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About Otobe

The deep blue Sea of Japan. A town embraced by Mt. Otobe-dake; Otobe

The landscape overlooking Cape Tatenosaki, which is known as the Grand Canyon of the East, is as picturesque as a painting of the Mediterranean Sea. The surrounding natural environment enables visitors to feel the atmosphere of the original Otobe landscape from the time when wajin first settled here. In July, go to the Gennadai Marine Festival held in the Umi-no-Pool (a swimming area in the sea with the highest water quality) of the Gennadai Seaside Park to experience catching sea urchin by hand. For souvenirs, a sweet made using edible lily bulbs that has won the first prize in a domestic contest is recommended. A leisurely time can be enjoyed with mythical views of nature created by uniquely shaped rocks, which have difference faces, and the coastline along the endless sea.

HiyaMap Otobe Okushiri Setana 今金(いまかね) Otobe Esashi Assabu Kaminokuni

Clear water makes people's hearts kinder.

Uniquely shaped rocks and an endless horizon evoking myths of medieval times

01White cliff and coastline Takise Coast

This is a beautiful but strange coastal line with a white wall that seemingly goes on forever. This coast was formerly called shirafura (meaning white sloping land) in the Ainu language. At the beginning of the Meiji period, fishermen found a buried rock at shirafura. They worshipped the rock as a mysterious object and made offerings to it. The rock is still regarded as the deity of stone and is enshrined at Takino Shrine.

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  • Takise Coast
  • Takise Coast
  • Takise Coast

Aza Takise, Otobe-cho, Nishi-gun, Hokkaido 043-0101
Contact: Otobe Town Industry Division Tel. 0139-62-2311

02The view from the national highway is indeed stunning. Cape Shibinosaki

Cape Shibinosaki was designated as a Hokkaido Natural Monument in 1972 and is one of the 100 selected Natural Treasures of Hokkaido. It was named for its resemblance to the back of a tuna and the rock surface, which has the appearance of scales. The unique rock surface is columnar jointing, which is quite rare in Hokkaido, and reaches out almost vertically into the sea.

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  • Cape Shibinosaki
  • Cape Shibinosaki
  • Cape Shibinosaki

Aza Hanaiso/Shiomi, Otobe-cho, Nishi-gun, Hokkaido 043-0232
Contact: Otobe Town Industry Division Tel. 0139-62-2311

03Grand Canyon of the East Cape Tatenosaki

This cape looks different in each season and is breathtakingly beautiful with the sunset in the background. The chalk cliff stretching along the national highway is referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East. This cape has a stone monument, Hirenzuka, based on a tragic love story of a herring fisherman and a girl, who worked for the fisherman's master, which has been handed down from the time when herring fishery flourished.

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  • Cape Tatenosaki
  • Cape Tatenosaki
  • Cape Tatenosaki

Aza Tateura, Otobe-cho, Nishi-gun, Hokkaido 043-0104
Contact: Otobe Town Industry Division Tel. 0139-62-2311

04Gennadai Seaside ParkUmi-no-Pool (a swimming area in the sea)

Umi-no-Pool is a swimming beach encompassed by breakwaters. Since the pool side is a breakwater, no big waves come into the pool. The water depth is also controlled so that children can safely enjoy swimming. Colored blocks have been fitted at the poolside, allowing visitors to enjoy soaking up the sun. Fresh sea water is always circulating in the pool, keeping the water clear and beautiful. This facility has been selected one of Japan's 100 Best Beaches by the Ministry of the Environment. Views from the observatory are also beautiful.

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  • Umi-no-Pool
  • Umi-no-Pool
  • Umi-no-Pool

Aza Genna, Otobe-cho, Nishi-gun, Hokkaido 043-0114
Contact: Otobe Town Industry Division Tel. 0139-62-2311

Take a break and enjoy the taste of a long-established shop after strolling around Otobe.
Yuri Monaka Honpo Fukido Yuri Monaka
Yuri Monaka Honpo Fukido Yuri Monaka

Yuri Monaka and Yurine-no-Pie are made using Otobe's specialty lily bulbs. The lily bulb-shaped monaka wafer shell is filled to the brim with sweet lily bulb jam!

♦Address: Midorimachi 131, Otobe-cho, Nishi-gun, Hokkaido 043-0103 ♦Tel.: 0139-62-2024

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