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Nemuro Has Many Natural Beauty Spots

July 8th, 2014

NEMURO

Nemuro (根室) that 28,000 people live in the easternmost tip of Hokkaido and Japan is the 28th largest city in Hokkaido. As for climate, it is chilly even in a summer because a sea breeze blows from the Pacific, and it has little snow in a winter. Nemuro has Nemuro Port (根室港) and Hanasaki Port (花咲港), and Hanasaki Crab (花咲ガニ) and sauries are landed, it is known as a town related marine natural product. Speaking of the Nemuro, Escalope (エスカロップ) is popular dish that was devised for people working in a fishing port. Except local specilities, there are many nature beauty spots, Cape Nosappu (納沙布岬), Cape Ochiishi (落石岬), Kurumaishi (車石), Lake Onneto (温根沼) and Lake Furen (風蓮湖) are famous. There are 3 lighthouses in 8 lighthouses of "50 Best Lighthouses in Japan" of Hokkaido. After all a unique nature scenery of East Hokkaido is well worth seeing.

Nature

Nemuro city is located in the eastern part of Hokkaido, and it has much wetlands. Hoppou Wild Flower Garden (北方原生花園), Cape Ochiishi, Lake Onneto, Lake Furen and Lake Choboshi (長節湖) are famous, rare animals and plants such as Sakai Azalea (サカイツツジ) and White-tailed Sea Eagle or White-tailed Sea Eagle are watched. In addition, speaking of the rareness, tourists can not miss the Kurumaishi.

Cape Nosappu

Cape Nosappu (納沙布岬は) is in the the easternmost tip of Nemuro Peninsula (根室半島) and is the easternmost tip in Japan mainland, too. It is a picturesque scenery that tourists can look over a scenery such as four northern islands (北方四島) and Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島). Trees can hardly grow up because it is windy in the Nemuro Peninsula, the ground is covered with grass, and milk cows and horses native to Hokkaidoa can be seen on the meadow. A scenery such as a typical Hokkaido spreads over, and Hokkaido enthusiast can not help enjoying. Article is here

Cape Nosappu
Nemuro, Cape Nosappu

Atmosphere of Cape Nosappu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Cape Nosappu

Hoppou Wild Flower Garden

Hoppou Wild Flower Garden (北方原生花園) is a marshland of 75 ha in the Nemuro Peninsula and the Japan's eastmost wild flower garden. Approximately 100 kinds of flowers bloom from late June to early September. Particularly, colonies of the blackberry lily iris and the cotton grass are popular and are in full bloom from late June to early July. Wooden paths with 2 km in total length are built on the marshland, and tourists can take a walk on the wooden paths. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. There is a restroom (open only from May to November) near the parking lot. Article is here

Sexy Pony
Nemuro, Hoppou Wild Flower Garden

Atmosphere of Hoppou Wild Flower Garden Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hoppou Wild Flower Garden

Cape Ochiishi

Cape Ochiishi (落石岬) is located in the southwestern part of Nemuro city and is one of the three major secret capes with Cape Ofuyu (雄冬岬) and Cape Chikyu (地球岬) in Hokkaido. There is a lighthouse on cliffs at 40 m above see level. Tourists can enjoy a mysterious scenery that there is the only lighthouse on the cliffs from the sea side and visitors can look the lighthouse on a marshland from the inland side. This Ochiishimisaki Lighthouse (落石岬灯台) was chosen as "50 Best Lighthouses in Japan", too. It is known as the southernmost natural habitat of Sakai Azalea (サカイツツジ). The Sakai Azalea can be looked only here in Japan, it was designated as a national nature treasure. It is in full bloom at mid June. Admission free. There is a bio-toilet near an entrance of a gate. Article is here

Ochiishimisaki Lighthouse
Nemuro, Cape Ochiishi

Atmosphere of Cape Ochiishi Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Cape Ochiishi

Lake Onneto

Lake Onneto (温根沼) is a brackish water lake with 15 km in circumference. The lake changes to a sandbar at low tideon the ebb tide, and it is famous as a spot for catching clamming short-necked clams or surf clams. This is a landing zone for migratory birds such as swans, wild birds rest their wings in a winter. A parking lot is free of charge.

