The evening view in Kaminokuni that can be seen through a shrine gate at the top of a low mountain, Mt. Iozan, is tinted entirely in vermilion. The ruins of a medieval castle, which was built on a mountain and used as the base of the Matsumae Domain, and many historical structures existing in their original forms tell the long history of this town. August and September, in which the Ishizakiyakko Festival and the Kaminokuni Hachimangu Togyo Festival are held, have an especially wonderful atmosphere. The Buddha statues carved by Enku, which are housed at the Kaminokuni Kannon-do Hall, are also something visitors must see to experience history for themselves. The town produces a variety of marine and agricultural products and its specialty items are Atka mackerel, flounder, and podded peas. Black Silica stone, which is only produced domestically in Kaminokuni, is also recommended. Visitors can enjoy the unique harmony between the culture and intriguing nature of this region that has been created in its long history.
Which do you think is more beautiful, the sunset in the Caribbean Sea or the sunset in Kaminokuni?
Experience the atmosphere of medieval times with all five of your senses against the backdrop of breathtaking views
With whom would you like to see this view? Impressive evening view
Best sunset viewing spot
The best spot to view the sunset in Kaminokuni is Michi-no-Eki Kaminokuni Monju.
With a long, beautiful blue coastline, this is the perfect place for observing the sun as it sets into the vast Sea of Japan. The landscape with the sun going down behind Monju-iwa Rock and sparkling fishing lights is especially beautiful and impressive.
Experience for yourself the sunset view in Kaminokuni, which is well worth seeing.
Aza Harauta 3, Kaminokuni-cho, Hiyama-gun, Hokkaido 049-0602
♦Hours: 9:00 - 19:30 (Apr. - Oct.), 9:00 - 18:30 (Nov. - Mar.) ♦Closed: Mondays (the following business day if a national holiday falls on a Monday)
Contact: Michi-no-Eki Kaminokuni Monju Tel. 0139-55-3955
A former city in the air Katsuyamadate Castle Ruins
Katsuyamadate Castle is a castle built on a mountain by Nobuhiro Takeda, the founder of the Matsumae Domain, around the 15th century. It was a major base of politics, military affairs and northern trade run by the Takeda and Kakizaki clans on the Sea of Japan side until around the end of the 16th century. As a result of excavations, more than 50,000 ceramics and metal products produced in Japan and abroad, including Seto ware, Mino ware and Chinese celadon, excavated artifact such as wooded products, and many sites of houses, dry moats and bridges have been found there. At the Katsuyamadate Guidance Center, reconstruction models of Katsuyamadate Castle at the time and excavated items are on display.Read more
Aza Katsuyama 427, Kaminokuni-cho, Hiyama-gun, Hokkaido 049-0601
♦Katsuyamadate Guidance Center
♦Admission fees: Adults 200 yen, Elementary - high school 100 yen (20% discount on groups of 20 or more people) ♦Hours: 10:00 - 16:00
♦Closed: Mondays (the following day if a national holiday falls on a Monday), the day following a national holiday ♦Open period: fourth Saturday of April - second Sunday of November
Kaminokuni Town Board of Education (regarding Katsuyamadate Castle) Tel. 0139-55-2230; Katsuyamadate Guidance Center Tel. 0139-55-2400
The oldest house existing in Hokkaido Old Sasanami Residence
The Sasanami family is an old household that has run a fishery business for many generations in Kaminokuni and flourished through herring fishing. The main house was built by the fifth family head, Kyuemon, and has been used as a living room and workplace since the end of the Edo period. It is the oldest house now existing in Hokkaido and was designated as a national important cultural property in 1992 as an important building for passing down the story from the time of the flourishing herring fishery.Read more
Aza Kaminokuni 236, Kaminokuni-cho, Hiyama-gun, Hokkaido 049-0612
♦Admission fees: Adults 300 yen, Elementary - high school 100 yen (20% discount for groups of 20 or more people)
♦Hours: 10:00 - 16:00 ♦Open period: fourth Saturday of April - second Sunday of November ♦Closed: Mondays (the following day if a national holiday falls on a Monday), the day following a national holiday
Contact: Kaminokuni Town Board of Education Tel. 0139-55-2230; Old Sasanami Residence (main house) Office Tel. 0139-55-1165
Important Cultural Property Jokokuji Temple Main Hall
The oldest temple structure in Hokkaido
This is one of old temples in Hokkaido. According to the story that has been handed down telling of its establishment, the temple was established by Yoshihiro Matsumae, the first lord of the Matsumae Domain, to console the spirit of Nobuhiro Takeda, the original forefather of the Matsumae clan.
Stories differ in regard to the timing of its establishment; however, it is recorded in Emishi-no-Saegi written by Masumi Sugae that the temple was established during the Eiroku era (1558 - 1570), thus making it the oldest temple structure currently existing in Hokkaido.
Aza Katsuyama 416, Kaminokuni-cho, Hiyama-gun, Hokkaido 049-0601
Contact: Kaminokuni Town Board of Education Tel. 0139-55-2230
Take a break and enjoy this flavor after strolling around Kaminokuni.
Michi-no-Eki Kaminokuni Monju Special strawberry juice
This juice rich in flavor and aroma is made from locally produced strawberries and is only available here. Strawberry lovers must give it a try.
♦Address: Aza Harauta 3, Kaminokuni-cho, Hiyama-gun, Hokkaido 049-0602 (Michi-no-Eki Kaminokuni Monju)
♦Tel.: 0139-55-3955 ♦Hours: Apr. - Oct. 9:00 - 19:30; Nov. - Mar. 9:00 - 18:30
♦Closed: Mondays (the following business day if a national holiday falls on a Monday)