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General Info

Nemuro is a city and port located in Nemuro Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. It is the capital city of Nemuro Subprefecture. Much of the city lies on the Nemuro Peninsula.. As of February 29, 2012, the city has an estimated population of 29,087, with 12,966 households, and a population density of 56.74 persons per km. The total area is 512.63 km2.. The city was founded on August 1, 1957., April 1, 1959, Nemuro merged with Habomai, Hokkaido..

What To See

Cape Nosappu (納 沙 布 岬 Nosappu misaki). Japan's easternmost point. The lighthouse here is the oldest in Hokkaido (built in 1872), and perhaps the most photographed. Behind the lighthouse is a birdwatching hide.. Many monuments to the former Japanese residents of the Kurile archipelago (now under Russian control) can be found at lookout points along the shore. On clear days, you can see Russia, or at least the nearest of the Kuril Islands.. Hoppo kan (北 方 館), 納 沙 布 3 6 − 6 (Near the large tower at Cape Nosappu), ☎ + 81 153 28-3277, fax; + 81 0153 28-3280..

9AM 5PM. The small museum of The North (北 方 hoppou) provides some history of Cape Nosappu, Nemuro, and the formerly Japanese Kuril Islands; Habomai, Kunashiri, Shikotan, and Etorofu.. Adjoining it is the House of Nostalgia (望 郷 の 家 boukyou no ie) for life on those islands. There are maps, photos, and telescopes. Nearby stands the Bridge to the Four Islands (四 島 の か け 橋 shima no kakehashi), a large archway with a permanent flaming torch.. This whole area, with its buildings, monuments, and lookouts, makes up the Cape of Nostalgia Park (望 郷 の 岬 公 園 boukyou no misaki kouen). Free..

Hanasaki Lighthouse and Kurumaishi (花 咲 灯 台 と 車 石) (10 min by Hanasaki Line bus from JR Nemuro Station to Kurumaishi Iriguchi). Hanasaki Port, visible from the lighthouse, is one of Japan's most productive fishing ports.. The Kurumaishi (wheel stone) is a unique radial rock formation 6m in diameter.. Shunkuni tai Wild Bird Nature Center & Lake Furen (春 国 岱 , 風 蓮 湖). Shunkuni tai and Furen ko constitute site no. 1542 on Japan's Ramsar Convention list of wetlands of international importance.. Furen ko is a brackish lagoon and estuary of the Furen River that has developed into a vast saltmarsh. Shunkuni tai consists of ancient sand dunes covered by a forest of Sakhalin Spruce (Picea glehnii)..

Among the hundreds of bird species recorded here are the endangered Japanese Crane (Grus japonensis) and Spoon billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus), and the rare White tailed Sea Eagle, Steller's Eagle, Black Woodpecker, and Blakiston's Fish Owl.. Shunkuni tai Wildbird Nature Center attracts 10,000 visitors annually, and various nature observation programs by local NGOs and other organizations.. Cape Ochiishi (落 石 岬) (1 walk from JR Ochiishi Station). Cape Ochiishi is about 21 km southeast of Nemuro City on the Pacific coast..

Strong waves lash the shore, and seals and sea otters can sometimes be seen in the seas below the powerful lighthouse (visible up to 35 km away in clear weather).. The long walk to and from JR Ochiishi Station passes fields of wildflowers in the summer, with azaleas in full flower in June.. Meiji Koen (明 治 公 園), Meiji cho 1 chome (6 min by city bus from JR Nemuro Station). This Nemuro city park features three red brick silos that date from the 1930s, the second oldest in Japan.. They are emblematic of the growth of the local dairy industry and, more generally, Japan's rush to modernize its economy after the end of the Tokugawa era and the beginning of the Meiji period..

What To See

Cape Nosappu (納 沙 布 岬 Nosappu misaki). Japan's easternmost point. The lighthouse here is the oldest in Hokkaido (built in 1872), and perhaps the most photographed. Behind the lighthouse is a birdwatching hide.. Many monuments to the former Japanese residents of the Kurile archipelago (now under Russian control) can be found at lookout points along the shore. On clear days, you can see Russia, or at least the nearest of the Kuril Islands.. Hoppo kan (北 方 館), 納 沙 布 3 6 − 6 (Near the large tower at Cape Nosappu), ☎ + 81 153 28-3277, fax; + 81 0153 28-3280..

