After travelling along the coast of Shakotan Peninsula, let’s move on westward where Cape Kamui (神威岬) is situated.
Cape Kamui is at the north western tip of Shakotan Peninsula and it’s a narrow ridge extending into the Sea of Japan. There is a trail along the ridge for visitors to walk towards the tip where there is a lighthouse and also a good view point to the Sea of Japan. It isn’t a very difficult walk but we were really tired at that time and therefore we did not walk till the end (remember we also need to walk back!).
While it’s not shown in this picture, there is actually a small gate at the beginning of the trail with a sign saying women were forbidden in Cape Kamui. It is actually a historical sign and women are very welcome nowadays. There was a legend behind this sign: A famous Japanese General had once escaped from there and a princess from a local tribe who loved him a lot wanted to follow him. The General arrived Cape Kamui and escaped by boarding on a ship. The princess, knowing there is no way to follow him, committed suicide there and cursed all ships with women passing there would sink.
Of course it’s just a legend but the gate would actually close – blocking both men and women – when it’s extremely windy and it’d be dangerous to walk towards the tip.