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Nemuro is famous as an easternmost city in Japan. Nemuro is a place closest to Sunrise in Asia.

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Nemuro tourism information



Nemuro City Tourist Association
2-10 Kowa-cho, Nemuro-shi, Hokkaido
Tourist Information Center
TEL:+81-153−24−3104
Business Hours : 9:00〜18:00
Regular Closed Day: 12/31~1/5



The symbol of Nemuro Sightseeing.
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Cape Nosappu

■Cape Nosappu
This is Japan's easternmost cape located at 43°22'58 ' North Latitude and 145°49'16 ' East Longitude. It is closest to Sunrise.

Lake Furen

■Lake Furen
This is a brackish lake with an area of 57.5km2 and a circumference of 96km, located both in Nemuro City and Bekkai Town. It is surrounded by diverse nature including vast wetland, forests and sand dunes.

Shunkunitai

■Shunkunitai
This consists of 3 sand bars with a total length of 8km, a maximum width of 1.3km and a total area of about 6,000ha. Its rich primeval forests leave us strong impact with one of the country's largest Japanese rose communities in Sand Dune 1,a pure Japanese red pine forest in Sand Dune 2 and gigantic trees in Sand Dune 3.

花Cape Hanasaki 'Kurumaishi'

■Cape Hanasaki 'Kurumaishi'
This is a rare basalt radial joint shaped like a car wheel, due to which, it is also called "a wheel stone." It is designated as a national natural monument.

Northern Natural Flower Garden

■Northern Natural Flower Garden
This natural flower garden with an area of about 75ha facing the Sea of Okhotsk fascinates visitors with Iris setosa filling the garden like a purple carpet from late June to late July.

Meiji Park

■Meiji Park
This is a park which used to be a stock farm that was established as the second one in Hokkaido. Some remaining silos are a symbolic remnant of its past. These silos are among the oldest brick silos that are preserved in Japan.

Cape Ochiishi

■Cape Ochiishi
This cape is located at the base of the Nemuro Peninsula, jutting into the Pacific Ocean. The inland area of the cape is designated as a national special natural monument, and it is a southern limit of the natural growing area of Rhododendron parvifolium.

Onneto

■Onneto
This is a brackish lake with a circumference of 15km. It is surrounded by ezo spruce forests, and the view from the Onneto Ohashi Bridge, the gateway to the downtown of Nemuro City, is quite impressive.

Nemuro is a place closest to Sunrise in Asia.(Easternmost city, Nemuro)

Nemuro Sightseeing Mascot Character- Nemurow

<Nemuro Sightseeing Mascot Character- Nemurow>

Hi! I'm Hokkaido's eastern point, Nemuro born Nemurow! I may look a little sleepy, or nemuso, but I promise I'm full of energy!
I'm doing my best everyday to tell everyone about the beauty of Nemuro! Come say hello everyone!

Nemuro City is famous as an easternmost city in Japan.
It has Cape Noshappu that is visited by many tourists with their camera ready to take pictures of sunrise.

Standing on the cape, you will be amazed by dynamic natural scenery with the border between water currents of the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean clearly seen.

Blessed with vast nature, the fish catch of the Nemuro Port (one of the major fishing ports in Japan), is always among the highest in Hokkaido.
Let us introduce the City of Nemuro, the Kingdom of Gourmet, with various must-see spots.



Basic Information

【Basic Information】

■The location of Nemuro
・Eastern Point (north latitude 43°20'25" east 145°
 25'27"), approximately 50 km east to west, 25 km
 north to south
・The south side of the penninsula faces the Pacific
 Ocean and the north faces the Okhotsk Sea.
・Population: approximately 27,000

【Origin of the word】
In the native Ainu language the place is called Nimuoro (place where trees grow luxuriously)

【Natural Features】
Cool summers, and little snow in winter



【Climate in Nemuro】

Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Year
Average temperature
(℃)
-1.1 -1.6 1.6 7.2 11.5 14.4 17.9 20.8 18.8 14.4 8.3 2.1 9.5
Precipitation
(mm)
35.5 22.6 52.5 66.5 102.1 90.9 121.7 120.8 167.0 106.3 84.5 50.4 1020.8

The Flavors of Nemuro

Escalope Escalope
The name derives from thin slice of meat. It also said to come from the name of Italian cuisine. Thinly sliced pork cutlet on buttered rice with bamboo shoots covered in demi-glace sauce, it is a dish that can be found in western restaurants in the city.
Yakitori bento Yakitori bento
The name implies yakitori, however this is a unique bento boxed lunch with skewered pork. Available at the Taie convenience stores only found in Nemuro.

