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Going around Hokkaido (25) Erimo to Shin-Hidaka Mitsuishi: From the windy town to the horse town, with the view of Hidaka Mountain Range on the right

Going around the coastline of Hokkaido in clock-wise! This is a series of articles that started with Otaru City.

In the 25th article, I will start from “Cape Erimo” in the windy town Erimo-Cho, and drive to “Michi-no-Eki Mitsuishi” in Shin-Hidaka-Cho, where people can get the view of horses far away.

I will look back at Mt. Apoi and many strange-shaped rocks at Samani-Cho and stop by a famous bakery “Panpakapan” in Urakawa-Cho.

「道の駅 みついし」では日高山脈をバックに馬が草を食む牧場を遠望▲I could see Hidaka Mountain Range and horses grazing grasses far away from Michi-no-Eki Mitsuishi.


Table of Contents

- About the series: Going around Hokkaido
- About the route: Cape Erimo in Erimo-Cho to Michi-no-Eki Mitsuishi in Shin-Hidaka-Cho
- Visiting around Cape Erimo, the windy town
- Cape Erimo to Oyakoiwa Fureai Beach: Watching the sunset going down the strangely shaped rocks
- Oyakoiwa Fureai Beach to Panpakapan: the popular bakery was amazing
- Panpakapan to Michi-no-Eki Mitsuishi: Looking horses far away! It was very Hidaka-like landscape

* I used pictures taken on different days in this article. Therefore, the colors of the sky and weather look different.


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 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: Cape Erimo in Erimo-Cho to Michi-no-Eki Mitsuishi in Shin-Hidaka-Cho

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

Route: Cape Erimo in Erimo-Cho to Michi-no-Eki Mitsuishi in Shin-Hidaka-Cho
Mileage: Approx. 68 kilometers
The time required: Approx. 1 hour 25 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 (24) Hiroo to Erimo: Drive through the Golden Road to the southernmost place of Hidaka Region, Cape Erimo

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) 


Visiting around Cape Erimo, the windy town

I will start from the southernmost point of the Hidaka Region, Cape Erimo, in Erimo-Cho. It’s the point on a map where it’s sticking out to the bottom from the center of Hokkaido. 

I came all the way to one of the tips of Hokkaido, so I decided to stay a night around Cape Erimo and visit around the area before I go. 

襟裳岬から車で約5分の「ファームイン守人」で一泊。夕食はえりも短角牛の焼肉♪▲I stayed at “Farm Inn Maburitto,” which is approximately 5 mins away from Cape Erimo by a car. I had Erimo Tankaku Beef Yakiniku for dinner. 

翌朝目覚めるとスッキリ青空!残雪が残る日高山脈がキレイ!左の山には自衛隊の分屯地があります▲The next day was clear and bright! The Hidaka Mountain Range with snow left was beautiful. There is a sub-camp of self-defense forces at the mountain in the left. 

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I stayed at “Farm Inn Maburitto” near Cape Erimo: Dinner at the ranch was Tankaku Wagyu Beef Yakiniku!

I decided to take a walk around Erimo Tankaku Beef ranch before I head to Cape Erimo. It is nice to have such moments once in a while, which makes me forget about the time. 

雄大な牧場風景。牛がいるの、見えますか???▲The magnificent view of the ranch. Can you see there are cattle? 

ズームアップ!▲Let’s zoom-in! 

Takahashi from Farm Inn Maburitto then took me to the road near the sub-camp of self-defense force, where we can see from the ranch. 

I went there because I had a slight expectation of getting the view of Cape Erimo that is sticking out to the sea from an uphill like that. 

You can’t enter in the mountain because the surrounding area is ranch and sub-camp of self-defense force. So, I decided to take a look at the highest point of the road. 

左は海、右も海、陸地が細くなっていく様子が…、なんとなーくわかりませんか??(笑)▲There are ocean on the right and the left. The land is getting narrow… kind of… can you see? 

I could see the land getting narrower. Well, let’s go to the cape and enjoy the view in the end. 

襟裳岬の駐車場から坂を上がり、地下にある観光施設「風の館」の上を通り抜けて岬の先端方面へ進みます▲I went up the hill from the parking of Cape Erimo, went over the tourist facility in the basement “Kaze-no-Yakata,” and walked towards the tip of the cape. 