Lake Onneto
Nemuro, Lake Onneto
Lake Onneto
Nemuro, Lake Onneto

Atmosphere of Lake Onneto Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Onneto

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

Lake Furen

Lake Furenko (風蓮湖) is a brackish water lake located in the southwestern part of Nemuro city. The perimeter of the lake is about 96 km. This is the third largest brackish water lake after Lake Saroma (サロマ湖) and Lake Notoro (能取湖) in Hokkaido. The lake was designed as a wetland under Ramsar Convention in 2005. It is famous for having the largest sweetbrier colony in Japan and is known for being able to watch White-tailed Sea Eagle and Steller's Sea-eagle in a winter. There are Shunkokutai (春国岱), roadside station "swan 44 Nemuro (スワン44ねむろ)", Hashirikotan Wild Flower Garden (走古丹原生花園) around the lake. Article is here

Parents and Child of Japanese Crane
Nemuro, Lake Furenko

Atmosphere of Shunkokutai Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Shunkokutai

Kurumaishi

Kurumaishi (車石) is under Hanasaki Lighthouse (花咲灯台) located in the southernern part of Nemuro city. The Hanasaki Lighthouse is located near an entrance of the Hanasaki Port (花咲港), and a foundatio of the Hanasaki Lighthouse is made of scraggy basalt and a part is the Kurumaishi. A parking lot and a restroom are only facilities. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. It takes about 5 minutes from the parking lot to the Hanasaki Lighthouse on foot, Yururi island and Pacific ocean can be looked at from the lighthouse. This Hanasaki Lighthouse was chosen as "50 Best Lighthouses in Japan". By the way, Speaking of 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. Article is here

View from Path
Nemuro, Kurumaishi

Atmosphere of Kurumaishi Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kurumaishi

Lake Choboshi

Lake Choboshi (長節湖) is a small lake with 4.5 km in circumference located in the southwestern part of Nemuro city. This is a temporary resting place for wild birds. There are statues of Goddess of Mercy and a walk path along the shore. But the walk path was closed. Visitors seem to enjoy a smelt fishing in a winter. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Lake Choboshi
Nemuro, Lake Choboshi
Lake Choboshi
Nemuro, Lake Choboshi

Atmosphere of Lake Choboshi Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Choboshi

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (20 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-153-24-3104
Home page Home page is here

Tasty Foods

Speaking of Nemuro, that is the Escalope. It is famous as local speciality dishes. In addition, fresh marine products are offered surely. Daihachi Shokudo (第八食堂) that Hanasaki Crab can be eaten and Suzuki Shokudo (生サンマ丼) that Raw Saury Rice Bowl are known. As for Ramen, long-established Asakusaken (浅草軒), ramen restraunt, has a good reputation. Nemuro Hanamaru (根室花丸) is famous, too.

Taiei
Nemuro Taiei Yakitori-Bento

Thaiei (タイエー), affiliated store of Hasegawa Store (ハセガワストア) in Hakodate city, provides Yakitori-Bento (やきとり弁当). Nemuro is an only place that tourists can eat Yakitori-Bento other than Hakodate area. By the way, There is Hanamaru's head office (花まる本店) with extreme popularity conveyor belt sushi restaurant in Nemuro city.

Yakitori-Bento
Nemuro Taiei Yakitori-Bento

Escalope

Dorian (どりあん) is a popular coffee shop in Nemuro city. There is a building near Aeon Nemuro branch. The coffee shop is famous for serving escalope (エスカロップ). The escalope is a dish that demi-glace sauce is poured over deep-fried sliced pork cutlets on butter rice. Originally it was called Escaloppini (エスカロッピーニ). This is known as Nemuro speciality dish. It seems to be develoved for fishermen to be able to eat a meal with nutritious quickly. Article is here

Unexpectedly, Light Taste Sauce
Escalope -Dorian in Nemuro-

Escalope and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Escalope Served by Dorian

Raw Saury Rice Bowl

Suzuki Shokudo (鈴木食堂) is a popular restraunt in Cape Nosappu, Nemuro city and is famous as easternmost restraunt in Japan and is known for an originator of Raw Saury Rice bowl (生さんま丼). In addition, they sell live Hanasaki crab at the restraunt and visitors seem to be able to eat the Hanasaki crab sashimi, too. Article is here

