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.