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Cape Kamui, Shakotan Peninsula

Soak up the beautiful coastal scenery

Cape Kamui, on Hokkaido's Shakotan peninsula, is great stop for any sightseer, assuming you come by car or bus. From the parking lot, a maze of trails weaves its way to a series of viewpoints overlooking the Sea of Japan. Hints of historical intrigue begin at a signboard noting an area that was once off limits to women. The legend has it (clumsily summarized) that a native Ainu chief's daughter, devastated over the sudden departure of a man she loved, shouted a curse dictating that any woman passing the cape on a ship would die; she herself then jumped into the sea. For the whole story, search online for the legend of Kamui rock, but for now, enjoy the pictures.

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