Even by Hokkaido standards, Cape Chikyu is an incredibly beautiful place to visit【Photos】


The often overlooked city boasts the highest ranked sightseeing spot on the Hokkaido Natural Beauty 100 list.

Hokkaido it is Japan’s largest prefecture and also the least populated. Thanks to this connection, Hokkaido is full of breathtaking mountain views and coastal landscapes, so when our traveling reporter Seiji Nakazawa when he found out about a place that is particularly beautiful even by Hokkaido standards, it landed straight on his itinerary.

Seiji’s destination was Cape Chikyuon the coast of the city murorian at the mouth Uchiura Bay. Muroran itself is not that much of a tourist attraction, with many more travelers instead visiting Sapporo, Otaru or Hakodate which are located north, west and south of Muroran respectively. However, in the Hokkaido Top 100 Nature Sports list, Cape Chikyu ranked first.

▼ A sign in Muroran commemorating the choice of a cape on Hokkaido Natural Beauty 100

Seiji wasn’t sure how the rankings were made or who, but he was sure that now he wanted to see Cape Chikyu himself. The nearest train stop is Higashi Muroran Stationbut the cape is not within a reasonable walking distance, so you’ll want to hop in a taxi or hire a car, as Seiji did after getting off the train.

It’s about a 15 minute drive from the station to the headland and the road is up the mountain for the last five minutes. However, once parked in the parking lot, you still have a bit of a way to go.

But when Seiji climbed to the top of the inclined path…

his eyes were filled with the sight of the glistening sea!

However, that’s not even the best view Cape Chikyu has to offer. If you can take your eyes off the scenery and look to your right, you’ll see The observation deck at Cape Chikyu.

Yes, there are stairs to climb…

…but the reward is worth it.

From here you have an even wider view than people who were once human the lighthouse on the cape, which was built in 1920 and is located slightly lower than the observation deck.

Lines of sight are so wide open that Seiji could see the curvature of the earth, and if you’re lucky you may occasionally spot whales and dolphins splashing in the water.

There is also an upper deck which is a few more steps higher.

This sets you a bit further from the cliff’s edge, but has the advantage of providing views in all directions, even back to the valley where the city is located.

However, the best place to take pictures is usually the lower deck where you feel so close to the sky that taking pictures feels like you are flying.

Looking east, Seiji could also see Pirikanoka Etomo Peninsulaand he already felt that his desire to check it out was starting to stir as well.

Because Hokkaido is big and beautiful, you will never run out of places to explore.

Local information
Cape Chikyu Observation Deck/地球岬展望台
Address: Hokkaido, Muroman-shi, Bokoiminami-machi 4-chome
Open 24 hours

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