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“Bleak spit out towards the Northern Territories held by Russia”
Review of Notsuke Peninsula

Notsuke Peninsula
Reviewed 21 February 2018

A drive out the Notsuke Peninsula gets you as close to Kunashiri, one of the disputed Northern Territories (if you are Japanese) or southern Kuril Islands (if you are Russian), as anywhere in Hokkaido. The road goes 18 kilometers out on the peninsula and you see small fishing coops along the path, as well as short evergreens growing along the brackish waters. We enjoyed the drive on a Sunday morning between Shibecha and Nemuro. Not much to see, but much to muse about. Visited 9/24/2017

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Remote and few people get there- but well worth a detour. This peninsula and its two desolate areas (todowara and Narawara) are eerie and beautiful. Highly recommended if you are in the area.
Id recommend to walk to Todowara and take the truck-bus back. the walk is cool, a deer just crept up on us less than 50 cm away from us.

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Reviewed 16 September 2015

Notsuke doesn't seem to feature in many guidebooks, but if you are travelling in north-eastern Hokkaido it is definitely worth a detour.
Great for bird-watching, gazing out at the Russian island of Kunashir (clear weather permitting), admiring the withered forests on the sandbanks, or taking a ride in the horse bus to one of the sand spits in the inner lagoon.
There is a visitor centre two-thirds of the way along the peninsula, where a cafe serves a good lunch. You can take the horse bus from here, or drive on almost to the lighthouse, after which it is walking only.

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Reviewed 10 March 2015

As others have said "Wild Beauty". We visited in January and so the peninsula was wild and bleak. The snow was not very deep but everywhere. We were bird watching and it was worth the effort. We had a good walk at the end of the Peninsula by the lighthouse.

Here's my birdlist: Whooper Swan, Mallard, Harlequin Duck, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pelagic Cormorant, Kite, Steller's Sea-Eagle, Eurasian Coot, Spectacled Guillemot, Slaty-backed Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Glaucous Gull, Short-eared Owl, Carrion Crow, Large-billed Crow, & Eurasian Tree Sparrow.

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Reviewed 8 January 2015

We visited here on a bleak day in January with a blizzard blowing. However, there was an eerie beauty with the waves crashing in on one side of the car and the sea being frozen on the other. Despite the inclement weather we saw a good selection of sea birds, eagles, Asian Rosy Finch and Snow Bunting. Although we didn't see any, we understand that Red Fox is often seen in the area. Definitely worth a trip to the area if you are a keen nature enthusiast and/or photographer.

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