Cape Erimo is where the end of the Hidaka Mountain Range, the range that divides Hokkaido into east and west, sinks into the Pacific Ocean. At the tip of the cape is a 60m high cliff, with rocks extending 2km out to sea (and another 5 or 6km underwater.) You can see adorable harbour seals lazing on the rocks, and the sight of the waves crashing on the rocks is truly spectacular. The cape became famous all over Japan after the release of Shinichi Mori’s song Nanimo Nai Erimo Misaki (Deserted Cape Erimo), and even now many tourists come to the cape. There is a plaque next to the observatory with the song engraved on it, made when Shinichi Mori visited the town, as well as one with Chiyoko Shimakura’s song Erimo Misaki (Cape Erimo).
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