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[Nemuro] Nature, Tourism and Seafood Can Be Enjoyed in Japan Mainland's Easternmost Fishery City

July 8th, 2014

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.

Fishing Boats Sail from Hanasaki Port
Nemuro, Kurumaishi
Saury Fishing
Nemuro
Nosappumisaki Lighthouse
Nemuro
Japan's Esternmost Convenient Store, Seicomart Utchiyama Habomai Branch
根室

Movie of Nemuro

The Nemuro is a foggy land, and sea fog occurs from a spring to a summer. So Nemuro Peninsula is dotted with a lot of high moors. Typical sceneries of the Nemuro such as Lake Furen (風蓮湖), Lake Onneto (温根湯), Ochiishi Marshland (落石湿原) and Lake Choboshi (長節湖) can be enjoyed. It is said that the Nemuro Peninsula is wild birds of paradise, and a lot of tourists come to watch more than 300 types of the wild birds. In addition, In the Japan, Kurumaishi (車石) and Sakai Azalea in Cape Ochiishi (落石岬) that can be seen only in the Nemuro are famous. The Hokkaido has 8 lighthouses chosen "50 Best Lighthouses in the Japan", and the Nemuro has 3 lighthouses (Nosappumisaki Lighthouse (納沙布岬灯台), Ochiishimisaki Lighthouse (落石岬灯台) and Hanasaki Lighthouse (花咲灯台) in those, so those with good views are worth seeing, too. By the way, Yururi Island (ユルリ島) and Moyururi Island (モユルリ島), deserted islands, are not allowed to land if visitors do not get permission, and wild horses and rare wild birds inhabit there. The islands have dream-like atmospheres, so I want to visit the places.

Lake Furen
Nemuro
Hanasaki Lighthouse, Yururi Island and Moyururi Island
Nemuro, Kurumaishi
Ochiishi Marshland and Picea Glehnii
Nemuro, Cape Ochiishi

Movie of Yururi Island

Speaking of tasty foods in the Nemuro, I think that the first is seafood. Daihachi Shokudo (大八食堂) that serves the Hanasaki Crab and Suzuki Shokudo (鈴木食堂) that serves Raw Saury Rice Bowl (生サンマ丼) are famous. Nemuro Hanamaru (根室花まる), one of the 3 major conveyor belt sushi chain restraunts in the Hokkaido, has head office in the Nemuro, and serves sushi using fresh local seafood. Escalope (エスカロップ) is a popular local dish devised for people working in a fishing port. Netherland Waffle (オランダせんべい) and Homerunyaki (ホームラン焼き * Japanese pancakes filled with filling such as red bean paste) are also local specialities. As for onsen, unfortunately, hot springs do not gush out in the Nemuro. By the way, a highway bus "Aurora-go (オーロラ号)" runs between the Nemuro and the Sapporo, and a highway bus "Limited Express Nemuro-go (特急ねむろ号)".

Boiled Hanasaki Crabs
Fried Rice with Crab -Daihachi Shokudo in Nemuro-
Raw Saury Rice Bowl
Raw Saury Rice Bowl -Suzuki Shokudo in Nemuro-
Sea Peach Caught around Nemuro
Conveyor Belt Sushi -Nemuro-hanamaru Head Office in Nemuro-

The Nemuro has much events, First Sunrise of a New Year in Cape Nosappu (納沙布岬初日詣) is held in 1 January, and Nemuro Birdland Festival (ねむろバードランドフェスティバル) is held between 3days in late January, and Nimuoro Winter Festival (ニムオロ冬の祭典) is held only in a day, mid Februrary. Then Nemuro Peninsula Surf‐Fishing Hokkaido Tournament (根室半島磯釣全道大会) is held only in a day, mid June, and Nemuro Port Festival (ねむろ港まつり) is held between 2days in mid July, and Nemuro Bon Dance (根室盆踊り大会) is held only in a day, late July, and Nemuro Konpira Shrine Festival (根室金刀比羅神社例大祭) is held between 3days in mid August, and Japan's Easternmost Nemuro Seaside Marathon (最東端ねむろシーサイドマラソン) is held only in a day, late August, and Nemuro Crab Festival (根室かに祭り) is held between 2days in early September, and Nemuro Saury Festival (根室さんま祭り) is held between 2days in late September. By the way, André the Giant Panda (アンドレザ・ジャイアントパンダ), a professional wrestler of New Nemuro Pro-Wrestling, becomes popular recently.

