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History and Rocky Coast Are One of Most Great in Hokkaido -Kamome Island in Esashi-

October 8th, 2016

Kamome Island (かもめ島) with about 20 m in height and about 2.6 km in circumference is a land-tied island in the Esashi town located in the northwest part of Hakodate city and it was named because of its shape resembled a gull. It is used as a port of Kitamae-bune (北前船 * cargo ships that sailed the Japan Sea during the Edo period), and ruins of moored Kitamae-bune (北前船係留跡) in old days is left now. Battleship "Kaiyomaru (開陽丸)" of the late Tokugawa period sank off Esashi was restored and is displayed near the Kamome Island. Visitors can observe this ship for admission fee. Walking paths are built around the island, and Kamomejima Lighhouse (鴎島灯台), Heishiiwa Rock (瓶子岩), Senjojiki Coast (千畳敷), Former Well for Sailor Drinking (北前船飲用井戸), Remained Fort (砲台跡) and Footprints of Benkei (弁慶の足跡) are must-see tourist spots. It takes from 30 minutes to 60 minutes to go around on foot. Free admission. A parking lot is free of charge.

Torii
Kamome Island in Esashi
Heishiiwa Rock and Torii in Sea
Kamome Island in Esashi

Heishiiwa Rock is a rock of approximately 10 m in height and is known for having a legend. Herrings was kept on poor catching in Esashi that was famous for herring fishing about 500 years ago. An old woman called Orii poured water of a Sake bottle into the sea, then the herrings came in a group, and she saved Esashi people. It is said that the Sake bottle became reversed and turned to stone. In Old Stories of Japan, an old tale is made.

Heishiiwa Rock
Kamome Island in Esashi
Kaiyomaru Can Be Seen
Kamome Island in Esashi
4 Continuous Bridge
Kamome Island in Esashi
Wooden Path Is Built on Sea
Kamome Island in Esashi
Kaiyomaru and Heishiiwa Rock
Kamome Island in Esashi

Originally Kamome Island was Esashi Port. Because severe wind and rain attacked it from an oceana wide expanse of sea, the island was used as a natural windbreak and Kitamae-bune were anchored in the Esashi side. There are ruins of moored Kitamae-bune now.

Ruins of Moored Kitamae-bune
Kamome Island in Esashi
Rocky Coast like Floor
Kamome Island in Esashi
Waves Are Rising
Kamome Island in Esashi
Stairway Is Built on Rocky Coast
Kamome Island in Esashi
Tekaeshi Remained Fort
Kamome Island in Esashi

In the north side of the Kamome Island, it was eroded by the severe wind and rain, and became flat like Tatami. The largest place is called Senjojiki Coast. The state that Esashi people carryed a cherry tree to Senjojiki and had a party is pictured on the surface of "Edo Screen (江戸屏風)" in the middle of Edo period.

Senjojiki Coast
Kamome Island in Esashi
Person That Looks at Senjojiki Coast on Remained Fort
Kamome Island in Esashi
Senjojiki Coast
Kamome Island in Esashi
Island Is Covered by Grass
Kamome Island in Esashi
Mounds
Kamome Island in Esashi

As for Kamomejima Lighthouse, always lighing was established for the Kitamae-bune coming over to Esashi in the late Edo period. A wooden lighthouse was built in 1889 and a concrete lighthouse was rebuilt in 1951. It is known for seeing a beautiful sunset.

Kamomejima Lighhouse
Kamome Island in Esashi
Bell of Happiness
Kamome Island in Esashi
Nice Rocky View
Kamome Island in Esashi
Footprints of Benkei
Kamome Island in Esashi
Kinetsuka Remained Fort
Kamome Island in Esashi
Deep Hollow
Kamome Island in Esashi
This Is Rocky Coast. Not Senjojiki Coast
Kamome Island in Esashi
Remained Fort
Kamome Island in Esashi
Kaiyomaru
Kamome Island in Esashi
Former Well for Sailor Drinking
Kamome Island in Esashi

Atmosphere of Kamome Island Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kamome Island

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (100 cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-139-52-4815
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 1108 104 725*33

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Kamome Island.

Tabiniwa Kuki(旅庭 群来)
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Jalan
Hotel New Esashi(ホテルニューエサシ)
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