[Charatsunai Observation Deck in Muroran] Strange Shaped Rocks and Blue Sea Cane be Viewed
May 15th, 2017
Charatsunai Observation Deck
Charatsunai Observation Deck (チャラツナイ展望台) is a beauty spot at about 80 m above sea level on the outer beach of Etomo Peninsula (絵鞆半島) in the south part of Muroran city, and is located between Cape Chikyu (地球岬) and Muroran City Office (室蘭市役所). The Charatsunai named after Chararuse-Nai (チャラルセ・ナイ) in Ainu language, and means "A stream flow like falls". There is still the stream actually. A monument for this place naming after is built on the site, too. The Charatsunai Observation Deck is not famous, so few people come. But a view with strange shaped rocks and blue sea is very good. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
Cape Chikyu (地球岬) is a scenic spot in the southernmost tip of Etomo Peninsula (絵鞆半島) in Muroran city, and is one of 3 major tourist attractions that the globe looks round in Hokkaido together with Cape Soya (宗谷岬) and Kaiyoudai (開陽台), and is one of 3 major secret capes in Hokkaido together with Cape Ofuyu (雄冬岬) and Cape Ochiishi (落石岬), too. It got the first place in "100 Nature Selections in Hokkaido (北海道の自然100選 * Asahi Shimbun, 1985)" and "You Chose Hokkaido Beauty Spots (あなたが選ぶ北海道景勝地 * Hokkaido Postal Service, 1986)". The first place attest the popular spot. More than 100,000 tourists come at present. Admmission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Muroran (室蘭) that 90,000 people live is the 11th largest city in Hokkaido and is located in the central Hokkaido and is facing the Pacific ocean. Muroran has a relatively calm climate, it is cold with temperatures 20 degrees in a summer, it is warm with temperatures -2 degrees in a winter. Muroran is called Iron Town and developed as a port town of heavy and chemical industries. It is famous that there are factories of Nippon Steel Sumikin (新日鉄住金) and Japan Steel Works (日本製鋼所), As for Kanamoto (カナモト * the TSE First Section presentation) and Narasaki Industry (ナラサキ産業 * the TSE Second Section presentation), Muroran is an establishment of a business place. Therefore Muroran is a few town that vistors can unusually see a scenery of the factories in Hokkaido. Muroran Night View is popular, too. Article is here
Look of Charatsunai Observation Deck
It takes about 5 minutes from the parking lot to the observation deck on foot, and some benches are set there, so visitors can take a break. In addition, strange shaped rocks and beautiful blue sea can be viewed. The largest strange shaped rock was named Mukaru-iso (ムカル・イソ) that means Masakari-iwa rock (マサカリ岩 * broadaxe rock) in Ainu language in the strange shaped rocks. But, unfortunately, it is not seen from land side. The Masakari-iwa rock has a square hole, and a small boat could go in and out the hole at high tide, so people called Mado-iwa rock (窓岩 * a window rock) in old days. People believed the hole was conected with Mt. Horai (蓬莱山) because of the hole facing east later, the Mado-iwa rock is instilled to be named Horaimon (蓬莱門) now. I do not know that the Mt. Horai is related to something facing east.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking lot is provided|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||159 308 133*71|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Charatsunai Observation Deck. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Muroran Youth Hostel(室蘭ユースホステル)||
|Hotel Muroran Hills(ホテル室蘭ヒルズ)|
|Muroran Prince Hotel(室蘭プリンスホテル)|
A page of Muroran is here