坂を上がるとカワイイ灯台があります。オブジェではなく現役ですよ▲There was a cute-looking lighthouse on the top of the hill. It’s not merely a monument and used until now. 

海に霞が出ているものの、晴天にて眺めよし!▲Although it was a little foggy, the weather was mostly nice, and the view was great! 

Cape Erimo is one of the windiest areas in Japan. There are over 260 days in a year, with winds that blow at over 10 meters per second. The day I visited was slightly windy, but it was mostly calm. The warm sunshine in early spring made it a perfect day to take a walk around. 

岬の先端付近まで、さらに進んでみます▲I decided to walk further towards the tip of the cape. 

襟裳岬突端、到着!岩礁が点々と遠くまで続いています▲I arrived at the tip of Cape Erimo! There are many sunken rocks until far away. 

Cape Erimo is the point where Hidaka Mountain Range lowers the elevation and sinks into the sea. We can see the summit of mountains which sank into the sea and floating on the surface of the water as sunken rocks. It is said that mountains of the Hidaka Mountain Range continue under the water. I felt the magnificent power of nature.

ズームアップするとアザラシが…いませんでした…。かわりに鳥がいーっぱい!▲I did not find any seals even though I zoomed with my camera. However, there were many birds! 

I enjoyed experiencing strong winds at “Kaze-no-Yakata” in the end and left Cape Erimo. 

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Cape Erimo and Kaze No Yakata are places that everyone should visit once in a lifetime


Cape Erimo to Oyakoiwa Fureai Beach: Watching the sunset going down the strange-shaped rocks

Cape Erimo to Oyakoiwa Fureai Beach
Mileage: Approx. 40 kilometers
The time required: Approx. 50 mins

I took the time for this detour. Let’s start driving. I left Cape Erimo and drove to Samani-Cho, the next town. 

今まで通ってきた海岸線を右手遠くに見送るように、左へ進みます▲I drove towards left as if I was looking back the coastline I had driven in the right-back. 

エゾシカの群れが見送ってくれました。警戒されただけ!?▲A group of Ezo deer said goodbye to me. Or were they just being cautious? 

The sea that continues to Hiroo-Cho where I could see in the right disappeared. I went down the hill, and the sea started to appear from time to time on the left. I merged into the National Route no.336 and kept driving towards the northwest on Hidaka Road. 

えりも町の街中近くで北緯42度線のモニュメントを通過▲I passed the monument of 42 degrees north latitude near the downtown of Erimo-Cho. 

左手に海を眺めながら進みます▲I kept driving as I see the ocean on my left. 

I had the impression that the view with ocean increased after passing the downtown of Erimo-Cho. There are not many places where I could park the car and take pictures safely, but the road had enjoyable views while driving. 

I was in Samani-Cho, the next town before I notice as I was enjoying the seaside drive. 

絶好の停車スペースを発見!アポイ岳をバックに記念撮影▲I found a perfect parking spot! I took a picture with Mt. Apoi in the back. 

今まで通ってきた海岸線をここで振り返って眺められます▲I could see the coastline I have driven from here. 

I took too long in the Cape Erimo area, so the sun started to go down even though I had not driven too much. I decided not to hurry today and stay a night at Samani-Cho. 

Today’s schedule ends after I watch the sunset near Oyakoiwa Fureai Beach, which is only a few minutes away from here. 

親子岩ふれあいビーチの少し先にある塩釜トンネルとローソク岩の夕暮れ風景▲Shiogama Tunnel and Candle Rock with twilights, both located near Oyakoiwa Fureai Beach. 

親子岩ふれあいビーチ付近で日没。左が親子岩、正面がローソク岩▲The sun went down at near Oyakoiwa Fureai Beach. The left rock is Oyakoiwa, and the one in front is Candle Rock. 

I started from the foot of Mt. Apoi and revisited Oyakoiwa Fureai Beach the next day. 


昨日と同じ場所で再び撮影。時間が違うと見え方や印象もだいぶ変わります▲I took a picture at the same place as yesterday. The landscape looks different depending on the time of the day. 