9AM 5PM. The small museum of The North (北 方 hoppou) provides some history of Cape Nosappu, Nemuro, and the formerly Japanese Kuril Islands; Habomai, Kunashiri, Shikotan, and Etorofu.. Adjoining it is the House of Nostalgia (望 郷 の 家 boukyou no ie) for life on those islands. There are maps, photos, and telescopes. Nearby stands the Bridge to the Four Islands (四 島 の か け 橋 shima no kakehashi), a large archway with a permanent flaming torch.. This whole area, with its buildings, monuments, and lookouts, makes up the Cape of Nostalgia Park (望 郷 の 岬 公 園 boukyou no misaki kouen). Free..

Hanasaki Lighthouse and Kurumaishi (花 咲 灯 台 と 車 石) (10 min by Hanasaki Line bus from JR Nemuro Station to Kurumaishi Iriguchi). Hanasaki Port, visible from the lighthouse, is one of Japan's most productive fishing ports.. The Kurumaishi (wheel stone) is a unique radial rock formation 6m in diameter.. Shunkuni tai Wild Bird Nature Center & Lake Furen (春 国 岱 , 風 蓮 湖). Shunkuni tai and Furen ko constitute site no. 1542 on Japan's Ramsar Convention list of wetlands of international importance.. Furen ko is a brackish lagoon and estuary of the Furen River that has developed into a vast saltmarsh. Shunkuni tai consists of ancient sand dunes covered by a forest of Sakhalin Spruce (Picea glehnii)..

Among the hundreds of bird species recorded here are the endangered Japanese Crane (Grus japonensis) and Spoon billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus), and the rare White tailed Sea Eagle, Steller's Eagle, Black Woodpecker, and Blakiston's Fish Owl.. Shunkuni tai Wildbird Nature Center attracts 10,000 visitors annually, and various nature observation programs by local NGOs and other organizations.. Cape Ochiishi (落 石 岬) (1 walk from JR Ochiishi Station). Cape Ochiishi is about 21 km southeast of Nemuro City on the Pacific coast..

Strong waves lash the shore, and seals and sea otters can sometimes be seen in the seas below the powerful lighthouse (visible up to 35 km away in clear weather).. The long walk to and from JR Ochiishi Station passes fields of wildflowers in the summer, with azaleas in full flower in June.. Meiji Koen (明 治 公 園), Meiji cho 1 chome (6 min by city bus from JR Nemuro Station). This Nemuro city park features three red brick silos that date from the 1930s, the second oldest in Japan.. They are emblematic of the growth of the local dairy industry and, more generally, Japan's rush to modernize its economy after the end of the Tokugawa era and the beginning of the Meiji period..

How To Get In

Nemuro Station (根 室 駅) is the final stop on the JR Nemuro Main Line, called the Hanasaki Line between Kushiro and Nemuro. Service is sparse; two daily rapid trains (just over two hours from Kushiro) and six locals (just over three hours).. Those who want to make a day trip from Kushiro to Nemuro and back would be advised to board the Hanasaki Rapid train leaving Kushiro at 5; 55AM (arr 8; 13AM) or 11; 13AM (arr 1; 38PM) and departing Nemuro at 11; 12AM (arr 1; 20PM) or 9; 44PM (arr 11; 53PM).. The second to last stop, Higashi Nemuro Station (東 根 室 駅), may be of interest to train buffs as the easternmost station in all of Japan..

Several of the train cars and stations along the Hanasaki Line are emblazoned with characters from the Lupin III manga series, whose creator, Monkey Punch (Kazuhiko Kato), was born in Hamanaka, about halfway between Kushiro and Nemuro.. Nakashibetsu Airport (IATA; SHB) has shuttle service to Sapporo (Chitose) and Tokyo (Haneda)..

