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Going around Hokkaido (16) Todowara to Former Okuyukiusu Station: Enjoyed Odaitou cruise and Betsukai Jumbo Scallop Burger




This is the 16th article of the series to travel around the coastline of Hokkaido. In this article, I will enjoy driving in Betsukai-Cho.

I will drive from Todowara in Notsuke Peninsula, a long and Bay land sticking out to the sea, to a historic site “Former Okuyukiusu Station.” I will stop by Hashirikotan, the sandbank between the ocean and Lake Furen. 

I crossed Notsuke Sea and landed to Todowara again during the cruising tour at Odaitou. I had the famous local specialty “Betsukai Jumbo Scallop Burger” at Michi No Eki.


道の駅で「別海ジャンボホタテバーガー」を堪能。ジョッキに注がれたジャンボな牛乳も飲み干しました♪▲I enjoyed “Betsukai Jumbo Scallop Burger” at Michi No Eki. I also had jumbo size milk in a huge mug! 

 

Table of Contents

- About the series: Going around Hokkaido
- About the route: From Todowara in Betsukai-Cho to Former Okuyukiusu Station in Betsukai-Cho
- Todowara to Odaitou: I went around Nokke Bay with a car and a boat
- Odaitou to Michi No Eki Odaitou: Scallop and milk are both in jumbo size! 
- Michi No Eki Odaitou to Hashirikotan: What happened when I continued driving the sandbank in Lake Furen? 
- Hashirikotan to Former Okuyukiusu Station: I took time to explore the site to learn the history of Hokkaido’s development


 

About the series: Going around Hokkaido

This is a part of the series of articles to introduce my journey to go around Hokkaido. I will introduce my relaxing trip about visiting cities and towns, enjoying beautiful views, having delicious foods, and encountering to fascinating people.

Below are the basic rules about the project:
- Basically, drive only National Routes or Hokkaido Roads along coastlines.
- I can use municipal roads near central towns, promontories, etc. However, I try not to use community roads and private roads.
- I only drive the mainland of Hokkaido. (I’m sorry to those live in islands!)
- I drive from the sunrise to the sunset to enjoy the views.
- I divide my journey into a few times according to the coverage schedule. 


 

About the route: From Todowara in Betsukai-Cho to Former Okuyukiusu Station in Betsukai-Cho

今回のルートはこちら(Google My Maps)▲The route of this article (Google My Maps) 


About the route: From Todowara in Betsukai-Cho to Former Okuyukiusu Station in Betsukai-Cho
Mileage: Approx. 76 kilometers
The time required: Approx. 1 hour 30 mins (except breaks, time to stop at sightseeing spots, and the detour)


Check the detailed map from the link below! 
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You can find the previous article of the series here: 
Going around Hokkaido (15) Aidomari Bridge in Shiretoko Rausu to Todowara in Nokke Peninsula: Drive along the coastline with the view of Kunashir Island


ぐるり北海道一周、ここまで通りました!(Google My Maps)▲Going around Hokkaido has come this much! (Google My Maps) 

 

Todowara to Odaitou: I went around Nokke Bay with a car and a boat

Todowara to Odaitou
Mileage: Approx. 25 kilometers
The time required: Approx. 30 mins


 
今回のスタート地点は「トドワラ」最寄りの駐車場▲I will start from the nearest parking from Todowara. 


Todowara is a dead Todomatsu (pine) forest. It was eroded by seawater, and the landscape looks as if it is the end of the world. 

 
駐車場から木道を歩いて片道約30分でトドワラへ行くことができます▲You can get to Todowara in 30 minutes one way with a wooden path from the parking. 


I visited Todowara in late October 2018. The day is short in autumn to winter. I took time to walk around Todowara, and before I notice, it was already evening, and it looked like this before 3:00 PM. 

 
駐車場付近から見た野付湾。湾曲した野付半島に囲まれているので波がおだやか。おかげで水面が水鏡のよう♪▲Notsuke Bay, seen from the point near parking. Because curved Notsuke Peninsula surrounds the bay, there are almost no waves. The water looked like a mirror. 

 
駐車場を出てしばらくは来た道、細長い野付半島の真ん中を突っ切る道を戻ります▲I drove back the road, which is in the middle of the long and narrow Notsuke Peninsula for a while after leaving the parking. 


I turned left at the National Route no. 244 and arrived at Odaitou District in a few minutes. I stayed a night in Odaitou District. 

And on the next day, I did not get on a car. Instead, I got on a boat! 

