根室観光案内 | Nemuro Travel



Japan’s most eastern mainland city, Nemuro is in the closest position to the 1150km-long Chishima Islands that stretches from Hokkaido to Kamchatka. Nature-rich, the 60km-long Nemuro Peninsula is a perfect place for birdwatching, wildlife cruising, footpath hiking and dining on fresh seafood. Nemuro makes a fulfilling day trip from Kushiro.


Location 125km east of Kushiro via Akkeshi (77km), 75km southeast of Nakashibetsu

Population 24,000

Highlights Nosappu-misaki, Shunkunitai, Furen-ko, Nemuro Footpaths

Tourist Information & Bike Rentals Nemuro Tourist Information Center (根室市観光インフォメーションセンター): Tel 0166-83-3716 / Nemuro Station bus terminal, 2-10 Kowa-cho / 8am-6pm Jun-Aug, 9am-5pm Sep-May / Bike rentals mid May-late Oct / www.nemuro-kankou.com



納沙布岬 / 36-6 Nosappu

Nosappu-misaki is mainland Japan’s easternmost point and the earliest sunrise is 3.37am in mid June. On a clear day, you can see Kaigara-jima (just 3.7km east) and Suisho-to (7km east) belonging to the disputed Chishima Islands across the strait. Summer mornings are often covered a sea mist.
Nosappu Lighthouse (納沙布灯台), at the tip of the cape, is Hokkaido’s oldest lighthouse built in 1872 and reconstructed in 1930. Hoppo-kan Bokyo-no-ie (北方館望郷の家: 9am-5pm 16 Mar-15 Nov, to 4.30pm 16 Nov-15 Mar / Closed Mon Nov-Apr, 31 Dec-5 Jan / FREE) center offers a view to the bleak Russia’s outpost on Suisho-to through free telescopes.
From JR Nemuro Station, there are several return buses each day to Nosappu-misaki (44min / one-way ¥1070 / return ¥1930).


Meiji Park

明治公園 / 81 Makinouchi / 24hrs / FREE

Originally constructed in 1875 (Meiji period) as Hokkaido’s second government-run ranch, this well-maintained park has three red brick silos dating from 1932. Meiji Park is about 2km east of JR Nemuro Station.


Furen-ko & Shunkunitai

風蓮湖・春国岱 / 103 Tobai / 24hrs / FREE / www.marimo.or.jp/~nemu_nc/workn

The 59-sq-km lagoon Furen-ko is the natural highlight of Nemuro, providing sanctuary for 330 species of birds, including sea eagles, whooper swans and tancho (Japanese crane).
Shunkunitai is a 8km-long scenic sandbank separates the Nemuro Bay and Furen-ko. Much of the landscape is covered with pine trees and beach roses. It is also called the ‘miracle sandbank’.
Shunkunitai Nature Center (春国岱ネイチャーセンター) on Route 44 has a practical information and the latest trail conditions. From here, winding short and long boardwalks pass trough a wildlife sanctuary. The longest return hike for the dune takes about 3.5 hours.
Shunkunitai is a short walk from Tobai (東梅) stop on the bus route between JR Nemuro Station (19min) and Attoko Station (29min) or Nakashibetsu Airport.


Ochiishi-misaki Path


At the southern tip of Nemuro is this scenic cape looking over the ocean. A two-hour loop track starting near the beginning of the Old Ochiishi Radio Station (落石無線局跡) built in 1923, taking in pine forest and wildflower gardens. Around mid June, sakai-tsutsuji (rhododendron lapponicum) blooms in the wetland.
The entrance gate of the cape takes about an hour on foot from Ochiishi Station (落石駅) on the JR Hanasaki Line. The Eneos (8am-6pm, to 5pm holiday / Closed Sun) gas station, 450m south of the train station, sells footpath maps for Ochiishi-misaki and Hamamatsu paths.


Hamamatsu Path


From JR Ochiishi Station this 8km, 3-hour footpath loop through Hamamatsu’s scenic coastal hills, pine forest, sandy beaches and a fishing village. Wild dosanko (Hokkaido horses) graze in the pastures.


Attoko Path


Starting at JR Attoko Station or Akesato-Ito Farm, this 10.5km circumference footpath goes along the disused railway track, through the forest and pleasant pastures. The easy 5km walk between the train station and the farm past the picturesque hill is also good. JR Attoko Station’s bus ticket office sells footpath maps (12.30pm-8.30pm Mon-Sat).



TRAIN: Nemuro is 2.5 hours from Kushiro by train (6 daily / ¥2860) on the scenic JR Nemuro Line (it also called the JR Hanasaki Line: 花咲線).

BUS: Nemuro Station terminal is opposite the train station (It sells bus tickets and passes).
The overnight bus Aurora-go (オーロラ号) service between Sapporo Odori Bus Center and Nemuro (8.5hrs+) via Attoko. On weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun, holiday & day before a holiday), there is an additional overnight bus (7hrs+). Compulsory reservation.
Intercity buses connect Nemuro with Kushiro (3 weekday, twice Sat & Sun / 2.5hrs) stopping at Attoko, Michi-no-eki Swan 44 Nemuro and Tobai. A discount one-day round-trip ticket (1日往復乗車券) is available on Saturday, Sunday and holiday.
Four airport buses, timed to meet all flights, run from Nemuro to Nakashibetsu Airport (1hr 40min) via JR Attoko Station (36min), Betsukai Purato (1hr) and Nakashibetsu bus terminal (1.5hrs).