Cape Nosappu

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Cape Nosappu (納沙布岬, Nosappu-misaki) is a point on the Nemuro Peninsula, Nemuro, Japan[1] which is the easternmost point in Hokkaidō. It is also the easternmost point in Japan which is open to the public. It is located where the waters from the Pacific Ocean meet those from the Sea of Okhotsk. The Cape Nosappu Lighthouse is the oldest in Hokkaidō, built in 1872.[2]

The cape is very close to the Habomai Archipelago, which is administered by Russia. The closest island, Signalny Rock, is just 3.7 km away. As such, Russian patrol boats frequently appear on the strait. However, Japan claims the sovereignty over these islands. (See Kuril Islands dispute.)[3] Consequently, the cape houses a lot of monuments dealing with Japanese claims on the territories, such as the House of Nostalgia for the Homeland, the Bridge on the Four Islands, and others.


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  1. ^ DK (21 February 2017). DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Japan. DK Publishing. pp. 295–. ISBN 978-1-4654-6432-3.
  2. ^ Ann B. Irish (17 September 2009). Hokkaido: A History of Ethnic Transition and Development on Japan’s Northern Island. McFarland. pp. 20–. ISBN 978-0-7864-5465-5.
  3. ^ Akihiro Iwashita (30 October 2015). Japan's Border Issues: Pitfalls and Prospects. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-42401-7.

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Coordinates: 43°23′07″N 145°49′00″E / 43.385215°N 145.816593°E / 43.385215; 145.816593 (Cape Nosappu)