 
案内してくれた船長の髙木さん(右)とガイドの河口さん(左)▲The captain Takagi (on the right) and the guide Kawaguchi (on the left) took me. 


I went around Notsuke Bay with “Betsukai-Cho Sightseeing Boat,” which travels from Odaitou to Todowara.  

Ok, let’s go! 

 
船を操る高木さん、なかなかお茶目です(^^;)▲Takagi is manipulating the boat. He was kind of cute. 


It was about 30 minutes one way from Odaitou to Todowara. 

Kawaguchi gives information about Notsuke Peninsula, Todowara, other sightseeing information, and nature in this district on the way. I enjoyed her description while I enjoy the view from the boat. 

“Look on your right! There are seals.” 

 
海中からアザラシが何頭もプカプカと顔を出していました!▲I found countless seals sticking their heads out from the ocean! 


As I was into finding seals on the right side, he now told they are on the left side. It seems like seals are everywhere around here. 

You can watch seals from the boat and also outside at the deck. It was nice to enjoy the wind while watching seals. 

 
デッキだけではなく、なんとこのように船の頭の部分に出て眺めることもできるんです!▲You can not go out to only the deck but also to the head of boat! 


This sightseeing boat has a relaxing mood. I really liked the ships’s mood that I could be myself! 

 
出航して20分少々でトドワラが見えてきました▲I could see Todowara after approximately 20 minutes from the departure. 


The boat arrived at the pier near Todowara. He gave me some time to explore Todowara. 

 
海と海に挟まれた極細の砂地の上を歩きます▲I took a walk on narrow sand land between the ocean and the ocean. 


I felt strange to visit the place I visited on the day before again with a boat. 

 
トドワラは風化で倒れてしまった木が多いです▲Todowara has many trees that have fallen. 


I went back to the boat after exploring Todowara and got back to Odaitou. 
 

Odaitou to Michi No Eki Odaitou: Scallop and milk are both in jumbo size! 

Odaitou to Michi No Eki Odaitou
Mileage: Approx. 4 kilometers
The time required: Approx. 5 mins


Let’s get back to driving from cruising. 

 
野付湾を左手に眺めながら進みます▲I continued driving as I see Notsuke Bay on my left. 


It was only five minutes drive, but I decided to take time for sightseeing. It’s time for food this time. 

 
「道の駅おだいとう」でしばし休憩。訪れた日は建物外観が工事中にて写真は借りました(写真提供:別海町観光協会)▲I took a break at “Michi No Eki Odaitou.” The exterior of the building was under construction on the day I visited so I borrowed the picture above. (Betsukai-Cho Tourist Association provided the picture) 


Betsukai-Cho has many local specialties such as Hokkai shrimp dishes. Among them, I recommend this one for a light meal while driving! 

 
別海町の名物ご当地グルメ「別海ジャンボホタテバーガー」(写真提供:別海町観光協会)▲Betsukai-Cho’s famous local specialty, “Betsukai Jumbo Scallop Burger.” (Betsukai-Cho Tourist Association provided the picture) 


“Betsukai Jumbo Scallop Burger” is a hamburger which puts a spring roll with over 2-L sized huge scallops between square buns made with Hokkaido flour. 

It comes with Betsukai Milk in 500-milliliter mug, Hokkaido made french fries, and milk pudding for dessert. 

Well, well, well, don’t you think this milk is huge? 

 
なかなかボリューミー!パーツを組み立てていくような感覚で、バンズにホタテなどを挟んで食べます▲It’s quite a big meal! Customers make a burger by themselves as if putting different parts together. 


1: Put brown miso sauce on the bottom part of the bun and white mayonnaise sauce on the top part of the bun. 
2: Put scallop spring roll with a piece of mozzarella cheese on top on the bottom bun. Then put lettuce on it. 
3: Put pink aurora sauce on lettuce and marinated vegetables on top. 
4: Put the top bun and finish! 

 

手先があまり器用ではない私、悪戦苦闘しながらバーガーを制作▲I am not good with my hands. It was quite hard for me to make a burger. 


My burger did not look good, so I am not putting the picture here… Please take a look at the picture I borrowed from Tourist Association. 

I failed at making it beautiful, but the flavor was exquisite! The thick scallop was very filling, and different sauce mixed to create a delicate flavor! 

This is more than a light meal. This is something you should visit to have; it was a very delicious meal. 

I had all the milk and was full. I was delighted! 

 

Michi No Eki Odaitou to Hashirikotan: What happened when I continued driving the sandbank in Lake Furen? 

