Cape Erimo

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Cape Erimo, taken from the ISS on Oct. 11, 2009

Cape Erimo (襟裳岬, Erimo-misaki) is a cape in Hokkaidō, located at 41°55′28″N 143°14′54″E / 41.924444°N 143.248333°E / 41.924444; 143.248333. It is the de facto southern tip of Hidaka Mountains.


Hot and cold fronts meet nearby of the cape thus creating a dense mist which covers the cape for more than 100 days a year. Wind blows here with the speed of 10 m/s for almost 300 days a year. Every year more than 400,000 tourists visit Cape Erimo. Rare species of Kuril Seals live there.


The main-belt asteroid 5331 Erimomisaki, discovered by amateur astronomers Kin Endate and Kazuro Watanabe in 1990, was named after Cape Erimo.[1]


  1. ^ "5331 Erimomisaki (1990 BT1)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 

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