Notsuke Peninsula, Hokkaido
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Notsuke Peninsula, Hokkaido

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Notsuke Peninsula is a prawn-shaped peninsula across Bekkai town and Shibetsu town in the northwestern part of Nemuro city, and is popular for a scenery like the end of the world. The ground is sand, and a sandbar with 26 km in length is the largest sandbar in Japan. Notsuke means “The lower jaw” in Ainu language. The peninsula was named after its shape from top like the lower jaw of whale. I do not know whether it is an ancient legend of Ainu people, but it is said that a large dead whale drifted to here, and its lower jaw turned into this ground form. Maybe here has been the end of the world since that age because the dead body drifted to here. The Gulf of the Notsuke, the inside of the Notsuke Peninsula, and Odaito have been designed as the Ramsar Convention wetland since 2005. Here is a paradise of about 250 types of wild birds such as White-Tailed Eagle, Steller’s Sea Eagle and Whooper Swan.

Speaking of the Notsuke Peninsula, Todowara is the most famous tourist attraction. Unfortunately, most Todowara has disappeared at present. But a typical scenery of the Notsuke Peninsula can be seen because Narawara is still left. A sightseeing ship provides a ferrying service between the Notsuke Peninsula and the Odaito, Betsukai town, and the tourists can look over Notsuke Peninsula and Odaito on the sea.

An unusual scenery with flowers and the sea on both sides across Hokkaido Road 950 called Flower Road can be seen. The narrowest point near Notsuke Peninsula Nature Center is about 60 m, and it looks like a road on the sea. The road is called “The Flower Road” so much that a lot of flowers bloom along the road. About 320 types of nature flowers such as Yezo Daylily, Rugosa Rose and Black Lily bloom sequentially from May to mid October. In a winter, the flower gardens turn into snowfields, and a typical scenery of Hokkaido can be seen, too. Maybe the square-shaped sun is seen if you are lucky.

  • Once you are here, can really feel “the end of the world” not because it gives you any negative emotion, but it looks so beautiful and calm that one feel it is on the edge of eternity.
  • The whole peninsula is wide open space, so the view of the sunset is very good.
  • Visitors can come here by car and parking is free of charge.
  • Almost impossible to find another one else here but even if there is someone else, they won’t be blocking your sunset view.
Notsuke Peninsula, Hokkaido
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Notsuke Peninsula, Hokkaido
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Notsuke Peninsula, Hokkaido
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Notsuke Peninsula, Hokkaido
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