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October 8th, 2016

Kamome Island

Kamome Island (かもめ島) is a land-tied island in the Esashi town located in the northwest part of Hakodate city, and its elevation is about 20 m, and its circumference is about 2.6 km. The island was named after its shape resembled a gull from the top * The Kamome means "A gull" in English. But the island used to be called "Benten Island (弁天島)" in Edo period, and used to be used as a port of Kitamae-bune (北前船 * cargo ships sailed the Japan Sea during the Edo period), and ruins of moored Kitamae-bune (北前船係留跡) in old days has been left now. A battleship "Kaiyomaru (開陽丸)" of the Tokugawa Shogunate sank off the Esashi is restored, and is displayed near the Kamome Island. Admission fee is JPY 500. Ebisu Bathing Beach (えびす浜海水浴場), Pullato Esashi (ぷらっと江差) and Esashi Port Marina (江差港マリーナ) are built near the island. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Kamome Island
Kamome Island in Esashi

Movie of Kamome Island

Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Esashi, Yamagen (やまげん), Bakery Bekky (ぱんやベッキー) and Gokatteya (五勝手屋本舗) are popular in particular. I ate buckwheat noodles at the Yamagen, and it was tasty. As for onsen, At Esashi Onsen Midorioka-no-Yukko (江差温泉 緑丘の湯っこ), Shigejiro Onsen (繁次郎温泉) and Gorinzawa Onsen (五厘沢温泉), a day trip bathing can be enjoyed. But the Gorinzawa Onsen is a love hotel.

Yamagen

Speaking of Esashi, buckwheat noodles with herring (ニシンそば) is famous. I visited Sobakura Yamagen (そば蔵やまげん) to eat the buckwheat noodles with the herring. It was recommended from my friend. This restaurant is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. Then I have to visit it. Article is here

Buckwheat Noodles with Herring
Buckwheat Noodles with Herring -Yamagen in Esashi-

Look of Kamome Island

Kamomejima Lighhouse (鴎島灯台), Heishiiwa Rock (瓶子岩), Torii (鳥居), Front Baech (前浜), Ebisu Beach (えびす浜), Uma-iwa Rock (馬岩), Former Well for Sailor Drinking (北前船飲用井戸), Esashi Oiwake Music Memorial Stone (江差追分記念碑), an outdoor stage, Itsukushima Srine (厳島神社), Kamomejima Campsite (かもめ島キャンプ場), Tekaeshi Remained Fort (テカエシ台場跡), Kinetsuka Remained Fort (キネツカ台場跡)Senjojiki Coast (千畳敷), Footprints of Benkei (弁慶の足跡), Kamomejima Bathing Beach (かもめ島海水浴場), Bell of Happiness (幸せの鐘), gazebos, a public restroom and a parking lot are built in the Kamome Island. The island is a park, and walks are built, and visitors can go a round for 30-60 minutes. I saw local people taking the dog for a walk, so I guess that here is a place for their relaxation and refreshment. In addition, here is famous as a fishing place, so I saw some anglers, too.

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

The Heishiiwa Rock is a rock of about 10 m height, and is well-known for having a legend. Herrings were kept on poor catching in the Esashi that was famous for herring fishing about 500 years ago. An old woman called "Orii (折居)" 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 int the 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 Bridges
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 used to be Esashi Port. Because severe wind and rain attacked it from an oceana wide expanse of the sea, the island was used as a natural windbreak, and the Kitamae-bune were anchored in the Esashi side. There are ruins of moored Kitamae-bune at present.

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

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

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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 with Grass
Kamome Island in Esashi
Mounds
Kamome Island in Esashi

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

Kamomejima Lighhouse
Kamome Island in Esashi
Bell of Happiness
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 near the Kamome Island. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

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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