Passing through the tunnel, suddenly
a beautiful sea and rugged rocks appear
Shakotan Tourism AssociationThe cape at the tip of the Shakotan Peninsula facing the Sea of Japan is a 100 to 200-meter high sheer coastal terrace. The cape overlooks a rugged coastal line, deep blue ocean, Mt. Shakotan and Mt. Yobetsu. The Shakotan Peninsula is a part of the Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru-Beach Quasi-National Park, while the sea of Shakotan is the only designated marine park in Hokkaido. This is a place with easy access of about 100 km from Sapporo to appreciate the grand nature.
First to see on the Cape Shakotan is Shimamui Coast with huge rocks in the sea. Passing through a 30 m-long tunnel, suddenly a beautiful sea and rugged rocks appear. Their overwhelming contrast makes the place a popular site attracting many people. The landscape facing the translucent blue sea with underwater visibility of 30 m is selected as one of the best 100 beaches of Japan. Use steps from an observatory to the coast if you wish to look closely at the sea. Because see wind is cold around the cape, it is better to take some measures against cold. There may be a chance to see seals on the coasts during winter but you would need a pair of long boots or mountain-climbing boots to walk the snow-covered path to the coasts.
Cape Kamui 10 km to the west on the Shakotan Peninsula also commands superb views, so worth extending your visit.
Address: Irikacho, Shakotangun, Shakotancho, Hokkaido
Phone: 0135-44-3715 (Shakotan Hokkaido Tourism)
Directions: (Train) Take Hokkaido Chuo Bus for Shakotan Kamui via Irika at Yoichi Station on the JR Hakodate Honsen (one hour and 45 minutes from Shin Chitose Airport) ride one hour and 15 minutes, get off at Shimamui kaigann iriguchi and walk 10 minutes. (Car) One hour and 30 minutes from Otaru Interchange on the Sapporo Expressway.