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Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido: Address, Phone Number, Shiretoko National Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Shiretoko National Park
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Shiretoko, which originated from the Ainu word, “Shiri Etoku” which means “far corner of the earth” is exactly located at the northernmost tip of Japan (excluding the Northern Territories). Shiretoko National Park is characterized by the rugged grand landscape formed by volcanic activities and drift ice as well as abundant wildlife. In particular, large mammals such as brown bears and killer whales as well as a number of large endangered raptors inhabit the park. With them at the top of the hierarchy, a variety of wild animals strongly cohabit together. Such biodiversity and the link between ecosystems of the sea, river, and forest were highly valued, and Shiretoko was registered as a World Natural Heritage site in July 2005.
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NilaGupta
Kolkata (Calcutta), India41 contributions
Stunning
Jan 2019 • Couples
On the north east peninsular of Hokkaido, it a bit difficult to reach. But the effort is really worth it,

A huge National Park, it has a mountain range on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. The forests are full of pine as well as deciduous tree.

We visited in May and snows were melting, so lots of little waterfalls were adding to the beauty. We also got fresh snowfall in the mountains.

The Visitor's centre at Rausau showed a well made and informative documentary about the fragile ecosystem of he area and is well worth watching.
We took a boat trip and saw one whale and a large pod of black and white dolphins close to our boat. The scenery was stunning.

Very limited options for staying and language is an issue, but the people are very helpful and friendly.

We saw local foxes and the fishing eagle and other sea birds too.

Lovely place for walking too.
Written 23 June 2019
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MarkfromtheIsland
Duncan, Canada755 contributions
Beautiful park- great snowshoeing in the winter
Feb 2019 • Couples
Visited here with a tour group. We had a private snowshoe guide that made it quite fun - I'd never snowshoed before but it was really easy.

The trails aren't that long but it's really pretty and the nature centre is quite beautiful. We saw some Ural owls and flying squirrels while there.
Written 23 February 2019
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bertina1611
Toronto, Canada25 contributions
Great place to visit
Jul 2018 • Solo
This was the main point of my visit - I joined a local tour, and the tour guide was very knowledgeable, taking us through the woods and explaining the route / trees / animals that lived in the park. Unfortunately when I went it was raining pretty hard, so it was very foggy. I would definitely go back to visit again! I would recommend pre-booking your tour so everything is organised by the time you get there. Knowing Japanese would be beneficial :)
Written 12 February 2019
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Peter
Beijing, China28 contributions
Awesome, beautiful
Sep 2018
Really unspoiled and beautiful. Not overwhelmed with tourist, mostly Hong Kong people and some Europeans here and there. Lots of wild animals.
Written 12 December 2018
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John
Leavenworth, KS1,297 contributions
This park has many nature exhibits
Sep 2017 • Couples
Shiretoko National Park is Japan’s easternmost national park. It is the northern part of Hokkaido’s Shiretoko peninsula and points like a finger up to Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula. The park is the closest land point you can get to large disputed islands called the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russia. You can see Kunashiri Island from the eastern side of the park. There are roads running up the east and west sides of the peninsula into the park and the Shiretoko Highway transverses the peninsula in the park, but the majority of the park is only accessible by hiking or by boat. There are, however, plenty of natural exhibits along the highway and in the Utoro area in the west and the Rausu area in the east. It is said that there are more Japanese black bears per area in the park than in any other part of Japan and for those who go hiking, there are warning signs at every nature center and trail head showing where the latest bear sightings have been. In the winter, the central part of the park, including the Shiretoko Highway, are closed due to heavy snowfalls. Utoro and Rausu remain open, and Siberian ice floes are often sighted outside the harbors at each town. I recommend a late summer or early self-driving trip, as there is much to see along the roads in the park. Visited 9/23/2017.
Written 27 August 2018
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Khaykid
Melbourne, Australia131 contributions
Deers and Red Foxes
Jul 2018 • Family
Shiretoko National Park is a World Heritage. Drove round here and you can chance upon spotted deers and red foxes on the road. Apparently, there has also been sightings of the brown bears. All of these are native to Shiretoko. Take the cruise to have a leisurely view of the park from the waters.
Written 17 July 2018
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Davo742
Adelaide, Australia53 contributions
Lush forests, snow-capped mountains - a natural wonder.
May 2018 • Couples
We were enchanted with the guided walking tour around the five lakes in Shiretoko. We needed the guide because the brown bears had just emerged from hibernation. We didn't see any in the Park, but there were breath-taking views at every turn, and plenty of deer and some birds of prey. It is all so well preserved and, in a word, natural.
Written 5 June 2018
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Eugene_Sim
Singapore, Singapore189 contributions
Beautiful place
Oct 2017 • Friends
Reached there before sunset and took many beautiful pictures. Only 2 lakes could be visited as the others were closed due to the season.

Follow the trails and it’ll lead you to beautiful views of the lakes and mountains. A worthwhile place to visit if you like photography and scenic views
Written 7 December 2017
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micheri88
Singapore122 contributions
Beautiful & Amazing
Nov 2017 • Family
Visited early June in the morning- weather was wet and cold but walkable - walked the trail to the edge of the cliff observatory point from the visitor entrance. A few trails through the forest. There were not many people at the time probably too early. The view of the ocean from the cliff was spectacular and there were wild deers roaming about the area...fortunately did not meet any wild bears...must go place if you are in the northern Hokkaido.
Written 19 November 2017
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IZ_Zardai
Tokyo, Japan157 contributions
Captivating nature
Aug 2017 • Couples
We visited here with my fiance for a few days. Shiretoko is nature unharmed. Flowers, trees, animals all flourish here. A wonderful place, no matter your age, gender, interests. You will be able to connect with what the country must have looked like a 100-200 years ago. The mountain ranges against the sea are fascinating, you can spot bears and deer, and there is a lovely outdoor star gazing event. I can only recommend this place to everyone who is not addicted to large cities.
Written 11 September 2017
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