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A tower that lets you see from Wakkanai City to Sakhalin, offering a chance to learn about the history of the city's development.

Motoe Hiraku Centennial Memorial Tower / Hoppo Museum, Memoral tower and Monument

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Best season:Summer(June-Aug)

Motoe Hiraku Centennial Memorial Tower / Hoppo Museum, Memoral tower and Monument

About the Motoe Hiraku Centennial Memorial Tower / Hoppo Museum, Memoral tower and Monument

Within the city of Wakkanai, Wakkanai Park is located on top of a small hill. Inside of this park there is the Motoe Hiraku Centennial Memorial Tower. Wakkanai was founded in 1879, and in commemoration of its 100th anniversary this memorial tower was built. The monument is an 80m-tall tower, and the first and second floors contain a variety of information regarding Wakkanai.

The hill where the facility is located sits about 170m above sea level, and from the observatory you can see Wakkanai City, Rishiri Island, Rebun Island, and as far as Sakhalin in a beautiful 360 degree panorama. During the summer months night visitation is allowed so that you can enjoy the view of Wakkanai at night.

Within the museum there are exhibits that introduce the explorers of the Hokkaido region and the subsequent founders of Wakkanai. In particular there is a model of the famous explorer Mamiya Rinzo who is known to have ridden a cargo ship all the way to Sakhalin, and there are even documents from the time when the railroad was laid in the area. There are third-century ruins here as well, and an introduction to the history of Wakkanai’s agriculture.

Please note that from November to the end of April it is closed for the winter. From the end of April until the end of May, as well as during the month of October, the museum is regularly closed on Thursdays; if Thursday falls on a holiday, the museum will be closed the Friday following the holiday. Open hours vary by season; from June to September the museum is open from 9:00~21:00, and from the end of April to the end of May, as well as during October, the museum is open from 9:00~17:00. The final admission time is 1 hour before the museum closes.

Access

From Sapporo Station you can take the limited express train that will take you in 2 hours and 30 minutes to Wakkanai Station, and from Wakkanai Station you can take a taxi in about 15 minutes to the tower. 

Information of Motoe Hiraku Centennial Memorial Tower / Hoppo Museum, Memoral tower and Monument

Spot name Motoe Hiraku Centennial Memorial Tower / Hoppo Museum, Memoral tower and Monument
Address Yamuwakkanai Wakkanaimura Wakkanai-shi, Hokkaidō 097-0000
TEL 0162-24-4019
Fee 400yen

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