How To Get Around

Nemuro Sightseeing Information Center (根 室 観 光 イ ン フ ォ メ ー シ ョ ン セ ン タ ー), 光 和 町 2 丁 目 1 0 (20m from JR Nemuro Station), ☎ + 81 153 24-3104, fax; + 81 0153 24-7811, e-mail; info@nemuro kankou.com.. The staff here can help you find directions, things to do, lodging, and food. They have free maps, too. There is also a small gift shop.. Scheduled Tour Bus " Nosappu " (定 期 観 光 ハ ス 「 の さ っ ふ 号 」), JR Nemuro Station (bus ticket booth inside station), ☎ + 81 153 24-3104.. Mid July to mid September, 8; 25AM to 10; 40AM (Route A) & 10; 45AM to 1; 30PM (Route B). The tours are closely timed to meet the Rapid trains from Kushiro..

Route A starts at 8; 25AM and circles the eastern end of the peninsula, stopping 45 min at Cape Nosappu and 20 min at Kotohira (Konpira) Shrine (which overlooks Nemuro harbor), then returns to the train station at 10; 40AM, in time for the 11; 12AM Rapid train to Kushiro.. Route B starts at 10; 45AM and circles the western end of the peninsula, stopping at the Hanasaki Lighthouse Kurumaishi (wheel stone), the Shunkuni tai Wild Bird Nature Center, and other spots along the coast, then returns to the station at 1; 30PM..

The young tour guides are very informative, at least in Japanese. ¥1850 / adult, ¥930 / child (Route A); ¥1030 / adult, ¥520 / child (Route B); ¥2260 / adult, ¥1130 / child (Routes A&B)..

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How To Get In

Nemuro Station (根 室 駅) is the final stop on the JR Nemuro Main Line, called the Hanasaki Line between Kushiro and Nemuro. Service is sparse; two daily rapid trains (just over two hours from Kushiro) and six locals (just over three hours).. Those who want to make a day trip from Kushiro to Nemuro and back would be advised to board the Hanasaki Rapid train leaving Kushiro at 5; 55AM (arr 8; 13AM) or 11; 13AM (arr 1; 38PM) and departing Nemuro at 11; 12AM (arr 1; 20PM) or 9; 44PM (arr 11; 53PM).. The second to last stop, Higashi Nemuro Station (東 根 室 駅), may be of interest to train buffs as the easternmost station in all of Japan..

Several of the train cars and stations along the Hanasaki Line are emblazoned with characters from the Lupin III manga series, whose creator, Monkey Punch (Kazuhiko Kato), was born in Hamanaka, about halfway between Kushiro and Nemuro.. Nakashibetsu Airport (IATA; SHB) has shuttle service to Sapporo (Chitose) and Tokyo (Haneda)..

How To Get Around

Nemuro Sightseeing Information Center (根 室 観 光 イ ン フ ォ メ ー シ ョ ン セ ン タ ー), 光 和 町 2 丁 目 1 0 (20m from JR Nemuro Station), ☎ + 81 153 24-3104, fax; + 81 0153 24-7811, e-mail; info@nemuro kankou.com.. The staff here can help you find directions, things to do, lodging, and food. They have free maps, too. There is also a small gift shop.. Scheduled Tour Bus " Nosappu " (定 期 観 光 ハ ス 「 の さ っ ふ 号 」), JR Nemuro Station (bus ticket booth inside station), ☎ + 81 153 24-3104.. Mid July to mid September, 8; 25AM to 10; 40AM (Route A) & 10; 45AM to 1; 30PM (Route B). The tours are closely timed to meet the Rapid trains from Kushiro..

Route A starts at 8; 25AM and circles the eastern end of the peninsula, stopping 45 min at Cape Nosappu and 20 min at Kotohira (Konpira) Shrine (which overlooks Nemuro harbor), then returns to the train station at 10; 40AM, in time for the 11; 12AM Rapid train to Kushiro.. Route B starts at 10; 45AM and circles the western end of the peninsula, stopping at the Hanasaki Lighthouse Kurumaishi (wheel stone), the Shunkuni tai Wild Bird Nature Center, and other spots along the coast, then returns to the station at 1; 30PM..

The young tour guides are very informative, at least in Japanese. ¥1850 / adult, ¥930 / child (Route A); ¥1030 / adult, ¥520 / child (Route B); ¥2260 / adult, ¥1130 / child (Routes A&B)..

