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Cape Nosappu

Cape NosappuMap of the Northern TerritoryCape Nosappu is on the easternmost tip of Nemuro Peninsula, and is located 20 km east of the central Nemuro city.

We can see Kaigara Island in the Habomai islands, which are ones of the Northern Territory, only about 3.7 km off this cape.

The Northern Territories include the islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and Habomai islands as the map right indicates.
They are located at the southwestern end of Kurile Islands.

In Japanese, it is called "Hoppou-Ryoudo".
And Japanese people usually call these islands "Northern Four Islands" because of regarding Habomai Islands as an island.

In 1855, Treaty of Shimoda between Japan and Russia determined the attribution of these islands to Japan.
But Russia, one of the Allies, occupied them at the end of the Pacific War (World War II) by unconditional surrender of Japan in 1945.

After the war, Japan has been taken a stance that these islands are the traditional Japanese territory and has been reclaiming them.
But Russia hasn't complied with the reclaim.

On the cape, there is "Cape Nosappu Lighthouse" which is the oldest one in Hokkaido.
Around the cape, there are a few sightseeing spots.

A monument like an arch is the symbol of this cape named "Shima-no-kakehashi".
It means "Bridge to the four islands".
It was built in 1980, hoping to return the Northern Territory to Japan.

There is a museum "Hoppou-kan" which introduces the outline, history and natures of the Northern Territory.
Some telescopes are set, and you can watch the islands of the Northern Territory closely through them.

Next to Hoppu-kan, there is a museum "Boukyou-no-ie" which means "the house of nostalgia to the hometown (the Northern Territory)".
Various materials and documents about the Japanese islanders in the Northern Territory before the World War II are displayed.

How to get to here

By route bus

From Nemuro station, about 35 minutes.

By car

From cetnral Nemuro, about 23 km, about 30 minutes.




Cape Nosappu
Photo by easthokkaido.com
Observatory on Cape Nosappu
Shima-no-kakehashi
Photo by DO PHOTO
Boukyou-no-ie and Hoppo-kan
The earliest sunrise in Japan
Photo by easthokkaido.com

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