- September 5th, 2014
[Muroran] Factory Night Views, Cape Chikyu, Curry Ramen and Muroran Yakitori Are Famous
- List of Night Views
- List of Tourist Attractions
- List of Tasty Foods
- List of Other Tourist Attractions
- List of Activities
- List of Accommodations
Muroran (室蘭) that about 90,000 people live along Pacific Ocean is the 11th largest industrial city in Hokkaido, and is located in the central part of the Hokkaido. The city has a relatively calm climate, and it is cold with temperatures 20 degrees in a summer, and it is warm with temperatures -2 degrees in a winter. The Muroran mean "A place with a small downward slope" in Ainu language. Muroran Port (Another name: Hkucho Gulf) surrounded by Etomo Peninsula (絵鞆半島) is famous for forming a good natural harbor, and has been called "Iron Town" since a long time, and developed as a port town of heavy and chemical industries. 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), here is a establishment of their business place. Therefore the city is a few town that vistors can unusually enjoy a scenery of the factories in Hokkaido, and night views are popular, too.
There are tourist attractions such as Hakucho-Ohashi Bridge (白鳥大橋) across the Muroran port and Cape Chikyu (地球岬) as well as an industrial inheritance in Muroran that about 770,000 tourists visit. The Muroran has superb views in Hokkaido, and unique nature views such as Tokkarisho (トッカリショ) and Itanki Beach (イタンキ浜) are one of the high points of the Muroran. Those nature views are popular for shooting place of Japanese Movie, TV Drama and CM. So visiting the real-life locations is popular, too.
The Muroran is roughly divided into 2 parts, Muroran Station part and Higashi-muroran Station part, and the Muroran Station part is the old town, and the Higashi-muroran Station part is the new town, and the Higashi-muroran Station part grows at present. As for Onsen, the Muroran has no famous onsen, and people can take a day trip onsen at Rakuraku Onsen (楽々温泉) near the Higashi-muroran Station. If you want to enjoy the famous onsen, Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Kitayuzawa Onsen (北湯沢温泉) is easy to access because Noboribetsu city and Date city are adjacent to the Muroran. Speaking of tasty foods of the Muroran, Curry Ramen (カレーラーメン) and Muroran Yakitori (室蘭焼き鳥) are famous. By the way, Muroran Port Festival (むろらん港まつり) is held in late July, and Swan Festa (スワンフェスタ) is held in early September.
Express Muroran-go (高速むろらん号), an express bus, runs between Sapporo and the Muroran, and Express Hayabusa (高速はやぶさ号), an express bus, runs between New Chitose Airport and the Muroran. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Higashi-muroran Station.
List of Night Views
Muroran Night View is one of the 5 major factory night views in Japan. Tourists are attracted to a scenery that looks like a picture drawing the lights of factories and the Hakucho-Ohanshi Bridge across the Muroran port. You will really admire it when you indeed look at the view. Representative night view spots are Hakuchowan Observation Tower (白鳥湾展望台), Hakucho-Ohashi Observation Deck (白鳥大橋展望台), Etomo Seaside Park (絵鞆臨海公園) and Sokuryoyama Observation Deck (測量山展望台), Shiomi Park Observation Deck (潮見公園展望台), Mt.Nabeshima (鍋島山) and Hachodaira Observation Deck (八丁平展望台). In addition, a night cruise navigating the Muroran port with a ship is held. My visited places are as follows.