Movie of André the Giant Panda

List of Highway Bus

Refer to following a company for the highway bus service between the Nemuro and the Sapporo or the Kushiro.

Hokuto Kotsu(北都交通) From Sapporo to Nemuro
Jalan
Rakuten
Hokuto Kotsu(北都交通) From Nemuro to Sapporo
Jalan
Rakuten
Kushiro Kotsu(くしろ交通) From Kushiro to Nemuro
Jalan
Rakuten
Kushiro Kotsu(くしろ交通) From Nemuro to Kushiro
Jalan
Rakuten

List of Nature

The Nemuro has rich nature. There are the Lake Furen, the Lake Onneto, the Lake Choboshi, Cape Ochiishi (落石岬) and Hoppou Primeval Flower Garden (北方原生花園). My visited places are as follows.

Lake Furen

Lake Furen (風蓮湖) is a brackish water lake between Nemuro city and Bekkai town, and is the 3rd largest brackish water lake after Lake Saroma (サロマ湖) and Lake Notoro (能取湖) in Hokkaido, and has been designed as a wetland under Ramsar Convention since 2005, and was named after Furen River meant "A red river" in Ainu language. The perimeter of the lake is about 96 km, and the maximum depth is 11 m. The lake is famous for one of the largest sweetbrier colonies in Japan, and is well-known for watching White-tailed Sea Eagle and Steller's Sea-eagle in a winter. In addition, it is well-known as a paradise of deers around Hashirikotan (走古丹) in the north side of the lake. There are Shunkunitai (春国岱), Roadside station "swan 44 Nemuro (スワン44ねむろ)", Hashirikotan Primeval Flower Garden (走古丹原生花園) around the lake. A song of "Lake Furen" sung by Mr. Keishuke Yamauchi (山内恵介), a Japanese famous enka singer, uses here as a motif. By the way, a highway bus "Aurora-go (オーロラ号)" runs between the Nemuro and the Sapporo, and a highway bus "Limited Express Nemuro-go (特急ねむろ号)". Article is here

Lake Furen
Nemuro, Lake Furenko

Cape Ochiishi

Cape Ochiishi (落石岬) is a cape in the southwestern part of Nemuro city, and is one of the 3 major secret capes in Hokkaido together with Cape Ofuyu (雄冬岬) and Cape Chikyu (地球岬), and is about 20 km far away from the downtown of the Nemuro. There are Ochiishi Marshland (落石湿原), Ninoushichashi Ruins (ニノウシチャシ跡), Afuramoichashi Ruins (アフラモイチャシ跡) and Megane-rocks (眼鏡岩) near the Cape Ochiishi. The top of about 40 m altitude cliffs is relatively flat, and it is like Kiritappu (霧多布). Ochiishimisaki Lighthouse (落石岬灯台) that has been chosen as one of "50 Best Lighthouses in Japan" is built there, and only the lighthouse on the cliffs can be seen from the sea side, but a good scenery such as the lighthouse on the marshland from the land side can be enjoyed. Sakai Azalea that has been designed as a national nature treasure can be seen only here in Japan. The best season to see is about mid June. Admission free. A bio-toilet is built near an entrance of a gate. Article is here

Ochiishimisaki Lighthouse
Nemuro, Cape Ochiishi

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. Article is here

Kurumaishi
Nemuro, Kurumaishi

Hoppou Primeval Flower Garden

Hoppou Primeval Flower Garden (北方原生花園) is the Japan's eastmost primeval flower garden in the northeastern part of Nemuro city, and is famous for grazing pony, and is about 15 km far away from the downtown of the Nemuro. There are ranches and sea around here. About 100 types of flowers bloom from late June to early September. Particularly, colonies of blackberry lily iris and cotton grass are popular, and the best time to see is from late June to early July. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. A public restroom (open only from May to November) is built near the parking lot. There are not a restaurant and a convenience store near here. Article is here