What To Eat

Even within Japan Nemuro is renowned for its fish and is a contender for one of the best dining destinations in Hokkaido. Sanma and Hanasaki crab are local delicacies which also merit their own festivals.. There is a surprisingly wide array of cuisines and eateries in this otherwise quiet and far flung town.. Lake Sunset (レ ー ク サ ン セ ッ ト), 東 梅 2 1 8 − 6 (On the north side of Highway 44 about 10km west of central Nemuro), ☎ + 81 153 25-3510, fax; + 81 0153 25-3510.. This restaurant also has cabins for rent. It is located on the edge of a large lake, which makes for good bird watching. There are even binoculars at the tables for customers to use while waiting for food to arrive..

Sushihan (鮨 半), 大 正 町 2 丁 目 4 1 (On the corner of Highway 44 and Ekimae Dori, 2 blocks N of Nemuro Station), ☎ + 81 153 24-4233.. This small sushi restaurant serves standard sushi fare and the locally popular sea urchin (uni don). Lunch special ¥900.. Hanamaru (花 ま る), 35 番 地 9 丁 目 花 園 町 (On the main road into town, about a 10 minute walk from Nemuro Station), ☎ + 81 153-24-1444.. 11 : 00~ 22 : 00. Nemuro's finest kaiten sushi restaurant serving extremely fresh locally caught fish. Very popular with locals, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings, waits possible, but worth it..

There are also branches in Sapporo and Nakashibetsu, but this is the original and the best !. My Wing (マ イ ウ イ ン ク), 光 和 町 1 丁 目 2 3 (A 2 minute walk from Nemuro Station), ☎ + 81 153-24-7337. 11; 00 to 23; 00 weekdays, 12; 00 to 23; 00, Sundays and holidays.. A cosy log cabin restaurant and coffee house with eclectic decor. The wood burning stove is particularly welcome in winter. Serves mostly western food adapted for Japanese tastes. The Yaki Curry is a particular recommendation, as are the seasonal deserts. Also sells and grinds an original blend of coffee beans..

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Satin Doll (サ テ ン ト ー ル), 大 正 町 1 丁 目 2 4 (Between Nemuro Station and Highway 44 on the east side of the road), ☎ + 81 153 24-8052.. 10AM 10PM. This is a coffee shop that also serves alcohol. It plays jazz music all the time, and has a relaxing ambiance. Coffee ¥400..

Where To Sleep

As with much of Hokkaido, tent campers should feel free to set up tent after dark at a public rest area or parking area. If the tent is taken down before 9AM, nobody will mind.. Lake Sunset (レ ー ク サ ン セ ッ ト), 東 梅 2 1 8 − 6 (On the north side of Highway 44 about 10km west of central Nemuro), ☎ + 81 153 25-3510, fax; + 81 0153 25-3510.. This place has many cabins for rental. There are cabins for 1-2, 3 4, 4 5, or 6-8 people. There is also an attached restaurant. Depending on cabin size, ¥3800 per person, ¥800 for breakfast..

Transportation

Nearby Nakashibetsu Airport serves Nemuro..

Climate

Nemuro, like most of Hokkaido, has a humid continental climate with mild to warm summers and cold snowy winters.. Like the more northerly Kuril Islands, it has an extremely strong seasonal lag, with the highest temperatures in August and September and lowest in February, though it is not so gloomy as extremely foggy North Pacific islands like Simushir or the Aleutian Islands.. Its peninsular location makes Nemuro very windy, especially during autumn and winter, with mean wind speeds as high as 22.7 kilometres per hour in November..

Sister Cities

Nemuro is twinned with the following sister cities.

Cuisine

One local specialty of Nemuro is " escalope ". This consists of tonkatsu over butter fried rice with a special demiglace sauce.. Nemuro is well known by the people of Hokkaido as the one of the best places to eat sushi because of the caught seafood. Nemuro also is the origin of two and sushi restaurants in Hokkaido Matsuriya and Hanamaru.. Nemuro's seafood delicacies include their fresh Pacific saury, salmon, king crab, and shrimp.. Other delicacies in Nemuro include yakitori bento, Holland sanbei, soft serve ice cream, and monjayaki..