- August 26th, 2016
[Ofuyumisaki Observation Deck in Mashike] Good Views of Sea and Mountain Can Be Seen at Lookout Point
Ofuyumisaki Observation Deck
Ofuyumisaki Observation Deck (雄冬岬展望台) is a lookout point in the southern part of Mashike town. In Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park (暑寒別天売焼尻国定公園), it has been built since 1999 at Ofuyumisaki Ganseki Park (雄冬岬岩石公園). Cape Ofuyu is one of the 3 famous secret capes together with Cape Ochiishi (落石岬) and Cape Chikyu (地球岬) in Hokkaido. A public restroom is built beside a parking lot. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. The observation deck closes from late October to mid April.
It is said that the Cape Ofuyu used to be called "Inaccessible Land (陸の孤島)" before a road was built, and it is well-known as a place surrounded by cliffs, so I am sure that this observation deck has good views on the such high place. I reached the parking lot after going round some hairpin curves. For some reason that is not clear, some tombstones are built beside the parking lot, and visitors can visit graves around without much walking. It is interesting. Hakugin Falls (白銀の滝) is relatively near here, and Resthouse Ofuyu Kawakami (レストハウス雄冬 川上) that is famous for reasonable seafood rice bowls is nearby here.
Shiragane Falls (白銀の滝) is a famous waterfall at Cape Ofuyu (雄冬岬) located in the northern part of Ishikari city. In Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park (暑寒別天売焼尻国定公園), it is relatively near Ofuyumisaki Observation Deck (雄冬岬展望台). The waterfall drops along National Route 231 (Ororon Line (オロロンライン)), and was named the Shiragane Falls as opening the road memory in 1981. Water drops around 30 m into the sea. The waterfall is named after the splash that used to look silver color. The whole waterfall could be seen from the sea before building the road, so I suppose that it looks beautiful. By the way, Beware of Pit vipers. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. A restroom is built beside the parking lot, too. Read More
Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park
Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park (暑寒別天売焼尻国定公園) is a quasi-national park between Ishikari city, Shin-totsukawa town, Uryu town, Hokuryu town and Haboro town in the northern part of Hokkaido along the Sea of Japan (日本海), and extends from the north to the south, and has been designated as the quasi-national park since 1990. The area is 43,559 ha, and the the quasi-national park has the 8th largest area in 57 quasi-national parks (not include national parks) in Japan. It consists of 2 isolated islands, Shokanbetsu Mountain Range (暑寒別山系) and a coast, and beautiful nature such as the sea, the mountains, sea birds, trees, wild flowers and wetlands is highlight. The Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park is divided into 4 areas, Teuri Island (天売島), Yagishiri Island (焼尻島), SHokanbetsu Area (暑寒別エリア) and Atsuta and Hamamasu Area (厚田・浜益エリア), and the Teuri Island, the Yagishiri Island and the SHokanbetsu Area mainly have a lot of highlights. Read More
Look of Ofuyumisaki Observation Deck
An iron bridge to the observation deck is built on scraggy rocks. It takes about 5 minutes to reach the observation deck on foot. The iron bridge also has nice views on the way. A spiral staircase is provided at the observation deck, and it takes 1 minute to the top on foot, and the visitors can enjoy 360-degree view from the top. The sunset seem to look beautiful. By the way, a walking path is built at the Ofuyumisaki Ganseki Park, but unfortunately, that was off-limits when I visited here.
Ofuyumisaki Observation Deck Can Be Watched on Youtube.
|Admission||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (about 30 Cars)|
|Business hours||09:00-18:00 * It changes depending on seasons|
|Regular closing day||From late October to mid April|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||927 551 415*44|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Mashike. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park is here
Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri Quasi-National Park
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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