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Akkeshi and Kiritappu

Akkeshi and Kirirappu mapAkkeshi and Kiritappu Between Kushiro city and Nemuro city, there are Akkeshi area and Kiritappu area.
The sightseeing spots are on the sea coast route off the main railroad and national road.

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 Kushiro city.
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 town.
In this area, there is Kiritappu Wetland which is the prime scenic spot.
Additionally some nice spots are along the coastline.

Kokutaiji temple /1/

Kokutaiji templeIt 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.

Cape Aikappu /2/

Cape AikappuIt 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.

Ayamegahara /3/

AyamegaharaIt 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.

Cape Namida /4/

Cape NamidaIt is 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...

Tateiwa rock /5/

TateiwaIt 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...

Kiritappu Wetland /6/

Kiritappu WetlandIt 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.

Hamanaka Tourist Association official website

Cape Kiritappu /7/

Cape KiritappuIt 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.

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How to get to here

By route bus

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 train and route bus

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.

By car

From Kushiro to Akkeshi town about 50 km along Route 44. It takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.




Akkeshi town and Lake Akkeshi Oysters of Akkeshi
Photo by Tabi-Photo
Kokutaiji Cape Aikappu
Bell of love on Cape Aikappu Ayamegahara
Cape Namida Tateiwa
Kiritappu Wetland
Photo by DO PHOTO
A view from Biwase Observatory
Photo by DO PHOTO
Kiritappu Wetland with many flowers Cape Kiritappu

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