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Muroran, Japan

Muroran (室蘭市 Muroran-shi) is a city and port located in Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. It is the capital city of Iburi Subprefecture.
The total area is 80.65 km2 (31.14 sq mi).

History

The origin of Muroran's name is derived from the Ainu word "Mo Ruerani" that means "the bottom of a little slope". The little slope, in front of the former Senkai Temple in Sakimori-cho, is noted in connection with the name of Muroran.
In the late 16th century, the Muroran region came under the administration of the Matsumae clan. Muroran was developed as a trading post between the Ainu and the Matsumae clan people.
In 1892, the Port of Muroran was opened for the wooden bridge construction at Kaigan (former Tokikaramoi); at the same time, the main road began construction from Hakodate to Read more

Muroran, Japan

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Muroran (室蘭市 Muroran-shi) is a city and port located in Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. It is the capital city of Iburi Subprefecture.
The total area is 80.65 km2 (31.14 sq mi).

History

The origin of Muroran's name is derived from the Ainu word "Mo Ruerani" that means "the bottom of a little slope". The little slope, in front of the former Senkai Temple in Sakimori-cho, is noted in connection with the name of Muroran.
In the late 16th century, the Muroran region came under the administration of the Matsumae clan. Muroran was developed as a trading post between the Ainu and the Matsumae clan people.
In 1892, the Port of Muroran was opened for the wooden bridge construction at Kaigan (former Tokikaramoi); at the same time, the main road began construction from Hakodate to Sapporo as the first step of Hokkaido Colonization Plan.
An Imperial decree in July 1899 established Muroran as an open port for trading with the United States and the United Kingdom.
With the opening of a shipping route from Muroran to Mori and railroad extension to Iwamizawa, Muroran's municipality was started on August 1, 1922, as the core of the major land and sea traffic in the pioneer era of Hokkaido. Since then, Muroran has been developing as an important transportation hub and a center of the steel industry. This, unfortunately, earned the town's industrial plants a bombardment by some of the newest American battleships in July 1945, in the closing days of World War II.
Today, there are large cement factories, steel mills, oil refineries, and shipyards clustered around the port of Muroran.

Climate

Muroran features an oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb), a climate type that is very rare in Japan. Despite it being located on Hokkaido, Muroran typically does not see the very cold winters that the majority of the island is known for, yet it does experience some snowfall in the course of the year, averaging roughly 210 cm (83 in) of snow per season. Summers in Muroran are mild by Japanese standards, not nearly as hot as summers in other Japanese cities. Average high temperatures in August, the city’s warmest month, is around 24 C.

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Muroran, Japan: Port Information


The port has the only cruise ship berth in Hokkaido.
Cruise passengers can enjoy Japanese culture programs in the former Muroran Station Building situated nearby.
Usually, there is shuttle service (free) from the port to Muroran itself. By the way, they offer different routes so you can take several short sightseeing excursions.

Get around Muroran, Japan


There are five JR Hokkaido stations in Muroran, starting from Higashi Muroran and ending in downtown Muroran, which can be used to access both Hakodate to the South West, and Sapporo to the North East.
Besides, you can take a bus to get to attractions in the surroundings.
There are many taxis, however, drivers sometimes do not understand English. 

By far the most convenient way of getting around sparsely populated Hokkaido is by renting a car. This is especially so when visiting some of the national parks or onsen resorts. However, visitors not used to driving in snow should be careful in the winter and note that speed limits are reduced significantly (only about 80km/h) in winter when the expressways are covered in snow. As such, give yourself more time to cover the same distance in the winter than you would in the summer.

Hokkaido is a cycling paradise from April to September. There are many bike paths and most main roads have very wide sidewalks. Also, there are many beautiful back roads to get you where you want to go. Information in English is very limited, the best way is to buy a good map and plan by yourself.

What to see in Muroran, Japan


  • Chikyu Misaki - A scenic cape with a lighthouse.
  • Hakucho Bridge - The largest suspension bridge in eastern Japan.
  • Senkai Temple

What to do in Muroran, Japan


Enjoy a day in Muroran while walking its authentic streets and getting acquainted with life in Japan.
If you travel with kids, you can visit the city's aquarium or Muroran City Youth Science Museum. 
There are several parks and beaches for hiking and admiring beautiful views. 
However, most often, Muroran is considered a starting point for exciting tours of the island with its fantastic national parks. 

What to eat and drink in Muroran, Japan


Check out the hairy crabs (毛蟹 kegani), king crabs (タラバ taraba) and the delicious sushi. Akkeshi's oysters, Saroma's scallops, and the northwest coast's sea urchin (うに uni) are considered to be among Japan's very best seafood.

More unexpectedly, Hokkaido produces most of Japan's dairy products and you will run into many creative uses for them. Ever had cream cheese in your curry, or butter in your noodle soup (bata-kon ramen)? How about asparagus, corn, or squid ink ice cream? In Hokkaido, you will.

Hokkaido is home to some of Japan's finest sakes, the most famous of the bunch being Asahikawa's Otokoyama (男山). Beer is also big in Hokkaido, the most famous brand being Sapporo Beer (naturally from Sapporo), but the many microbrews found in nearly every town are also worth sampling.

Shopping in Muroran, Japan


There are many lovely shops to buy gifts, souvenirs, handicrafts, accessories, art, etc.
Besides, there are shopping malls, where you can find everything you want. 

Safety in Muroran, Japan


In general, Muroran is safe. However, you should always use your common sense just like in any other place. 
Sometimes, pickpocketing may occur so always stay alert, particularly in crowded places.

Language spoken in Muroran, Japan


Japanese is the National language. Most of the population studied English at school. However, they focused mainly on grammar and writing but not on speaking.
You can find English-speaking personnel in tourist places but be ready that drivers may not speak English.

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