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Going around Hokkaido (29) Shiraoi to Muroran: Toward the beautiful views of Muroran where cities and nature sit next to each other


Going around the coastline of Hokkaido!

In the 29th article of the series, I will leave Ayoro Onsen of Kojohama Onsen in Shiraoi-Cho to Michi-no-Eki Mitara Muroran in Muroran City.

I will stop by "Cape Chikyu,” the famous scenic view spot, and “Miyakoshiya Coffee MUTEKIROU,” a famous picturesque cafe. 

宮越屋珈琲 「MUTEKIROU」で窓辺の外に広がる絶景を楽しみつつ、ほっと一息♪▲I took a break at “Miyakoshiya Coffee MUTEKIROU” as I enjoyed a beautiful view from the window. 


Table of Contents

- About the series: Going around Hokkaido
- About the route: Ayoro Onsen in Shiraoi-Cho to Michi-no-Eki Mitara Muroran in Muroran City
- Ayoro Onsen to Itanki Beach: Visiting Ainu’s traditional places
- Itanki Beach to Miyakoshiya Coffee MUTEKIROU: Visiting around scenic places in Muroran such as Cape Chikyu
- Have a delicious cup of coffee and ciabatta sandwich at a scenic cafe
- Miyakoshiya Coffee MUTEKIROU to Michi-no-Eki Mitara Muroran: Michi-no-Eki near Hakucho Bridge

* 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: Ayoro Onsen in Shiraoi-Cho to Michi-no-Eki Mitara Muroran in Muroran City

ぐるり北海道一周29 今回のルートはこちら(Google My Maps)▲The route of this article (Google My Maps) 

Route: Ayoro Onsen in Shiraoi-Cho to Michi-no-Eki Mitara Muroran in Muroran City
Mileage: Approx. 47 kilometers
The time required: Approx. 1 hour 35 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 (28) Tomakomai to Shiraoi: Enjoyed nature, a local dish, and onsen at Shiraoi-Cho

ぐるり北海道一周29、ここまで通りました!(Google My Maps)▲Going around Hokkaido has come this much! (Google My Maps) 


Ayoro Onsen to Itanki Beach: Visiting Ainu’s traditional places

Ayoro Onsen to Itanki Beach
Mileage: Approx. 25 kilometers
The time required: Approx. 40 mins

I will start at “Ayoro Onsen” in the west district of Shiraoi-Cho. It’s an onsen facility that accepts visitors without staying a night, located near the beach in Kojohama Onsen District. 

源泉かけ流しの温泉を朝から晩まで銭湯価格で利用できるのが嬉しい!地元の人に人気の温泉施設です▲This place allows us to use 100% onsen from morning till night at a Sento price! This facility is popular with locals. 

This day’s weather was unpleasant. I left as I hope to see a blue sky sometime today. 

いざ、室蘭へ!▲Let’s head to Muroran! 

I will first stop by “Ayoro Beach” near here. This is a beach around small inlets between cliffs. People have excavated many ruins of Ainu culture here. 

舗装路から一歩離れ、海岸へと向かうダート道を進みます▲I left the paved road and took the unpaved road towards the beach. 

The unpaved road continues to go downhill. “Ayoro Beach” is at the end of the hill. 

ポンアヨロ川の河口にある「アヨロ海岸」。小高い丘の上に何やら神聖なオーラが漂う気がします。そう感じるのは私だけ!?▲“Ayoro Beach” is at the mouth of Ponayoro River. I felt some sacred aura at the top of a small hill. Is it only me that feels like that? 

I heard that there are ruins of people in ancient times, such as Ponayoro ruins and Afunruparo. Also, it’s a great place to see the sunrise on a sunny day! 

崖の上には「アヨロ鼻灯台」がありますが、近くまで行くことはできなそうです▲There is “Ayoro nose-shaped lighthouse” on the cliff, but you are not allowed to go near. 

I imagined the lives of ancient times and beautiful sunset and left Ayoro Beach. 

I went up the unpaved hill and turned left when I arrived at the paved road. I entered to Noboribetsu City from Shiraoi-Cho after a while. 

JR登別駅や登別マリンパークニクスの裏手を通る道路を進みます▲I kept driving the road along JR Noboribetsu Station and the back of Marin Park Nixe. 

I thought my day was pleasant, but I started to notice a few signs to say the road is closed. I have a bad feeling about this… 

予感的中……!!▲Oh no!! 

It seems like the tunnel is closed. Unfortunately, I have to leave the coastline and use the National Route that goes inland. Although the road became to be near the coastline after a while. 

