Muroran's name comes from Ainu words meaning "the bottom of a little slope." And at the bottom of this slop you’ll find delicious food, impressive architecture, and stunning natural scenery. The coal and iron industries have driven Muroran’s economy for centuries and this forging port still hums with activity.
For foodies looking for some local flavor, you’ll want to try out some curry ramen. You’re probably already familiar with the other kinds of ramen—miso, salt, and soy-based versions—but curry ramen is a popular unique treat and local favorite in Muroran.
The natural landscape is where Muroran derives its name and it’s also one of the biggest draws for travelers. Head up to the observatory at Cape Chikyu and take in the view from 147 meters up, along the 8-mile coastline.
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Since opening in 1998, this beautiful suspension bridge has become a popular photo op for visitors. The illuminated 790-yard main span is a night photographer’s dream.
Jigoku-Dani, or “Hell Valley,” is north of Muroran Port and features awe-inspiring vistas and glimpses into boiling and bubbling water spouts. An crater formed after the eruption of Mount Kuttara, Hell Valley is about 50 minutes by car from the port, but well worth the visit.
Make sure you try another tasty flavor popular in Muroran: Yakitori! Instead of the yakitori you might be used to, Muroran’s version is made with pork instead of chicken, and the sauce is a unique and local tradition as old as the city itself.
Muroran, Japan At a glance