Situated on Hokkaido’s eastern coast, this is where you can find some of the best seafood that Japan has to offer. Savour Hanasaki crabs, pacific saury and try spotting Stellar’s sea eagles as they congregate on the sea ice.
Seseki Hot Spring
Used in the filming of famous television drama Kita no Kuni Kara (北の国から), this hot spring can only be used during low tide from 1 July to 15 September every year as it is usually submerged in sea water.
Po-gawa Historical Grassland
Visitors to the vast outdoor area, which has remnants of pit dwellings sunken into the earth, can experience and learn about the original cultural landscape and history of nature around Shiretoko.
Japan’s largest branching sandbank is said to be shaped like a shrimp’s bent back due to sea currents moving the sand. As you walk along the dedicated wooden path, you’ll be able to catch glimpses of withered fir straw, oak and oak straw trees.
Make your own uni-don
Crack open one sea urchin after another to create your very own uni-don (うに丼) that is as fresh as it can get!
Nemuro local delight “Escalope”
This renowned regional dish consists of fragrant butter rice topped with crispy pork cutlet and then drizzled with irresistible demi-glace sauce.
Caught off the Hanasaki Port area where it gets its name, this crab has extremely sweet meat alongside tasty kanimiso (カニ味噌, crab guts).
JR Hanasaki Line
The section from Kushiro Station to Nemuro Station on the Nemuro Main Line has been nicknamed the Hanasaki Line because of the breathtaking scenery along the way — you’ll see hills, marshlands, lakes and the gorgeous coastline.
Found at the tip of the Nemuro Peninsula, this is where the 90-metre-high Tower of Peace stands. For a 360-degree panorama of the area, climb up to the observation deck and spot the islands of Kunashiri, Shikotan and Habomai on clear days.
To find out more about the East Hokkaido region, click here.
(This feature first appeared on WAttention Singapore magazine, Sep/Oct 2018 Vol. 46)