[:en]The video, that is made to feel like a TV drama, features a girl who unexpectedly visits Muroran City. The girl goes around the town with a taxi driver who has a strange aura. The video introduces sandy beaches, night views, and many other things you want to see if you are visiting Muroran City.

 

 

The city is located in the south-western part of Hokkaidō. The name of the city comes from the Ainu word “Mo Ruerani”, which means “the bottom of a little slope”. There is the Port of Muroran, known as a good natural harbor, which, since the Meiji period, has developed, especially in the iron and steel industry. Even the British traveler Isabella Bird praised the beautiful scenery around Etomo Peninsula, that sticks out into Uchiura Bay. Even today, many tourists are mesmerized by the scenery.

Access to Muroran City

Arriving by plane:

Approx. 1 hour 20 min. from Haneda Airport to Hakodate Airport, then approx. 20 min. from Hakodate Airport to Hakodate Station by airport shuttle bus, and finally approx. 2 hours 20 min. from Hakodate Station to Higashi-Muroran Station by JR Limited Express train.

Arriving by train:

Approx. 4 hours 14 min. from Tokyo Station to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station by a Shinkansen train, and then approx. 2 hours 10 min. from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station to Higashi-Muroran Station by JR Limited Express train.

Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Muroran City

Etomo Peninsula

A place where you can enjoy beautiful scenery from the sea or from the land. The exterior of the peninsula has an around 100-meter-tall precipitous cliff, which stretches out for over 10 kilometers. Besides being able to enjoy a unique terrain like that, for birds like the Pacific shift and the peregrine falcon it is a paradise, which cannot be approached by any outside invaders. There is a lighthouse at “Cape Chikiu”, which is the southern tip of the peninsula. It is a popular place where you have a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Northeast to Cape Chikiu is Itanki Beach, which has been chosen into the top 100 best beaches in Japan.

 

The nightscape with indusrial area

The factories and beautiful nature create unique nightscape, which has a charm that cannot be found in the nightscape of big cities. The unique presence of the factories is illuminated by security lighting, which makes them feel even more prominent. And it’s hard to miss the radiance of the Hakucho Bridge, which is the largest suspension bridge in eastern Japan. The tallest observation deck in the city is not that tall, standing only at 200 meters, which makes the nightscape feel even closer to you. Recently, night cruises for viewing the nightscape have gained popularity.

Must-eat Dishes to Try Out When Visiting Muroran City

Muroran yakitori

While yakitori generally refers to grilled skewered chicken, Muroran yakitori is actually made of pork and onions. The reason for this is that, back in the day, pork used to be cheaper than chicken, and onions could also be acquired cheaply, since Hokkaido produces a lot of onions. Muroran yakitori is usually eaten with mustard.

 

Muroran curry ramen

Out of all the ramen restaurants within Muroran City, around 60% of them serve curry ramen. There is no one type of curry ramen, but instead each restaurant serves its own special curry ramen with unique soup and ingredients. The restaurants also sell instant ramen, which you can buy as a souvenir.

Muroran City has some of the best scenery in Japan, with beautiful scenery created by both nature and mankind.[:ja]ふとしたきっかけで室蘭市を訪れた少女が、不思議な雰囲気のあるタクシー運転手とともに町をめぐる、ドラマ仕立ての動画です。砂浜や夜景など、室蘭市を訪れたら見ておきたいスポットを紹介しています。

北海道の南西部にある市です。地名の由来はアイヌ語の「モ・ルエラニ」で、「小さな坂道を下りたところ」を意味します。天然の良港として知られる室蘭港があり、明治以降には鉄鋼や製鉄業を中心に発展を遂げました。内浦湾(噴火湾)に突き出した絵鞆(えとも)半島を中心に織りなす美しい風景は、イギリス人旅行家のイザベラ・バードも絶賛。今でも多くの観光客を魅了しています。

室蘭市へのアクセス

飛行機の場合

羽田空港から函館空港まで約1時間20分。リムジンバスで函館空港から函館駅まで約20分。JR特急で函館駅から東室蘭駅まで約2時間20分。

電車の場合

新幹線で東京駅から新函館北斗駅まで約4時間14分。JR特急で新函館北斗駅から東室蘭駅まで約2時間10分。

 

室蘭市に来たら!絶対行くべきスポット

絵鞆半島

海からも、陸からも絶景が楽しめるスポットです。島の外側は高さ100mほどの断崖絶壁が10km以上に渡って続き、その独特の地形を楽しめるほか、アマツバメやハヤブサなど、鳥たちにとっては外敵が寄り付かない楽園となっています。南端の「チキウ岬」には灯台が立ち、太平洋を一望する人気スポットです。チキウ岬の北東には、日本の渚百選にも選ばれたイタンキ浜があります。

 

工場地帯の夜景

工場と美しい自然が生み出す夜景は、都会の夜景とは違った魅力があります。工場のもつ独特の存在感が、保安灯の光に照らされて一層際立って感じられます。そして東日本最大の吊橋である「白鳥大橋」の輝きも、見逃すことはできません。市内で最も高い展望台でも標高200mでそれほど高くないため、夜景がより身近に感じられます。最近ではクルージングでの夜景見学も人気です。

室蘭市に来たら!絶対食べるべきフード

室蘭やきとり

やきとりという名前ですが、室蘭やきとりは豚肉とタマネギを串焼きにしたものです。当時、室蘭では鶏肉よりも豚肉が安かったことと、北海道はタマネギの産地で安く手に入ったことがきっかけで、この形になりました。洋からし(マスタード)を付けて食べるのが定番です。

室蘭カレーラーメン

室蘭市のラーメン店では、市内の6割ほどの店でカレーラーメンを提供しています。特に決まった形はなく、店ごとに工夫したスープと具材のカレーラーメンを提供しています。お土産用のインスタントラーメンもあります。

自然が生み出した絶景と、人間が作り出した絶景を楽しめる、日本でも有数の絶景スポットです。[:]