Home >> Itineraries,Japan Travel >> Hokkaido Self-drive with kids (June 2014) Part 4: Niseko -> Shakotan Peninsular (Cape Kamui, Shokudou Misaki, Cape Shakotan) -> Otaru

We left Niseko headed for the Shakotan area, driving along the Northwestern coast of Hokkaido.


It was a long drive before we finally reached Cape Kamui and the kids were thrilled to get off the car and run around.


We embarked on a hike all the way to the end of the cape.


Cape Kamui used to be out of bounds for women!


The water around the Cape is so blue and clear.


There were many yellow flowers that look like lilies growing around the Cape.


MF managed to hike all the way on his own without asking to be carried.


Celebratory shots upon reaching the end!


After all that hiking, it was time for lunch! We went to a popular restaurant, Shokudou Misaki, which was located along the main road from Shakotan to Otaru.


The local specialty was uni (sea urchin).  The sea urchin caught from the Northern coast of Hokkaido is said to be the best in Japan due to the cold sea waters and the konbu (seaweed) they feed on there. It is only available in the summer months from June to August.

We ordered the uni set that came with uni rice bowl and two live uni.


One of the uni in the set was the more common black uni while the other was the rarer red uni. The spines of the uni were still moving when they were served!


When opened, they actually look quite gross inside with all the innards still intact.


A special spatula was provided to dig out the flesh. It was not an easy task getting the flesh out.. No wonder uni is so expensive.  Each uni only contained so little flesh and it was so difficult to extract the flesh.


We also ordered the red uni rice bowl to compare the difference between normal uni and red uni.


The colours of the two bowls were so different! Red uni’s flesh is orange while black uni’s flesh is yellow.  Next time you buy uni from the market, you know the orange ones are the more expensive ones.


The taste of red uni is stronger and sweeter.  Hubby felt the taste was too strong for him and he preferred the normal uni.  I preferred the red uni though because it was much sweeter.


While we were enjoying our uni feast, someone was fast asleep… Totally knocked out by the long hike earlier.


After the sumptious meal, we drove on to Cape Shakotan.


There was a flight of stairs to go down to the beach below, but it was drizzling so we just took a quick photo and dashed back into the car.

We continued the drive to Otaru, passing by Yoichi, which is home to Nikka Whisky and Yamamoto Sightseeing Orchard which were destinations we KIVed in case we needed a break during the drive from Shakotan to Otaru.  In the end, we just drove all the way since it was raining and nobody wanted to get off the car.

Other posts for this trip:

Complete summarized itinerary
Part 1: New Chitose Airport -> Lake Toya

Part 2: Lake Toya -> Hakodate
Part 3: Hakodate -> Niseko
Part 4: Niseko -> Otaru
Part 5: Otaru
Part 6: Sapporo
Part 7: Furano
Part 8: Furano -> Biei -> Furano
Part 9: Tomamu -> Obihiro -> New Chitose Airport

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Supposed to be a stay-home mom, but hates staying home. Definition of parenting is bringing the boys out for 'experiential learning' in Singapore, Japan and wherever else in the world her husband can afford to pay for.


  1. Irene says:

    Your Hokkaido travel blogs were really a great help to me when I plan for my trip in early Aug.
    We are planning to drive from Sapporo to Lake Toya to Niseko to Otaru via Cape Kamui. I’m keen to lunch in Shokudou Misaki. What are the opening hours for Shokudou Misaki ?
    Also, how do we find out where the petrol kiosks are ? Will the GPS be able to help ?


  2. Grace says:

    We are planning to drive from Sapporo – Otaru – Shakotan Peninsular – Niseko in early December. Do you think it’s good idea to visit Shakotan Peninsular early winter? Thanks so much.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      The only reason I visited Shakotan Peninsular was for the uni (sea urchins) which are only available from June to August. So personally, I wouldn’t do the long Shakotan Peninsular drive in winter.

  3. Lyn says:

    Hi BBM,

    Your blog has been awesome for me as I plan my Hokkaido trip in coming 11-25 June! 🙂

    I wanted to check on Cape Kamui/Shakotan with you. Should I leave Asahidake by 9am and drive there, reach about 2pm (google map says 5.5 hrs), Do you think I can finish strolling and hiking both capes + have An Uni lunch til 5pm (means 3 hours), so that I can then continue to reach Sapporo by 8pm to return the car?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Hmm… You’re going to drive from Asahidake to Cape Kamui?? That’s a super long drive!! Is there any way to rearrange your itinerary so that you can break up this drive? Asahidake – Cape Kamui – Sapporo sounds like too much driving for a day.

      For the uni, it’s best to go in the morning to try their red sea urchin (aka uni). It gets sold out pretty fast.

      • Lyn says:

        Haha. Yea I changed my itinerary a little. Gonna do
        Sapporo-Otaru-Hakodate-Onuma-Toya-noboribetsu-asahikawa-Biei-Furano-morenuma park-Sapporo in 15 days! Mostly stay one day each except Furano 2 days, Hakodate 2 days and Sapporo 2 days.

        I hope this is better 🙂

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