• July 8th, 2014
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[Kurumaishi in Nemuro] Valuable Radial Joints in World and Superb View

Kurumaishi

Kurumaishi (車石) is strange shaped rocks under Hanasaki Lighthouse (花咲灯台) in the southernern part of Nemuro city, and is about 6 km away from the downtown of the Nemuro. The Hanasaki Lighthouse is built near an entrance of the Hanasaki Port (花咲港), and a foundatio of the lighthouse is made of scraggy basalt, and a part of those is the Kurumaishi. As for the Kurumaishi, Lava was cooled about 65 million years ago, and about 7.5 m width basalt developed radially, and it turned into the strange shaped rocks. It has been designated as a national monument since 1939. Because it looked like a shape of a wheel, It is also called wheel stone. * Kuruma means "a wheel or a tire" in Japanese, and ishi means "a stone or a rock" in Japanese. This case example is very rare in the world, and the Kurumaishi is one of the most famous radial joints in the world together with Ulleungdo Island (鬱陵島) in South Korea, and it seems to be valuable academically. The state covered with scraggy basalt is a strange view, and tourists can enjoy a mysterious scene. Around here is developed as a park, and a parking lot and a public restroom are built. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Kurumaishi
Nemuro, Kurumaishi
Wheel-Stone-Shaped Restroom
Nemuro, Kurumaishi

It takes about 5 minutes from the parking lot to the Hanasaki Lighthouse on foot, and Yururi Island (ユルリ島) and Pacific ocean can be viewed near the lighthouse on cliffs at about 25 m above sea level. Views from here are comfortable, and a scenery of the Hanasaki Port is very good. Color of the sea is beautiful, too. The Hanasaki Lighthouse was built in 1890, and two-tone color with white color and red color is outstanding. Its height is about 10 m. The cool lighthouse has been chosen as "50 Best Lighthouses in Japan". Speaking of the Hanasaki, Hanasaki Crab (花咲蟹) is famous. There is Daihachi Shokudo (大八食堂) that tourists can eat the Hanasaki crab near the Hanasaki Port. Homerunyaki Itabashi (ホームラン焼き板橋) that serves Homerunyaki (ホームラン焼き * Japanese pancakes filled with filling such as red bean paste) and Bimien (美味苑) are also close to the port. In addition, Golden Kamuy (ゴールデンカムイ), a popular manga, uses here as the setting.

Hanasaki Lighthouse
Nemuro, Kurumaishi
Hanasaki Lighthouse, Yururi Island and Moyururi Island
Nemuro, Kurumaishi

Movie of Yururi Island

Fishing Boats Sail from Hanasaki Port
Nemuro, Kurumaishi
Hanasaki Lighthouse, Yururi Island and Moyururi Island
Nemuro, Kurumaishi
Hanasaki Lighthouse
Nemuro, Kurumaishi
Hanasaki Port
Nemuro, Kurumaishi
Yururi Island and Moyururi Island
Nemuro, Kurumaishi
Hanasaki Lighthouse
Nemuro, Kurumaishi
Basalt
Nemuro, Kurumaishi

Daihachi Shokudo

Crab Shop and Restraunt Daihachi Shokudo (かに屋めし屋 大八食堂) is a popular restraunt in Hanasaki located in the southern part of Nemuro city. Buildings are adjacent to Hanasaki Port. They sell boiled Hanasaki crabs (花咲蟹) in front of the restraunt. It is famous for eating the Hanasaki crab, and I visited here around 09:00 on weekdays. Read More

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Fried Rice with Crab -Daihachi Shokudo in Nemuro-

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.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Nemuro and the Sapporo or the Kushiro. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Hakodate. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Hokuto Kotsu(北都交通) From Sapporo to Nemuro
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    Hokuto Kotsu(北都交通) From Nemuro to Sapporo
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    Kushiro Kotsu(くしろ交通) From Kushiro to Nemuro
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    Kushiro Kotsu(くしろ交通) From Nemuro to Kushiro
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    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their office is in Nishihama-cho.
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    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is in Nishihama-cho.
    Choinori Rent-a-car(ちょいのりレンタカー) Their office is near the Nemuro Station.
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    NEMURO

    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

    Fishing Boats Sail from Hanasaki Port
    Nemuro, Kurumaishi

    Look of Kurumaishi

    Visitors should go down to the seashore to see the Kurumaishi. A path and steps are built, so it is easy to walk relatively. After going down for about 4-5 m, the seashore is covered with columnar joints. In those, the largest radial rocks are the Kurumaishi. I am interesting that hard stones turned into round shape. The site is not large, so it takes less than 30 minutes to enjoy the columnar joints.

