- November 19th, 2016
[Omonai Observation Deck in Shiriuchi] Tsugaru Channel and Fields of Omonai Plain Can Be Viewed at Big Panorama Observation Deck
Omonai Observation Deck
Omonai Observation Deck (重内展望台) is a viewing spot in Shiriuchi town located in the southwestern part of Hakodate city, and is also called "Big Panorama Observation Deck (大パノラマ展望台)". Visitors can view Tsugaru Channel (津軽海峡) and Omonai Plain (重内平野). A small hill of about 50 m elevation is at the back of Omonai Shrine (重内神社), and an observation deck is built on the hilltop. The visitors can go up through the stone steps on foot, and can go up to the hilltop by a car, too. But the road to the hilltop is narrow, and a parking lot is also very narrow, so drive safely. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
Hot springs gush out in the Shiriuchi, and a day trip onsen can be enjoyed at Shiriuchi Onsen (知内温泉) with 800 years history. In addition, some nature onsen seem to be in the Shiriuchi, too.
Shiriuchi Onsen (知内温泉) is a hot spring place in Shiriuchi town located in the southwestern part of Hakodate city. Only Utopia Warakuen (ユートピア和楽園) is bulit at about 50 above sea level in a mountain. The distance is around 12 km away from the center of the Shiriuchi. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. But Shiriuchi Dam (知内ダム) and Omonai Observatory (重内展望台) are relatively near here. It is said that the shiriuchi Onsen has the oldest onsen in Hokkaido. There is Raiko Shrine (雷公神社) that is well-known for the oldest shrine across 25th generations in Hokkaido near here, Ono Tosa Diary (大野土佐日記) is handed down to posterity. According to legend, Mr. Daigaku Araki (荒木大学) came to Hokkaido to discover gold with his family and followers in 1205, and built Yakushi-do as opening onsen in 1247. The legend in 1200s and family line with 25th generations are considerable rare in Hokkaido. Read More
Look of Omonai Observation Deck
A combination of a road towards the Pacific Ocean and the stone steps is good. 210 stone steps called "Fudomyojin-no-Ishidan (不動明神の石段)" leads to a shrine building, and the observation deck of about 15 m height is built beside the building. Views from the north to the west are not good because trees disturb visitors' sight, but views from the east to the south can be enjoyed.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (3 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Winter season|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||584 407 071*00|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Shiriuchi. 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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