Hoppou Primeval Flower Garden
Nemuro, Hoppou Primeval Flower Garden

Lake Onneto

The Lake Onneto is a brackish water lake in the southwestern part of the Nemuro. The perimeter of the lake is about 15 km, and the maximum depth is about 7 m. Unfortunately, the lake has no a sightseeing spot. The lake turns into 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, and wild birds rest their wings in a winter. Onneto Bridge (温根沼大橋) is cross the lake, and a parking lot is built at the downtonw side. The 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 Choboshi

The Lake Choboshi is a fresh-water lake beside the Lake Onneto in the southwestern part of the Nemuro. The perimeter of the lake is about 5 km, and the maximum depth is about 7 m. 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

List of Tasty Foods

As for the Nemuro, the Escalope is famous. Some restaurants serve the local speciality. Fresh marine products are also tasty, and sushi restaurants, the Raw Saury Rice Bowl and Robatayaki restaurants have a good reputation. Taiei (タイエー) , a sister store of Hasegawa Store (ハセガワストア) in Hakodate, sells Yakitori Bento (やきとり弁当), and the Nemuro is the only place to eat it except Hakodate area. The Netherland Waffle of Hashiya Confectionery Store (端谷菓子店) and the Homerunyaki of Itabashi (板橋) are famous local sweets in the Nemuro. Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Nemuro, Orenchi (俺ん家), Samue (さむえ), Sushizen (すし善), Tsukemen Ogiya (つけめん 扇や) and Boschetto (ボスケット) are given Michelin Plate. In addition, the Suzuki Shokudo, Dorian (どりあん), the Nemuro Hanamaru Head Office, Sushihan (鮨半), the Daihachi Shokudo and Bird Pal (バードパル) are popular in particular. My visited restaurants are as follows.

Yakitori Bento of Taiei
Nemuro Taiei Yakitori-Bento

Escalope

Escalope (エスカロップ) is called popular name "ESCA (エスカ)". The Escalope in Nemuro city is a local dish which is pork cutlet poured demiglace sauce on butter rice. Salad is added, and I am glad that it is considered health. A major industry of Nemuro is marine products industry. The escalope has much quantity of a meal for a fisherman and is the dish which was devised so that they are eaten quickly more. Article is here

Dorian

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

Escalope
Escalope -Dorian in Nemuro-

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-

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. Article is here

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

Asakusaken

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

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Soy Sauce Broth Ramen
Soy Sauce Ramen -Asakusaken in Nemuro-

Nemuro Hanamaru Head Office

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-

List of Onsen

The Hokkaido have rich onsen, but the Nemuro has no onsen for a change. However Minatoyu (みなと湯) offers quasi-hot springs, and visitors can take a day trip bath. By the way, Bekkai town next to the Nemuro has some high quality moor hot springs, so I suggests that onsen lovers should go. My visited onsen are as follows.

Bekkai Onsen

Bekkai Onsen is a hot-spring place in Betsukai town located in the northwestern part of Nemuro city, and only Bekkai Korakuen (べっかい郊楽苑) is built on the top of Betsukai Fureai Land (べっかいふれあいランド). The Betsukai Fureai Land is well‐equipped with sports facilities such as Bekkai Citizen Heated Pool (別海町民温水プール), Bekkai Citizen Gymnasium (別海町町民体育館), Bekkai Baseball Ground (町営野球場), Bekkai Fureai Campsite (別海町ふれあいキャンプ場) and Furusato Forest Museum (ふるさとの森博物館). The Bekkai Korakuen is close to Furusato Forest, and trees are rich. There is Bekkai Milk inc. that is famous for Bekkai-no-Gyunyuya-san (べつかいの牛乳屋さん) near the Bekkai Korakuen. Article is here

Bekkai Korakuen
Bekkai Korakuen

Notsuke Onsen

Notsuke Onsen (野付温泉) is a hot spring place in Betsukai town located in the other side of Notsuke Peninsula (野付半島). Hama-no-Yu (浜の湯) is built in the center of the Odaito, and there are a boarding point, restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, bars with a surcharge, Izakaya and a convenience store there. Nakashibetsu is relatively near here, and here is easy access to Nemuro Nakashibetsu Airport, too. Article is here

