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Bill S
Big Bear Lake, CA2,213 contributions
Jun 2021
I've been here a few times and it is always worth the trip. Easy hike for some amazing views. If you can read Japanese or bring your iPhone to translate you can learn some interesting history about this area as well. The Cape is subject to high winds so if you having trouble standing up in the parking lot then skip the hike to the lighthouse or end of the cape. Very beautiful and they have closing hours that would keep you from watching a sunset in the summer.
Written August 4, 2021
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mabei0123
Tsukuba, Japan16,697 contributions
Jul 2020
I rented a car in Sapporo and drove to Cape Kamui of Shakotan Penninsula for the first time. It took @1 hour from Otaru and @2.5 hours from Sapporo to the parking lot of Cape Kamui. It's a @15-20 min. walk from the parking lot to the tip of Cape Kamui and you can enjoy @300 degree views of Japan Sea. It's beautiful to sea the sunset in the West in the evening. It's good for a half day drive from Sapporo.
Written July 27, 2020
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Frank P
Vancouver68 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Instead of renting a car, we decided to go with Chuo Bus tour as it stops at several other attractions. You can get the tickets at the counter or you can reserve online as we did. If you are going to purchase the ticket at the counter, get your ticket one day in advance to ensure availability.
The tour stops at a whiskey distillery which, according to a fellow tourist from New Jersey, is one of the two famous whiskey distilleries in Japan. Apparently it is a destination for whiskey lovers in the world. Some join the tour just for the whiskey.
The next stop is a rustic beach which is only accessible through a 100 feet tunnel and a 400 step hike down to the rocky beach. We could only take a few pictures on the beach as we spent too much time taking pictures on the way down the trail. Photos below.
Cape Kamui was the next destination that took us about 40 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the cape. On the trail, you can enjoy a 360o view of the sea, and the shore ...
You are guaranteed many breathtaking views.
On the way back the bus took us to a a port where one could enjoy the fish and the seagulls which is the subject of another review.
It is a full day tour from 9 am to 7 pm.
Sneakers are required given the amount of hiking up and down the different trails.
Written October 18, 2015
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Ong Li Rui
Singapore, Singapore628 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
We visited in a small rainy day, it was super windy but I am still excited of the natural beauty. This was one of our mission to be completed in Hokkaido, other than the super fresh sea urchin :P

Public toilet next to car-park was so clean, a short walking distance to the Kamuimisaki, the signature door starting point. Along the half way, there was a wood bench in each view deck of both side. After return to Kamuimisaki, remember walk to the view deck which able to view the whole Cape Kamui was so beautiful!

We drive from Otaru, Shimamui Coast was our 1st station, after Cape Kamui we head to Niseko to stay a night for rest. Of course, not forget to eat super fresh urchin rice bowl before we leave Shakotan peninsula.

Well worth the drive, one of our highlight in our 3 weeks holiday in Hokkaido. Highly recommended & definitely will come again when we travel to Hokkaido.

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Written September 14, 2017
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bluebell861
Penang, Malaysia16 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
Grand view of ocean at Shakotan, Hokkaido. Self drive is recommended to visit this place. Otherwise you can take irregular Chuo bus from Sapporo, Otaru or Yoichi. Email Chuo Bus for timetable and advice.
Prepare to walk 30minutes to view the candle rock(Rosoku-iwa). Breathtaking view along your walk. The water is emerald green and blue crystal clear.
I visit Shimamui Coast after Cape Kamui. Shimamui more scenic than Cape Kamui and you can go down the trail for 10-15 minutes. I spend 1 hour sitting on the rock, doing nothing and just enjoy the nature. The best experience and the best view I had in Japan during my 2 weeks vacation.
Try the sea urchin and shrimp at restaurant next to parking area. The fresh sea urchin is more delicious compare to Hakodate sea urchin.
Written June 22, 2015
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Michelle
Japan217 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
Some people confuse this place with Cape Shakotan. To set the record straight, Cape Kamui is located along the Shakotan Peninsula and is really far away from Cape Shakotan.
The best way to enjoy the day trip out to Cape Kamui is to drive. You can take a train down to Otaru from Sapporo and rent a car. The nearest car rental is the Toyota car rental near the station. GPS is provided which makes navigating very easy.
The drive will take around 1hour and 15mins to get to Cape Kamui from Otaru Station. Though there are many tunnels, as you near your destination, you'll find that the route is rather scenic, so dont forget your camera!
From the parking lot, it takes another 20-30minutes to hike to the very edge of the cape. I highly recommend it and do remember to wear proper shoes! You'l be rewarded with a gorgeous view, it is definitely not to be missed!
Once you are done, i also recommend driving down to shimamu beach to get up close to how blue and crystal clear the waters are and if you have time, just relax by the beach. I also recommend going down to Bikuni-cho and get on the 'glass bottom boat'. You'll see sea urchins, starfishes, and marvel at how beautifully blue shakotan waters are.
Written August 3, 2015
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Kwakaku
Sakai, Japan2,050 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
A century before, the Kamui Lighthouse was manually operated. On October 29, 1912, the wife of cheef lighthouse keeper and the wife of assistant light house keeper with her 3-year-old son were going to visit Yobetsu village to do some shopping for the purpose of celebrating the Emperor's Birthday. They were swept off their feet by waves, and were drowned when they were crossing Cape Wakushiri. To avoid further tragedies, the villagers started manually digging a tunnel in 1914, from the both sides of the cape. Being amateurish, they couldn't reach each other. As they chanted prayers to the Buddha, striking gongs, they realized which way to dig. On November 8, 1918, the tunnel was finally opened. Thereafter, the tunnel was called Nembutsu (a prayer to the Buddha) Tunnel.
Today, we could only see the cave-like entrance of the tunnel from above as we walked along the ridge to Cape Kamui.
Written August 10, 2018
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Bryan T
Genting Highlands, Malaysia136 contributions
May 2018
The route from Niseko took us along the eastern coast; there were hardly any cars and it was beautiful. At the carpark, it takes 5 minutes to walk to the gate which says ‘women are forbidden’. Beyond that, if you wish to walk to the lighthouse at the end, it takes around 20 minutes. Definitely worth it though, the scenery that greeted us at the very end was stunning. However, get ready for many short ascents and descents! Spend about 45-75 minutes here, lesser if u do not wish to hike to the end.
Written May 25, 2018
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Vin L
Singapore, Singapore25 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Despite the hot summer, the place was cool and wind is strong.

For ladies, better to wear jeans or berms. Do be careful when taking photos of the splendid view as so spots are not paved, also wear shoes as some spots have loose rock path.
Written July 23, 2017
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Thebates22
Chester, UK1,631 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
As part of a 3 week trip to Japan, we were visiting our son who lives in Hirafu-Niseko for a week. He has his own car so we decided to venture out to the Shakotan Peninsula, and specifically Cape Kamui one afternoon.

This place is stunning, but unfortunately for us the off shore winds were howling and the gate which allows access to the last 15 min walk to the lighthouse was closed for safety reasons (I totally understand the decision).

Parking is free, and public toilets and a small gift shop are available.
Written June 3, 2017
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