越波注意……。海辺を走っている証です▲Caution for overtopping… It’s proof that I am driving near the coastline. 

I kept to drive along the coastline for a while, and the number of houses and apartments increased. The traffic started to increase, too. 

As I entered to Muroran City from Noboribetsu City, the road became two lanes, and the view turned into a city. I left the big street a little and drove towards the beach. I now then arrived at the first destination, “Itanki Beach.” 

イタンキ浜はサーファーに人気のスポット。海辺の道路には多数の車が止まっていました▲Itanki Beach is popular by surfers. I saw many cars parked along the road. 

“Itanki Beach” was called “Fumuushiota (sound beach)” or “Hawanota (beach with voices)” by Ainu people. 

As the name is like that, the sand here is singing sand. 

Let’s go to the beach, then! However, I don’t know because it was rainy and the sand was wet, but I could not hear any sounds. 

砂浜でカメラを片手にぼんやりしていたら、鳥さんと目が合っちゃいました▲I was walking the beach with my camera and a bird was looking at me. 

How does the sound like? I spent a moment at the beach as I imagined. 


Itanki Beach to Miyakoshiya Coffee MUTEKIROU: Visiting around scenic places in Muroran such as Cape Chikyu

Itanki Beach to Miyakoshiya Coffee MUTEKIROU
Mileage: Approx. 22 kilometers
The time required: Approx. 50 mins

I will now go visit scenic views in Muroran City, such as Cape Chikyu. A part of these beautiful spots is called “8 scenic sights of Muroran” and well-known as picturesque places.

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Muroran City includes the key-shaped peninsula, called Etomo Peninsula, that sticks out to the Pacific Ocean and surrounding areas. Muroran Port spreads inside of the curved peninsula and cliffs continue on the outer side of the peninsula faces the Pacific Ocean. 

In this article, I will drive by the road on cliffs and mountains. I will drive the road along Muroran Port in the next article. 

工場地帯を見下ろしつつ、山の尾根や斜面を進みます▲I kept driving on mountains and steeps as I looked down factories. 

I left Itanki Beach and merged to the road towards Cape Misaki after a while. 

Curves and up and downs continue from here, and the road gets narrow. My speed went down drastically. 



After more than 10 minutes, I arrived at the first scenic spot, “Tokkarisho.” 

遠くに「イタンキ浜」が見えます▲I could see Itanki Beach far away. 

In 1-2 mins, after leaving Tokkarisho, you will find “Kinbyobu.” 

天気がよい日の朝は、崖の壁面に太陽光があたって金色に輝くそうです!▲It is said the cliffs shine like gold on a sunny day by getting bright sunlight. 

I arrived at “Cape Chikyu” in just a few minutes after leaving Kinbyobu. Cape Chikyu is one of the most famous view spots in Muroran. 

インスタならぬ「ムロスタグラム」の案内板。カメラの位置次第では内浦湾越しに見える渡島(おしま)半島と岬を一緒に撮影できますよ▲I found “Murostagram,” not Instagram. You could take a picture with Oshima Peninsula over the Uchiura Bay and the cape by adjusting the angle. 

ムロスタグラムを使って仲間や家族と記念撮影するのもオススメ!▲I recommend taking a picture here with your friends and families using Murostagram. 

灯台を上から見下ろすというのも珍しい光景。高さ100m近い断崖の上にある展望台から眺められます▲Looking down at a lighthouse is something uncommon. You can look down it from the observatory at approximately 100 meters height. 

天気がいい日はこんなに絶景!(写真提供:室蘭観光協会)▲The cape looks this amazing on a sunny day! (Muroran Tourism Association provided the picture) 

By the way, Cape Chikyu is famous for “Honoo-no-Doku-Manju.”

It’s a six pieces manju box containing one with extremely spicy peppers! You can’t tell which one

I once had the spicy one, and it suffered me a lot. I did not get one this time. 

地球岬の後は、再び細い道を進みます▲I kept driving a narrow road after Cape Chikyu, 

After driving down a steep downhill, it merged to a wide road, and I was suddenly in the middle of a town. There are large shopping malls and town halls around. I cannot believe I was looking at the beautiful views of nature and ocean at Cape Chikyu just a few minutes ago. 

Cities and nature are next to each other in Muroran City. That is a huge attraction. 

アーケード街を進み、信号で左折▲I kept driving the shopping street and took a left turn at the traffic light. 

交差点にある砂箱(冬季に道路や歩道のすべり止め用の砂袋を入れておく箱)の上には可愛いクジラちゃんがいました▲I found a cute whale on a grit bin. 

