In the Hokkaido dialect, the meteorological term jyoukigiri (sea smoke) refers to a fog that forms over the sea or water caused by the radiative cooling known as kearashi in standard Japanese. This phenomenon occurs when the sea itself does not freeze; a rare sight not to be missed in Hokkaido’s Rumoi and Kushiro. Also stop by Rumoi to see its famed waves; the highest recorded at Rumoi Port, observed in October 1984, reached 12 meters. Rumoi’s waves are now considered among the three most famous waves in the world so prepare to be awestruck by the power of nature!
Rumoi’s Sea Smoke and Waves
2 Chome Omachi, Rumoi, Hokkaido