About 10km north of Rumoi, Obira (小平町) was also once a herring fishing village, and there were underground coal mines in Tappu (達布: about 20km east of Obira) until 1967. From early July to mid August, the town’s two sandy beaches, Usuya (臼谷) and Onishika (鬼鹿), are the sparkling playgrounds.
01 LOCAL HISTORY & ROADSIDE STATION
Old Hanada Family Fishing Hut
旧花田家番屋 / Kyu Hanada-ke Ban-ya / 35-2 Onishika-Hirotomi / 8am-5pm Apr-Oct, 10am-4pm Nov-Apr / Closed Mon except 3rd Mon in Jun-2nd Mon in Aug / Admission ¥400
Hokkaido’s largest wooden fishing hut like a herring palace, the 1905 Hanada-ke Ban-ya was once the temporary living quarters of the fisherman’s chief and some 200 seasonal workers. The hut contains large-scale fireplaces, beds and the owner’s gorgeous living room.
Adjacent to the house is the Michi-no-eki Obira Nishin Ban-ya (道の駅おびら鯡番屋) that has a roadside station, tourist information center, gallery and good restaurant.
Along the coast is Nishin Bunka Rekishi Park (鰊文化歴史公園) with great ocean views.
The hut is facing the Hanada Ban-ya-mae (花田番屋前) bus stop. Local and intercity buses stop here.
Onishika Twin Beach
おにしかツインビーチ / Tel 0164-57-1951 / Early Jul-mid Aug / Parking fee ¥500 (motorcycle ¥200) per day
Onishika has a child-friendly ocean pool and a natural sandy beach, camping is also available from ¥2000 per tent. There are reputable seafood restaurants and stores around the beach. The nearest bus stop is Onishika Minato-machi 3 (鬼鹿港町3区), 400m south of the beach.
Engan Bus operates intercity buses for Haboro from Sapporo, stopping at the Hanada Ban’ya-mae and Onishika Minato-machi 3. There are also local buses between Rumoi-ekimae and Haboro.