The cityscape ended, and I entered into a mountain. The road got narrow again. 

A branch to go to the summit of Mt. Sokuryo appeared, and I arrived at an observatory to look “Masuichi Beach” in a few minutes.

荒々しい海岸線が眼下に▲I looked down the rough sea. 

Although it’s called a “beach,” there are no sands, and it’s more like a cliff. 
It was quite wild. 

内浦湾越しに渡島半島がよく見えます。この先あそこの海辺を通ると思うとワクワクします!▲I could see the Oshima Peninsula clearly over Uchiura Bay. I got excited to think that I will be driving there soon! 

A few sights such as Candle Rock appears after Masuichi Beach. The observatory of Cape Etomo appears on the left when the road gets a little wider. 

絵鞆岬からの眺め。青空~♪海の底も見えそうなくらいキレイ(^^)なかなかの絶景スポットです▲The view from Cape Etomo is like this. The sky is so blue! The water was clear as I could see the bottom of the sea. This is really a fantastic view. 

As I am at Cape Etomo, I am almost at the next destination. That is “Miyakoshiya Coffee MUTEKIROU,” which is known as the cafe with a scenic view. It’s about two to three mins from Cape Etomo. 


Have a delicious cup of coffee and ciabatta sandwich at a scenic cafe

独特な外観の「宮越屋珈琲MUTEKIROU」▲Miyakoshiya Coffee MUTEKIROU has a unique exterior. 

I was surprised when I went inside! Huge windows covered three sides, and we could see views of the ocean, including Shiratori Bridge! 

右前方から正面にかけては白鳥大橋をはじめ室蘭の街並を海越しに遠望▲From the front right to front: City of Muroran, including Shiratori Bridge over the ocean. 

左前方から正面には内浦湾が広がります▲From the front left to front: Uchiura Bay. 

天気がいい日は屋外にあるテラス席も最高!特等席です▲Terrace seats feel fantastic on a sunny day! It’s a special seat. 

In this shop, you can listen to jazz music played with high-quality speakers, which cost over 10,000,000 yen as you enjoy freshly dripped coffee. 

淹れている姿を見るだけで美味しさが伝わる♪味、間違いなし!▲I can imagine how delicious this coffee could be just by looking at it! 

フレンチブレンドをWEDGWOODのカップ&ソーサ―でいただきます▲I had a French blend with WEDGWOOD’s cup.  

They also offer light meals with coffee such as ciabatta sand, etc. I asked Naito, the manager of the shop who made coffee for me, for her recommended ciabatta sandwich. 

ハーブチキンとブリーチーズ、リンゴなどを、マンゴージャムを塗ったチャバタでサンド▲Herb chicken, brie cheese, apples, and mango jam ciabatta sandwich. 

The slight sweetness of mango wraps slight saltiness of cheese like honey and make the juiciness of chewy chicken stand out. The crispy texture of apples adds an accent. 

This sandwich was delicious. It was served as a light meal, but I felt quite full. 

The atmosphere was cozy, and their coffee and ciabatta sandwich was delicious. More than anything, the view is fantastic! 

I would like to revisit the cafe. 


Miyakoshiya Coffee MUTEKIROU to Michi-no-Eki Mitara Muroran: Michi-no-Eki near Hakucho Bridge

Miyakoshiya Coffee MUTEKIROU to Michi-no-Eki Mitara Muroran
Mileage: Approx. 2 kilometers
The time required: Approx. 5 mins

I left the cafe as I put the comfortableness of the cafe in my memory. I will head to the last destination for today, Michi-no-Eki Mitara Muroran. I only had to drive less than five minutes along the coastline, though. 

多数車が止まっていて賑わっていました▲There were many cars. 

I decided to take a walk around the parking. 

到着の証に、カーンと音を鳴らしてみました。ちょっと恥ずかしいww▲I rang this bell alone. I was a little embarrassed. 

建物裏手にはパークゴルフ場があり、その先には白鳥大橋が見えます▲There was a park golf field at the back of the building. Shiratori Bridge is over there. 

There are restaurants where you can enjoy local dishes in the Michi-no-Eki. I might have had something here if I hadn’t eaten a ciabatta sandwich at the cafe. I knew I would visit here again, so I left the fun thing to the future. 

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“Michi No Eki Mitara Muroran” re-opened in April 2019, it changed like this!

This is it for today. 
I will drive to “Michi-no-Eki Toyoura” in Toyoura-Cho in the next article. I will stop by Koibito Beach and Cape Arutori in Date City, and take a walk at Usu Zenkoji Temple Nature Park. 
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