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Shiretoko Peninsula

93 Reviews
Island/PeninsulaUNESCO World Heritage-Natural Site
Liked by 5
Open all day
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 days
Address: Shiretoko Peninsula, Onnebetsumura, Shari, Shari District, Hokkaido 099-4100, Japan

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Lake Rausu is a freshwater lake located at the foot of Mount Chinishibetsu on the Shiretoko Peninsula. With an altitude of 740 meters, a circumference of about 4 kilometers, and a maximum water depth of about 2 meters, it is the largest lake in Shiretoko National Park. The area is shaded by trees and also has bear dens, so it was once called an illusory lake that cannot be approached. However, the hiking trail has now been renovated and opened from June to October, so the general public can use it. In addition to Lake Rausu, there are five marshes (Ichinonuma-Gononuma) and Mashi observation deck. Here you can enjoy various beautiful scenery, such as snow in spring, fresh green in summer and red leaves in autumn. *Unfortunately, there is no road to Ichinonuma, so you can see Ninonuma to Gononuma along the hiking trail. Free admission.

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  • 814derynh

    Fabulous peninsula

    We were touring the island with a group and took a boat trip to see the cliffs and waterfalls. We sailed up the peninsula which was very picturesque and did spot one brown Higuma bear halfway up the c...

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  • NicholasToo
    Singapore, Singapore


    My first time in Hokkaido and Shiretoko is definitely the highlight of the trip. Took 2 days to drive from Asahikawa - Syunkyo (stay 1 night) - Abashiri - Shiretoko was fantastic, with great scena...

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  • Wanderering1
    Newcastle, Australia

    A Pretty and Craggy Coast

    This untamed region of Japan's northern island, Hokkaido, is a very scenic area. It can be compared to the coast line of several of the Hawaiian islands, only this coast is extreme in its isolation. T...

    Reviewed on /Date(1509453404000+0800)/
  • DCTravelers69
    Arlington, Virginia

    Gorgeous peninsula

    We went here with our family of six. It was a lovely peninsula. We saw bears, Fox, dear, dolphins, seals. We were able to be in the natural Hot Springs waterfall. They're lovely hikes around the lakes...

    Reviewed on /Date(1503230156000+0800)/
  • 1flytheskies
    Los Angeles, California

    SIghtseeing the Shiretoko Peninsula on board the Aurora

    The Shiretoko peninsula is situated in the north-eastern part of Hokkaido. It is a land of outstanding natural beauty, declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2005. Wildlife abounds on land, and the ...

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Additional Information


Shinretoko Pininsula is a peninsula in northeastern Hokkaido. It was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2005. There has been no overly significant tourism development on the island, where the natural ecological state remains. The scenery on the peninsula is beautiful. There are pelagic cormorants, white-tailed eagles, and other wild animals. The peninsula is also one of the southern regions in the northern hemisphere where one can see sea ice. The sight of ice, sea, and sky blending into one is truly gorgeous and a must-see.
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