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Cape Chikyu Panorama

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See the curvature of the Earth on the Pacific horizon from this Hokkaido clifftop

Muroran City

 

 

Located on the northside of the entrance to Uchiura Bay in the industrial city of Muroan, Cape Chikyu is one of Hokkaido’s most beautiful landscapes.

 

The name ‘Chikyu’ means ‘cliffs’ in the language of the Ainu – the indigenous people of Hokkaido – and its 100-meter-high cliffs stretch for 14 kilometers around the coast to the south of Muroan City.

 

At tip of the Cape, overlooking the ocean, are a white lighthouse and an observation deck, from which, on clear days, the panoramic views extend as far as the eye can see, even appearing to curve on the distant horizon. Ring the nearby Bell of Happiness and hear the sound resonate out across the sea.

 

Popular with locals – particularly on New Year’s Day, when they flock to celebrate the first sunrise of the year – Cape Chikyu has been ranked first among Hokkaido’s ‘100 Best Nature’ spots, its scenic beauty enhanced by its status as an important nesting site for rare peregrine falcons, which you can see hunting for migratory birds above the cliffs.

 

How to get there

 

Cape Chikyu is 35 minutes by car from Muroan Interchange.

 

 

Links

 

Muro Kanko

 

 

 

More Information

 

Hokkaido Prefecture | JNTO Official Website

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