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Holand-senbei Holand-senbei
One of Nemuro's confectionaries, 16 centimeters in diameter, a mildly sweet cracker, although it's light and soft. Available in Nemuro city supermarkets among other locations.
Homerun-yaki Homerun-yaki
Baked sweet filled with red bean-paste, 6 centimeters in diameter.
Sold only in Hanasakiminato. Please try one when you visit.

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Popular Spots

Onnemoto Chashi Site Onnemoto Chashi Site
Built by the Ainu civilisation, it is said to have been used as a sacred place or fort during times of battle between the 16th and 18th century.
There are 32 locations of these Chashi sites In Nemuro, however the Onnemoto Chashi site is a representative location and is maintained for visiting.
Higashi-Nemuro Station Higashi-Nemuro Station
The station with the platform at Japan's eastern-most point, before the terminus Nemuro Station. It's a highly popular location for commemorative photography.
Japanese alpine cherry Japanese alpine cherry
Seiryuji Temple is a great site to see with its cherry trees brough over from Kunashiri Island in the Meiji era. It is known nationally as the latest place where cherry blossoms bloom in Japan, often entering full bloom in the end of May.

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Wild Birds

Steller's sea eagle Steller's sea eagle
It's a popular bird for bird watchers, and it is said to be the biggest eagle in Japan, with a bright yellow beak shining on a black body. It's seen all over Nemuro from January to March.
Tufted Puffin Tufted Puffin
A seabird characterized by a big orange bill, it is seen only in the eastern part in Hokkaido. It can commonly be observed from cruise ships in Nemuro between June and August.

Swan Swan
Many big white swans come to Lake Furen around November as a wintering spot.

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Welcome to Japan's No. 1 Wild Bird Paradise!

The Nemuro and Kushiro region is located in the eastern part of Hokkaido,Japan's Northern Island.
More than 360 species of birds have been recorded in this region.
The list of species includes a number of iconic birds such as Red-crowned Crane,Blakiston's Fish Owl and Steller's Sea Eagle, but the list of interesting species goes on and on: White-tailed Eagle, Whooper Swan, Harlequin Duck, Black Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Japanese Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Red-faced Cormorant, Hazel Grouse, Latham's Snipe, Brown Dipper, Spectacled Guillemot, Pigeon Guillemot, Ancient Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet,Tufted Puffin, Ural Owl, Shorteared Owl, Black Woodpecker, Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker,White-backed Woodpecker, Japanese Robin, Siberian Rubythroat,Gray's Warbler, Middendorff 's Grasshopper Warbler, Lanceolated Warbler, Asian Rosy Finch and so on.
There are three national parks in the region: Akan NP, Kushiro-shitsugen NP,and Shiretoko NP. In July 2005, the Shiretoko area was designated as a World Natural Heritage. They are all very well worth visiting.
Eastern Hokkaido is embraced by the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Oceanand the land is rich in rivers, lakes, bays, mountains, volcanoes, forests, and wetlands. As a result, it has a very diverse natural environment.
In addition to these features, this region has many fishing ports where you canenjoy watching hundreds of gulls, ducks and wintering sea eagles very easily.
You can also enjoy bird-watching cruises all year round and whale-watchingcruises in summer; these are operated from several of these fisging ports.
Seabird-watching cruises in the Nemuro area and eagle-watching cruises from Rausu are highlights of visits to this region. You can enjoy watching a range of guillemots, auklets, shearwaters, sea-ducks, divers, skuas,and albatrosses in the Nemuro area in summer or winter, while watching or photographing eagles on sea-ice off Rausu in February has become world famous.
Watching or photographinlg Red-crowned Cranes is another excellent experience.
In winter, you can easily enjoy this fantastic bird in the Kushiro area.
At Akan International Crane Centre, at Tancho no Sato, don't miss the feeding show which starts at 2 o'clock every day only in winter. In addition to the courtship dancing of the cranes, watch spectacular battles between the cranes and sea eagles tempted in by food put out for the cranes. Visit the Otowa Bridge in Tsurui Village very early on winter mornings to see the cranes leaving their overnight roost-it's a spectacular experience. You can watch the cranes resting or dancing in the mist rising from the river.
The best seasons for bird-watching in this region are the periods between late January and early March for winter birds and between mid-June and early August for summer birds. You need at least 4-5 days for watching or photographing, but if you really want to enjoy the region's birds, staying for one week is recommendable.

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There is a great range of accommodations in the area, which includes reasonable Japanese-style inns, B&B, and western style hotels. You can enjoy Japanese style meals throughout the region, but for those who do not enjoy Japanese cuisine, western-style meals are available in most of the towns. This area is also very rich in natural hot springs. In most of the inns and hotels, you can enjoy Japanese-style public hot-spring baths, which are wonderfully relaxing after a long day out in the field birdwatching. For those not interested in experiencing this traditional Japanese culture, western-style baths may also be available; it is best to make your intentions clear when you choose your accommodations.

