Dolphin and Whale Watching
From spring through summer, board a tourism boat for watching 18 kinds of marine animals, including seals, whales, and dolphins. You can sometimes see large groups, numbering up to 1,000, of the Pacific white-sided dolphins, called Kama-iruka in Japanese.
Yakitori is chicken grilled on skewers, but in Muroran there's a twist on the popular dish. It's made with pork. In 1930's, low-priced pork was available in the city and so replaced chicken. This favorite dish among factory workers is served with a dollop of mustard.
Beach House - Furukawa Bettei
The hotel, 30 minutes from the city center, faces the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy its cliff-edge open-air bath at sunrise for a breathtaking scene.
To reach Muroran from Tokyo, fly from Haneda Airport to Shin-Chitose Airport. From there, it is about 2 hours by bus.