In our trip to Hokkaido apart from visiting the publicly accessible easternmost point in Japan, we also visited the northernmost point in Japan as well: Cape Sōya in Wakkanai, Hokkaido.
There are a lot of similarities between Cape Sōya and Cape Nosappu. Both places are actually famous because of their locations instead of the sceneries. There are lots of monuments there with a theme of peace. There are loads of shops, restaurant and other buildings claiming they are “The Northernmost/Easternmost XXX in Japan”. Last but not least, you can buy certificates for being there.
Another similarity between the two is geographically they are actually NOT the northernmost/easternmost point in Japan. In the north western side of Cape Sōya there is a very small rocky island which is under Japanese administration and it is actually the real northernmost point (Here again I did not count disputed northern territories). Yet you can imagine there won’t be any transport for the public to go there.
The triangular monument you see in this picture marks the northernmost point in Cape Sōya. It is not easy to take this picture because that monument is the most popular photo spot here. Indeed you can guess the reason why I did not put the monument at the centre of the picture: as there is a queue of people in the left side ready to step up there for photo and I just pick a short time gap to take this picture.