Hakuchowan Observatoion Tower
Hakuchowan Observatoion Tower (白鳥湾展望台) is a observation deck along Iburi National Route (National Route 37) in the north-western part of Muroran city, and one of facilities at Hakuchowan Tenbodai Parking Lot (白鳥湾展望台駐車場). Here is well-known as a good night view spot, and Hakucho-Ohashi Bridge (白鳥大橋) and a factory of JX Nikko Nisseki Energy (JX日鉱日石エネルギー) can be seen. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. There are a public restroom and a shop at the site, too. A soft serve ice cream sold by the shop is popular. I admired the factory of the JX Nikko Nisseki energy along the National Route, too. Article is here
Hakucho-Ohashi Observation Deck
Hakucho-Ohashi Observation Deck (白鳥大橋展望台) is a lookout under Hakucho-Ohashi Bridge, a symbol of Muroran city, in the western part of the Muroran city, and is one of best night view spots in the Muroran. It is the nearest the Hakucho-Ohashi Bridge in the night view spots of Muroran, and Muroran Port can be viewed in the daytime, too. A lot of visitors come to see the night view, But, please be careful because I was hard to find this place when I went for the first time in the evening. There is a parking lot under the bridge. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. A restroom is near the parking lot. Article is here
Mt. Sokuryozan (測量山) is a mountain with an altitude of about 200 m in the western part of Muroran city, and is close to Muroran Station and Masuichi Lookout (マスイチ展望台). Television transmission towers and observation decks are built around the mountaintop, and it is well-known for seeing beautiful views such as Muroran Port and Muroan. The mountain was named after survey (Sokuryo means the survey in Japanese, and Zan means a mountain in the Japanese) because Mr. A.G.Warfield went up the mountain to survey a road. In the evening, the television transmission towers are lit up, and a sea of clouds can be seen in June. Drive safe because a road to the mountaintop is narrow. Article is here
Night View from Etomo Seaside Park
Etomo Seaside Park is adjacent to Roadside Station "Mitara Muroran (みたら室蘭)". Tourists can look at Hakucho-Ohashi Bridge and factories of JX Nikko Nisseki Energy from a yacht harbor. Please be careful not to fall into the sea because your step is considerably dark. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking lot is provided|
|Business hours||Open for 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||159 308 550*24|
List of Tourist Attractions
There are tourist attractions called Muroran 8 beauty spots in the Muroran. The Muroran 8 beauty spots are Muroran Port Night View (室蘭港の夜景), Mt. Sokuryo (測量山), Daikoku Island (大黒島), Scenery of Cape Etomo (絵鞆岬の景色), Kinbyobu (金屏風), Ginbyobu (銀屏風), Masuichi Beach (マスイチ浜), Cape Chikyu (地球岬) and Tokkarisho (トッカリショ). Nature cruise as well as those sceneries is famous. My visited places are as follows.
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
Tokkarisho is a beauty spot on the outer beach of Etomo Peninsula (絵鞆半島) in the south part of Muroran city, and the beautiful coastline and the blue sea can be viwed. Originally Ainu people called Txukarisho (トゥカリショ), and it means Earless Seal Rocks (アザラシ岩). A lot of earless seals used to live around here at that day. The Tokkarisho seems to be a corrupted form of the Txukarisho, and is located between Cape Chikyu (地球岬) and Itanki Beach (イタンキ浜), and cliffs, colors of grass and color of sea are great! I have never seen such a senery in Hokkaido. Visitors can walk a little to the Tokkarisho Beach (トッカリショ浜). In addition, sea bathing can be enjoyed in a summer. By the way, Kinbyobu (金屏風), one of 8 beauty spots in the Muroran, is close to here, too. Article is here
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. Article is here
List of Tasty Foods
It is said that the Muroran has three major foods. The first is the Curry Ramen. The second is the Muroran Yakitori. The last is Black Rockfish dish (クロソイ料理). Unfortunately, I have not eaten the Black Rockfish dish. In addition, the normal Muroran Ramen and sweets of the quail's egg are famous, too. As for tasty restaurants in the Muroran, Yakitori-no-Ippei (やきとりの一平), Aji-no-Daio Muroran Head Office (味の大王 室蘭本店), Handmade Soba-dokoro Enishi (手打ちそば処 縁), Gentle Men (じぇんとる麺), Toritasu Head Office (鳥辰 本店), Broughton (ブロートン), Sobakiri Chiso (そば切り 馳走), Oshokuji-dokoro Ajishin (お食事処 味しん), Nozaki (乃ざ喜) and Seiyoken (清洋軒) are famous in particular.
Muroran Curry Ramen contends against Kushiro Ramen for getting the Hokkaido Ramen of the 4th seats (Top 3 seats are Sapporo Ramen, Asahikawa Ramen and Hakodate Ramen). It features curry taste soup and curly noodles. About 30 restaurants such as Aji-no-Daio serve the curry ramen. I visited the Aji-no-Daio Muroran Head Office.
Aji-no-Daio Muroran Head Office
Aji-no-Daio Muroran head office (味の大王室蘭本店) is a long-established ramen restaurant in Chuo-cho, Muroran city and was founded in 1971. It is said that Aji-no-Daio Tomakomai produced curry ramen (カレーラーメン) and Aji-no-Daio Muroran had spread curry ramen in Muroran. Approximately 30 ramen restaurants serve the curry ramen in Muroran and the curry ramen is very popular. Article is here
Although Yakitori means a grilled chicken skewer, The Muroran Yakitori does not use the chicken. It is a grilled pork skewer with grilled pork and grilled onion, Muroran people usually eat it with using mustard. About 50 grilled chicken restaurants such as Toriyoshi (鳥よし) that is said to be an originator, Yakitori-no-Ippei (やきとりの一平), Toritastu (鳥辰) and Yoshidaya (吉田屋) serve the Muroran Yakitori. I visited Yakitori-no-Ippei Head Office.
