These are relatively quiet sightseeing areas, but you can see the coastal sceneries and broad wetland in these areas.
The west area is Akkeshi town, which is located about 40 km east of
There is Lake Akkeshi, which is a saltwater lake, on the east side of the center of Akkeshi town.
It is one of famous oyster-producing areas in Japan. Because of cold region, we can enjoy tasting the oyster from Akkeshi all year round.
The east area is Kiritappu area, and is the southern part of Hamanaka
In this area, there is Kiritappu Wetland which is the prime scenic spot.
Additionally some nice spots are along the coastline.
is one of the oldest temples in Hokkaido, and is located about 3 km
south of the center of Akkeshi town.
It was built by Edo Government in 1804, and the building of the temple had been rebuilt several times.
It is known for one of cherry blossom viewing spots.
is a cape located 2 km south of Kokutaiji temple.
"Aikappu" means "a place where a shot arrow cannot reach" in Ainu language, but the pioneers gave the nice kanji characters of "love" and "crown" to the pronunciation.
So, this cape has been popular for young couples who want to succseed in love.
An observatory is on the cliff at a tip of the cape.
It is a
field of wild flowers which has an area of about 100 hectares.
It is located on a cliff about 10 km southeast of Akkeshi town.
"Ayamegahara" means "field of iris", so literally countless wild iris flowers cover this field in June and July.
a cape of rocky cliff located 7 km east of Ayamegahara.
"Namida" means "tears", then the name is based on a story.
A long time ago, a ship with a young fisherman was going to go from
Akkeshi to Kiritappu.
But the ship was wrecked in a storm near this cape, so he disappeared over the sea.
His lover knew that, then she continued calling his name in tears on this cape.
Since that, it is said that the rock of the cape looks like her sad face...
It is a big rock on the sea off a coast, and is located 2 km east of Cape Namida.
It is said that the dead young fisherman of above story became the rock.
He is going to go to meet his lover toward Cape Namida, for eternity...
is a wetland located 10 km northwest of Tateiwa and there is JR
Hamanaka station to about 7 km north of here.
It is 3,168 hectares in area, and is the Japan's third largest marshes after Kushiro Marsh and Sarobetsu moor. It was inscribed as a registered wetlands under the Ramsar Convention in 1993.
This wetland has more variety and number of wild flowers than Kushiro
Marsh, then it is called "wetland of flowers".
We can see the field of flowers from June to September.
Generally we can enjoy the view at "Biwase Observatory" on the hill of south side or "Kiritappu Wetland Center" on the hill of northwest side.
is a cape located about 7 km east of Kiritappu Wetland, and is on the
tip of a small peninsula.
We can see the boundless Pacific Ocean before us.
On the west base of peninsula, there is small Kiritappu town. A few hotels with hot spring are in the town.
From Kushiro station, route buses run to Kiritappu-onsen (Kiritappu
town) through this route.
About 1 hour and 15 minutes to Akkeshi station, 1 hour and 30 minutes to Kokutaiji, 1 hour 45 minutes to Ayamegahara, 2 hours and 10 minutes to Biwase observatory, and 2 hours 40 minutes to Kiritappu-onsen.
From Hamanaka station, 25 minutes to Kiritappu-onsen.
By local train on JR Nemuro Line
from Kushiro, about 50 minutes to Akkeshi staton, about 1 hour 15-25
minutes to Hamanaka station.
From each station, get on the above route bus.
From Kushiro to Akkeshi town about 50 km along Route 44. It takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
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