Michi No Eki Odaitou to Hashirikotan
Mileage: Approx. 26 kilometers
The time required: Approx. 30 mins



Well, I am finally going to drive. 

My next destination is a long and narrow sandbank in between Lake Furen and Nemuro Bay. It’s a narrow land like the Notsuke Peninsula. I am going to Hashirikotan District, which is located in the middle of the sandbank. 

 
車窓左手には海や河口が広がり、野鳥の姿も時折見えます。海の向こうには国後島の島影もくっきりと▲There were sea and mouth of water on my left. I could see wild birds sometimes. I also could see the shadow of Kunshir Island over the ocean. 


しばらく国道244号を南下し、本別海地区で左折▲I went down south along National Route no. 244 and took a left turn at Honbetsukai District. 


I did not see the ocean on both sides of the road like the Notsuke Peninsula. However, I still felt that I am driving a flat land because there are no mountains nor a hill. 


正面は太陽がまぶしいので振り返って見た様子▲My front was too bright with the sun so I looked back. 


I arrived to the port in Hashirikotan District as I kept driving. 

 
港の脇が道路の終点▲The end of the road was by the port. 

 
港の脇に風蓮湖の案内板があります▲There was a sign of Lake Furen on the side of the port. 

 
遠くは海のように見えるもののすべて湖。風蓮湖、でっかいです▲The part which looks like the sea is also a lake. Lake Furen is a vast lake. 


There is no tourism facilities or anything. However, I took a while to just rest and watched a magnificent landscape of the lake and wild birds on the lake. It felt nice to be in quietness. 

 

Hashirikotan to Former Okuyukiusu Station: I took time to explore the site to learn the history of Hokkaido’s development

Hashirikotan to Former Okuyukiusu Station
Mileage: Approx. 21 kilometers
The time required: Approx. 25 mins


I left for the next destination after I took a while to enjoy nature. But I had to hit the brakes. Many Ezo deer was crossing the road slowly…

 
横断し終えるまでしばし車を道路脇に停めて待機。早く横断して…▲I had to park the car and wait for deer to finish crossing. Please cross the road more quickly… 


It would be a massive accident if I hit deer. We really need to watch out for deer when we drive in Hokkaido. 

After Ezo deer disappeared, I started again slowly. I went back to the National Route 244 and drove towards Nemuro City. 

 
秋色が多少残る木々の間を進みます▲I drove in the forest with the last bit of autumn colors. 


I will be driving fields and forests, away from the ocean, but the sceneries of rivers on the way were beautiful. 

 
ヤウシュベツ川の河口付近を橋で渡ります▲I crossed the bridge near the mouth of Yaushubetsu River. 


I arrived at Okuyuki District after approximately 15 mins since I merged to the National Route. I kept driving to Former Okuyukiusu Station. 

 
国指定史跡「旧奥行臼駅逓所」。春から秋まで館内を見学することができます▲National Historic Site “Former Okuyukiusu Station.” Visitors can take a look at inside from spring to autumn. 


Stations are facilities built all around Hokkaido from the Meiji Period to early Showa Period. They were facilities for settlers and travelers to have a safe trip and provided accommodation, resting area, and rental men and horses. 

Okuyukiusu Station was established in 1910. It became an essential point for transportation and made opportunities to cultivate the area. 

You can also find Betsukai-Cho’s Designated Cultural Properties “Former Japan National Rail Shibetsu Line Okuyukiusu Station” and “Former Village Operated Railway Furen Line Okuyukiusu Station” near here. They are about two to three minutes walk from Former Okuyukiusu Station.  

 
「旧国鉄標津線 奥行臼駅」は、昭和時代初期の風情が残る木造駅舎やホームなどが保存展示されています▲“Former Japan National Rail Shibetsu Line Okuyukiusu Station” exhibits wooden station building and platform which leaves the atmosphere of early Showa Period. 

 
「旧村営軌道風蓮線 奥行臼停留所」には、かつての車両や駅設備などが保存展示されています▲“Former Village Operated Railway Furen Line Okuyukiusu Station” exhibits cars and station facilities of that time.


I learned the history of development as I took a walk around here. 
I felt like I am on a field trip. 

I enjoyed visiting different tourist destinations while I drive. 
This is it for today. 


It will be a winter journey from the next article. I will start from the snowy “Former Okuyukiusu Station” and visit the town at the east end of Hokkaido. 

I will stop by “Michi No Eki Swan 44 Nemuro” by Lake Furen and “Shunkunitai,” then visit JR Nemuro Station. 
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