Yakitori-no-Ippei Head Office
Yakitori-no-Ippei Head Office (やきとりの一平中島本店) is a popular Yakitori restaurant in Nakajima-cho, Muroran city and was founded in 1950. They won twice victory at the National Yakitori Olympics (全国やきとリンピック) in the past. I heard that Muroran Yakitori (室蘭焼き鳥) could be eaten at this restraunt, and I visited here. Article is here
Fishery products soup made from kombu produced in Muroran sea and dried bonito is basic of the Muroran ramen. It features a light taste. There are about 30 ramen restaurants. I visited Seiyoken (清洋軒).
Seikyoken (清洋軒) is a long-established ramen reastraunt in Funami-cho, Muroran city and was founded in 1935. Because they profess thierselves to be Muroran ramen originator, the ramen reastraunt may be founded very first in Muroran. Article is here
Muroran Uzuraen (室蘭うずら園) is a production factory for quail's eggs in the suburbs of Muroran city and was founded in 1961. The quail's eggs are processed at a factory and a pudding made from the quail's egg seems to be tasty, and I visited their office. They sell a raw egg for rice and smoked shell quail's eggs as well as the puddings. The quail's eggs has more abundant nourishment than a hen's egg, and the quail's raw egg of Muroran Uzuraen has a 100 % share of a market in Hokkaido. It is marvelous! Article is here
List of Other Tourist Attractions
Other tourist attractions such as Horomoe Large Cherry Tree, A Sakimori Cherry Tree, Hakucho-Ohanshi Bridge and Muroan Aquarium are famous. My visited places are as follows.
Horomoe Large Cherry Tree
Horomoe Large Cherry Tree (幌萌の大山桜) is a cherry tree in Horomoe-cho, Muroran city, and is well-known for the largest Yezo mountain cherry (エゾヤマザクラ) in Iburi district. Garyu Korean Hill Cherry (臥龍の霞桜) is planted nearby the Horomoe Large Cherry Tree, too, but cherry blossoms does not seems to bloom. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom from early May to mid May. During that time, the cherry tree is lit up at the evening, and Ms. Akiko Ota (太田亜紀子) helds a piano concert, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. At that time, a temporary toilet is provided, too. Article is here
A Sakimori Cherry Tree
A Sakimori Cherry Tree (崎守の一本桜) is a cherry tree near Muroran Interchange in Sakimori-cho (崎守町), Muroran city, and is well-known for shooting places for Sapporo Breweries "Sapporo Classic" CM that Mr. Masahiro Matsuoka (松岡昌宏), one of the popular idol group "TOKIO", appear on and a work of Mr. Mitsuhiko Kamata (鎌田光彦), a famous photographer. In addition, "Sakurabito (さくらびと)" of a rock band Swish! used here as a shooting place for a music video. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom from early May to mid May. Visitors should look at it on a sidewalk because a ranch is a private land. A parking lot and a restroom are not provided. A lot of the visitors park their cars on the shoulder of a road. By the way, Horomoe Large Cherry Tree (幌萌の大山桜) is relatively near here, too. Article is here
Hakucho-Ohanshi Bridge is the largest suspension bridge in the Hokkaido, and was built for 40 years from the concept, and was inaugurated in 1998. The name of the bridge is named after Gulf of Hakucho (白鳥湾). A night view of Hakucho-Ohashi Bridge that is lit up is loved by everybody. Roadside Station "Mitara Muroran" has Hakucho-Ohanshi Bridge Memorial Hall (白鳥大橋記念館) at the building, and documents of Hakucho Bridge are displayed.
|Mitara Muroran of Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking lot is provided (58 cars)|
|Business hours||From April to October 09:30-21:00
From November to March 09:30-17:00
|Regular closing day||From April to October No closing day
From November to March Thursday
|Home page||Home page is here|
List of Activities
Star Marine KK and Donan Bus serve night view tours and a dolphin and whale watching tour. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour
7 kinds of marine habitats such as Head Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Dells Porpoise, Minke, Killer Whale, Fur Seal can be watched from mid June to mid August. You can meet with about 1,000 dolphins if you are lucky. It is the pacific tour for two and a half hours. Star Marin KK (スターマリンKK) carry out the tours. A reservation is necessary for the embarkation.
|Star Marine KK(スターマリンKK)||
Night View Cruising
Tourists can make a round trip of Muroran port for about 1 hour. Because the tourists can look over factory groups symbolizing muroran called "Iron Town" and Hakucho-Ohashi Bridge from sea, this tour is popular. An operating company change the sailing time depending on the time for sunset, and you should confirm it on the telephone beforehand. In addition, they should confirm it in total when there are not more than 5 people of embarkation because they do not seem to set sail. A reservation is necessary for the embarkation.
|Star Marine KK(スターマリンKK)||
Night View Bus Tour
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Muroran. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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