Western-style rent-a-car service is available at each aitport, and is quite reasonably priced. Driving around this area in summer is very pleasant, but driving on Frozen winter roads is challenging and may be dangerous for beginners. Hiring an English-speaking bird-watching guide is recommended, and we have several that we can introduce you to. They can provide you not only with bird-watching guiding service, but will also drive for you and will be there to interpret the language and culture you experience during your stay.


Events and activities

Early September,Nemuro Crab Festival Early September,Nemuro Crab Festival
This is a festival to enjoy Hanasaki crab, Nemuro's local specialty. You can enjoy various crab dishes such as teppo soup as well as boiled crabs and grilled crabs
Mid September,Nemuro Saury Festival Mid September,Nemuro Saury Festival
This is a festival to enjoy pacific saury harvested in Nemuro which boasts the highest catch of saury in Japan. Saury caught here have a lot of fat and some call it "fatty saury." In the festival, a 100m charcoal grill is prepared for visitors to grill saury, and there are various other interesting events such as saury grabbing, saury on-site sale, and saury cooking.
Nemuro Sightseeing Cruise Nemuro Sightseeing Cruise
Ochiishi nature cruise and Habomai Fishing Port Panoramic Cruise (in winter) are popular.
Footpath Footpath
You can feel Nemuro's rich nature as you walk in the grassland and seaside area.

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Nemuro's Seafood


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Map & Access

Access

You can visit tourist spots in Nemuro City by regularly-operated bus or by seasonally-operated sightseeing bus. If you are not in a rush, enjoy traveling the City of Nemuro by using these local bus routes.

You can visit the City of Kushiro, one of the neighboring municipalities by train running on the JR Nemuro Main Line (also called by its nickname, the Hanasaki Line). From Kushiro, the JR Senmo Line train (famous as "Norokko Train" in summer) takes you to the City of Abashiri via the famous Kawayu Hot Spring Resort that participated in the Hot Spring Summit, and via Shari Town.

Bus routes operated by Nemuro Kotsu Bus take you to Bekkai and Nakashibetsu via Akkeshi.
From Nakashibetsu, you can go to Shibetsu, Rausu, Utoro and Kushiro by bus operated by Akan Bus.

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【Railway】Hanasaki LineNemuro-Hanasaki-Attoko-Hamanaka-Akkeshi-Kushiro
Kushiro-Obihiro
Kushiro-Sapporo
Kushiro-Shari-Abashiri
Abashiri-Sapporo
Shari-Utoro
Utoro-Sapporo
【Bus】Nemuro KotsuNemuro-Sapporo(Highway bus)
Nemuro- Cape Nosappu, Onneto, Shunkunitai, Lake Furen, Kurumaishi, Ochiishi, Habomai
Nemuro KotsuNemuro-Kushiro
Nemuro KotsuNemuro-Attoko-Bekkai-Nakashibetsu
Akan BusNakashibetsu-Kushiro
Nakashibetsu-Shibetsu-Rausu-Utoro
Nakashibetsu-Kaiyodai, Yoroushi

Tourist spots which can be visited by bus regularly operated within the city.

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★From Nemuro Station
1.JR Nemuro Station
2.Tourist Information Center:Across from the Nemuro Station
3.Meiji Park:7 minutes by taxi.
4.Kotohira Jinja:Shiomi Line, 7 minutes. Get off at "Shiomi-cho", 5 minute walk.
5.Northern Territories Exchange Center 'NIHORO'Attoko Line, 10 minutes. Get off at "Hoppo-yonto Koryu Center Iriguchi", 10 minute walk.
6.Museum of History and NatureHanasaki Line, 12 minutes. Get off at "Kurumaishi Iriguchi", 10 minute walk.
7.KurumaishiHanasaki Line, 12 minutes. Get off at "Kurumaishi Iriguchi", 20 minute walk.
8.Shunkunitai Wild Bird SanctuaryAttoko Line, 18 minutes. Get off at "Tobai", 2 minute walk.
9.ShunkunitaiAttoko Line, 18 minutes. Get off at "Tobai", 10 minute walk.
10.Roadside station, 'Swan 44 Nemuro'Attoko Line, 20 minutes. Get off at "Hakuchodai", Short walk from the bus stop.
10.Lake FurenAttoko Line, 20 minutes. Get off at "Hakuchodai", Short walk from the bus stop.
11.Ochiishi Fishing Port: JR Nemuro Main Line, 32 minutes. Get off at "Ochiishi Sta.", 10 minutes by taxi.
12.Habomai Fishing PortNosappu Line, 35 minutes. Get off at "Habomai Teiryusho", 10 minute walk.
13.Cape NosappuNosappu Line, 45 minutes. Get off at "Nosappu Misaki".
14.Northern Natural Flower Garden:25 minutes by taxi.




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