Hama-no-Yu
Hama-no-Yu

Odaito Onsen

Odaito Onsen (尾岱沼温泉) is a hot spring place in Betsukai town located in the other side of Notsuke Peninsula (野付半島). Visitors turn along Notsuke National Route (野付国道 * National Route 244), and go straight for around 200 m, and the end of the road is the Odaito Onsen. Odaito Onsen Seaside Hotel (尾岱沼温泉 シーサイドホテル) facing the Pacific Ocean is built a small hill at around 6 m above sea level. The distance is around 2 km away from the center of the Odaito, and there are a boarding point, restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, bars with a surcharge, Izakaya and a convenience store there. Nakashibetsu is relatively near here, and here is easy access to Nemuro Nakashibetsu Airport, too. Article is here

Seaside Hotel
Seaside Hotel

Nishishunbetsu Onsen

Nishishunbetsu Onsen (西春別温泉) is a hot spring place in Bekkai town located in the northeast part of Kushiro city. Pension Clover House (ペンション クローバーハウス) is built beside Nishishunbetsu Warm Water Pool (西春別温水プール) along Pilot National Route (National Route 243). The distance is around 500 m away from the center of Nishishunbetsu, and restaurants, a bar with a surcharge, Izakaya, a convenience store are built there, too. There are Tawadaira Observaton Deck (多和平展望台) around here, and Lake Mashu (摩周湖), Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) and Kaiyodai Observatory (開陽台) are relatively near here. Article is here

Pension Clover House
Pension Clover House

List of Other Tourist Attractions

The most famous tourist attraction in the Nemuro is the Cape Nosappu. A lot of tourists visit the easternmost tip in the Japan mainland. Except that, Meiji Park (明治公園) and Chashi group such as Wonnemoto Chashi Ruin (ヲンネモトチャシ跡) are well-known by Nemuro People. 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.

Meiji Park
Nemuro

Cape Nosappu

Cape Nosappu (納沙布岬) is a cape in the eastern part of Nemuro city, and was named after "A place that the cape is like jutting out a chin" in Ainu language. As its name suggests, the cape is at the tip of Nemuro Peninsula, and is well-known as the easternmost tip in Japan mainland, and a lot of tourists come to view a scenery such as 4 northern islands (北方四島) and Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島). The Cape Nosappu is also famous as a place to see the earliest morning sun in the Japan, and is crowded with visitors to watch the first sunrise on New Year's Day. First Sunrise of a New Year in Cape Nosappu (納沙布岬初日詣) is held in January 1. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Cape Nosappu
Cape Nosappu

Cherry Blossoms of Seiryuji Temple

Seiryuji Temple (清隆寺) is a temple built in 1893 in the downtown of Nemuro city, and is about 600 m away from Nemuro Station. A main building was built by Mr. Kikuzo Hanawa (花輪喜久蔵) called "Expert Kesennuma Carpenter (気仙沼大工の名工)" in 1912. The temple is well-known for about 30 Chishimazakura Cherry Trees (千島桜) with over 100 old years. It is said that the Nemuro is famous for coming the last Cherry Blossom Front, and is one of latest cherry blossoming places in Japan. The buildings are very fine, too, and detailed sculptures were made by Mr. Toramasa Ueyama (上山虎正). Those are very cool! Admission free. A 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), the Meji Park 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

List of Events

Various events such as the events using the tasty foods are held from the spring to the winter.

Movie of Nemuro Port Festival

Movie of Nemuro Bon Dance

Movie of Nemuro Konpira Shrine Festival

Movie of Nemuro Crab Festival

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

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

Canoe

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

Wild Bird-watching

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

Footpath

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

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)
Booking
Oyado Ekuhashi(お宿 エクハシ)
Booking
Azuma Ryokan(あづま旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Guest House TOMAYA(ゲストハウス TOMAYA)
Jalan
Business Hotel Sanyokan(ビジネスホテル 三洋館)
Jalan
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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Jalan
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
Restaurant Hotel Lupinus(レストラン ホテル ルピナス)
Jalan
Rakuten
Business Inn Tokiwa(ビジネス イン トキワ)
Jalan
Rakuten
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