    Path
    Nemuro, Kurumaishi
    Scraggy Basalt
    Nemuro, Kurumaishi
    It Looks as if Extending Scraggy Basalt
    Nemuro, Kurumaishi
    Scraggy Basalt under Path
    Nemuro, Kurumaishi
    Scraggy Basalt
    Nemuro, Kurumaishi
    Kurumaishi
    Nemuro, Kurumaishi
    View from Path
    Nemuro, Kurumaishi
    Hanasaki Lighthouse, Yururi Island and Moyururi Island
    Nemuro, Kurumaishi
    Land Is Made of Scraggy Basalt
    Nemuro, Kurumaishi

    Atmosphere of Kurumaishi Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Kurumaishi

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (30 cars)
    Business hour Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number +81-153-24-3104
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 423 401 065*22

      List of Activities

      Some activities are held in the Nemuro. Refer to following websites for the activities. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Cruise

      Movie of Ochiishi Nature Cruise


      Movie of Yururi Island Cruise


      Movie of Fisherman Cruise


      Ochiishi Nature Cruise(落石ネイチャークルーズ)
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      Fisherman Cruise(漁師クルーズ)
      ASOVIEW
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      Canoe

      Nemuro Nature Center(根室ネイチャーセンター)

      Wild Bird-watching

      Nemuro Nature Center(根室ネイチャーセンター)

      Footpath

      Nemuro Nature Center(根室ネイチャーセンター)

      List of Accommodations

      Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Nemuro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

        Nemuro Grand Hotel(根室グランドホテル)
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        Hotel Nemuro Kaiyotei(ホテル ねむろ海陽亭)
        Ryokan Nibiki(旅館 二美喜)
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        Shogetsu Ryokan(照月旅館)
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        Oyado Ekuhashi(お宿 エクハシ)
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        Guest House TOMAYA(ゲストハウス TOMAYA)
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        Business Hotel Sanyokan(ビジネスホテル 三洋館)
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        Restaurant Hotel Lupinus(レストラン ホテル ルピナス)
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        East Habor Hotel(イーストハーバーホテル)
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        Nemuro Green Hotel(根室グリーンホテル)
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        Hotel New Nemuro(ホテルニューねむろ)
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        Matsuya Ryokan(まつや旅館)
        Booking
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        Rakuten
        Ryokan Nanae(旅館 七重)
        Booking
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        Rakuten
        Ekimae Ryokan Ebisuya(駅前民宿 えびすや)
        Booking
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        Rakuten
        Minshuku Yonto-no-Ie(民宿 四島の家)
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        Minsyuku Takano(民宿 たかの)
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        Minshuku Tokiwa(民宿 ときわ)
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        Field Inn Furo-so(フィールドイン風露荘)
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        Restraunt and Cottage Lake Sunset(レストラン&コテージ レイクサンセット)
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        Minshuku Furen(民宿 風蓮)
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        Kajika-no-Yado(カジカの宿)
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        Rakuten
        Yasumibanya Shiokaze(休み番屋しおかぜ)
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        Minshuku Iwasaki(民宿岩さき)
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        Kurumaishi Hanasakitei(車石花咲亭)
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        Rakuten
        Minshuku Ippuku(民宿一福)
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        Indian Summer Company Rider House(インディアンサマーカンパニー)
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        Rider House Suzuki(ライダーハウス鈴木)
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        Misaki-no-Eki Rider House(岬の駅)
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        Chikutaku Campsite(築拓キャンプ場)
        Booking
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        Booking.com

        A page of Nemuro is here

        Nemuro

        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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