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Muroran Travel | Things to Do

Iburi Region’s capital, the heavy industrial city Muroran (室蘭) sits on the beautiful Etomo Peninsula, between the Uchiura Bay and the Pacific Ocean, with a natural harbor. Eastern Japan’s longest suspension bridge, coastlines and factories make up amazing views. You will find several scenic walks and viewpoints around the town.


01 SCENIC CAPE

Chikyu-misaki

地球岬 / 4 Bokoi Minami-machi / 24hrs / FREE / Wi-Fi

Muoran’s most popular viewpoint is known as the ‘Earth Cape’, the beautiful horizontal line appears to be curving by geographical elements of the caldera-shaped Uchiura Bay. You can overlooking the opposite shore and Koma-ga-take on a clear day. The white lighthouse stands on the 120m-high cliff.
If you get here by a Muroran-bound train, get off at Bokoi Station (母恋駅) and transfer the bus 13, 14 or 16 to Chikyu-misaki Danchi (地球岬団地), then walk about 20 minutes up the hill.


02 HIKING

Chikyu-misaki Trail

地球岬散策路 / Chikyu-misaki Sansakuro / 3km / 1.5hrs

There are several scenic walks and viewpoints around the town, many starting from the coastal Chikyu-misaki Sightseeing Road runs from the singing sandy beach Itanki-hama (イタンキ浜) to the city center. The excellent coastal walkway (3km), between Tokkarisho Viewpoint (トッカリショ展望台) to the Muroran Youth Hostel, offering superb views of the ocean and steel factories.


03 MOUNTAIN & SCENIC VIEWPOINT

Bokoi-fuji

母恋富士 / 3 Gozensui-cho / 24hrs

The pleasant trails to Bokoi-Fuji (156m) are popular for their views of the harbor, towns and steel factories. Walks start at the end of cherry trees street near JR Bokoi Station. You can continue walking to Chikyu-misaki or the Muroran Youth Hostel from Bokoi-fuji.



04 MOUNTAIN & SCENIC VIEWPOINT

Sokuryo-zan

測量山 / 1 Shimizu-cho / 24hrs

Some 2km east of JR Muroran Station is a small mountain of Sokuryo-zan (199m) for the city’s great view, where the road survey (sokuryo) was carried out by American engineer AG Warfield in 1872. The broadcasting towers set on a top and its illuminated at night.


05 LOCAL HISTORY

Muroran Port-side Museum of Literature

港の文学館 / Minato-no-Bungakukan / 1-1-9 Kaigan-cho / 10am-5pm / Closed Mon & Day after the holiday / FREE

Just a short walk from JR Muroran Station, this red brick literature museum introduced manuscripts and books of local prominent writers. There is a small cafe on the 2nd floor.


06 HISTORIC BUILDING

Muroran Tourist Association

旧室蘭駅舎 / 1-5-1 Kaigan-cho / 8am-7pm, to 5pm Nov-Mar / FREE / Wi-Fi / www.muro-kanko.com

About 700m northwest of JR Muroran Station, this old train station (built in 1912) has a tourist association (室蘭観光協会) and a small gallery. All highway buses from Sapporo arrive here and you can buy bus tickets here. English brochures and maps are also available.


07 SHRINE

Muroran Hachiman-gu

室蘭八幡宮 / 2-9-3 Kaigan-cho / 24hrs / FREE

Founded in 1874 as a ‘whale shrine’, the hilltop Hachiman-gu has the 1938 main building. The crown princes Meiji and Taisho visited here. You can climb up stairs from the tourist association (old train station).



Muroran Map


Getting There

The limited express train Suzuran (すずらん) runs from Sapporo to Higashi-Muroran (6 daily / 1.5hrs) via Shiraoi and Noboribetsu, continue to Muroran as a local train stopping at all stations.

Highway and suburban buses depart in front of Muroran Tourist Association (室蘭観光協会: called kanko kyokai in Japanese) at Old Muroran Station. Chuo and Donan buses serve Sapporo (14 daily / 2.5hrs). Donan Bus also services New Chitose Airport (9 daily / 2hrs). 


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