Tales of my Tongari town

vol.18 Beautiful sunset viewing spot between huge rocks in the ocean

In 2019, we started the project “Team Tongari” in collaboration with Cape Erimo Tongari Road Wide-area Cooperation Council and Hokkaido Camera Girls’ Association.

Team Tongari has been working on a project to promote the charms of Urakawa, Samani, Erimo, and Hiroo through photography and words to supplement them.

“Team Tongari” was initiated by a group of camera-loving local girls.

23 women living in Tongari Road area have been taking photographs while rediscovering the beauty of their hometowns.
“Tales of my Tongari town” is a new series of reports about the team’s recent discoveries of local gems of Tongari Road.

Starting from the 10th issue, we will introduce “people, objects, and things” that our members would like to recommend to you.

vol.18 Samani
Beautiful sunset viewing spot between huge rocks in the ocean

■Oyakoiwa (parents and a child rocks), filled with seasonal charms in each of the four seasons


Along with Mt. Apoi, Oyakoiwa is the symbol of Samani.

Oyakoiwa (parents and a child rocks) consists of 2 large rocks and a small rock, which are lined up in a row like parents and a child. There is a park on the coast from which you can enjoy swimming and camping.

Oyakoiwa site at the park is the best spot to witness a beautiful sunset.

Beautiful ever-changing skies and magical reflections of rocks on the sea.
In midwinter, the sun sets between the rocks, so sometimes a path of light appears on the surface of the sea.

You may also encounter the “Jewelry Ice” which is famous on the Otsu Coast in Toyokoro Town!

And then…on a clear late summer night, the Milky Way descends over the Oyakoiwa.

At low tide, when the sea is calm, it presents a water mirror like the Salar de Uyuni.

A great spot for a trick-art-like photo ops, and also a beautiful spot for a bridal or photo-wedding shoot! (Photo-wedding is a new style of wedding in Japan, only photo shooting to experience a wedding without an actual ceremony and reception.)

Oyakoiwa (parents and a child rock), which shows various expressions in each of the four seasons.

Come and have fun taking your own one-of-a-kind photo!

Spot Information

・Oyakoiwa Fureai Beach Campground
Place:Nishimachi, Samani

Miyuki Kato(Samani/Team Tongari)

Born and raised in Samani.
I realize that my town was actually nice
and much more likable when I started walking around
my own town with my camera and looking through the viewfinder.
If I ever get to meet you, please feel free to call me

Makiko Tsuji(Samani/Team Tongari)

Samani is a town rich in nature and full of seasonal attractions.
Delicious food, charming people, beautiful scenery, cute animals and interesting plants.
I would like to share these wonderful things that can only be found here through my photographs.

Sayuri Fujita(Samani/Team Tongari)

My introduction into photography began when I received a SLR camera as a gift.
The world of camera is so deep, it’s hard to get better at it.
I’m a shy person, but I am hoping to meet people in the local area and make many friends through my camera and photography.


The location information is also available on Google Map as “Tales of my Tongari town”!

Thank you for enjoying this series of stories.
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