The more I walk in Muroran, the more I discover something surprising. I felt that for the first time when I walked approximately 4 km along the cliff from Muroran Youth Hostel in Miyuki Town toward Cape Chikyu.
As I look at the 360 degree view on the hill called Miyuki Peak, I'm amazed by the coexistence of entirely different sceneries. Looking back, there's Itanki Beach with naki-suna, foundries billowing smoke on the right, and hills lying straight ahead overlooking the expansive Pacific Ocean. Naki-suna, sand which makes clear sounds when a person walks on it, is proof that the beach is not polluted. It is almost a miracle that such a beach exists in one of the most developed industrial areas in Hokkaido.
As you walk around Muroran Station, you start to worry, thinking "Is this a ghost town?" since there are so few people at the shopping arcade in Chuo-cho. But, through the eyes of the movie director, this miserable, deserted atmosphere expresses the emotions felt by the actor and actress far more than their lines or facial expressions.
In "Mother", a drama written by the popular Japanese scriptwriter Sakamoto Yuji, Café Eikokukan was chosen for the location where the elementary student meets the teacher, the main character. In the popular movie series, "Tantei wa bar bi iru 2", the detective walks around the shopping district seeking to solve the case.
Whenever I visit a town, I'm always attracted to the old buildings. Every time I visit Muroran and see the circular buildings of the former Etomo Elementary School again, I feel relieved.
How many people know that commercials for Sapporo Beer and Subaru have been shot in Muroran? One promoter from Tokyo, who recognized the attractiveness of Muroran, organized the "Tori FES in Muroran 2016". Last September, 169 photographers gathered and stayed in Muroran for 24 hours, taking pictures. From these, 30 were selected.
A collection of materials and photographs of local historic buildings. The Historical Gallery of the Former Muroran Branch of Mitsubishi Limited Partnership Company is open to the public. Activities include the preservation of historic buildings, and holding city walking events and study sessions.
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
2-1 Midori-cho Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan
The museum stores and exhibits articles and footage of movies, TV dramas and documentaries shot on location in Hokkaido. The Muroran Location Map, which was produced in collaboration with the museum, is available at the Muroran Tourist Association.
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00
Closed Mondays (if Monday is a holiday, the following Tuesday), New Year holidays from December 28-January 3.
1F Sapporo Art and Culture Hall, Kita 1-jo Nishi 12-chome Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan