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Muroran, Japan Cruise Port

If someone mentions cruising through the Uchiura Bay to "the bottom of a little slope," chances are good that person means the port of Muroran, Japan. The city's name comes from the Ainu word "Mo Ruerani" where the little slope in question is in front of a former Senkai Temple. The capital city of Iburi Subprefecture in Hokkaido, Muroran has eight specific scenic sights called Muroran-Hakkei; along with tourist attractions, the city is noted for its steel manufacturing and a prominent marine biology institute. Originally developed as a trading post in the 16th century between the Ainu and the Matsumae, by 1899, Muroran was trading openly with the United States and United Kingdom. With its oceanic climate, Muroran has milder winters and summers than most of the rest of Japan, making outdoor activities a year-round draw for travelers. Here are some favorite experiences for the cruise port of Muroran, Japan:
 
  • Chikyu Misaki (Cape Earth) is the most famous of the iconic eight scenic sights of Muroran, thanks to an unparalleled view of the ocean and its snowy white lighthouse. The Bell of Happiness on the observation desk is available to ring for anyone seeking some extra joy in life.
     
  • Lovers of aquatic life can check out the Muroran City Aquarium, home to more than 150 species of sea life, including fish found in the waters near the city along with penguins, sea lions, and seals.
     
  • One of the best surfing spots in the city – and in Hokkaido – is Itanki Beach, also known for its "singing sand" (which makes a distinct sound when walked on). It's a popular spot during the summer months, especially for seaside barbeques.
     
  • Those who have a penchant for architecture and engineering will want to see the 2,360 foot long Hakucho Bridge, which is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Because of high winds, it is restricted to enclosed vehicles; pedestrians will have to admire it from below.
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