巨岩が迫る海岸線。様似町は海岸線に奇岩が多く、アポイ岳周辺などはユネスコ世界ジオパークにも認定されています▲The coastline had many huge rocks. There are many strange-shaped rocks along the coastline in Samani-Cho. The surrounding area of Mt. Apoi, etc., is designated as one of UNESCO’s global geopark. 

親子岩ふれあいビーチで、親子岩などを遠望▲I Looked at Oyakoiwa, etc., from Oyakoiwa Fureai Beach. 


Oyakoiwa Fureai Beach to Panpakapan: the popular bakery was amazing

Oyakoiwa Fureai Beach to Panpakapan
Mileage: Approx. 15 kilometers
The time required: Approx. 20 mins

I left Oyakoiwa Fureai Beach and started driving to Urakawa-Cho, the next town. 

親子岩展望台で様似町の街中方面を振り返ると、エンルム岬が見えました▲I looked back at Samani-Cho from Oyakoiwa Observatory. I could see Cape Enrumu from here. 

塩釜トンネルを通過します▲I passed Shiogama Tunnel. 

It is not too far from here to Urakawa-Cho. I was in the town of Urakawa-Cho soon after, and the number of cars increased. 

浦河町の街中は電線が地中化されているので街並がスッキリした印象▲Electric wires are built underground in Urakawa-Cho, so the townscape looks elegant. 

My next destination is a bakery on the coast side, “Panpakapan.” It’s a bakery popular by locals, and pastries often run out if you don’t get here early. 


旬の野菜と地元産のベーコンを使ったキッシュなど、極力地元の旬の素材にこだわったパンの数々が並びます▲They offer many kinds of pastries using locally sourced seasonal ingredients as much as they can. An example is a quiche using seasonal vegetables and locally sourced bacon. 

海を眺めながら食事できるステキなお店▲You can have a meal while enjoying the view of the ocean. 

ブランチに、パンやコーヒーとともに野菜スープをオーダー▲I had some bread, coffee, and vegetable soup for my brunch. 

I had a relaxing brunch time as I enjoy the view of the ocean. It was a pleasurable moment. The flavor and location were great. No wonder it’s a popular place. 

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Panpakapan to Michi-no-Eki Mitsuishi: Looking horses far away! It was very Hidaka-like landscape

Panpakapan to Michi-no-Eki Mitsuishi
Mileage: Approx. 13 kilometers
The time required: Approx. 15 mins

The road continues to run along the coastline after passing the downtown of Urakawa-Cho. However, I did not have to drive that much, and I arrived at “Michi-no-Eki Mitsuishi” after a while. 

海辺の駐車スペースを見つけたので記念撮影。道の駅まであと2kmの看板が見えます▲I found seaside parking, so I took a picture. I could see the sign that says it’s 2 kilometers to the Michi-no-Eki. 

I left the coastline and drove inland for a while. The Michi-no-Eki appeared on my left. 

広々とした牧場が右手に広がります▲There was an enormous ranch on the right. 

I parked the car at Michi-no-Eki and decided to watch the ranch. However, you can’t go inside the fence and can’t see horses very close. 

道の駅の建物脇にある小高い丘の上へ上ってみます▲I went up the hill next to the building of Michi-no-Eki. 

You can enjoy a quite beautiful view from the top of the hill. 

道路の反対側に広がる牧場を一望!▲I could get the view of the ranch across the road! 

ズームアップしてみたら馬の姿も見えました▲I could see horses by using my camera. 

日高山脈の山並もキレイ!▲The Hidaka Mountain Range looked beautiful! 

牧場や山と反対側の風景は、海辺にあるみついし海浜公園が広がります▲The opposite side of the ranch and the mountain is Mitsuishi Kaihin Park by the ocean. 

The landscape with horses. 
I felt that I came to the biggest producer of racehorses, the Hidaka Region. The view with horses should continue for a while from here. 

This is it for today. 

In the next article, I will start from “Michi-no-Eki Mitsuishi” and drive to “Tsubaki Salon Yuyake Branch,” the famous place for watching the sunset in Niikappu-Cho. 
I will watch thoroughbred horses and enjoy walking in the wetlands on my way. And I will have green pepper flavored soft serve ice cream for my snack! How would it taste like? Check it out! 
  • Going around Hokkaido (25) Erimo to Shin-Hidaka Mitsuishi: From the windy town to the horse town, with the view of Hidaka Mountain Range on the right