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Tappizaki Cape

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A cape in the Tohoku Region where the strong wind from the ocean evokes the feeling of a journey

Tappizaki, a cape located at the end of the Tsugaru Peninsula, is mentioned in popular Japanese songs from long ago as a place stirring the emotions of travelers. The origin of the name of the place is not known exactly, but there are two theories: one is that it comes from the wind blowing strongly, as if a dragon is flying (the character for tappi means dragon and flying), and the other is that it is a corruption of the Ainu (the language of the Ainu people, who are indigenous to northern Japan and Russia) word tam-pa (meaning the upper edge of a sword).

The strong wind from the ocean blows hard here all day. Even in winter, snow is blown away by the wind before it piles up on the ground. Using such strong wind, wind power generation is implemented in the area. On clear days, from the cape you can see Matsumae Peninsula in Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Strait and ships navigating through the strait.

There is Tappisaki Lighthouse, which is selected as one of the 50 Best Lighthouses in Japan. Near the lighthouse are stone monuments of great people in the history of Japan, including Osamu Dazai (1909-1948), a well-known novelist associated with Aomori Prefecture. There are also many sightseeing spots around the cape, such as a seaside park for camping, and hot springs. Why not experience the dynamic nature of this northern land?

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Address: Minmayatatsuhama, Sotogahamamachi, Higashitsugaru-gun, Aomori
Phone: 0174-37-2001 (Local life section, Minmaya Branch, Sotogahama Town Office)
Directions: About 40 minutes from Minmaya Station on the JR Tsugaru Line (1 hour and 40 minutes from Aomori Airport (1 hour and 15 minutes from Tokyo (Haneda Airport))) by bus on the circular route bound for Tappizaki; get off at the last stop and take a short walk to Tappizaki.

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