From Sapporo via Otaru and Yoichi, headed to the Shakotan Peninsula, the west coast of Hokkaido, where the scenery along the sea is wonderful. There are few cars and few people.
Shakotan in summer is at the peak of sea urchin fishing. The sea urchin "uni rice bowl" is additive-free and its taste attracts many tourists. Went to the famous restaurant "Restaurant Misaki". It is fisherman's direct operated and is in a place with very few people, but still attracts many visitors even on weekdays.
Fresh sea urchin and salmon egg (combination) rice bowl.
Fresh Uni (sea urchin) rice bowl. "Bahun uni (horse-dung sea urchin)" is sold out today and only "Murasaki uni (purple sea urchin)" available.
The restaurant with many cars parked across the street is "Misaki", and another famous restaurant "Nakamuraya" on the right (closed today). There are many uni rice bowl restaurants in Shakotan, but only Misaki seems busy today. Winner takes all in small markets.
Being satisfied with uni rice bowls, headed to Kamui Cape at the tip of the Shakotan Peninsula.
The coast of Shakotan Town is about 42 km long, and is famous for its steep cliffs, strangely shaped rocks, and the blue sea called "Shakotan Blue". In 2004, "Shakotan Peninsula and Cape Kamui" were certified as Hokkaido Heritage (1 out of 52).
There is a large parking lot and a promenade called "Chalenka's Path" is maintained up to the tip of the cape. There is a souvenir house with a shop and restaurant, but it cannot be said that it has liveliness and service spirit. Need to be very careful for poor service shops, very common in many popular tourist spots.
A one-hour round trip trek to the tip of the cape while enjoying the dynamic scenery. Unfortunately, the sea of "Shakotan Blue" cannot be seen due to the cloudy sky.
View of the continuing Shakotan peninsula.
Candle-shaped Kamui rocks at the tip of the cape.
Although it is not the Shakotan blue sea, the color of the sea is beautiful emerald.
Moved to Cape Shakotan. The beautiful Shimamui beach nearby. There is a restaurant called "Rinko" beside the large parking lot. It is also a well-known restaurant with its uni rice bowl and uni ramen.
Moved to Cape Ougon (Gold). Seagulls welcome visitors. Although it is only a 30 minute round trip trekking, it is recommended to check the path entrance at the tourist information center as the promenade is not well maintained.
Next time, will look forward to the Shakotan blue sea on a sunny day and urchin rice bowl again.
Later, went to Zenibako, just before Otaru. The color of the sea is beautiful blue.
There are also wild Ezo deers near the mountains.
Kitakitsune fox too.
Ezo rabbit too.
Click here for this blog list and the latest notes.