Enjoy the finest views of the Kunashiri, Shikotan, and Habomai Islands from Hokkaido's oldest lighthouse.
Cape Nosappu is located at the tip of the Nemuro Peninsula, a part of eastern Hokkaido known for its production of crabs called Hanasaki-gani. This is the eastern extremity of Hokkaido, and it is visited early in the morning by people who want to be the first to see the sun rise in Japan. At its tip stands the oldest lighthouse in Hokkaido, which was built in 1872. The peninsula consists almost completely of pasture, and presents quiet scenes of grazing sheep.
The tall white tower on Cape Nosappu that rises above everything else is the Heiwa-no-To, or Tower of Peace. If you climb up to the 90-meter-high observation deck you can get a 360-degree panoramic view of the area. On a clear day, the islands of Kunashiri, Shikotan and Habomai can be seen. Spread against the horizon, they make a grand view.
There are lakes and marshes throughout the peninsula, some large and some small, and they form a paradise for wild birds. One of these lakes, Lake Furen, is known for its whooper swans.
[Air] 1h 40 min from Haneda to Nemuro-Nakashibetsu Airport. 95 min from the airport to Nemuro station by bus. 44 min from Nemuro station to Nosappu by bus.
[Rail] Approx. 4h from Sapporo to Kushiro Station by JR Nemuro Line (limited express), and 2h 25 min from Kushiro to Nemuro Station by JR Nemuro Line (rapid train).