Best known for both dramatic cliffs and cobalt blue ocean, the Shakotan Peninsula (積丹半島) juts out into the Sea of Japan on the northwest of Yoichi. It is also famous for its uni (sea urchin). You can easily make a day trip from Otaru to the east coast of the peninsula.
Most of Chinese travelers associate the kanji name of Bikuni (美国) with USA, this fishing town is the center of Shakotan-cho (積丹町).
A hilltop cape Kogane-misaki (黄金岬) overlooking the blue ocean and the ‘Treasure Island’ of Takara-jima (宝島), the entrance is left behind the town hall facing the national route.
(ニューしゃこたん号) A 40-minute underwater observation ship New Shakotan-go runs around the scenic coasts and islands from late April to October. The pier is a few minutes’ walk from Bikuni bus terminal. More info www.tabi-hokkaido.co.jp/~glassboat
The northernmost area of Shakotan Peninsula boasts clear cobalt blue ocean with panoramic viewpoints. Buses from Otaru turn right at Fumi intersection and runs on the Prefecture Road 913. Note that there is no way to the ‘cape’ Shakotan-misaki (積丹岬) from Shimamui Coast (road ends at the nearby radio towers).
(島武意海岸) About a 15-minute hike up from Shimamui-kaigan-iriguchi bus stop and pass through a narrow tunnel, you can overlooking brilliant blue ocean with unusual rocks and countless seabirds.
Shakotan-misaki Nature Trail
(積丹岬自然遊歩道: 4.7km / 1.5hrs) connects Shimamui car park and 650m west of Shakotan-Horomui bus stop, with great views and scenic places.
The northwestern edge of the peninsula is a 100m-high impressive rocky cape of Kamui-misaki (神威岬), where was a military fortless until WWII. A 50-minute return Charenka Trail (8am-dusk; Closed windy day) extend from the car park to the lighthouse. Seasonal buses for Kamui-misaki run from late April to late October.