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Introducing Nemuro

This tiny town’s main attraction is its view of several islands, which (though a subject of heated debate) currently belong to Russia. It’s the easternmost part of Japan, so those travellers who like to collect ‘-mosts’ should be sure to come here. That said, there’s not much else to do, and if the weather doesn’t cooperate you end up looking at fog. On a clear day you get a view of some islands in the distance: the Hoppōryōdo islands are in dispute mainly because of their prime fishing grounds below the surface. English signage is limited, mainly plaques protesting the donation of these lands to Russia. Loudspeakers often blare from black trucks with hi-no-maru (the rising sun flags, discarded post-WWII) flags on them calling for the islands’ return.

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