea side, but a good scenery such as the lighthouse on the marshland from the land side can be enjoyed. Sakai Azalea that has been designed as a national nature treasure can be seen only here in Japan. The best season to see is about mid June. Admission free. A bio-toilet is built near an entrance of a gate.
Ochiishi Fishing Port (落石漁港) is close to the Cape Ochiishi, and restaurants nearby the port are Taiyo Shokudo (太陽食堂) and Asahi Shokudo (朝日食堂). Inoue Store (井上ストア) is also near the port, but a convenience store is not built. 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.
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
Ochiishi Marshland and Ochiishi Lighthouse
Ochiishi-misaki Pass (おちいし岬パス) is set to enjoy a footpath from Ochiishi Station to the Cape Ochiishi. It takes about 3 hours on foot. But most of visitors come here by their cars because cars are allowed to come close near the entrance of the Ochiishi Marshland. It is hard to reach to the tip of the Cape Ochiishi, so walking to the Ochiishi Lighthouse is popular. It takes about 20 - 30 minutes on foot anyway. After parking cars on the shoulder of a road, the visitors walk while looking at Old Ochiishi Radio Station (落石無線送信所跡), and arrive at an entrance of a wooden path. A lot of Yezo Deers appear in grassland, and a typical scenery of the Hokkaido can be seen.
The Old Ochiishi Radio Station is used as Ryoji Ikeda Studio (池田良二スタジオ) at presnt, and Ochiishi Plan (落石計画), an art event, is held between 5days in mid August, and the building opens to the public.
The visitors have to walk along 615 m length straight wooden path. After passing a forest of Picea Glehnii that reminds me of primitive Earth, spacious marshland comes into sight. I am not sure if that is why, but trees do not grow. So various views can be enjoyed.
Before I reached to the Ochiishi Lighthouse, a fox appeared on the wooden path. It seems that this wooden path is an animal trail. Such meeting is fun. After passing the trees, a very good view comes into sight, and I love it. The sea and the cliffs can be viewed near the Ochiishimisaki Lighthouse, and wild flowers can enjoyed, too. There is also a path from here to the Cape Ochiishi. But the ground sometimes may be covered with mud, so the visitors had better wear shoes that can get dirty or long boots. By the way, I did not see anyone on the wooden path, so comfortable nature could be enjoyed without crowding.
Atmosphere of Cape Ochiishi Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||A Parking lot is not provided * Pull over to the shoulder|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||1043 269 719*03|
List of Activities
Ochiishi Nature Cruise is held. Refer to following website for the activity. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
Ochiishi Nature Cruise
|Ochiishi Nature Cruise(落石ネイチャークルーズ)||
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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