Raw Saury Rice Bowl
Raw Saury Rice Bowl -Suzuki Shokudo in Nemuro-

Raw Saury Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Raw Saury Rice Bowl

Hanasaki Crab

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, I visited here around 09:00 on weekdays. Article is here

Fried Rice with Crab
Fried Rice with Crab -Daihachi Shokudo in Nemuro-

Fried Rice with Crab and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Fried Rice with Crab

Ramen

Asakusaken (浅草軒) is a long-established ramen restraunt in Umegae-cho, Nemuro city and was founded in 1934. There is a building at an entertainment district. I visited here to eat ramen around 16:00 on weekdays. There was no visitor at the restraunt. The restraunt had a atomosphere such as a good old restraunt and there were many tables. Family customers seem to enjoy. Article is here

Soy Sauce Ramen
Soy Sauce Ramen -Asakusaken in Nemuro-

Soy Sauce Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

>Movie of Asakusaken's Soy Sauce Ramen

Nemuro Hanamaru

Nemuro Hanamaru Head Office (根室花まる本店) is a popular conveyor belt sushi chain store (回転寿司チェーン店) in Nemuro city and was founded in 1982. This conveyor belt sushi chain restraunt is one of the 3 major conveyor belt sushi chain restraunts in Hokkaido. They have STELLAR PLACE branch in Sapporo, Ginza branch in Tokyo and Marunouchi branch in Tokyo. After all I was in the Nemuro, I wanted to eat the sushi at the head office and visited here at 11:00 on weekdays. There were 3 groups of customers at the restraunt at this early hour. They were local people and tourists. I think the tourists wanted to eat the sushi at the head office, too. Article is here

Sea Peach Caught around Nemuro
Conveyor Belt Sushi -Nemuro-hanamaru Head Office in Nemuro-

Conveyor Belt Sushi and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Conveyor Belt Sushi

Tourist Spots

It is said that the Nemuro is one of latest cherry blossoming places in Japan, so the cherry blossoms can be enjoyed around mid May.

Cherry Blossom of Seiryuji Temple

Seiryuji Temple (清隆寺) is in Nemuro and is known for blossoming about 30 Chishimazakura Cherry Trees (千島桜) with over 100 years. Nemuro is famous for coming the last Cherry Blossom Front, and is one of latest cherry blossoming places in Japan. As for planted the Chishimazakura Cherry Trees at the Seiryuji Temple, a carpenter, Buddhist-parishione, brought those cherry trees back from Kunashiri Island (国後島) in Meiji period, then his family transplanted those cherry trees at the Seiryuji Temple. The feature of the Chishimazakura Cherry Trees is that often grow lowly from 2 m to 5 m in height. The best time to see is mid May. I visited here in 22 May 2017, and almost cherry trees were falling. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. There is the parking lot on the back side of the temple. Article is here

Kobo Daishi, Kukai with Cherry Blossom like Halo
Cherry Blossom of Seiryuji Temple in Nemuro

Other Cherry Blossoms in Nemuro

I visited a former observatory (旧観測所), Meji Park (明治公園) and Nemuro City Office to see the cherry blossoms.

Chishima Cherry Tree in Nemuro City Office
Chishima Cherry Tree in Nemuro City Office
Chishima Cherry Tree in Former Observatory
Chishima Cherry Tree in Former Observatory
Cherry Blossoms in Meiji Park
Cherry Blossoms in Meiji Park
Cherry Blossoms in Meiji Park
Cherry Blossoms in Meiji Park

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Nemuro.

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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Azuma Ryokan(あづま旅館)
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Guest House TOMAYA(ゲストハウス TOMAYA)
Jalan
Business Hotel Sanyokan(ビジネスホテル 三洋館)
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Rakuten
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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Jalan
Kajika-no-Yado(カジカの宿)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Yasumibanya Shiokaze(休み番屋しおかぜ)
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Rakuten
Minshuku Iwasaki(民宿岩さき)
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Kurumaishi Hanasakitei(車石花咲亭) Only Tel:+81-153-25-3121
Minshuku Ippuku(民宿一福)
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Jalan
Rakuten
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